Dr. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali serves on the faculty of Zaytuna College and teaches courses in Prophetic Tradition, Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence, Commercial Law, Inheritance Law, and Family Law, along with classes in the Honors Program. He is an expert of Islamic legal theory and is noted for his scholarship on culture and race. He received his undergraduate degree from the prestigious Al-Qarawiyyin University, being its first American graduate, from the Faculty of Islamic Law in Fes, Morocco. He holds a master’s in Ethics & Social Theory and a PhD in Cultural & Historical Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He is also the founder of the Lamppost Education Initiative.
Ustadh Usama Canon is the Founding Director of Ta’leef Collective, a community based non-profit focused on assisting converts to Islam and creating healthy social and sacred spaces. He has been a student of the Islamic tradition since he embraced Islam in 1996, studying various Islamic Sciences both stateside and abroad under some of today’s foremost scholars. He has served as the Outreach Director and an Arabic Instructor at the then Zaytuna Institute, as well as a Muslim Chaplain for the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation. He is also a spiritual advisor to the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), visiting Chicago monthly in this capacity. In addition to speaking in various communities throughout the United States, he leads workshops and retreats worldwide.
About the Class:
Can we change by listening? Can we be so touched and inspired by words that we are moved to renew and remake ourselves as better, nobler, and more merciful human beings? The impact that good words have had on humanity throughout history resoundingly declares we can.
These wise sayings of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ are designed to do just that — to guide us to the very best in ourselves. Compiled by the renowned East African scholar, Al-Amīn 'Alī Mazrū'ī, this collection brings together sayings that encourage good character. By listening closely, we may hear something that speaks to us, speaks to our conscience and our heart, and moves us to become better human beings.