BOSTON: Dr. Umar Faruq-Abdullah – Oct. 10 – Beauty, the Splendor of Truth – ISBCC
MICHIGAN: Ubaydullah Evans – Oct. 24 – Higher Objectives of Islamic Law – FIC
Higher Objectives of Islamic Law (Maqasid al-Shariah)
Saturday October 24, 2015
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Flint Islamic Center
Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans
Presidential Candidate Ben Carson stated that a Muslim believing in Shariah should not be President. So what exactly is Shariah law? What is its purpose? Upon which principles is it based? How does it relate to American Law? Join us for this enlightening one-day seminar!
Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans is ALIM’s Scholar-in-Residence and Executive Director. He converted to Islam while in high school. Upon conversion, Ustadh Ubaydullah began studying some of the foundational books of Islam under the private tutelage of local scholars while simultaneously pursuing a degree in journalism from Columbia. Since then he has studied at Chicagoland’s Institute of Islamic Education (IIE), in Tarim, Yemen, and Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, where he is the first African-American to graduate from its Shari’a program. Ustadh Ubaydullah also instructs with the Ta’leef Collective and the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) at times.
Suggested Donation: $20. Light lunch and Childcare will be provided.
Beauty, the Splendor of Truth:
Timeless Universals and Time-Bound Modernisms
Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah
Saturday, October 10, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center
Pre-modern cultures and civilizations were generally beautiful. This is especially but not uniquely true of pre-modern Islamic cultures and civilizations — their visual arts, architecture, clothing, rugs, and other artifacts. On the other hand, modern cultures and civilizations struggle with the problem of ugliness. On occasion, ugliness becomes the norm. It is “real.” Beauty is valued, but it is exotic and not normative. If you are fortunate, you go to a “beautiful” setting for vacation, but then have to return to the monotony, dullness, and ugliness of the world we live in.
The one-day course, “Beauty, the Splendor of Truth: Timeless Universals and Time-Bound Modernisms” investigates this matter. In many traditional societies, it was believed that there is an intrinsic relation between God, truth, virtue (inward beauty), and outward beauty. In the modern world, by contrast, we often feel as though our understanding of reality vacillates between this objectivity of truth as understood by traditional peoples across the world for millennia, and the subjectivity of the self under the influence of the moral relativism of modernity. Meanwhile, beauty, virtue — even truth itself — hang in the imbalance. The individualistic and materialistic predispositions of modernity permeate our approach to art, architecture, music, culture, and economics. More gravely yet, it affects how the modern individual interprets himself. Modern man fulfills his purpose more faithfully the more he can paint the sacred with the colors of profanity, until the distinction between the two are sufficiently blurred as to strip both of any meaning. Beauty, however, is an entirely different matter. Though its experience may be subjective, its reality is objective, and it beckons to virtue, for it is the very splendor of truth!
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