“Had the people of the towns believed and had taqwa (Godfearingness), We would have opened up vast blessings on them from the heavens and earth” (7:96)
Descendants of immigrant Muslims have been in America long enough now to have largely left behind the customs and ideas of their lands of origin. They are naturally adopting new frameworks of thinking, which lead to new methods of practice. Unfortunately, some of these new practices are leading to harmful results. In this talk, our speaker lays out some of this intellectual history of Muslim communities in America before presenting a solution for how to prevent fitna within our religious institutions. In this way, she asks us to face the negative consequences head-on and make a turn toward positive, faith-affirming change.
Dr. Fareeha Khan
Dr. Fareeha Khan is the founding member of the Sila Initiative, which encourages Muslims to embrace the social teachings of Islam by rethinking modern individualism. She writes, teaches, and conducts research on how Islamic law and spirituality continue to provide meaning and ethical direction for Muslims in the modern age. Dr. Fareeha has served as Advisory Editor for the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law. She holds an MA from the University of Chicago in Middle Eastern Studies and a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Michigan. She has also studied with Muslim scholars in Jordan, the US and Canada. Born and raised in Chicago, she now lives with her husband Ibrahim Mansoor in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Her publications and audios can be found at thesilainitiative.org.
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