Zaytuna College is committed to demonstrating, through practice, teaching, and the free exchange of ideas, Islam’s critical role in the modern world. At the heart of our mission is the Islamic legal, intellectual, and spiritual tradition, which we believe to be derived from the Qur’an and the words and deeds of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. We believe that this knowledge, distilled by analytical and interpretive tools developed by some of the finest minds in history, has been passed on by successive generations of believers.Our educational philosophy also reflects our belief that the ability of a student to become part of a living intellectual and spiritual tradition is enhanced by an ongoing involvement with an active community of believers. As our students learn, they are integrated into the life of the surrounding Muslim community. They deliver lectures and sermons; they lead and participate in religious gatherings; they provide counsel, especially for the youth of the community; and they are exposed to the full range of daily trials and triumphs that characterize human society.
It is the sincere prayer of Zaytuna College that by bringing together these many elements, rooted in disparate academic universes, we will be able to produce the future leaders, imams, scholars, and citizens needed to serve a rapidly growing Muslim community and an ever-changing America.
We believe that one of the primary purposes of Islamic education today is to keep that scholarly tradition alive, and to ensure that it remains accessible as a living, holistic reality, not only for Muslims, but also for people of other faiths. Zaytuna College aspires to revive the sciences of Islam and to position this nuanced, text-based tradition in its central place in modern Islamic education. In order to do this, Zaytuna College has developed a unique curriculum for a Bachelor’s program that relies on various pedagogical approaches such as selective memorization and critical analysis.The curriculum emphasizes key foundational texts; an in-depth examination of critical methodological issues; a solid command of the Arabic language; a familiarity with the most important Islamic sciences; and a firm grounding in the tools of learning with an emphasis on the qualitative elements of the traditional liberal arts. This curriculum also fulfills the requirements established by the most rigorous accrediting organizations of American higher education.
Spring Intensive with Shaykh Faraz Khan
Join Zaytuna College faculty member Shaykh Faraz Khan on March 23-24 for "What Do Muslims Believe? Faith & Reason In The Modern Age." In a time where faith is challenged by scientism, skepticism, and the rise of New Atheism, the need for a firm understanding of Muslim creed has perhaps never been more important. This program will provide students the essentials of the theological foundations of Islam, including the attributes of God and the articles of faith, while also delving into the concepts of good and evil, predestination, Divine will, and more. March 23-24 Beginning Friday: MCWS Angel's Circle 8-10pm Saturday: 2pm-6pm MCWS Canton RSVP by March 21 to secure your seat! www.bit.ly/beacon-intensive Cost: $20/person | Materials and refreshments included for Saturday day program. *No one will be turned away due to financial hardship. *Babysitting is available at $10/child for the Saturday day program for children between ages 2-10yrs old.
3/24/2018 2:00:00 PM -04:000.0000
Spring 2018 Zaytuna College Book Club: Monk Of Mokha
Join the Zaytuna College Bookstore and Imam Zaid Shakir for a fascinating evening of literary discourse. Our first Book Club will be held on Friday, March 30th, with a discussion on The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers. Eggers' new book The Monk of Mokha takes us on an odyssey with Yemeni-American Mokhtar Alkhanshali as he seeks to reclaim the heritage of coffee cultivation in Yemen at a time of debilitating civil war, restrictive immigration laws, and the struggles of social entrepreneurship. Experience the academic excellence of Zaytuna College first-hand, without needing to enroll. Do not miss out on the Zaytuna College Book Club. Doors open at 6:00 P.M. for a meet and greet. The program starts at 7:00 P.M. sharp. Free event.
3/30/2018 6:00:00 PM -07:000.0000
With God On Our Side? Islam And The Question Of Pluralism
Join Hamza Yusuf, Maria Dakake, and Andrew March for a lively and informative conversation. In an age characterized by an overall assault on religious practices and Abrahamic morality, Muslims would do well to have greater tolerance for, and to even cooperate with, those who are close to us in our beliefs and values. This also poses challenging questions: What choices of individual conscience should Muslim theology accommodate? How was kufr understood in the Islamic tradition? Does radical pluralism become a type of relativism?
3/17/2018 7:30:00 PM -07:000.0000
Zaytuna College Michigan Benefit Event
Rania Awad, Hatem Bazian, Zaid Shakir and Hamza Yusuf invite you to join them at the Zaytuna College fundraiser. Celebrating our present - Investing in the future Tickets will be sold online only, please visit zaytuna.edu/MI18 to reserve your seat.
3/3/2018 5:30:00 PM -08:000.0000
Zaytuna College California Benefit Event
Hatem Bazian, Zaid Shakir and Hamza Yusuf invite you to join them at the Zaytuna College fundraiser. Celebrating our present - Investing in the future Tickets will be sold online only, please visit zaytuna.edu/CA18 to reserve your seat.
2/18/2018 5:00:00 PM -08:000.0000
Rumi and the Path of Divine Love
Speakers: Dr. Omid Safi and Sidi Feraidoon Mojadedi By some accounts, Rumi’s poetry has become the most popular poetry in the English language. Much lesser known, however, is the legacy of the concept of Radical Love (‘Eshq) in Islamic thought and the poetry inspired by it that shines through Rumi, Hafez, ‘Attar, Ahmad Ghazali, and many other Muslim sages. This talk will serve to introduce the audience to the “path of radical love” (mazhab-e ‘eshq), a powerful current of mysticism in Islam that begins with a bold claim: There is, ultimately, One Love. It is this Radical Love which brings together humanity and divinity through a mystically powerful cosmic current. This talk by Professor Safi, the Director of Islamic Studies at Duke University, will also serve as an introduction to how to read Rumi as a Muslim sage. Following the talk, join us for a lively on-stage conversation with Professor Safi and the Bay Area's own Feraidoon Mojadedi. See our selection of books on Rumi at the Zaytuna College Bookstore.
2/14/2018 7:00:00 PM -08:000.0000
Intimate Conversation and Coffee Tasting
Intimate Conversation and Coffee Tasting With Dave Eggers and Mokhtar Alkhanshali Zaytuna College and the Office of Student Life presents an intimate conversation with award-winning author Dave Eggers, Port of Mokha Founder & CEO Mokhtar Alkhanshali, and Director of Student Life, Imam Dawood Yasin. Eggers' fascinating new book "The Monk of Mokha" takes us on an odyssey with Yemeni-American Alkhanshali as he seeks to reclaim the heritage of coffee cultivation in Yemen at a time of debilitating civil war, restrictive immigration laws, and the struggles of social entrepreneurship. Discover the beauty of Yemeni coffee through the stories of a young man as he guides us through the complexity of his Muslim American identity. A book-signing by Dave Eggers to follow after the event. Books will be available for sale at the Zaytuna College bookstore. Coffee service provided by Port of Mokha coffee roasters. All proceeds from coffee sales will benefit the Mokha Foundation.
2/2/2018 6:30:00 PM -08:000.0000
Zaytuna College Portland Benefit Event
We invite you to join us at the Zaytuna College fundraiser. Celebrating our present - Investing in the future Tickets will be sold online only, please visit zaytuna.edu/OR18 to reserve your seat.
1/27/2018 5:30:00 PM -08:000.0000
The Silent Theology of Islamic Art
The Silent Theology of Islamic Art. The Islamic arts once represented our tradition as much as theology and law, but today these arts have been sadly neglected. Join us for a lively, on-stage conversation with a scholar, a calligrapher, and a designer to discuss how we can use the arts to communicate the beauty and truth of revelation.
12/17/2017 2:00:00 PM -08:000.0000
Fall Lecture Series with Dr. Munir Jiwa
“A Study of Islam in Academia” Dr. Jiwa will discuss the national frames through which Islam and Muslims enter discussions and debates in the public sphere, what he refers to as the “five media pillars of Islam,” and the particular ways these impact the study of Islam and Muslims in academia. Different academic institutions, public and private universities, divinity and theological schools, disciplines and fields, present different challenges and opportunities, raising questions about research, scholarship and teaching, scholarly “objectivity,” insider/outsider boundaries, identity politics, and questions of translation. He will offer a critique of the “particular” secular and liberal norms that we accept as a given and as “universal,” and how both the Euro-American left and right, inside and outside academia, selectively create and reproduce an index of “good” and “bad” Islam, Muslims, and Islamic Studies.
12/6/2017 7:00:00 PM -08:000.0000
Fall Leture Series With Dr. Khadija Harsolia
Join us for an evening with Dr. Khadija Harsolia as she presents her dissertation and work on “Captivity, Confinement and Resistance in Mudejar and Morisco Literature.” Dr. Harsolia received her Ph.D. from the Department of Hispanic Studies at UC Riverside in 2015.
11/29/2017 7:00:00 PM -08:000.0000
Making Sacred the Mundane: Reflections on Taqwa
Zaytuna & Bayan are pleased to present this FREE half-day event taught by Shaykh Faraz Khan, Saturday November 18. The world we live in is one where religion has been relegated to the mosque, whereas Islam is and has always been a lived experience. What role does taqwa play in the day to day elements of our life which appear to be furthest from anything sacred? What does it mean to be God conscious in today’s world outside of our religious spaces? How can a deepened relationship to God allow us to navigate our approach to relationships, work, parenting, and other facets of our life? These are questions that will be explored in this session. We kindly request all to register online. Link provided.
11/18/2017 9:30:00 AM -08:000.0000
Fall Lecture Series With Professor Alexander Key
Join us for an evening with Stanford University Professor of Classical Arabic Literature, Alexander Key, as he discusses his book “Language Between God and the Poets.” Professor Key received his Ph. D in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at Harvard University. He has authored a number of articles on aspects of Classical Arabic literature and culture, and he teaches a survey of the canon of Arabic poetry from before Islam to the present day, as well as an undergraduate course on the “ethics of Jihad.”
11/15/2017 7:00:00 PM -08:000.0000
New Campus Opening Ceremony
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Imam Zaid Shakir and Dr. Hatem Bazian invite you to attend the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the new Zaytuna Campus. Experience the new campus, tour the buildings, walk the gardens and enjoy a Sunday afternoon with the Founders, your family, and guests of Zaytuna College. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
11/5/2017 1:00:00 PM -08:000.0000
Fall Lecture Series With William Barylo
Join us for an evening with sociologist, film-maker, writer and photographer William Barylo as he delivers a talk entitled “Muslims in the West: Embodying the Change.” Barylo’s work on his award-winning film “Polish Muslims: An Unexpected Meeting” and his new book “Young Muslim Change-Makers,” along with the charity work he has done with his organization Light inc., illustrates his deep commitment to the global Muslim community.
11/1/2017 7:00:00 PM -07:000.0000
Admissions Fall Open House
Prospective students and their families are invited to learn about Zaytuna College — the first and only accredited Muslim liberal arts college in the United States — at our Fall Open House. Meet faculty, staff, and students as we explore our rigorous academic program and distinctive liberal arts curriculum, all set in the hills of Berkeley, California. Now is your chance to experience Zaytuna College firsthand. Be our guest and experience for yourself what we have to offer.
10/28/2017 9:00:00 AM -07:000.0000
Fall Lecture Series With Imam Dawood Yasin
Join us for an evening with our very own cherished faculty member Imam Dawood Yasin as he delivers a talk on the topic of his dissertation entitled “Tayyib: The Foundation of Ethical Eating & Conscious Consumption.” Imam Dawood Yasin is Zaytuna College's Director of Student Affairs, where he focuses on experiential learning, student development and spiritual enrichment for the college’s diverse student body.
10/25/2017 7:00:00 PM -07:000.0000
Fall Lecture Series With Professor Laura Nader
Join us for an evening with UC Berkeley Professor and anthropologist Laura Nader as she delivers a talk entitled “What the Rest Thinks of the West.” Professor Nader has been a Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley since 1960 and she was the first woman to receive a tenure-track position in the department. Her extensive writing about “harmony ideology” is centered around the belief that the existence of conflict is necessarily a bad or dysfunctional thing and a healthy society is one that achieves harmony between people and minimizes conflict and confrontation.
10/11/2017 7:00:00 PM -07:000.0000
Fall Lecture Series With UC Berkeley Professor Steven Fish
Join us for an evening with UC Berkeley Professor and acclaimed political scientist Steven Fish. Professor Fish’s book entitled “Are Muslims Distinctive? A Look at the Evidence” is the first book-length work to use quantitative methods to address the big questions about whether, and how, the behavior of Muslims is unique. Professor Fish’s work shifts the grounds of debate from overheated rhetoric to fact-finding and hypothesis-testing. Professor Fish will present a talk on his work and discuss his research. This important discussion should not be missed.
10/4/2017 7:00:00 PM -07:000.0000
Zaytuna College: The Art of Disagreement
Zaid Shakir & Caner Dagli September 28, 2017 Can our disagreements be more fruitful and less divisive? We live in an age marked by contentious debate not only about politics, but also about even more fundamental commitments, such as our varied philosophical and theological approaches and even our understanding of science and the arts. Join us for what promises to be an enlightening evening with talks by Caner Dagli and Zaid Shakir, followed by an on-stage conversation, about how we can arrive at disagreement without disengagement. Program begins: 7:30 pm EST, September 28 Venue: ADAMS Center, Sterling, Virginia This is a free event; please arrive early to secure your seats.
9/28/2017 7:30:00 PM -04:000.0000
Fall Lecture Series With Zahra Billoo
Join us for an evening with feminist, civil rights activist, attorney and CAIR-SFBA director Zahra Billoo as she delivers a lecture entitled “Resisting the Muslim Ban.” Billoo has appeared on numerous local and national media outlets and her work primarily focuses on empowering the American Muslim community and building bridges with allies on civil rights issues.
9/20/2017 7:00:00 PM -07:000.0000
Fall Lecture Series With Dr. Hatem Bazian
Join us for an evening with Zaytuna College Provost Dr. Hatem Bazian as he delivers a talk on a critical section of his new book “Annotations on Race, Colonialism, Islamophobia, Islam, and Palestine,” dealing with the immigration crisis and the collapse of the post-colonial state. Dr. Bazian is co-Founder, Provost, and Professor at Zaytuna College, as well as Teaching Professor in the departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Along with his teaching and research, Dr. Bazian founded the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at UC Berkeley, and is on the board of several organizations. Dr. Bazian’s extensive research has culminated into multiple published books, with “Annotations” being his seventh and most recent work.
9/13/2017 7:00:00 PM -07:000.0000
Bookclub: "Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People"
Discuss the groundbreaking book “Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People” by Jack Shaheen. In the book, Shaheen dissects a slanderous history dating from cinema’s earliest days to contemporary Hollywood blockbusters that feature machine-gun wielding and bomb-blowing “evil” Arabs. He documents the tendency to portray Muslim Arabs as Public Enemy #1 – brutal, heartless, uncivilized “others” bent on terrorizing civilized Westerners – and examines how and why such a stereotype has grown and spread in the film industry. We look forward to an evening of refreshments and thought-provoking discussion.
8/25/2017 6:30:00 PM -07:000.0000
Zaytuna Outdoor Enrichment
The July program has sold out. Limited spots still remain for August! -- The Zaytuna Outdoor Enrichment program aims to facilitate spiritually-orientated outdoor immersion trips for all members of our community. Upon completing the program participants will, God willing, recognize a greater enrichment of both the spiritual and mundane aspects of their lives; an enrichment that will remain with them as they move forward. July Program: SOLD OUT August Program: August 7 - 11, 2017 Learn more by visiting the registration page today: https://www.zaytuna.edu/event/outdoor_enrichment/
8/11/2017 12:00:00 AM -07:000.0000
Study Abroad in Granada, Spain
Zaytuna College’s study abroad program has the potential to be life altering if you choose to embark on this adventure. Plunge yourself into understanding the unique history of Islam in Spain, while immersing yourself in the rich culture of Cordoba and Alhambra. Learn more by visiting the registration page today: https://www.zaytuna.edu/extendedlearning/summer-study-abroad
7/16/2017 12:00:00 AM -07:000.0000
2017 Commencement Ceremony
On behalf of Zaytuna College, President Hamza Yusuf requests the honor of your presence at the College’s 2017 Commencement at 2:00 pm, Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 2401 Le Conte Ave., Berkeley, California. At this Commencement, you will witness Zaytuna’s fourth-ever graduating class receive their Bachelor of Arts diplomas in Islamic Law and Theology. Catch the live stream here: https://goo.gl/KmJceM Commencement speaker bio: Mansa Bilal Mark King has a Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in psychology from Howard University. He is an associate professor of sociology at Morehouse College. It is the nation’s only Historically Black Liberal Arts College for men, counts Martin Luther King, Jr. (no relation) among its renowned alumni, and boasts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. In 2012, Bilal began collaborating on the After Malcolm Digital Collective with Abbas Barzegar and Zaynab Mansour Ansari, while his traditionally published research has focused on family structure and child well-being; racial and ethnic inequality, interfaith families in Ghana, and the racial reconciliation of blacks and whites in the U.S.. His next project will focus on the role of spiritual communities like the Muridiyya, Tijaniyya, African Hebrew Israelites, and Orisha/Ifa in Blackamerican transnationalism. Bilal is a certified speaker for the Islamic and Interfaith Speakers Bureaus of Atlanta, and was a content manager for the Islamic Networks Group. He has also worked as a community organizer, an education research interviewer, a violence-prevention best-practices analyst, and an evaluation consultant. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Fikira, and daughters, Sabila and Hafsatu.
5/21/2017 2:00:00 PM -07:000.0000
Capitalize This Ramadan
Join Mahdy Amine and Zaytuna College in preparing for Ramadan! Invite your friends and family. Children are welcome! 7:00 - Meet and greet 7:15 - Program begins 8:10 - Maghrib and program ends Suggested donation is $10 and no one will be turned away.
5/19/2017 7:00:00 PM -07:000.0000
Zaytuna College Open House
Be our guest and join us at our open house to experience for yourself what Zaytuna College has to offer. Explore our campus, engage with faculty, staff and students. Enjoy light refreshments and attend a lecture given by our Director of Student Affairs, Imam Dawood Yasin as he introduces the concepts of Holistic Education and Experiential Learning, and gain an understanding of why engaging your mind, body, and soul is an integral part of the Zaytuna College experience.
4/22/2017 11:00:00 AM -07:000.0000
Zaytuna College Lecture Series
Hosted by Professor Zeba Huq. This lecture will outline the pertinent doctrine underlying the First Amendment and why the Trump Administration’s recent “travel ban” violates the Constitutional right to religious liberty. Location: The Sanctuary @ Zaytuna College 2401 Le Conte Ave, Berkeley CA Refreshments: 6:00pm - 6:30pm | Lecture and Q&A: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
3/29/2017 6:00:00 PM -07:000.0000
Black History Month Lecture with Dr. Zakiyyah Muhammad
Dr. Zakiyyah Muhammad is the honorary speaker for the second of our Black History Month lectures at Zaytuna. Join as she shares her insights on the historical development and pedagogical issues that transformed education in the African American Muslim experience. This lecture will be followed by a moderated conversation with Imam Zaid Shakir, co-founder of Zaytuna College. Free Admission & Livestream, RSVP by clicking here: www.zaytuna.edu/LS
2/28/2017 6:00:00 PM -08:000.0000
Zaytuna College Bay Area Benefit Event
Alhamdullilah a SOLD OUT event! Thank you Bay Area!
2/19/2017 5:00:00 PM -08:000.0000
Black History Month Lecture with Dr. Abdullah Ali
"A boundless Islam is no Islam at all." -- Dr. Abdullah Ali will be the honorary guest speaker for the first of two Black History Month lectures. Join as he shares insights on the concept of Blackness in the Islamic Tradition. The lecture will be followed by a moderated conversation with special guest Kristin George from the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues at UC Berkeley. -- Free Admission, RSVP by clicking here: www.zaytuna.edu/LS
2/15/2017 6:00:00 PM -08:000.0000
Zaytuna College D.C. Metro Area Benefit Event
We're so very sorry, but our D.C. Metro Area Benefit Event, which is scheduled for February 11, 2017, has been postponed. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. Please stay tuned for an upcoming announcement with the new event date.
2/12/2017 12:00:00 AM -05:000.0000
Admissions Open House Livestream
Imagine beginning your educational journey with us at Zaytuna College. We know that you have many options before you that promise exciting avenues for growth. We hope that you will seriously consider choosing Zaytuna College— the first accredited Muslim college in the United States—as the place to pursue the next phase of your educational path. Now is your chance to experience Zaytuna College firsthand. Be our guest and join us at our open house, and experience for yourself what we have to offer. *Please note this event is ONLY being live streamed.
12/7/2016 5:30:00 PM -08:000.0000
Dr. Hatem Bazian Book Launch (on Palestine) Discussion & Signing
Book Signing and Lecture Join Dr. Hatem Bazian for a lecture and discussion on his latest book, "Palestine…it is something colonial", moderated by Professor Stephen Small, UC Berkeley Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies. This event will be held at the Zaytuna College Campus & via live stream. (RSVP: http://info.zaytuna.edu/bazian-palestine-book-launch) *Book signing 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm and 9:00 pm to 9:30 pm "Palestine ... it is something colonial" In 1902, Theodor Herzl, the founder of political Zionism, wrote to Cecil Rhodes, the Minister of Colonies for Great Britain: “You are being invited to help make history. It doesn’t involve Africa, but a piece of Asia Minor; not Englishmen but Jews ... How, then, do I happen to turn to you since this is an out-of-the-way matter for you? How indeed? Because it is something colonial.” The occupation of Palestine was the last settler-colonial project the British empire commissioned, and this colonial project is still unfolding more than one hundred years later. In centering Palestine’s modern history around settler-colonial discourses, Hatem Bazian offers a theoretical basis for understanding Palestine while avoiding the pitfalls of the internationally supported "peace process" that, on the one hand, affirms settler-colonial rights and, on the other hand, problematizes the colonialized and dispenses with the ramifications of the colonial project. Biographies Dr. Hatem Bazian is co-founder of Zaytuna College, and he also serves on the faculty and the Board of Trustees at the College. He is a senior lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Bazian founded the Center for the Study of Documentation of Islamophobia at UC Berkeley in 2009, and he launched the Islamophobia Studies Journal through a collaborative effort with a number of academic institutions in 2012. He is also on the board of several organizations, including the Islamic Scholarship Fund and Muslim Americans for Palestine, for which he is the founding president. Stephan Small is an associate professor in the Department of African American Studies and African Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught in the Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1988-1992); in the Center for Research in Ethnic Relations at the University of Warwick (1991); and in the Department of Sociology at the University of Leicester (1992-1995). His research is organized around the social scientific analysis of contemporary racial formations, and addresses links between historical structures and contemporary manifestations of racial formations in the United States and elsewhere in the African Diaspora.
12/1/2016 7:30:00 PM -08:000.0000
Admissions Open House
Imagine beginning your educational journey with us at Zaytuna College. We know that you have many options before you that promise exciting avenues for growth. We hope that you will seriously consider choosing Zaytuna College— the first accredited Muslim college in the United States—as the place to pursue the next phase of your educational path. Now is your chance to experience Zaytuna College firsthand. Be our guest and join us at our open house, and experience for yourself what we have to offer. *Please note this is not being live streamed. A date for our online open house will be announced soon.
11/20/2016 11:00:00 AM -08:000.0000
ICNM: An Evening of Food and Inspiration with Imam Tahir Anwar
Islamic Center of North Marin (ICNM) hosts this event: An Evening of Food and Inspiration with Imam Tahir Anwar Muhammad Ali described service as “the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” The sunnah of the Prophet, peace be upon him, was to serve humanity by day and pray through the night. Service to others is a means by which Allah draws hearts together. This is especially needed in the time and place we find ourselves today. This session will explore the sacred act of service as a vehicle to achieve proximity to the Divine. *Please note that this event will be held at the auditorium at: Vallecito Elementary School 50 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903 This event will not be live streamed.
11/19/2016 6:00:00 PM -08:000.0000
Is God Allah?
Through this intimate gathering, we’ll attempt to examine the etymologies and meanings of some of the names of God found in the Hebrew Bible and the Qur'an. It will attempt to answer: Who is Allah? Do Muslims and Jews (and Christians) worship the same God? What is the greatest name of God? What is the personality of the biblical and Qur’anic God? Join us as we dive deeply into this conversation. The discussion will be led by faculty member Dr. Ali Ataie. Join us in person or via livestream at Zaytuna.edu/Live. Dr. Ali Ataie has been involved in interfaith activities for over fifteen years. He has been a guest lecturer and guest instructor at several colleges and universities, including Cal Poly State, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Cal State East Bay, and others. He has also engaged in dialogs and debates with a number of Christian scholars on topics ranging from the historicity of the resurrection of Christ (upon whom be peace) and the Prophethood of Muhammad (upon whom be peace and blessings). He studied various Islamic sciences with local San Francisco Bay Area scholars. He is a graduate of the Badr Arabic Language Institute in Hadramawt, Yemen, and studied at the prestigious Dar al-Mustafa, also in Hadramawt, under some of the most eminent scholars in the world. He holds a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, with emphasis upon the New Testament (he is the first Muslim seminarian in the 147-year history of the school to earn this degree). He is certified in Arabic, Hebrew, and Biblical Greek, and is fluent in Farsi. He has recently obtained a Ph.D. in Islamic Biblical Hermeneutics at the GTU and is an adjunct professor of Islamic Studies and lecturer on World Religions at the GTU.
10/20/2016 7:30:00 PM -07:000.0000
Sacred Parenting: A Dinner and Lecture with Imam Dawood Yasin and Shaykh Jamaal Diwan The family is the first institution in society and is designed to nurture and prepare the young to engage the civilizational enterprise. In the modern world, we are experiencing the deterioration of the familial bonds that hold this sacred institution together. Parents are at the center of all this. They are responsible for raising children who are firm in their faith, but they have the freedom and latitude to choose how they parent. These talks will explore the responsibility of modern parenting through an Islamic lens.
10/7/2016 7:00:00 PM -07:000.0000
Knowledge Triumphant: A Benefit Event in New Jersey
At Zaytuna College, we believe we have a collective responsibility to restore the placement of reason at the center of the Islamic tradition so we can confidently meet the challenge of extremism – from both within Islam and from outside it – our world faces today. At this special benefit event – featuring Zaid Shakir, Hamza Yusuf, and Hatem Bazian, our three co-founders – you'll learn about the impact that Zaytuna scholars and students are making around the globe -- such as countering the rise of exclusivist interpretations of Islam, pushing back against Islamophobia, and leading civic engagement efforts. Come celebrate what you've built and continue to help Zaytuna maximize its public impact. Reserve your seats before September 1 for Early Bird pricing. Premier seating is also available.
9/24/2016 6:00:00 PM -04:000.0000
Zaytuna College Bookstore Grand Opening (Local & Facebook LIVE)
Dr. Hatem Bazian, Imam Zaid Shakir and Shaykh Hamza Yusuf request the pleasure of your company to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Zaytuna College Bookstore. Be among the first to experience specially curated books and handpicked gifts while enjoying refreshments and conversation with our college founders on Friday, September 16 / 15 Dhu al-Hijjah from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. PST at: The Zaytuna College Campus 2401 LeConte Avenue Berkeley, CA *Please note this event can also be viewed via FB LIVE. RSVP at www.Zaytuna.edu/Bookstore
9/16/2016 7:00:00 PM -07:000.0000
Hajj For Non-Hajjis Event w/ Ustadh Abdullah bin Hamid Ali
9/6/2016 10:00:00 AM -07:000.0000
Stressed Out: The Struggle For Success - Live Stream: Shaykha Rania Awaad
Join us for our upcoming live stream where Dr. Rania Awaad will guide us through stress reduction strategies and techniques that can help us benefit from the blessings of Ramadan. Reducing stress in our lives can put our minds and bodies in a better state, God willing, to take advantage of the manifold spiritual opportunities this month offers. The live stream will include time for questions and answers with the online audience. You are welcome to submit your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org before the webinar. You can watch it here. About Dr. Rania Awaad: Dr. Rania Awaad, a medical doctor and a member of the Zaytuna faculty, completed her psychiatric residency at Stanford University, where she is currently on the faculty as Clinical Instructor in the Stanford Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department. She has received a traditional license (ijaza) to teach Qur'anic recitation (tajwid) in both the Hafs and Warsh recitations from the late Syrian scholar, Shaykh Abu Hassan al-Kurdi. In addition to completing several advanced texts of the Shafi'i school (madhab), she is licensed to teach texts of Maliki jurisprudence (fiqh), literature (adab), and spirituality (ihsan).
6/14/2016 4:00:00 PM -07:000.0000
2016 Zaytuna College Commencement (Live stream)
On behalf of Zaytuna College, President Hamza Yusuf requests the honor of your presence at the College’s 2016 Commencement at 2:00 pm, Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 2401 Le Conte Ave., Berkeley, California or via live stream at Zaytuna.edu. At this Commencement, you will witness Zaytuna’s third-ever graduating class receive their Bachelor of Arts diplomas in Islamic Law and Theology. You'll also hear from members of our College community, including Mohammad Khan, who will represent the senior class. Dr Recep Sentürk, Director of the Alliance of Civilizations Institute at the Fatih Sultan Mehmet University in Istanbul, Turkey will honor us as the Commencement Speaker.
5/22/2016 2:00:00 PM -07:000.0000
Knowledge Triumphant: A Benefit Event in Chicago
Knowledge Triumphant: Islam and the Stewardship of Reason Today we face enormous threats from extremists within Islam and from outside it, as well as from an intellectual culture that often disdains religion. Centuries ago, Imam al-Ghazali realized that for Islam to withstand assaults, faith alone is not enough—reason is also needed to defend the religion. At Zaytuna College, we believe we have a collective responsibility to restore Imam al-Ghazali’s placement of reason at the center of the Islamic tradition—so we can confidently meet the challenges we face today. Join Zaytuna for an inspirational evening with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, the College's president, faculty and staff. You'll learn about the impact that Zaytuna scholars and students are making around the globe -- such as countering extremism within Islam, pushing back against Islamophobia, and leading civic engagement efforts. Come celebrate what you've built and continue to help Zaytuna maximize its public impact. This event will not be live streamed.
4/23/2016 6:00:00 PM -05:000.0000
The Zaytuna Effect: "Revelation" Livestream
Join us for this book review/discussion of "Revelation", the Story of Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him.
4/22/2016 7:00:00 PM -07:000.0000
Knowledge Triumphant: A Benefit Event in Atlanta
Islam and the Stewardship of Reason Today we face enormous threats from extremists within Islam and from outside it, as well as from an intellectual culture that often disdains religion. Centuries ago, Imam al-Ghazali realized that for Islam to withstand assaults, faith alone is not enough—reason is also needed to defend the religion. At Zaytuna College, we believe we have a collective responsibility to restore Imam al-Ghazali’s placement of reason at the center of the Islamic tradition—so we can confidently meet the challenges we face today. Join Zaytuna for an inspirational evening with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, the College's president, faculty and staff. You'll learn about the impact that Zaytuna scholars and students are making around the globe -- such as countering extremism within Islam, pushing back against Islamophobia, and leading civic engagement efforts. We're also incredibly honored to announce that our special guest, Edward Ahmed Mitchell, the new executive director of CAIR-Georgia, will join us on stage. Edward Ahmed Mitchell, the new executive director of CAIR-GA, is an attorney and former journalist based in Atlanta. Edward also serves as an editor of AtlantaMuslim.com, as an interfaith speaker for the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta, and as a member of the board of the Islamic Community Center of Atlanta. Edward graduated from Morehouse College and Georgetown University, where he served as president of the law school's Muslim Law Students Association. Come celebrate what you've built and continue to help Zaytuna maximize its public impact. This event will not be live streamed.
4/9/2016 6:00:00 PM -04:000.0000
Knowledge Triumphant: A Zaytuna Benefit Event in Southern California
**Location has changed and will be announced shortly. Knowledge Triumphant: Islam and the Stewardship of Reason Today we face enormous threats from extremists within Islam and from outside it, as well as from an intellectual culture that often disdains religion. Centuries ago, Imam al-Ghazali realized that for Islam to withstand assaults, faith alone is not enough—reason is also needed to defend the religion. At Zaytuna College, we believe we have a collective responsibility to restore Imam al-Ghazali’s placement of reason at the center of the Islamic tradition—so we can confidently meet the challenges we face today. Join Zaytuna for an inspirational evening with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, the College's president, faculty and staff. You'll learn about the impact that Zaytuna scholars and students are making around the globe -- such as countering extremism within Islam, pushing back against Islamophobia, and leading civic engagement efforts. Come celebrate what you've built and continue to help Zaytuna maximize its public impact. This event will not be live streamed.
3/26/2016 5:30:00 PM -07:000.0000
Knowledge Triumphant: Bay Area Benefit Event
Islam and the Stewardship of Reason Today we face enormous threats from extremists within Islam and from outside it, as well as from an intellectual culture that often disdains religion. Centuries ago, Imam al-Ghazali realized that for Islam to withstand assaults, faith alone is not enough—reason is also needed to defend the religion. At Zaytuna College, we believe we have a collective responsibility to restore Imam al-Ghazali’s placement of reason at the center of the Islamic tradition—so we can confidently meet the challenges we face today. Join Zaytuna for an inspirational evening with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, the College's president, and special guest Dr. John Sexton, President Emeritus of New York University, where he led the growth of NYU's global education network in Shanghai and Abu Dhabi. You'll learn about the impact that Zaytuna scholars and students are making around the globe -- such as countering extremism within Islam, pushing back against Islamophobia, and leading civic engagement efforts. That's not all -- there will also be a reception and a silent auction in which Islamic artwork and other exciting offers will be available for bidding. Come celebrate what you've built and continue to help Zaytuna maximize its public impact. Early Bird Discount ends this week. Babysitting is only $5 and special prices for youth tickets are available. This event will not be live streamed.
2/27/2016 6:00:00 PM -08:000.0000
Why Study "The Study Quran" (live stream)
WHY STUDY "THE STUDY QURAN"? A CONVERSATION WITH JOSEPH LUMBARD, & ZAYTUNA FACULTY The Study Quran, edited by a team of scholars led by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, is one of the most significant English-language publications about Islam in recent memory. For the first time, English readers can access the rich stores of interpretive scholarship on the Quran through a curated synthesis of forty classical tafsirs in the legal, spiritual, and theological traditions of both Sunni and Shi’i Islam. In addition, the work features a number of important thematic essays from leading scholars, including Ingrid Mattson (“How to Read the Quran”), William Chittick (“The Quran and Sufism”), and Hamza Yusuf (“Death, Dying, and the Afterlife in the Quran”). Still, any project of this scale and ambition inspires thoughtful questions. Can Muslims view it as a devotional text if it doesn’t fully represent any single tradition within Islam? Should readers who are not Muslim view the book as an objective source about Islam even if it eschews Western academic approaches to the study of the Quran? As a work produced by Muslim academics for specialists and students, as well as for Muslims and the broader public, does it shift authority away from “traditional” scholars when it comes to understanding the Quran and Islam in the modern world? Join us for what promises to be a compelling public conversation with Joseph Lumbard, a general editor for The Study Quran, and Zaytuna faculty members Abdullah Ali, Ali Ataie, and Mahan Mirza, A book signing will follow the conversation. Additional information on the speakers can be found here. When: 7:30pm, PST (doors open at 7pm) Friday, January 22, 2015 Where: Zaytuna College Sanctuary 2401 Le Conte, Ave., Berkeley This free event will be also be live streamed on Zaytuna.edu. Registration is required.
1/22/2016 7:30:00 PM -08:000.0000
For God's Sake: Solidarity Against Islamophobia - Live stream
The wars, hatred, and chauvinism polarizing many parts of the world, including our own country, are causing many to justify the wanton slaughter of “them” in the interest of protecting “us.” We can only bridge this lethal divide when we recognize that there is no “them,” there is only “us" -- because God has sanctified all of our lives. It is imperative that Muslims, and people of other faiths, begin to assert this universal truth. Please join us for an evening of solidarity so we may better counter the rising hatred and Islamophobia we see in our nation. This event is both at Zaytuna and online at zaytuna.edu.
12/17/2015 6:00:00 PM -08:000.0000
Admissions Open House: On Campus & Livestream
Join us for an Admissions Open House at Zaytuna’s campus in Berkeley – as well as online at zaytuna.edu - and discover an undergraduate education devoted to the best of the Islamic and Western traditions. You’ll meet students, staff, and faculty and learn about Zaytuna’s curriculum, student life at the College, and the admissions process. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers. www.zaytuna.edu
10/31/2015 3:00:00 PM -07:000.0000
ZAYTUNA AT ISNA
Our founders and faculty will be participating in 10 different sessions. Come to our booth in the lobby to participate in fun activities and to get any and all of your questions answered directly from students and staff. The full lineup of our sessions are here: www.zaytuna.edu/event/isna
9/4/2015 12:00:00 PM -05:000.0000
Live Broadcast - The End of Ramadan: How Can We Build on What We've Gained?
The End of Ramadan: How Can We Build on What We’ve Gained? A Zaytuna College Webinar (livestream, not in person) If we've been watching the night sky over the course of this blessed month, we know that the moon has passed its fullness to enter into its waning stage. This means, of course, the end of Ramadan is near. But what's next? What's the end, the real purpose, of Ramadan? Just as the moon, in sha Allah, will become new again to usher in Shawwal, reminding us about the continuity of creation, we will also, if God permits, continue on our own respective journeys through life after this month. How can we build on what we've gained? Join us for a special webinar with Zaytuna faculty members, Tahir Anwar and Mahan Mirza, who will offer counsel about how we can continue to enrich and energize our spiritual lives, even after Ramadan departs.
7/11/2015 11:00:00 AM -07:000.0000
All Things Zakat Live Stream: From Stocks to Livestock
Find out everything you wanted to know about Zakat with a Zaytuna Scholar: Imam Tahir Anwar Join us this Tuesday, June 16th at 5pm PST/8pm EST for a review of one of the most important principles of our deen. After the talk, Imam Tahir Anwar will conduct a Q&A session on Zakat.
6/16/2015 5:00:00 PM -07:000.0000
Zaytuna College 2015 Commencement
On behalf of Zaytuna College, we invite you to attend our College’s 2015 Commencement live stream at 2 pm, May 24, 2015/6 Sha’ban, 1436, at Zaytuna.edu/graduation. This Commencement will be Zaytuna’s first as an accredited college and, God willing, will also mark the College’s five year anniversary. Sister Marianne Farina, Ph.D., Professor at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, will honor us as the Commencement Speaker. *Please note that this is a closed event and viewing is only available through live stream.
5/24/2015 2:00:00 PM -07:000.0000
A Reading and a Conversation with Sandy Tolan (Author, Children Of The Stone) Live Streamed Event
The latest book from Sandy Tolan, Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land, tells the story of Palestinian children learning music against the odds, under Israel’s military occupation. Join us at Zaytuna College for a reading and conversation hosted by Dr. Hatem Bazian with the critically acclaimed nonfiction writer Sandy Tolan. A book-signing with Sandy Tolan will follow the program. Sandy Tolan, Journalist and author of the The Lemon Tree; Associate Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC 7pm, April 28, 2015 Zaytuna College, 2401 Le Conte Ave., Berkeley, CA This is a FREE event you may attend in person or watch via live stream; Registration is required for both. Live stream instructions will be email the day before the event.
4/28/2015 7:00:00 PM -07:000.0000
Zaytuna College's 2nd Annual Academic Conference
Forging Islamic Authority: Navigating Text and Context in the Modern World The Muslim world is in crisis, and the crisis is multi-layered. In many ways, the crisis revolves around the issue of Islamic authority. If international law recognizes nation states, what role is there for solidarity on the basis of a trans-national ummah? With national boundaries, to what extent can Muslims have solidarity with non-Muslims, whether as minorities in non-Muslim lands or in countries with a Muslim majority? Are there limits to a believer’s allegiance to a secular state? What texts are to be considered authoritative when approaching these questions? And is there one locus or multiple loci for legitimate interpretive authority? While the focus of the public discourse remains on the headlines, a much deeper epistemic debate is at hand centering on re-constituting Islamic authority in the post-Ottoman, nationalist and post-colonial periods. The complexity of this debate is muddled by a set of external circumstances that impinge into a scholar’s inner sanctum: globalization, neoliberal economics, corporatization, and commodification of knowledge, all of which challenge traditional frameworks for analysis and modes of transmission. Attempts at re-constituting Islamic authority have taken many forms but questions still remain. Indeed, we have arrived at a point where Islamic authority is limited, non-existent, sidelined, or mocked due to engagement in tangential and inconsequential debates. Where are we? Who are “we?” And where are we going? This event will be livestreamed. Registration required for attendance (in person or online) at www.zaytuna.org/April4
4/4/2015 8:00:00 AM -07:000.0000
Zaytuna College Dinner March 14 in Orlando, FL
3/14/2015 5:30:00 PM -04:000.0000
Zaytuna College Dinner in the Bay Area
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. We hope you'll join us for a benefit dinner, along with Zaid Shakir, Hamza Yusuf and Hatem Bazian, on how to address today's crisis of knowledge. We look forward to seeing you there!
3/7/2015 5:00:00 PM -08:000.0000
Zaytuna College Lunch Feb 22 in Dearborn with Zaid Shakir, Hamza Yusuf & Hatem Bazian
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. We hope you'll join us for a benefit lunch, along with Zaid Shakir, Hamza Yusuf and Hatem Bazian, on how to address today's crisis of knowledge. We look forward to seeing you there!
2/22/2015 12:00:00 PM -05:000.0000
Remembering Malcolm | Zaid Shakir, Michael McBride & Hamza Yusuf
Join us in person or online with the conversation with the hashtag #RememberMalcolm (Livestreamed Event) We invite you to join the students of Zaytuna College, along with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Reverend Curtis Flemming and Imam Zaid Shakir, for a celebration of the many dimensions of Malcolm X. His legacy contains multitudes, and our speakers hope to highlight three enduring themes from his life during this special event. - Shaykh Hamza Yusuf will discuss Malcolm's insatiable love for learning and explain why he's a critical role model for students of knowledge. - *Reverend Curtis Flemming will speak about Malcolm's interfaith work and offer advice about how we can carry on his tradition in today's age. - Imam Zaid Shakir will provide insight into Malcolm's religious experience and explore the implications of his remarkable journey through the faith. After their presentations, the speakers will engage with each other, as well as the audience, during a public conversation moderated by Imam Dawood Yasin. This is a free event, but registration is required. Doors Open at 6:00pm PST (2401 LeConte Ave.) Livestream/Program Begins at 6:30pm PST *Reverend Curtis Flemming is from the Bay Community Fellowship Church in Oakland. This event was organized by the 3rd Resurrection at Zaytuna College (3RZ) which is a student run organization dedicated to exploring topics connecting Islam and racial identity in a contemporary context. 3RZ uses Dr. Sherman Jackson's book, Islam and the Blackamerican: Looking Towards the Third Resurrection, as a source text to inform our direction in service and scholarship. Further, we aim to inform ourselves and others about Islam and the African Diaspora focusing on its rich history in the United States.
2/5/2015 6:00:00 PM -08:000.0000
Higher Education for a Higher Purpose: Benefit Luncheon in DC with Zaid Shakir & Hamza Yusuf
Tickets: http://bit.ly/1sWk81P Speakers include: Imam Zaid Shakir, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Imam Mohamed Magid 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 the DC Area -- 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 begin to address today's crisis of knowledge. * We would appreciate it if you could help us by spreading the word about this event. ** If you can help us during the event as a volunteer, please fill out this form and thank you in advance! https://zaytunacollege.formstack.com/forms/volunteer
12/14/2014 12:30:00 PM -05:000.0000
The Implementation of Islamic Penalties: The Major Preventives - An Evening with Sh. Muhammad al-Yaqoubi
Join us for a special evening at Zaytuna College, as we host Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi during his first visit to the San Francisco Bay Area in nine years. We'll enjoy tea and light refreshments and benefit, in sha Allah, from what promises to be an enlightening address about the Islamic legal tradition by Shaykh Muhammad. Shaykh Hamza Yusuf will also be present to introduce Shaykh Muhammad and his work to the Zaytuna community. Born in Damascus, Syria, Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi descends from a family whose lineage goes back to the Prophet, salla Allahu 'alayhi wa sallam, through his grandson Sayyiduna al-Hasan, radiya Allahu 'anhu. His ancestors also include some of the greatest scholars of Syria, and his father, Shaykh Ibrahim al-Yaqoubi (d. 1985/1406 H.), is considered one of the greatest Syrian scholars of the modern age.Shaykh Muhammad has participated in conferences, delivered lectures, and given Friday speeches in the Middle East, Europe, Canada, and the United States. This event will not be live streamed.
11/24/2014 5:00:00 PM -08:000.0000
When Might Makes Right: Strategies of Resistance - Chris Hedges & Hamza Yusuf
This event will be live streamed at Zaytuna.org - registration required: http://bit.ly/1tM2IEn The insightful dictum of the English historian, Lord Acton, still rings true: "Power tends to corrupt, but absolute power corrupts absolutely." Conversely, however, absolute powerlessness appears to have the same corrosive effect. Between these two extremes swirls a seemingly unbreakable cycle of oppression. The oppressor must hate his victims in order to rationalize his behavior - but, unfortunately, the oppressed also do their part in perpetuating the cycle of oppression, often allowing a deep resentment to take root in their hearts. How then can we break this unending cycle in a world where might often makes right? Join us for what promises to be an enlightening conversation between Chris Hedges and Hamza Yusuf, two thinkers whose work and faith traditions help them offer bold strategies of resistance in the face of some of today's most pressing problems.
11/21/2014 7:30:00 PM -08:000.0000
WHAT’S LEFT THAT’S RIGHT? Ethical Clarity in a Polarized World A Benefit Event for Zaytuna College in Chicago
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 Shaykh Hamza Yusuf & Imam Zaid Shakir for a special Zaytuna College event, where we will also invite you to continue supporting the growth of America’s first Muslim liberal arts college. Please note that this event will not be live streamed.
5/10/2014 5:00:00 PM -05:000.0000
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 $10/students (IDs will be checked) This event will not be live streamed.
3/8/2014 12:00:00 AM +00:000.0000
What's Left That's Right?: Zaytuna College Benefit Dinner with Free Live Streaming
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. 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
Zaytuna Online Classes: Living Links
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
Thursday, June 27, 2013
The Rihla Live Stream Pass gives you full online access to the entire Rihla 2013 program including eleven courses taught by nine exceptionally qualified scholars totaling over 80 hours of Islamic education. Price increases on June 17th.
6/27/2013 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 $15 / Childcare & Free Parking Available 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
Who Stole My Iman?
Negotiating Modern Theological Fault Lines A Conversation with Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi and Imam Zaid Shakir Venue: Islamic Society of Orange County | Main Prayer Hall Address: 1 Al-Rahman Plaza (9752 W. 13th Street) Garden Grove, California 92844 Date and Time: Saturday, March 16, 2013 | 7pm to 9pm For More information Contact: Sabiha Quidwai Tel: (714) 531 1722. Ext: 8 | www.isocmasjid.com
3/16/2013 7:00:00 PM -07:000.0000
The Limits of Power: A Conversation with Ramsey Clark
For more than fifty years of service in the public and private sectors, former attorney general Ramsey Clark has consistently challenged the abuse of power and taken up the cause of the oppressed. During his tenure at the Justice Department, which included a stint as U.S. Attorney General during the Johnson administration, Clark hastened an end to legalized segregation and played a historic role in the American Civil Rights Movement. His many achievements include enforcing the court order, protecting the march from Selma to Montgomery; leading the investigation of abuses by police and the National Guard following the Watts riots; and supervising the drafting and passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Civil Rights Act of 1968. He also opposed electronic surveillance and refused to authorize an FBI wiretap on Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1976, Clark left the public sector to provide legal defense to the disenfranchised. His controversial clients over the years included antiwar activist, Father Philip Berrigan, and Native American political prisoner, Leonard Peltier. An outspoken critic of U.S. foreign policy, he has called for an end to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as a ban on depleted uranium weapons. He fervently opposes the escalating militarization of the United States and is a staunch advocate for victims of constitutional violations and legal travesties in post-9/11 America. Zaytuna College is greatly honored to present an evening with Ramsey Clark, who will share wisdom gleaned from a lifetime of public and civic service. Join us for what promises to be an informative and inspiring evening. Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 Time: 6:30 to 8:30pm PST Location: Zaytuna College (new campus), 2401 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley, California & Online: Zaytuna College's Facebook page. Click here to register: http://www.formstack.com/forms/zaytunacollege-ramseyclark
3/6/2013 6:30:00 PM -08:000.0000
Zaytuna College Open House
Are you a student interested in making a living, or in making a life? Zaytuna is a liberal arts college that trains students to make a life committed to service and devotion. Our undergraduate curriculum offers courses that expose them to luminaries from Aristotle to Imam al-Ghazali, in subjects from Philosophy to Islamic Law. Zaytuna welcomes you to join us on campus for the Open House! Take a campus tour, meet Zaytuna faculty and students, speak with an admissions officer, and more! What do our students and teachers have to say about their experience? Watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM5RDEz_Jr8&feature=share&list=UU88lF82aS_VW3oJe7GV5zsA Are you curious to learn more? How do you become a student? Come on Dec. 8th to find out more about the courses offered, admissions process, and student life! Refreshments will be served. Registration is required. Reserve your spot here: http://www.formstack.com/forms/zaytunacollege-open_house_registration Applications for the undergraduate program are due on March 1, 2013. Apply here: www.zaytunacollege.org/admissions
12/8/2012 12:30:00 PM -08:000.0000
Domes, Arches, and Minarets: A History of Islamic-Inspired Buildings in America
Phil Pasquini, an award winning photojournalist, has traveled across the country for the past several years in his quest to visit and record Islamic-inspired buildings in America. His recent book "Domes, Arches and Minarets - A History of Islamic-Inspired Buildings in America" explores the aesthetic impact of various historical styles of Islamic architecture in American cities, from the mid-18th century until today. Zaytuna College invites you to join Phil Pasquini for a photographic odyssey of Islam's influence on architecture in America. Date: Wednesday, October 3 Time: 7:00-8:30 pm Place: Zaytuna College's library (2515 Hillegass Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704) We look forward to seeing you there! P.S. The event will be livestreamed on Facebook (Ustream Live app) Sincerely, Zaytuna College
10/3/2012 7:00:00 PM -07:000.0000
Between Militarism and Extremism: The Excluded Middle
You are invited to attend a public event entitled "Between Militarism and Extremism: The Excluded Middle", on Monday, September 17. During this event Zaytuna College's co-founders, Hatem Bazian, Zaid Shakir, and Hamza Yusuf will speak about the recent wave of unrest in Libya, Egypt and other parts of the Muslim world that was set off due to the posting of the video maligning the Prophet Mohammad (SAW). Dr. James A. Donahue (president and a professor of ethics at the Graduate Theological Union) and Prof. Munir Jiwa (Graduate Theological Union Director and Assistant Professor Center for Islamic Studies Core Doctoral Faculty Member) will also speak at this event. Date: Monday, September 17 Time: 7:30 p.m. Place: Zaytuna's new campus, 2401 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709 The event will also be livestreamed on Zaytuna's Facebook page through the Ustream App. Sincerely, Zaytuna College
9/17/2012 7:30:00 PM -07:000.0000
Zaytuna Comes to Michigan: A New Academic Address for Islam in America
REGISTER: http://www.zaytunacollege.org/event/michigan Zaytuna College is embarking upon a journey to become the first accredited Muslim liberal arts college in the United States -- and, we are entering a pivotal year in our growth. We have an exciting opportunity to secure a permanent campus in Berkeley, California, that will firmly root Zaytuna in one of the major intellectual centers of the United States. We invite you to join our founders, Imam Zaid Shakir and Shaykh Hamza Yusuf for a special benefit dinner reception. There, we will share with you the highlights of our successful past year and announce the details of our future home. The generous support of the American Muslim community has been critical for Zaytuna's emergence as a thriving Muslim college in the United States. We need your philanthropic support once again as we strive to reach another milestone in our growth. REGISTER: http://www.zaytunacollege.org/event/michigan Babysitting (for children 12 years and under): $10 per child Free Parking Available $50 per Individual Ticket $450 per Table of 10 For more information: Sadia Shakir (For additional information) : (734) 637.9238 | email@example.com Zaytuna College: (510) 356.4753 | firstname.lastname@example.org REGISTER: http://www.zaytunacollege.org/event/michigan
6/2/2012 6:00:00 PM -04:000.0000
Zaytuna in Chicago: A New Academic Address for Islam in America
A New Academic Address for Islam in America Building the Future of Zaytuna College, Brick by Brick Zaytuna College is embarking upon a journey to become the first accredited Muslim liberal arts college in the United States -- and, we are entering a pivotal year in our growth. We have an exciting opportunity to secure a permanent campus in Berkeley, California, that will firmly root Zaytuna in one of the major intellectual centers of the United States. We invite you to join our founders, Imam Zaid Shakir, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and Dr. Hatem Bazian for a special benefit dinner reception. There, we will share with you the highlights of our successful past year and announce the details of our future home. The generous support of the American Muslim community has been critical for Zaytuna's emergence as a thriving Muslim college in the United States. We need your philanthropic support once again as we strive to reach another milestone in our growth. Tickets: $65 per person $600 per table of 10 people **Babysitting is available.** For more information: www.zaytuna.org/april28 email@example.com
4/28/2012 6:00:00 PM +00:000.0000
Zaytuna Live Broadcast: A Conversation with Dr. Tariq Ramadan
Watch Live Broadcast here: http://zaytuna.pivotshare.com/#view=Multimedia;detail=436 Join the faculty and students at Zaytuna on campus or online for an intimate conversation with Professor Tariq Ramadan. Professor Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University (Oriental Institute, St Antony's College) and also teaches at the Oxford Faculty of Theology. To post a question: Post your question in the comment section of this event page before or during the lecture.
4/19/2012 4:00:00 PM +00:000.0000
Zaytuna Live Broadcast: Finding Muhammad in the Bible with Ali Ataie
Join us on campus or online! "Finding Muhammad (upon him be peace) in the Bible" with Ali Ataie This lecture will focus on identifying typologies of the Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace, in the Hebrew Bible as well as the New Testament. Various biblical verses and prophecies will be analyzed in light of the life, mission, and message of the final Messenger of God, upon him be peace. Ali Ataie is a doctoral candidate in Islamic Biblical Hermeneutics at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Watch Live Broadcast here: http://zaytuna.pivotshare.com/#view=Multimedia;detail=436 To post a question: Post your question in the comment section of this event page before or during the lecture. Post through Twitter: Any tweet with the #Zaytuna hashtag will show up in the comment window. There are two options to do this. 1. Go to twitter.com, sign up or sign in, and send a tweet with #Zaytuna in the message body 2. On the left of the video window, click Share on Twitter. Next, follow the two step process to authorize the application to connect to Twitter. First, twitter will pop up in a new window asking you to sign in. It will then provide you with an access code. Simply type that code back into the Pivotshare window and you'll be connected. The application should load your twitter account and you should be able to send Tweets from the video screen. Be sure to include #Zaytuna in the message to make it show up. To see comments as they come in, be sure to click "Auto-Refresh" underneath the video and set it to "On" .
4/13/2012 8:00:00 PM +00:000.0000
Live! An Islamic Model of Sustainable Development with Dr. Hatem Bazian
Register here to join us in person: http://www.formstack.com/forms/zaytunacollege-waqf or, Watch Live Broadcast here: http://zaytuna.pivotshare.com/#view=Multimedia;detail=436 For comments: To see comments as they come in, be sure to click "Auto-Refresh" underneath the video and set it to "On" . To make a comment: Any tweet with the #Zaytuna hashtag will show up in the comment window. There are two options to do this. 1. Go to twitter.com, sign up or sign in, and send a tweet with #Zaytuna in the message body 2. On the left of the video window, click Share on Twitter. Next, follow the two step process to authorize the application to connect to Twitter. First, twitter will pop up in a new window asking you to sign in. It will then provide you with an access code. Simply type that code back into the Pivotshare window and you'll be connected. The application should load your twitter account and you should be able to send Tweets from the video screen. Be sure to include #Zaytuna in the message to make it show up.
3/22/2012 4:30:00 PM +00:000.0000
Zaytuna Live Broadcast: The Irony of Democracy Part 2 with Imam Zaid Shakir
In the concluding lecture on the Irony of Democracy, Imam Zaid Shakir discusses the role of grassroots political campaigns in changing the elite consensus and the implications of that process for Muslims who seek to productively engage in the political process here in the United States. Live Broadcast Link: http://zaytuna.pivotshare.com/#view=Multimedia;detail=436 For comments: To see comments as they come in, be sure to click "Auto-Refresh" underneath the video and set it to "On" . To make a comment: Any tweet with the #Zaytuna hashtag will show up in the comment window. There are two options to do this. 1. Go to twitter.com, sign up or sign in, and send a tweet with #Zaytuna in the message body 2. On the left of the video window, click Share on Twitter. Next, follow the two step process to authorize the application to connect to Twitter. First, twitter will pop up in a new window asking you to sign in. It will then provide you with an access code. Simply type that code back into the Pivotshare window and you'll be connected. The application should load your twitter account and you should be able to send Tweets from the video screen. Be sure to include #Zaytuna in the message to make it show up.
3/1/2012 7:30:00 PM +00:000.0000
A Benefit Dinner | Brick by Brick : Building a Permanent Campus
We invite you to join the co-founders of Zaytuna College, Hamza Yusuf, Zaid Shakir, and Hatem Bazian for a benefit dinner. They will share with you the highlights of our successful past year and announce the details of our future home. Reserve you seats NOW at www.zaytuna.org/feb18. At Zaytuna College, we cannot help but be awed by Providence. In an incredibly short time we have done what takes decades to accomplish. But, with the Grace of God, we now have the opportunity to do even more. We believe 2012 will be remembered as a pivotal year for us. We plan to secure a permanent campus for Zaytuna in Berkeley that will firmly root us in one of the major intellectual centers of the United States. Your generous support has been critical for Zaytuna’s emergence as America’s first liberal arts Muslim college. During the reception, we will ask you again to invest in Zaytuna as we strive to reach another milestone in our growth. For more information check our website, www.zaytuna.org/give
2/18/2012 6:30:00 PM +00:000.0000
Zaytuna Live Broadcast | Part2: How to Read a Book with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf continues with the second part of his Zaytuna Faculty Lecture entitled, “How to Read a Book.” To watch live, click the link bellow. Post your topic-related questions in the comment section. Live Broadcast Link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zaytuna-College/264566099252?sk=app_196506863720166
2/15/2012 6:00:00 PM +00:000.0000
Live Broadcast | Reconciling the Irony of Democracy with Imam Zaid Shakir
Imam Zaid Shakir kicks off the first, Zaytuna College Co-founder Lecture Series today (Wednesday) at 4 PM with a lecture on “Reconciling the Irony of Democracy.” The lecture will be broadcast live on the web; go to the following link and “Like” Zaytuna to watch it and send your questions: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zaytuna-College/264566099252?sk=app_4298760509
1/25/2012 4:00:00 PM +00:000.0000
Open House at Zaytuna College
As Zaytuna College's application deadline nears, we invite you to join Imam Zaid Shakir for an open house in Berkeley. Meet some students, faculty, and staff and experience the Zaytuna campus life. ■ Presentations about living and learning at Zaytuna ■ Student-guided tours of campus and Berkeley ■ Light breakfast and lunch with Imam Zaid This event is free and is primarily intended for high school students and their parents. Others are also welcome. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for Imam Zaid's personal invitation regarding this event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzHxZKpb9YM
1/21/2012 10:00:00 AM +00:000.0000