looks like it's been a week since I last posted, since my previous post was from last friday about how I saw Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl at the mosque next to my place but didn't speak to him. Well, I decided to go to the same mosque again this week to see if he'll be there, and he was! In fact I entered the mosque right behind him. The khutba had started so I couldn't talk to him until after the prayers. First I approached the young guy (well, probably my age), who was with him, and asked him about the professor's health and how he's doing. He told me that he's good and that he's staying here for the summer and took me to talk to him (they were on the way out to their car). So I did go and talk to him. I'm leaving Cairo on sunday for the rest of summer, after which he will be going back to UCLA so I knew this would probably be the last time I see him (for now, inshalla). But I told him that I attended his lectures at AUC that I'm thinking about getting a degree in Islamic Law and he told me about the best 4 places in the world that I could go to. Well, the four best professors in the world that I could go to, each at a different university. It's not about the university but about the professor. For example I told him where I was thinking about going, and he told me that the famous professor in Islamic Law there might move from there to go somewhere else, so that there would be no point in going to that university if he's not there anymore, and should go to the university that he will move to. This meeting, therefore, might have saved me from going to the wrong country, because that professor has not told anyone yet about his plans to move, and now I know that I might not want to go to the university he's leaving, where I was thinking about going.
I'm very thankful to Allah for having provided me this meeting with the professor, both for all that he told me about where to go, and for meeting Professor Abou El Fadl himself. He seemed like such a nice guy, and inshalla I will meet him again sometime. Too bad I want to avoid going to the States, otherwise I might have applied to go learn with him.