Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research

Juz’ 13: Ust. Sarah Sultan | False Idols and Emptiness

In the thirteenth episode of this Ramadan series, Dr. Omar Suleiman and Sh. Abdullah Oduro are joined by special guest Ust. Sarah Sultan, as they explore gems from the thirteenth Juz’ of the Holy Quran.

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0:00 – Intro and the battle of the cities
3:46 – Dr. Omar reflects on Surah ar-Ra’d
6:26 – The theological foundation for Ibrahim’s (a) message
8:59 – How does everything prostrate to Allah willingly or unwillingly?
12:10 – Why being “spiritual but not religious” doesn’t work
12:56 – Sh. Abdullah reflects on Surah Ibrahim
15:06 – Allah’s promise
17:25 – The scene of the statement of Shaytan
21:44 – Jihad an-nafs and our ultimate responsibility
22:56 – Ust. Sarah Sułtan reflects on four verses from Surah Ibrahim
24:30 – The verses about rizq, or provision
28:07 – Why hasn’t Allah given me everything I’ve asked for?
30:14 – 3 psychological reframes to shift our worldview
33:36 – Reflections


Sarah Sultan

Fellow | Sarah Sultan is a licensed professional counselor who strives to empower her clients through achieving healthier, more fulfilling lives and relationships while reconnecting with Allah during the healing process. Sarah obtained a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling and has practiced therapy for nearly 10 years. She is also an instructor with Mishkah University, where she teaches a course about the intersections between Islam, psychology, and counseling.

Sh. Abdullah Oduro

Sh. Abdullah Oduro

Fellow, Head of Convert Resources | Abdullah Oduro is a first generation Ghanian native that converted to Islam in 1997. He graduated from the College of Islamic Law from the University of AlMadinah in 2007. He conducts public speeches, sermons, lectures, and workshops around the US on Islamic Law, self-improvement, and convert life. He is currently the Imam at the Islamic Center of Coppell and Lewisville in Dallas, TX. He resides in Dallas, TX with his wife and four children.

Having recently joined Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research as a Scholar, Shaykh Abdullah leads a team providing unique and comprehensive resources for new Muslim converts and institutional convert care.

Dr. Omar Suleiman

Dr. Omar Suleiman

President | Imam Dr. Omar Suleiman is the Founder and President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, and an Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Southern Methodist University.