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Over the course of the last 8 weeks the Islamic Literacy Series has tried to increase the level of understanding about Islam through a series of lectures.  The topics have included history, law, Qur’an, philosophy, etc.  If you were able to attend even one lecture, the following evaluation will help us improve the series for next semester.  Your feedback is valuable!

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The scheduled lecture – “Islamic Medical Ethics”- by Dr. Sadik Kassim has been postponed until next semester.  The lecture this week will be Understanding and Interpreting Hadith and will be given by Adnan Zulfiqar.

This lecture will focus on providing a basic background to the history of hadith compilation, the categories of hadith and the science of interpreting hadith.  It will also touch on the proper way for the lay Muslim to approach and use hadith in their lives.

When: WEDNESDAY, December 9th, 2009
Time: 8pm – 9pm (note: this is a later start time)
Location: Huntsman Hall (Wharton Building), Room 340 – University of Pennsylvania

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!

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2nd, 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! Continue Reading »

EID MUBARAK!

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]

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.

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.”

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.