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Reflections & Lectures

Procuring Allah’s ﷻ Maghfirah in These 10 Days

Reflection delivered on April 15th, 2022 “Maghfirah is when Allah ﷻ envelopes you with His ﷻ raḥmah in such a way that no one will ever detect any sin on you…even you.” In these reflections, Shaykh Amin reminds us of the importance of the second 10 days of Ramaḍān, the days of Maghfirah.  The Prophet ﷺ taught us to seek...

Youth, Identity, and the Quest for More Knowledge – Aala Al-Akhfash

In 2020, Aala Al-Akhfash, a first year student in the Intermediate Program,  graduated from a highschool in Knoxville, Tennessee as the pandemic was at its peak. Classes came to a standstill, but she was fortunate enough to be able to graduate. She recalls “it was a weird stopping point”, but little did she realize her quest for more knowledge was...

Navigating Today’s Intellectual Challenges – Dr. Choukri Heddouchi

About twenty years ago, Dr. Choukri Heddouchi, at the time a doctoral student at the University of Chicago, decided to attend an on-campus Tafsīr session of Shaykh Amin’s. This was part of a series for Muslim students.  Since highschool, Dr. Heddouchi has had a special interest in the topic. He recollects, at the time, he was independently studying the Tafsīr...

How Certainty Takes Root: Methodology of Love, Respect, and Reverence – Hussam Bteibet

Like many students at Darul Qasim, Hussam Bteibet, 3rd year student in the Intermediate Program, balances both his professional career with his quest for more knowledge. Hussam received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Cleveland State University in 2016. He is currently working as a cybersecurity engineer for a software company. How is he able to give time to...

Accessing Allah’s ﷻ Raḥmah in Ramaḍān

Reflection delivered on April 8th, 2022 In this Friday reflection, Shaykh Amin speaks about the month of Ramaḍān as one in which the distribution of Allah’s ﷻ raḥmah (Divine Mercy) is not only huge, but also ever-present. His ﷻ mercy becomes very close to those who fast and do good. The “whole of Ramaḍān gives us access to the heavens, any...

Levels of Allah’s ﷻ Raḥmah – Ramaḍān 9, 1443 Post-Tarāwīh Reflection

Reflection delivered after Tarāwīh on the 9th of Ramaḍān In this reflection, Shaykh Amin reminds us that these first ten days of Ramaḍān are the days of  Raḥmah (Divine mercy). “All that exists has a shade of Allah’s ﷻ Raḥmah.” This is how we understand Allah’s ﷻ generosity and magnanimity, as all-encompassing. The “fact that a thing exists is only...

Expanding One’s View – Bushra Alvi

Bushra Alvi, 4th year student in the Intermediate Program, glances back at the physical gates that make up the back wall of Darul Qasim’s library. Students and faculty spent countless hours here studying traditional and contemporary Islamic texts. She is asked to reflect on how walking through the symbolic gate of knowledge, that is Darul Qasim, has transformed her. Instantly...

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants – Ustadh Firas Alkhateeb

“I see Darul Qasim as being a place that has the potential not just to transform individuals, but also society as a whole.[…] Because what we are trying to do here is […] not just teach students the bare bones, dry fiqh […] and this is what you believe… and things like that.  But getting them to think about Islam...

Hope and Belief in Allah’s ﷻ Reward – Ramadan 1, 1443 Post-Tarāwīh Reflection

On the first night of Ramaḍān, Shaykh Amin shared  some  post-tarāwīḥ reflections on the immense reward that is accessible to all during this blessed month. He reminded all who were present that Allah ﷻ is the Most Generous Being, al-Karīm, and that He ﷻ loves us to ask Him ﷻ to fulfill our needs. This month should be entered by...

Creating Dialogue with the Living and Dead – Mawlana Saaleh Baseer

“For me, Darul Qasim, more than any other institution, was able to create a dialogue with the living and a dialogue with those that are dead.” Mawlana Saaleh Baseer, a second-year Ifta student,  reflects here on Darul Qasim’s illuminating and engaging approach to the acquisition of academic knowledge. When walking through this gate of knowledge there is a realization that...

Muqri’ah Sayeeda Hikmat & the Quest For More Knowledge

What does walking through the gate of knowledge look, feel, and sound like for a female student at Darul Qasim? Sayeeda Hikmat, a 4th year student in the intermediate program, shares:  “It’s never going to end…I can keep doing more and more!” Sayeeda’s excitement and dedication to the acquisition of Islamic knowledge can be felt not only in her words,...

Books Don’t Speak – Dr. Muhammed Volkan Yildiran Stodolsky

Dr. Muhammed Volkan Yildiran Stodolsky is the Chair in the Department of Theology
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