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Lamppost provides a window into the rich Islamic tradition through the eyes of contemporary American Muslim scholars, intellectuals, activists, and leaders. We offer to the public: live and pre-recorded webinars, classes, books, essays, and onsite enrichment programs dealing with the topics of Islam, Muslims, and the socio-cultural dynamics of American society. Our contributors offer expert analysis of current events which affect Muslims in the West as well as offerings in the classical Islamic disciplines.

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    Abdullah Bin Hamid Ali
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“A Return to Purity in Creed” by Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazzali translated by Dr. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali. Order your copy of this special reprint of the last work of Imam al-Ghazzali. Limited Copies of this work remain-get your copy today!

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Abdullah Bin Hamid Ali
Founder & President

Abdullah bin Hamid Ali is the Founding Director of the Lamppost Education Initiative. He serves as an assistant professor of Islamic law and Prophetic Tradition at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California (2007-present). He holds a Ph.D. in Cultural and Historical Studies in Religion (2016) and an M.A. in Ethics and Social Theory (2012) from the Graduate Theological Union. He obtained his B.A. (ijaza ‘ulya) in Islamic Law (Shariah) from the prestigious Al-Qarawiyin University of Fes, Morocco in 2001. He also served as full time Islamic chaplain at the State Correctional Institute of Chester, PA from 2002-2007. His research interests include the interconnection between law and identity formation, comparative Islamic law, and Islam’s role in the modern world.

 


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Muslim Funeral Guide (Lamppost Productions), 2005

The Attributes of God (Amal Press), 2006

Al-Ghazzālī, Abū Ḥāmid (Trans. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali). A Return to Purity in Creed, Philadelphia: Lamppost Productions, 2008

– Reprinted in 2018 (Lamppost Education Initiative)

Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali (Trans. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali). Tears of the Yearners for the Meeting With God, Philadelphia: Lamppost Education Initiative, 2015