The Craft of Effective Prayer – A Talk At UCR’s MSA

The following audio is from a talk delivered for the MSA at the University of California Riverside on March 31st, 2015. The topic was about improving prayer to make one a more effective believer.

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Extra Resources

The Shallows, by Nicholas Carr.

The Willpower Instinct, by Kelly McGonigal.

Surah al-Fatihah — Points to Ponder, by Nouman Ali Khan.

Why Do Bad Things Happen? UMass Amherst MSA Event

Natural disaster, hunger, poverty and war. Why do bad things happen to good people? Join Dr. Ali Hazratji and myself at UMass Amherst for “Why Bad Things Happen” Thursday, March 7th at 7:15pm in the Campus Center Room 101.

أَحَسِبَ النَّاسُ أَنْ يُتْرَكُوا أَنْ يَقُولُوا آمَنَّا وَهُمْ لَا يُفْتَنُونَ

“Do people imagine that they will be left to say, ‘We have attained faith!,’ and will not be tested?.” — Qur’an, 29: 2.

Islam in a Global Perspective: What Makes Islam Work?

The following is a lecture I gave at the University of Pennsylvania for UPenn’s MSA. This talk kicked off the Chaplain Chats for the Spring 2012 term.

For more on Islam and culture see my lecture Lecture on the Accommodation of Local Customs in Islamic Law at the Ella Collins 2012 Winter Retreat.

3rd Annual “Ivy Muslim Conference” at Yale

Here’s the details our 3rd Annual “Ivy Muslim Conference” at Yale on February 17-18. This year’s keynote speech will be delivered by Dr. Ingrid Mattson. The conference will feature panels as well as breakout discussion sessions on:

  • Networking
  • Pre-professional planning
  • Challenges & Opportunities of Living & Studying as Muslims at Ivy Schools
  • Community Activism: Life after MSA

There will be sports and social activities on Friday night. The Ivy League is constituted by a cohort of universities that share many things, including social, intellectual and professional opportunities and challenges. As Muslims at these institutions, we are subject to many of these same opportunities and challenges. In the midst of contemporary American academic life in the Ivy League, many Muslims grapple with issues of identity and purpose. This third “Ivy Muslim Conference” invites Muslims to explore, interrogate and discuss these issues, especially as they relate to their intellectual and spiritual lives.

Price: $20. Preregistration is required.