Parables in the Quran and Muslims in America – November 2015-May 2016

American Muslim Institute (AMI) is starting a new series to make Qur’anic stories more relevant to our daily lives as American Muslims. The program aims to encourage the audience to reflect upon parables in the Quran in facing the challenges that living in American society brings.


The program includes one meeting every month (the first Friday of each month) between November 2015 and May 2016. Each meeting will consist of three parts. In the first part (about 10-15 minutes), a parable from the Quran will be briefly presented. In the second part (about 15-20 minutes), the scholarly debates about the story will be briefly summarized. In the third part (about 30 minutes), the participants will openly discuss what they can get out of the story to contribute to their lives in contemporary American society. After the discussions, the community members will socialize among themselves. The events will be conducted at AMI at 13906 Gold Circle, Suite 102, Omaha, NE 68144. Each program will start at 7:00 p.m. For questions, email


November 6:
The Story of Moses and the Wise Man
Recommended Reading: Al-Kahf (18: 66-82)

December 4:
The Story of Qabeel and Habeel (Cain and Abel)
Recommended Reading: Al-Maidah (5: 27-31)

January 8 (Second Friday for this month):
The Story of Dhul Qarnain
Recommended Reading: Al-Kahf (18: 83-98)

February 5:
The Story of Balqis
Recommended Reading: Surah An-Naml (27: 20-44)

March 4:
The Story of the Owners of the Garden
Recommended Reading: Surah al-Qalam (68: 17-33)
Related Reading: Al-Kahf (18: 32-44)

April 1:
The Story of Qaroon
Recommended Reading: al-Qasas (28: 76-84)

May 6: The Companions of the Trench
Recommended Reading: Al-Buruj (85: 1-11)