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Allah's Mercy & Objective Truth | Dr. Tesneem Alkiek | Juz 3 Qur'an 30 for 30 S5

Juz 3: Allah’s Mercy & Objective Truth | Dr. Tesneem Alkiek

If Allah says that He doesn’t test souls beyond their scope, then why does it feel like Allah is testing me with heavy burdens that I can’t handle? How is God’s Power manifested in the way He grants authority to whom He wills, even in the case of oppressors like Fir’aun? Why can’t I just “live my truth”?

Join Dr. Tesneem Alkiek with hosts Dr. Omar Suleiman and Sh. Abdullah Oduro as they reflect on Juz 3 of the Qur’an, discussing the capacity we have for faith and worship, God’s forgiveness, the Mercy of Allah actualized in the way He deals with oppressors, and what the Qur’an says about objective truth.

✨Test your knowledge of the Qur’an with today’s Trivia question❓✨

What is the subject matter of the longest verse in the Qur’an?

A. Piety
B. Divorce laws
C. Debt laws


0:00 – Highlights
0:50 – Introduction & today’s trivia
📌 2:45 – Dr. Omar Suleiman reflects on the du’a in Surah al-Baqarah on carrying heavy burdens
3:44 – Explanation of “Allah does not burden a soul beyond what it can bear”
5:26 – The greatest heaviness on the self
5:50 – The verse in context of previous nations

📌 9:45 – Sh. Abdullah Oduro reflects on the Mercy of Allah in cases of oppressive authority
11:15 – Allah’s authority and dominion over all
12:58 – The example of Fir’aun
14:58 – Our responsibility to search for good

📌 16:09 – Dr. Tesneem Alkiek reflects on the importance of objective truth
17:00 – The pitfalls of “living your truth” and presence of objective truth
18:20 – Responding to those who challenge the truth

📌 22:02 – Closing Reflections
23:00 – The positive outcomes of worshipping Allah

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Dr. Tesneem Alkiek

Dr. Tesneem Alkiek

Fellow, Director of Expanded Learning | Tesneem obtained her undergraduate degree in Early Christianity and Islamic Studies from the University of Michigan. She went on to complete her Ph.D. in Islamic Studies at Georgetown University with a focus on Islamic law. Tesneem currently serves as the Director of Expanded Learning where she works with her team to create curricula and other resources for communities to engage with Yaqeen’s research. She is also a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Rutgers University-Camden.

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.