As Salamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullah,
Ramadan and Eid Karim insha Allah. I pray that this month has been one of good fortune and well-being to you all. I pray that Allah fulfills your every dream, and provide for your every need and want. Amin. As we approach the conclusion of Ramadan, my hope is that you will consider donating to the efforts of the Lamppost Education Initiative. We really appreciate all of your support in the past, and pray that you continue to help us to become the quality organization we need to become, which prides itself on tackling issues that are spiritually and academically challenging. It is my firm belief that if we genuinely desire for our children to further the Islamic legacy we all cherish, we must do our best to offer them responses to matters of controversy in our religion with some degree of academic rigor instead of superficial answers. If we don’t, we stand to lose them in my opinion. Please find in the following links some attempts to fulfill this goal:
Does Islam Allow the Rape of Female War Captives?
How does Islam deal with Drug Addiction?
Takfir and the Study Qur’an
Key Lessons from Islamic West African Tradition
Lastly, please give what you can during these final days. May those days be happy days. Your brother
Abdullah bin Hamid Ali
Founding Director of the Lamppost Education Initiative
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Abdullah bin Hamid Ali is the founder of the Lamppost Education Initiative. He also serves as a full-time faculty member specializing in Islamic Law, Legal Theory, and Hadith Science at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, CA. He is a lifelong student of the Islamic tradition. Born to Muslim parents, he began a serious study of Islam in his early teens. He attended Temple University for two years (1995-1997) prior to pursuing studies that culminated in a four-year collegiate license (ijaza ‘ulya) from the prestigious Al-Qarawiyin University of Fes, Morocco (1997-2001). He holds a BA from the Al-Karaouine/Al-Qarawiyin University’s Faculty of Islamic Law (Shariah) and an MA in Ethics & Social Theory from The Graduate Theological Union (2009-2012) of Berkeley, CA. He is also a PhD candidate in Cultural & Historical Studies at GTU.