Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research

Taking it Personally

How can we make the Qur’an’s stories feel more relatable to our lives? What can we do to always feel like the Qur’an is speaking to us personally? If the Qur’an is meant for everyone, how can we nurture a personal relationship with it?

In this episode, Sh. Suleiman Hani talks to Dr. Jinan Yousef and Dr. Osman Umarji about how to feel like the Qur’an is speaking to you directly.

Dr. Jinan is a Senior Fellow at Yaqeen and the author of the recently published book, “Reflecting on the Names of Allah.” Dr. Osman is the Director of Survey Research and Evaluation at Yaqeen, as well as an Associate Editor for the Editorial Review Board.

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Sh. Suleiman Hani

Sh. Suleiman Hani

FELLOW | Shaykh Suleiman Hani is the Director of Academic Affairs at AlMaghrib Institute, a research scholar for Yaqeen Institute, and a resident scholar in Michigan. At the age of 14, Suleiman completed a 10-month Qur’an memorization program and began his intensive studies under numerous scholars, earning dozens of traditional religious certifications in the process. He later earned a master’s degree from the University of Jordan’s College of Shari’ah, ranking first in his class, and a master’s degree from Harvard University, where he studied religions, philosophy, political science, and psychology. Over the past decade, he has served as an Imam and community leader in Michigan, lectured in dozens of countries, published a number of books and articles, and was featured on the largest Islamic TV stations worldwide.

Dr. Jinan Yousef

Dr. Jinan Yousef

Dr. Jinan Yousef has been an author for over a decade, and most recently published the book, "Reflecting on the Names of Allah" (Al-Buruj Press, 2020). She has been a student of Sheikh Akram Nadwi for many years, and currently studies tafsir and hadith at Al-Salam Institute. Jinan teaches classes on the names of Allah for SWISS online. She is passionate about helping Muslims connect to Allah through knowing Him by His names.


Dr. Osman Umarji

Director of Survey Research and Evaluation | Dr. Osman Umarji holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s and Ph.D in Educational Psychology from UC Irvine. He has studied Islam at al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. His research interests include the development of human motivation, religious socialization, spirituality, and Islamic legal theory. Dr. Umarji is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Education at UC Irvine. He has previously taught child development, adolescent development, and statistics. His expertise in both psychological and Islamic sciences allows him to conduct empirical research on contemporary issues facing Muslims.