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If You Don't Like the Mawlid, Watch Out!

The birthday of the Prophet, God’s peace and blessings be upon him, is a great blessing for our community and, indeed, for all believers.

read more 10.01.2014, Friday

Hamza Yusuf on the Hajj of Community

The Hajj is our sacred journey and it allows us to gather in spiritual community

read more 09.10.2013, Wednesday

From Hamza Yusuf’s Viewpoint: What can the West learn from Islam?

Hamza Yusuf calls attention to the prejudices of the Western world against Islam, as well as the attitude of Muslims towards the West, both of which appear to be biased. 

read more 04.07.2013, Thursday

Description of the Prophet Muhammad

Love (mahabba) for people arises from three characteristics. To increase and maintain his love for the Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace, Hasan (the Prophet's grandson) sought descriptions of all three of these aspects of the Prophet because he wanted something to hold on to.

read more 05.07.2011, Tuesday

When the Social Contract is Breached in Egypt

Something has irreversibly changed in the land of the Pharaohs. It has to do with the basic social contract, the relationship of a people to their leaders—a concept not alien to the Islamic tradition. The oppression that the Egyptian..

read more 23.02.2011, Wednesday

Fear of Poverty

Fear of poverty originates in having a bad opinion of [God] the Exalted, and its cure is in having a good opinion and knowing that what God possesses is never diminished in the least and that what has been apportioned to you will reach you inevitably.

read more 05.01.2011, Wednesday

Hamza Yusuf

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf embraced Islam in 1977. He spent several years studying in the Middle East and Africa under numerous scholars. Currently, he is the director and co-founder of the Zaytuna Institute, in California, which is dedicated to the Revival of Islamic Sciences and the preservation of traditional teaching methods. Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Hanson was born in Walla Walla, Washington and raised in Northern California. He became Muslim in 1977 in Santa Barbara, California and subsequently moved to the Middle East and studied Arabic and Islam for four years in the United Arab Emirates and later in Madina, Algeria, Morocco, and West Africa for many years. He received teaching licenses in various Islamic subjects from several well-known scholars in various countries. After a ten-year sojourn of studies abroad, he returned to the USA and took degrees in nursing from Imperial Valley College and religious studies at San Jose State University. He has traveled all over the world giving talks on Islam and has translated several classical texts from Arabic. He presently teaches at Zaytuna Institute in Hayward, California, where he lives with his wife and children.

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