An introduction to Islam tenets and what does it mean to be Muslim. Many concepts will be discussed including the key components of Islam, its history, the comparison and contrasts between Islam and other religions such as Christianity, common misconceptions about Islam, etc.
All are welcome to attend and there will be a Q&A session at the end of the program.
The host for this program is hosted by Sabeel Ahmed, Director of GainPeace, who provides presentations on Islam, builds bridges between communities, faiths, and cultures, and invites humanity to worship the one True God.
This program complements our “Jesus of Nazareth” film history Livestream program which we’re hosting on Monday, December 20 – Thursday, December 23, and our “The History of the Crusades” program which we’ll be hosting on a TBD date in January.
If anyone has suggestions for any similar secular or non-secular programs, either hosted by yourself or someone you know, please contact me (Robert Kelleman – [email protected]).
Islam’s “submission [to God]” is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion teaching that Muhammad is a messenger of God. It is the world’s second-largest religion with 1.9 billion followers, or 24.9% of the world’s population, known as Muslims. Muslims make up a majority of the population in 49 countries. Islam teaches that God is merciful, all-powerful, and unique, and has guided humanity through prophets, revealed scriptures, and natural signs. The primary scriptures of Islam are the Quran, believed to be the verbatim word of God, as well as the teachings and normative examples (called the sunnah, composed of accounts called hadith) of Muhammad (c. 570 – 632 CE).
Muslims believe that Islam is the complete and universal version of a primordial faith that was revealed many times before through prophets such as Adam, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. Muslims consider the Quran, in Arabic, to be the unaltered and final revelation of God. Like other Abrahamic religions, Islam also teaches a final judgment with the righteous rewarded in paradise and the unrighteous punished in hell. Religious concepts and practices include the Five Pillars of Islam, which are obligatory acts of worship, as well as following Islamic law (sharia), which touches on virtually every aspect of life and society, from banking and welfare to women and the environment. The cities of Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem are home to the three holiest sites in Islam.
From a historical point of view, Islam originated in the early 7th century CE in the Arabian Peninsula, in Mecca, and by the 8th century, the Umayyad Caliphate extended from Iberia in the west to the Indus River in the east. The Islamic Golden Age refers to the period traditionally dated from the 8th century to the 13th century, during the Abbasid Caliphate, when much of the historically Muslim world was experiencing a scientific, economic, and cultural flourishing. The expansion of the Muslim world involved various states and caliphates such as the Ottoman Empire, trade, and conversion to Islam by missionary activities (dawah).
Muslims are people who follow or practice Islam, an Abrahamic monotheistic religion. The word “Muslim” derives from Arabic and means “submitter (to God)”. Muslims consider the Quran, their holy book, to be the verbatim word of God as revealed to the Islamic prophet and messenger Muhammad. The majority of Muslims also follow the teachings and practices of Muhammad (sunnah) as recorded in traditional accounts (hadith).
The beliefs of Muslims include: that God (Arabic: الله Allah) is eternal, transcendent and absolutely one (tawhid); that God is incomparable, self-sustaining and neither begets nor was begotten; that Islam is the complete and universal version of a primordial faith that has been revealed before through many prophets including Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses, and Jesus; that these previous messages and revelations have been partially changed or corrupted over time (tahrif) and that the Quran is the final unaltered revelation from God.
As of 2015, 1.8 billion or about 24.1% of the world population are Muslims. Most Muslims are of one of two denominations; Sunni (75–90%) and Shia (12-17%).
Your co-host for this program is Robert Kelleman, the founder/director of the non-profit community organization Washington, DC History & Culture.
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