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The best English Qur'an tafsir exists as 500+ hours of YouTube videos. Help us publish this goldmine of knowledge into books people can read! Up to $50K Matched


MAKE THIS YOUR LASTING LEGACY (Sadaqah Jariya) - Help publish the most in-depth English Qur'an Commentary (Tafsir) of our Generation!

BACKGROUND: The most in-depth and detailed direct-to-English Qur'anic Commentary of our times, Project Illumine: The Light of the Qu'ran, was completed in April 2023 by Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl at The Institute for Advanced Usuli Studies ("The Usuli Institute"). Dr. Abou El Fadl took three years to share his intensive thematic and ethical deep dives into every chapter of the Qur'an. All 500+ hours of halaqas are available for free online, however, we are now working to edit and publish this entire body of knowledge in book form for future generations. This is the legacy project for The Usuli Institute. Make it part of your legacy by supporting the project, especially during Ramadan.

WHAT: SPECIAL MATCHING GIFT CAMPAIGN UP TO $50,000 NOW: A generous Donor has promised to match every donation, dollar for dollar for the publication of the Project Illumine Tafsir up to $50K! 

WHO: Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl, Islamic Jurist and Distinguished Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. Founder of The Usuli Institute

WHERE: The Usuli Institute (www.usuli.org), a 501(c)(3) non-profit education institute dedicated to elevating ethics, critical thinking, beauty, and humanism in the Islamic intellectual tradition. 

WHY THIS PROJECT IS IMPORTANT: This life-transforming journey with the Qur'an brings God's Words to life for the challenges that Muslims face in 2024. After Gaza, it is time that Muslims return to their ethical roots and reconsider what God's Qur'an has to say. Learn how to apply Qur'an's moral lessons to Islamophobia, racism, social justice, equality, human rights, women's rights, and climate change, to name only a few categories. Gain the methodology to challenge illogical, unreasonable, and ugly interpretations of Islam. Replace doubt, faith crises, and lack of confidence with knowledge. This entire journey provides a comprehensive understanding, methodology and approach that will build the foundations of belief from the ground up.

WHY YOUR CONTRIBUTION IS IMPORTANT: Not everyone can watch 500+ hours of halaqa videos. This priceless knowledge must be edited and published as a beautiful, accessible, multi-volume work. It is a classic that will last for generations to come. We need your help to complete this multi-year project.

WHAT YOUR DONATION WILL SUPPORT:

Costs of Publication include:
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Editing
Printing
Book Interior and Cover Design 
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ABOUT DR. KHALED ABOU EL FADL

Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl is the Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Distinguished Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, and one of the world’s leading authorities on Shari'ah, Islamic law, and Islam. He was also formerly the Chair of the Islamic Studies Interdepartmental Program at UCLA.  He has served on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch. Among his many honors and distinctions, Dr. Abou El Fadl received the University of Oslo Human Rights Award in 2007, and the 2020 Martin Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion by the American Academy of Religion (AAR). A prolific scholar and prominent public intellectual, Dr. Abou El Fadl is the author of Reasoning with God: Reclaiming Shari'ah in the Modern Age; The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists; Speaking in God’s Name: Islamic Law, Authority and Women; Rebellion and Violence in Islamic Law; And God Knows the Soldiers: The Authoritative and Authoritarian in Islamic Discourses; Islam and the Challenge of Democracy; The Place of Tolerance in Islam; and The Search for Beauty in Islam: A Conference of the Books. 

Learn more about Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl here.


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