Archive for November, 2009


Lecture: Introduction to the Mad’habs (Legal Schools of Thought)
A brief introduction regarding the historical development of today’s major schools of thought, their similarities, and differences with respect to legal theory and practice.

Instructor: Dr. Sadik Kassim

Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Huntsman Hall (Wharton Building), Room F36

All students are welcome to attend.  Non-students who would like to attend, please email azulfiqa@sas.upenn.edu or call 215.645.2073.  Pizza is served! (more…)

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Wishing everyone a blessed Eid Mubarak!  Kul sana wa antum bi khair!  May God bless you and your families.  

May we appreciate this holiday and all that it means.  As one contemporary Islamic scholar has noted:

“The objective of sacrifice is to express gratitude to the Almighty. When we offer our life symbolically to the Almighty by offering the sacrifice of an animal, we are in fact expressing our gratitude on the guidance of submission which was expressed by Abraham (sws) by sacrificing his only son. On this occasion, the words uttered to declare the exaltedness and oneness of the Almighty are done so for this very objective.  The Qur’an has explained this directive in the following words: The flesh and blood [of your sacrificed animals] does not reach God; it is only your piety that reaches Him. Thus has He subjected them to your service so that you may give glory to God for guiding you. [This is the way of the righteous] and [O Prophet!] give glad tidings to these righteous. (Qur’an 22:37).” [Javed Ahmed Ghamidi, Mizan]

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All office hours with the chaplain will be by appointment this upcoming week.  To make an appointment contact azulfiqa@sas.upenn.edu or call 215.645.2073.

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The Islamic Literacy Series (ILS) class for this week (“Spirituality and Womanhood in Islam”) has been canceled. The ILS classes will resume after Thanksgiving Break on December 2nd with Sadik Kassim’s lecture: “An Introduction to the Islamic Legal Schools of Thought.”

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For the rest of the semester, Jummah prayers at Penn will be held in Hall of Flags, Houston Hall, located on 3417 Spruce Street. If you have any questions or need directions to the new location please email upennmsa@gmail.com or call: 732-966-5139.

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The Relevance of Muslim Thought in Modern Times (Instructor: Marc Manley)
: November 10, 2009 (Tuesday)
: Room T-145 – University of Pennsylvania Law School

(3400 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA).  The entrance to the law school is on Sansom Street b/w 36th and 34th Street.

Description: A reading/lecture inspired by William Chittick’s Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul. An introduction into the mechanics of Muslim thought and how/why it is important to “think like a Muslim” in the modern age. (more…)

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The Science of Tasawwuf (Sufism)
Time: 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Huntsman Hall, Rm. F36 (directions below)
Instructor – Marc Manley

What is Sufism?  What are its goals and objectives?  An intorspection on what Sufism is “trying to get at” and how it can relate to the modern Muslim. A tie-in with a short bio piece and examples from Abu Hamid al-Ghazali’s life. (more…)

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