Dear Friends and Supporters,
السلام عليكم وعيدكم مبارك
I hope this letter finds you in the best of health and security. In these distinct and difficult times characterized by great uncertainty, we place our trust in our Lord who has promised us, “Whosever trusts in God, God will suffice.” May your Eid, even as you are sheltered in place, be filled with joy and harmony with your family. Our faith provides for all manner of exigencies, including this pandemic, and our scholars advise us to follow the guidance of the medical experts in such situations. Preservation of life remains the second of the five universal purposes of sacred law identified by Imam al-Juwaynī and his student Imam al-Ghazālī.
Zaytuna College has, by the grace of God, continued to provide our students the education under these challenging circumstances, and we are grateful for the excellent team that led the seamless transition to online learning, which has been working well for our faculty and students. Our freshman class just completed its Summer Arabic Intensive program this week, and we’re looking forward to our new freshman class this fall, which has some exceptionally competent and committed students. We pray that all will be able to return to campus sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, we are delighted that our recent graduates from the B.A. and the M.A. programs have been accepted at some of the finest graduate programs in law, theology, medicine, and other areas of pursuit.
For these continued blessings, we are grateful, first to God, and then for your prayers, your financial support, and your good will toward the college. I hope that all of you remain protected from this pandemic and its effects on your health and on your livelihood. For those of you who have suffered, we sincerely pray that God relieves you of difficulties and makes them sources of openings and blessings for you in the coming year.
As this lunar year closes, I hope and pray that you revive your relationship with the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of God’s beloved Prophet, God’s peace and blessings be upon him. Allah, Glory is His alone, has given us guidance and promised us succor in returning to Him. Tribulations come as a reminder that we need to restore our relationship with Allah: the Qur’an says, “If you return (in repentance and piety), We return (in acceptance and guidance).”
May Allah bless your new year, may you continue to stay well, and may you continue to support this work we are engaged in with your prayers and generosity. On behalf of the faculty, students, and staff of Zaytuna College, I offer my sincere gratitude and wish you a hearty Eid Mubarak.
كل سنة وأنتم طيبون
Blessed Eid, and may the years be good to you.