Shaykh Hamza was born in Washington State and raised in Northern California. In 1977, he became Muslim and subsequently traveled to the Muslim world and studied for ten years in the U. A. E., Saudi Arabia, as well as North and West Africa. He received teaching licenses in various Islamic subjects from several well-known scholars in various countries. After ten years of studies abroad, he returned to the USA and earned degrees in Religious Studies and Health Care. He has traveled all over the world giving talks on Islam. He also founded Zaytuna Institute which has established an international reputation for presenting a classical picture of Islam in the West and which is dedicated to the revival of traditional study methods and the sciences of Islam. Shaykh Hamza is the first American lecturer to teach in Morocco's prestigious and oldest University, the Qarawiyin in Fes. In addition, he has translated into modern English several classical Arabic traditional texts and poems. Shaykh Hamza currently resides in Northern California with his wife and five children.
A Zaytuna College Benefit Luncheon with Zaid Shakir, Hamza Yusuf & Khalid Latif
For Western Muslims, the world has become an increasingly confusing place. Around us, we see savage atrocities -- torture, religious persecution, sectarian violence, the killing of civilians -- committed in the name of our religion or in the name of nations we claim as home. At Zaytuna College, we believe the crisis of today's time is a crisis of knowledge. This is why we are here. We want to do our part to restore the centrality of knowledge to our religion. Join us for a special afternoon in Manhattan -- your window into Zaytuna's ambitious liberal arts vision. You'll hear from our faculty, students, and leadership about how an unprecedented education that aims to provide a foundation in the intellectual heritage of the Islamic and Western civilizations can, God willing, begin to help address today's crisis of knowledge. ** Please note that this is a limited space venue and all tickets will be sold prior to the event (none at the door). This event will not be livestreamed. Thank you. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/zaytuna-higher-education-for-a-higher-purpose-benefit-dinner-tickets-13142568777
10/12/2014 1:00:00 PM -04:000.0000
The Crisis of Character: Exploring the Islamic Alternative Conference
A Zaytuna College Conference Dr. Sulayman S. Nyang, Zaid Shakir, Hamza Yusuf, Hatem Bazian, Faraz Khan, & Dr. Joseph Lumbard The Egyptian poet Ahmad Shawqi wrote that nations are equal to their morals. If their morals disappear, he posited, then they, the nations, also disappear. As Muslims, we must understand the centrality of good character to personal reformation and to the ever-unfolding fate of nations. "Verily, you are established on a lofty standard of character," the Qur’an says about our Beloved Prophet, upon him be peace. Too often, though, we zealously obsess over details of law or theology and forget about the exalted personal character that is their foundation. This oversight only veils Islam’s rich ethical tradition, which unleashed could address many of today’s moral challenges. Join us for a special Zaytuna College conference that aims to renew our commitment to good character, once an essential foundation of a vibrant Muslim civilization. When 9am to 4pm CT | Saturday, March 8 Venue Azalea Ballroom, The Westin Houston, Memorial City 945 Gessner Road, Houston, Texas 77024 Register: zaytunacollege.org/character $25/person This event will not be live streamed.
3/8/2014 12:00:00 AM +00:000.0000
What's Left That's Right?: Ethical Clarity in a Polarized World
Some of today’s most difficult and pressing questions are ethical, but as Muslims we’re often ill-equipped to answer them. While our tradition contains many profound ethical precepts, in order to address new moral problems, or even older ones in new forms, developing a methodology of ethical reasoning is urgently necessary. In an era of increasing religious, political, and economic polarization, can we then forge an ethical philosophy that speaks clearly and prophetically to a divided world? Join Zaytuna College co-founders, Zaid Shakir, Hamza Yusuf & Hatem Bazian, for a special benefit dinner event. Free Live streaming Sign up for our emails in order to get live streaming details (Text Zaytuna to 22828). More information: http://zaytunacollege.org/event/march1
3/1/2014 5:00:00 PM -08:000.0000
Living Links is a new Zaytuna College educational initiative that seeks to revive two traditions: the time-tested Islamic tradition of conveying religious knowledge from teachers to students through sound chains of transmission, and Zaytuna's own tradition as an American Muslim institution committed to community-based learning. The Living Links courses, all taught by Zaytuna College faculty as part of the Honors Program, will be broadcast worldwide and are also open to the local community in the San Francisco Bay Area. The classes aim to restore the experience of a traditional circle of knowledge, a model once prevalent throughout the Muslim world. Another key element of classical Muslim learning was memorization, and each Living Links course has a core text that students are expected to memorize. Two Ways to Participate Eager students across the world can join Zaytuna College's Living Links classes, starting on September 21, via our free livestream here. For those in the San Francisco Bay Area, applications are now open. Seats are limited, so please apply early. Courses for Academic Year 2013-2014 Course dates are from September 21 to December 7 in Fall 2013 and from February 1 to May 3 in Spring 2014. The Forty Hadith of Imam al-Nawawi Instructors: Zaid Shakir, Dawood Yasin Saturdays: 10am-11:15am PST | Tuition: $250 for both semesters This class is an entry into the significance and meaning of this enduring work of Islamic literature and includes a requirement to memorize the entirety of the collection. The Precious Pearl of Divine Unity (Jawharat al-Tawhid) Instructors: Hamza Yusuf, Faraz Khan Saturdays: 11:30am-12:45pm PST| Tuition: $250 for both semesters This class introduces students to the science of tawhid through a foundational creedal poem by Imam Ibrahim b. Ibrahim al-Laqqani (d. 1041).
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM +00:000.0000
Reclaiming Our Faith: Negotiating Modern Theological Fault Lines: Zaytuna College Conference - Event & Live Streaming
These are challenging times for Muslims in the West, partly because of the distorted perception of Islam in the larger society. Many Muslims, especially the youth, are ill-prepared when confronted by contemporary issues that were not explicitly addressed in the pre-modern theological tradition of Islam. A meaningful engagement with the modern world occurs, in many instances, along fault lines that challenge the very foundations of Islam. Some of the best Muslim scholars in the West will shed light on these matters at a one-day conference on Saturday, May 25 in Anaheim, California. The conference, hosted by Zaytuna College, will include talks by Zaytuna's faculty members and prominent guest scholars. That same evening, Zaytuna will host its annual benefit dinner, featuring Zaytuna co-founders Hamza Yusuf and Hatem Bazian, and President Jerry Campbell of Claremont College. They will discuss the importance of liberal education and how it can heal us and the society we live in. They will also highlight Zaytuna's achievements, its goals for the coming months and years, and invite you to endow Zaytuna College. Conference Topics: · Hatem Bazian -Identity Theft: Reclaiming Your Islam · Jonathan Brown - Hadith: Between Muslim Conviction and Western Criticism · Mahan Mirza - The Qur’an: God Speaks to the Postmodern World · Faraz Khan - Good and Evil: Is it All From Allah · Anse Tamara Gray - Lean In: Our Feminist Manifesto · Sherman Jackson - Whither the Modern Muslim: Negotiating Creed, Theology, & Spirituality · Jerry Campbell - Liberal Arts Education: Healing Self & Society · Hamza Yusuf - Liberal Arts Education: Healing Self & Society Event Details: Saturday, May 25 | Hilton Hotel | 777 W Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802 & Live Streaming on ZaytunaCollege.org Program: 10 am - 6pmPST Benefit Dinner: 6 pm - 10pmPST Conference: $20 per person Benefit Dinner: $50 per person Conference & Benefit Dinner together: $60 per person Live Streaming schedule: http://www.zaytunacollege.org/may25/live CONFERENCE: 10:15 am - 4:00 pm PST / 1:15 pm - 7:00 pm EST BENEFIT DINNER PROGRAM: 8:15 pm - 10:30 pm PST / 11:15 pm - 1:30 am EST *Please make sure you have the latest versions of the browser you are using.
5/25/2013 10:00:00 AM -07:000.0000
Think Outside The Cube | Zaid Shakir, Hamza Yusuf & Hatem Bazian - Event & Live Streaming
God says in a Hadith Qudsi, “I am as My servant thinks I am.” Yet, our busy lifestyles compel us into patterns that shackle the mind. Islam is more than rituals and routine. Free yourself. Think differently. Think outside the cube. Zaytuna’s quest will, God willing, span generations, and it has only just begun. Zaytuna College invites you to join co-founders Zaid Shakir, Hamza Yusuf and Hatem Bazian at a benefit dinner for the college. During this evening, they will share with you the highlights of Zaytuna's successes, the challenges ahead and the crucial importance of supporters to endow this ambitious project for the future of Muslims in the West. Registration & Reception: 5:00 pm Benefit Dinner & Program: 6:30 pm Live stream timing TBD Venue: Santa Clara Marriott | 2700 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054 Conference: $45/person $450 for a Group of 10 Childcare Ages 2-12 ($10) & Free Parking Available Register here: http://www.zaytunacollege.org/event/may18 This Event Will Be Also Be Live Streamed. You must be signed up for ZaytunaCollege Emails to be notified of online viewing instructions. For more Information, call 630-929-3592 http://www.zaytunacollege.org/event/may18
5/18/2013 5:00:00 PM -07:000.0000