1. Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah Visits Ta'leef

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    His Eminence Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah visits Ta'leef Collective for the first time on a tour of North America. He was accompanied by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, who translates for the shaykh in this video. BIOGRAPHY OF SHAYKH ABDALLAH BIN BAYYAH Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah was born in 1935 in the East of Mauritania. He is a scholar who grew up in a house known for its scholarship; his father Shaykh Mahfoudh Ben Bayah, may God have mercy on him, was one of the region’s eminent scholars and the head of the Conference of Mauritanian Scholars established after the country’s independence. He studied in the Mauritanian centers of learning known as Mahadhir especially the school of his father Shaykh Mahfoudh Ben Bayah in which all the sacred sciences were taught including: jurisprudence, legal theory, syntax, language, rhetoric, Quranic exegesis and its auxiliary sciences, and the science of Prophetic tradition. He was able to progress rapidly in these sciences and was successful in the exam set by the Judiciary after independence. He was sent to study law at the Faculty of Law in Tunisia and was trained in the Tunisian courts in 1961. Twelve judges were chosen and each of them presented a research paper in Juristic method and law and Abdullah Bin Bayyah was first in his group. POSITIONS Judge at the High Court of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania Head of Shariah Affairs at the Ministry of Justice Deputy president of the Court of Appeal Main negotiator on Religious Affairs in the Republic First Minister for Islamic Affairs and Education Minister of Justice and Official Holder of the Seals Minister Of State for human Resources – with the position of Deputy Prime Minister Minister of State for Directing state affairs, organizations and parties (which included overseeing the Ministry of Information and Culture, the Ministry of Youth & Sport, the Ministry of Islamic affairs, the Ministry of Postal Services and Communication Permanent Trustee for the Ruling Mauritanian People’s Party Member of the Cabinet and the Permanent Committee of the Ruling Mauritanian People’s Party from 1970-1978 He participated in many conferences among the most important was the First Summit Conference of Muslim States, which was held in Rabat, and the First conference which established the Organization of Islamic Conference In Jeddah, he attended a conference in Algeria, the African-Arab Summit Conference in Cairo, participated in the conference of French Speaking Lawyers in France during the 60s, and he oversaw the first African Conference for the Muslim League held in Nouakchott. WRITINGS Terrorism: a Diagnosis and Solutions The Discourse of Security in Islam and the Culture of Tolerance and Harmony Fatwas and Reflections The Art of Formulating Fatwas (Legal Opinions) and Minority Fiqh (the Jurisprudence Pertaining to Muslim Minorities) A Dialogue from Afar: on human rights A book on legal methodology A clarification on the various legal opinions pertaining to financial transactions The Benefits of Endowments Evidence for those suffering from illnesses on the immense Divine award that awaits them Aims and their Proof RESPONSIBILITIES AND POSITIONS Director of the Global Center for Renewal & Guidance, UK Member of the European Research & Fatwa Council, Ireland Deputy President of the International Association of Muslim Scholars, Beirut Member if the Association of Indian Jurists, Delhi Member of The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, Jordan Member of the Counsel of Jurists attached to the Organisation of Islamic Conference, Jeddah Member of the Specialist Panel presiding over the Prince Naif ben Abdul Aziz prize for Prophetic Traditions and Islamic Studies Member of the Muslim League’s International High Council of Mosques, Mecca Member of the International Aid Organisation of Kuwait Member of the Lecturing Staff at the King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah in which he is a lecturer Member of the High Council in the Centre for Studying the Aims of Sharia, UK AWARDS: Awarded the King Abdul Aziz Medal with the Rank of Distinction Awarded the Jordanian Medal First Degree Awarded the King Abdullah II of Jordan Prize for Scholars and Callers to God, Jordan The Degree of the Organisation of Islamic Conference with Distinction, and others Awarded the Chinguetti Prize for the Category of Islamic Studies for his book “A Dialogue from Afar”

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    • Imam Zaid Shakir Ta'leef Appeal for Support

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      Ta'leef Collective needs YOUR support! Help us bring Ta'leef LIVE to our global community for the FIRST time with Livestreaming! For the past five years Ta'leef Collective has brought you FREE media (created by an award winning production team) via intimate films, engaging videos, programs, and documentary vignettes. Now we want to continue bringing you high quality media via FREE Livestreaming. One of the most common questions we are asked is "HOW DO WE BRING TA'LEEF TO OUR CITY?" Our answer is "Ta'leef LIVE!" With Livestreaming we'll bring Ta'leef LIVE directly to your home, computer, smartphone, etc. Wherever you are, you will be able to participate live, ask questions, engage the instructors and audience, etc. In order for us to bring you live weekly/monthly/quarterly programming (with Dr. Umar Faruq Abdullah, Usama Canon & others) we need your help to raise the funds needed to bring Taleef LIVE directly to you. Our global community has continually asked us to bring Livestreaming to the world. We've answered your call... and now we need your HELP! PLEASE SUPPORT US TODAY BY DONATING: https://www.launchgood.com/projects/project_detail/taleef-live.html HELP US SPREAD THE WORD BY SHARING OUR CAMPAIGN! © Ta'leef Collective 2014 (taleefcollective.org)

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      • REFLECTIONS with Imam Zaid Shakir :: "Peace & Submission"

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        Ta'leef Collective presents a monthly video series titled "REFLECTIONS." These videos are short vignettes featuring people from the Ta'leef community on topics that range from religion, culture, lifestyle, knowledge, arts, sciences, community, family, etc. In this Reflections, Ta'leef Board Chair IMAM ZAID SHAKIR discusses the changing relationship of the Muslim community to mainstream American society. Juxtaposing the ‘liberationist’, ‘anti-status quo’ environment he came into Islam in in 1970’s, with the contemporary accommodating of mainstream values into the Muslim community, Imam Zaid contends that Muslims must be ready and willing to both commend the good efforts of this society and condemn its more destructive tendencies. Born in Berkeley, California, Imam Zaid Shakir accepted Islam in 1977 while serving in the United States Air Force. He obtained a BA with honors in International Relations at American University in Washington D.C. and later earned his MA in Political Science at Rutgers University. Imam Zaid Shakir is a co-founder, chairman of the board, and senior faculty member of Zaytuna College located in Berkeley, CA. He is amongst the most respected and influential Islamic scholars in the West. As an American Muslim who came of age during the civil rights struggles, he has brought both sensitivity about race and poverty issues and scholarly discipline to his faith-based work. © Ta'leef Collective 2014 (taleefcollective.org) The "Reflections" video series are produced and directed by Mustafa Davis, LLC. (mustafadavis.com)

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        • REFLECTIONS with Dave Coolidge :: "Eternal Soul"

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          Ta'leef Collective presents a monthly video series titled "REFLECTIONS." These videos are short vignettes featuring people from the Ta'leef community on topics that range from religion, culture, lifestyle, knowledge, arts, sciences, community, family, etc. In this Reflections, Ta'leef Board Member DAVE COOLIDGE discusses commitment to Islam and how as the believer grows in his or her faith, that Islam becomes more than an intellectual ascent to a set of propositions, but in reality an essential part of their identity and personal narrative. R. David Coolidge worked as a Muslim chaplain from 2008-2013, first at Dartmouth College and then at Brown University. Prior to that he obtained degrees from Princeton University as well as Brown, focusing on the study of religion and Islamic studies. In addition to his academic experience, he has studied Arabic and the Islamic sciences with Muslim scholars since he converted in 1998. He currently lives in Manhattan with his wife Sumaiya, and their newborn son Zayn. © Ta'leef Collective 2014 (taleefcollective.org) The "Reflections" video series are produced and directed by Mustafa Davis, LLC. (mustafadavis.com)

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          • REFLECTIONS with Imam Zaid Shakir :: "The Gods Have to Go"

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            Ta'leef Collective presents a monthly video series titled "REFLECTIONS." These videos are short vignettes featuring people from the Ta'leef community on topics that range from religion, culture, lifestyle, knowledge, arts, sciences, community, family, etc. In this Reflections, Ta'leef Board Chair IMAM ZAID SHAKIR discusses compromise, and need for Muslims to approach with caution how they negotiate their religious values with the values of the constantly changing cultural landscapes of the societies they live in. Born in Berkeley, California, Imam Zaid Shakir accepted Islam in 1977 while serving in the United States Air Force. He obtained a BA with honors in International Relations at American University in Washington D.C. and later earned his MA in Political Science at Rutgers University. Imam Zaid Shakir is a co-founder, chairman of the board, and senior faculty member of Zaytuna College located in Berkeley, CA. He is amongst the most respected and influential Islamic scholars in the West. As an American Muslim who came of age during the civil rights struggles, he has brought both sensitivity about race and poverty issues and scholarly discipline to his faith-based work. © Ta'leef Collective 2014 (taleefcollective.org) The "Reflections" video series are produced and directed by Mustafa Davis, LLC. (mustafadavis.com)

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            • TA'LEEF FILE :: "GUDI'S STORY"

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              Ta'leef Collective presents GUDI'S STORY, a part of the TA'LEEF FILE video series. TA'LEEF FILES are short-form documentary vignettes telling unique stories of individuals from the Muslim community. Subjects of TA'LEEF FILES range from a wide spectrum of backgrounds, identities, and individual narratives, illustrating the diverse tapestry of the Muslim Community. This is the intimate story of one man's journey from the darkness of a broken home to the light of Islam. This film follows Gudiel Sandoval as he reflects intimately on his upbringing with an absent father and hard-working mother. Gudi takes us through the emotional experience of converting to Islam and unlike many conversion stories we hear, he explains candidly the challenges of converting to Islam and difficulty many converts face in navigating the cultural nuances of the greater Muslim community. © Ta'leef Collective 2014 (taleefcollective.org)

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              • Prison Blues (Opening Scene TEASER)

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                Coming soon.... PRISON BLUES is a film directed by Mustafa Davis and Executive Produced by Ta'leef Collective. This film explores the reality of incarceration in the United States and conversion to Islam through the Prison Industrial Complex. EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Ta'Leef Collective WRITTEN & DIRECTED by Mustafa Davis

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                • Home.

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                  This video is a depiction of a 12 hour journey home... in 2 mins. Shot with my iPhone 5 Music: Yann Tiersen - Comtine D'Un Autre Ete (L'Apres Midi)

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                  • REFLECTIONS with Usama Canon :: "Assimilation"

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                    Ta'leef Collective presents a monthly video series titled "REFLECTIONS." These videos are short vignettes featuring people from the Ta'leef community on topics that range from religion, culture, lifestyle, knowledge, arts, sciences, community, family, etc. In this Reflections, Ta'leef Founding Director USAMA CANON discusses assimilation, and the challenge of the Muslim community to produce culture while being true to the sacred law of Islam. Born and raised in California, Usama Canon embraced Islam in 1996. Since then, he has had the honor of studying various Islamic Sciences both at home and abroad under some of today’s foremost scholars. Usama is the Founding Director of Ta’leef Collective and maintains an active role in various facets of outreach and education, concentrating on issues facing Muslim youth, assisting converts, and developing support systems for Muslims living in the West. © Ta'leef Collective 2012 (taleefcollective.org) The "Reflections" video series are produced and directed by Mustafa Davis, LLC. (mustafadavis.com)

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                    • The Life and Legacy of Malcolm X with Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah and Imam Zaid Shakir

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                      Ta'leef Collective presents, in its entirety, a lecture given by Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah and Imam Zaid Shakir on the life and legacy of our beloved leader and teacher Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz).

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