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       In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful




Islam 101
A comprehensive but basic course
about Islam

By
Prof. Syed B. Soharwardy


Muslims Against Terrorism
M-A-T.org
    Introduction

•   Introductions
•   Logistics
•   Why Islam 101? - Background and Need
     – Desire to know and understand Islam in the Western World
     – Stereotyping about Islam and Muslims in the Western Media
     – Stereotyping in Muslim Countries about the West
     – Activities of interest groups “for” and “against” Islam
     – Communication gaps between Islam and the Western World

•   Why Now?
     – September 11 terrorist attacks on WTC and the Pentagon, and the backlash
       against Muslims
     – Countering Terrorism through rational approach NOT through terror or war

•   Muslims Against Terrorism (MAT)
     – MAT was established on January 11, 1999 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
     – Objectives of MAT
Islam 101 - Topics

• Module 1: Introduction to       • Module 7: Islam’s Social
  Islam                             System
• Module 2: Basic Beliefs         • Module 8: Role of Women in
                                    Islam
• Module 2a: Jesus, Part of
  Islamic Faith                   • Module 8a: Relationship
                                    between Man and Woman
• Module 3: The Five Pillars of
  Islam                           • Module 9: Economic System
• Module 4: Dealings and          • Module 10: Political System
  Behaviours
                                  • Module 11: Judicial System
• Module 5: Jihad
                                  • Module 12: The Differences
• Module 6: Muslim World
                                  • Module 13: Islam in the
                                    West
  Important Rules
• This is a class based course and requires class room discussion.
• Please consult the handouts for details. This presentation
  requires explanation of all points.
• There is no such thing as stupid question. Please ask questions
  or send your questions to m-a-t.org@home.com
• At the end of each class, there will be a Q & A session
• Constructive criticism is a part of this course
• We may disagree on some issues but we must respect each
  other’s opinion
• This presentation can be copied or used by anyone but please
  acknowledge M-A-T.Org
    Module 1: Introduction to Islam
    Islam, the most misunderstood religion in the western world

•    Origin of Islam                                 • The followers of the
                                                       Companions (Taab-e-een)
      – The first man on earth (Adam,
        peace be upon him) was a Muslim         – Famous Muslims

      – Meanings of Muslim                      – Highlights of Islamic History

      – Meanings of Islam                       – Contribution of Muslim scientists
                                                  and researchers for mankind
      – First Muslims
           • Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses,   •   Attributes of Islam
             Jesus and Muhammad (peace          – Islam is not a mere religion
             be upon them)
                                                – Islam is a way of life
•    Brief History of Islam                     – Islam is the most structured
      – History of Prophets                       religion
      – History of Prophet Muhammad             – Islam touches and guides each
        (peace be upon him)                       and every aspect of human life
      – Early Muslims                           – Islam is a complete package.
           • Prophet Muhammad’s Family            There is no pick and choose in
             (Aaal-e-Nabi)                        Islam.
           • Prophet Muhammad’s                 – Islam requires complete
             Companions (Sahabah)                 submission to Allah
    Module 1: Introduction to Islam                     (Continue)

     – Islam is the religion of                •   Sunnah / Hadith provides the details
       moderation not extremism                    and interpretation of Glorious Qur’an
•   The Last Book - Holy Qur’an                •   Islam = Qur’an + Prophet
     – Attributes of Glorious Qur’an               Muhammad (peace be upon him)
          • Whose Book is this?
               – This is Allah’s Book          •   Difference between Qur’an and
          • What’s in Holy Qur’an?                 Hadith
               – Guidance for all humanity          – In holy Qur’an every thing is from
          • Every verse in holy Qur’an has            Allah. It’s words, taxonomy,
            a context. If a verse is read or          arrangements, chapters, indexing
            understood without its context            are all from Allah.
            then there is a huge possibility
            of misunderstanding the                 – In Hadith, the message and the
            Qur’anic verses.                          commandments are from Allah
          • How to read and understand                but the word’s are of Prophet
            Holy Qur’an?                              Muhammad (peace be upon him)
          • Where to find the context?              – Hadith is the most essential and
               – Context is in Sunnah /               important source for
                 Hadith
                                                      understanding Qur’an.
     – What is Sunnah / Hadith?
          • Actions and sayings of Prophet
            Muhammad (peace be upon
            him)
    Module 1: Introduction to Islam              (Continue)


•    Introduction to Prophet            •   Attributes of Muslim defined by
     Muhammad (peace be upon him)           holy Qur'an and Prophet
                                            Muhammad (peace be upon him)
      – Some Attributes of Prophet
        Muhammad (peace be upon him)         – Believes in unseen (Ghaib)
      – Birth of Prophet Muhammad            – Obedient to parents
        (peace be upon him)                  – Best in manners
      – Family Background                    – Caring and loving to all human
      – Early childhood                        beings
      – As a teenager                        – Activist to promote good and stop
                                               evil
      – As an adult
                                             – Fears only Allah
      – Marriage
                                             – Completely submits his/her
      – Business                               desires to Allah
      – Announcing Prophethood               – Respectful towards elders, loving
          • Life in Makkah                     and caring towards youngsters
          • Life in Madinah                  – Does not harm anyone with his
      – Prophet Muhammad (peace be             tongue or hands
        upon him) in the eyes of non-        – Environmentally sensitive
        Muslims
    Module 2: Basic Beliefs
•   Basic Beliefs in Islam                                 religions in the world use or
                                                           associate the word “God” for
     – God, Prophets, Divine books,                        things / personalities other
       Angels, Hereafter, Fate / Luck                      than “GOD”, the Creator and
                                                           Sustainer of all things and
•   Five pillars of Islam                                  mankind.

•   Believe in ONE God?                             – Some most famous attributes of
                                                      Allah
          • The Arabic translation of God is
            Allah.                             •   Believe in Prophets and
                                                   Messengers
          • Allah is the deity who is
            worshipped alone without any                • Allah sent His messengers and
            partners and associates. He is                Prophets to guide human
            the Creator of all things. Allah              beings. The exact number of
            has no boundaries, shapes and                 Prophets and Messengers are
            bodies. There is nothing like                 known to Allah. However,
            Allah. Allah does not manifest                according to one of the famous
            Himself into any person or                    Hadith, Allah did send from
            thing.                                        time to time 124,000 Prophets
                                                          and Messengers towards
     – Why Muslims call God Allah?                        humanity. A Muslim must
                                                          believe and respect all
          • Muslims prefer to call God
                                                          Prophets and Messengers of
            Allah because some of the
                                                          Allah.
Module 2A: Jesus, Part of Islamic Faith
 – Every nation or region had                – He is still alive and shall return to
   received Allah’s Messengers                 this world to fight against evil. He
                                               then will die in the Jihad (struggle
 – Five most famous Prophets of
                                               against evil) and will be buried in
   Allah
                                               in Prophet Muhammad’s (Peace
      • Noah (Peace be upon him)               be upon him) mosque in Madinah
                                               near Prophet Muhammad (Peace
      • Abraham (Peace be upon him)
                                               be upon him)
      • Moses ((Peace be upon him)
                                        •   Jesus and Mary (Peace be upon
      • Jesus (Peace be upon him)
                                            them) in holy Qur’an;
      • Muhammad (Peace be upon
        him)
                                             – Behold! the angels said: "O Mary!
                                               Allah hath chosen thee and
 – Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him)            purified thee; chosen thee above
   is the most mentioned Prophet in            the women of all nations. (3:43)
   the Qur’an. He is the only Prophet        – "O Mary! worship thy Lord
   whose life time events are                  devoutly; prostrate thyself and
   discussed in detail compared to             bow down (in prayer) with those
   other Prophets.                             who bow down.” (3:44)
 – Muslims believe that Jesus did not
   die. He was raised towards the
   Heavens alive.
Module 2A: Jesus, Part of Islamic Faith

 –   Behold! the angels said "O Mary! Allah           –   This similitude of Jesus before Allah is
     giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from              as that of Adam: He created him from
     Him: his name will be Christ Jesus.                  dust then said to him: "Be" and he was.
     Christ the son of Mary held in honor in              (3:59)
     this world and the Hereafter and of (the         –   And behold! Allah will say "O Jesus the
     company of) those nearest to Allah.                  son of Mary! didst thou say unto men
     (3:45)                                               `worship me and my mother as gods in
 –    "He shall speak to the people in                    derogation of Allah"? He will say:
     childhood and in maturity and he shall               "Glory to Thee! never could I say what
     be (of the company) of the righteous.                I had no right (to say). Had I said such
     (3:46)                                               a thing Thou wouldst indeed have
 –   "And Allah will teach him the Book and               known it. Thou knowest what is in my
     Wisdom the Law and the Gospel.                       heart though I know not what is in
     (3:48)                                               Thine. For Thou knowest in full all that
 –   Behold! Allah said: "O Jesus! I will take            is hidden. (5:116)
     thee and raise thee to Myself and clear     •   Some important attributes of
     thee (of the falsehoods) of those who           Prophet Muhammad (Peace be
     blaspheme; I will make those who
     follow thee superior to those who reject        upon him)
     Faith to the Day of Resurrection; then                 • Relationships with other
     shall ye all return unto Me and I will                   Prophets
     judge between you of the matters                       • Last Messenger of Allah
     wherein ye dispute. (3:55)                             • Prophet of Mercy and
                                                              Messenger of Allah towards all
                                                              humanity
Module 2:Basic Beliefs                (Continue)


•   Believe in Divine Books                    •   Believe in Angels
     – Muslims believe in all divine books
                                                    – Muslims believe in all angels.
       including;
          •   Divine Booklets                       – Angels are made of light (noor)
          •   Psalms of David (Zaboor)                and do nothing but what Allah
          •   Torah (old Testament)                   asks them to do. They are very
          •   Bible (Enjeel) (new Testament)          obedient to Allah. The actual
          •   Qur’an                                  population of angels is only
                                                      known to Allah.
     – Holy Qur’an is the continuation of
       the books before Qur’an and it is            – Some famous Angels
       the last book in which Allah has                  • Gabriel (Peace be upon him)
       completed His message for the                        (Was responsible to bring
       humanity.                                            revelations to Allah’s Prophets
     – Common message of all divine                         and Messengers)
       books                                             • Mekaiel (Peace be upon him)
     – Qur’an verifies Torah and Enjeel                     (Responsible for weather and
     – Allah has completed His message/                     agriculture)
       guidance towards humanity                         • Izraiel (Peace be upon him)
                                                            (Responsible for taking
                                                            people's soul and hence
                                                            causing them to die
Module 2: Basic Beliefs                (Continue)


     • Israfiel (Peace be upon him)        •   Believe in Hereafter
       (responsible to blow the Horn
                                                – Life after death
       in order to end this universe
       and blow the Horn again to               – According to Islam every human
       make them alive in order to                being is responsible for his/her
       face the judgment day.                     actions and he or she will be
 – Kiraman Katebeen (Two                          accountable in front of Allah on
   respectful writers)                            the Judgment Day about two
     • Every human being is                       things
       accompanied by two angels at                  • Allah will ask, I had given you
       all times and in all situations.                life, where and how did you
       Symbolically, one is on the                     spend it?
       right shoulder and the other is               • I had given you means for your
       on the left shoulder. The angel                 life, where and how did you
       on the right side writes                        spend those means (wealth,
       whatever good is done by the                    resources, power, etc...)?
       person and the angel on the
       left side writes whatever bad is         – Muslims believe that Allah already
       done by the person. This whole             knows everyone's deeds. The
       record of good and bad deeds               above process is only for
       will be handed over to the                 reminding every individual what
       person on the Judgment Day.
                                                  kind of life they had in this world.
    Module 2: Basic Beliefs                  (Continue)

•   Once every individual pays his / her         •   Description of Hell in holy Qur’an
    accounts to Allah, then Allah alone will          –   A very horrible place in which
    decide who will be punished and sent                  humans, Jinn and rocks will burn.
    to Hell and who will be rewarded with
    Heaven.                                      • Believe in Fate / Destiny
•   The Mercy of Allah will play a very               – A Muslim believes that no one
    important role and Allah may forgive                can cause harm or benefit
    whoever he wants regardless of the                  except Allah. Whatever good or
    numbers and quantity of sins.                       bad happens in this world, it is
                                                        according to the wish of Allah.
•   Allah loves to forgive but the criteria of
    forgiveness is defined by Allah alone.            – But Allah does not force anyone
    No body else.                                       to choose certain beliefs or
                                                        lifestyle. It is the person’s
•   The entry into Heaven depends upon
    the mercy of Allah.                                 decision and the person will be
                                                        responsible for the decisions.
•   Description of Heaven in holy Qur’an
                                                      – The balance between the above
     – A very loving, peaceful,                         two points is critical
       unimaginable place where the
       creation will be able to see the
       Creator and worship Him
    Module 2: Basic Beliefs                   (Continue)

•   Cleanliness; is the most important
    requirement for worshipping Allah             •   What is Shari’a? (Jurisprudence)
     –   Wudhu (Ablution)                              –   Sources & Principles
           • Requirements
                                                  •   Intention
           • Steps
                                                       – Why intention is important?
     –   Taking Shower
           • Requirements                         •   Celebrations in Islam
           • Conditions                                – Eid ul Fitr
           • Steps
                                                       – Youmul Arafa (Hajj day)
     –   Cleanliness when using Toilet
                                                       – Eid ul Adhha
     –   Dress
                                                            • Animal Slaughtering
     –   Place
     –   Mosques (Masjid)                              – Ramadhan
           • Place for worship                              • The Night of Power
           • Respect for Mosques                              (Lailatul Qadr)
           • Value of praying in the mosque                 • Anniversary of Holy Qur’an
     –   Prayer in congregation                        – Other Events
    Module 3: Five Pillars of Islam
•   Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon             •   A person can offer optional prayers
    him) said that Islam is based upon the          and may remember (Dhikr) Allah at
    following five pillars. Anyone who              any time
    demolishes (does not practice) these
    five pillars, in fact, he /she demolishes   3   Zakat: A Muslim with certain amount
    the building of Islam.                          of savings must pay 2.5% of his
                                                    savings to the poors every year. This
1   Shahadah, testifying that there is no           is called Zakat. The optional charity
    God but Allah and Muhammad (peace               called Sadqah can be given at any
    be upon him) is His last Messenger              time and in any quantity
2   Five mandatory prayers (Salat)              4   Fasting in Ramadhan, every Muslim
     – Fajr (Morning prayers before                 adult, men or women must fast
       Sunrise)                                     everyday from Dawn to Sunset in the
                                                    month of Ramadhan. During fasting,
     – Dhohr (Zohar) Prayer (Noon                   the fasting person must avoid eating,
       Prayer but after the noon time)              drinking, smoking and sexual
     – Asr (Afternoon prayers but before            relationships. Certain people are
       sunset)                                      exempted from fasting, such as
                                                    children, sick, elderly (weak), travelers
     – Maghrib (right after the sunset              and women in periods.
       prayers)
     – Isha (late evening prayers at
       night)   Movie on Salat
    Module 3: Five Pillars of Islam               (Continue)

Module 3 (Continue)                         •   Other Components (Continue)
    In certain situations person has to          – Islamic Calendar
    complete his / her missed fasts later            • Start, months, important dates
    on or feed the poor to compensate for
    missed fasting days                          – Eid Prayers
    (Movie on Fasting)                           – Other Optional Prayers

5   Hajj, Every Muslim adult, men or             – Optional Fasting
    women who has enough resources               – Optional Charity
    and physically capable to travel to
    Makkah must perform Hajj, at least           – Umrah (Small Pilgrimage)
    once in the lifetime.                        – Supplications
     –   History of Ka’ba                        – Rituals performed at Birth
     –   Movie on Hajj                               • Adhan & Iqamah in ears
•   Other Components                                 • Aqiqah

     – Adhan and Iqamah (call for                – Rituals performed at the time of
       prayer)                                     death and burial
                                                     • Ghusl, Kafn, Salatul Janazah,
     – Friday Prayer
                                                       Burial, Grave, Graveyard, Du’a
           • Significance of Friday                    for the deceased
Module 4: Dealings and Behaviours

 – Anger Management                      – Martyrdom, the most sacred and
                                           desirable in Islam
      • What to do when one is angry?
                                         – Difference between Martyrdom
 – Stress Management
                                           and Suicide
      • Satisfaction of Heart and Soul
        is in the remembrance of Allah   – Death
                                              • No one has the right to take
 – Avoiding Violence
                                                someone’s or his / her own life
      • The violence on the lands and
                                              • Death, a call ONLY from God
        in the seas is earned by human
        hands.                           – Repentance, most desirable
 – Revenge                                 action
      • Overcoming the revenge           – Forgiveness, a blessing of Allah
      • Forgiveness is better than       – Life, an opportunity
        revenge
                                         – Counter Terrorism in Islam
 – Arrogance
                                         – Prophet Muhammad’s (Peace be
      • Dangers of arrogance               upon him) Journey to Taif
      • Problems of arrogance
                                         – Conquest of Makkah
 –   Suicide is forbidden in Islam
                                         – The Agreement of Hudaibiyah
      • A person who will commit
        suicide will go to hell.         – No compulsion in Islam
    Module 5: Jihad
                                             •   Warfare in Islam
                                                  – The battles during Prophet
•   What is Jihad?                                  Muhammad’s (peace be upon
                                                    him) time
     – Jihad means struggle for the sake
       of Allah and must not include any               • Do not kill innocent civilians
       personal ambitions and interests.               • Women and children must not
                                                         be harmed
•   Types of Jihad                                     • Places of worship of other
     – Jihad bin Nafs (Struggle within                   religions must not be destroyed
       against the evil desires)                       • Water should not be
                                                         contaminated
     – Jihad bil Qalam / Lisaan
                                                       • Green trees should not be cut
       (Struggle against evil through
       writing or/and speaking)                        • Elderly and sick should not be
                                                         killed
     – Jihad Bis Saif (Warfare to stop
                                                       • Those who surrender must be
       evil)                                             protected
          • Conditions for Jihad (warfare)             • Forgiveness must prevail over
          • Can people make their groups                 revenge
            and announce Jihad (warfare)?
                                                  – Killing someone just because of
          • Who is responsible for                  his/her nationality or religion is a
            declaring Jihad (warfare)?              crime
     – Kidnapping and hijacking innocent
       civilians is a crime
    Module 6: Muslim World
    Module 7: Islam’s Social System
•   Module 6: Muslim world                    •   Module 7: Social System
     – What’s happening in the Muslim              – Is Western Culture Christian?
       world?
                                                   – Islamic culture OR Islamic values
     – Impacts of colonial era on Muslim
                                                        • The most important unit of
       countries                                          Islam’s social system is
     – Continuation of imperialism/                       FAMILY.
       dictatorships in Muslim countries                • Islam wants to establish a very
                                                          strong moral and spiritual
          • Effects of Capitalism - IMF and
                                                          society.
            World Bank
                                                        • Marriage Vs common law
     – Stereotyping of Western Society                    relationship
       by Muslims
                                                        • pornography and nudity
     – Stereotyping of Muslims by
       Western non-Muslims                         – Local cultures in Muslim countries
                                                     compare to Islamic values
     – Communication gaps, insecurity,
       and exploitation                                 • Tribal systems and feudal lords
                                                        • Misinterpretation of holy Qur’an
     – Characteristics of a model Islamic
                                                          and Sunnah for exploitation
       State?
Module 7: Islam’s Social System          (Continue)

                                              – Halal and Haraam
      • Male domination
                                              – Dietary restrictions in
 – Social gatherings in Islam                   Islam

      • Separation of Female from             – No pig and alcohol
                                                products
        Male in social gatherings
                                         • Paintings and Statues
 – Marriages
                                         • Photography
      • Prophet Muhammad’s (Peace
        be upon him) marriages           • Jokes and picnics (Having fun)
      • Arranged marriages               • Tourism
      • Islamic way of weddings     – The effects of five pillars of
 – Divorce                            Islam on Muslim’s social life

 – Clothing                         – Relationships with non-Muslims
      • Male clothing               – Environmental sensitivity
      • Female clothing             – Animal Cruelty
 – Arts & Craft                          • Absolutely forbidden in Islam
      • Music and Dance                       – Some examples from
                                                Islamic history
      • Food                                  – Care for pets
    Module 8: Role of Women in Islam
•   What Qur’an says about Women?                      • A Muslim who raises three
                                                         daughters with good education
     –   Those who slander chaste women                  and character will be in Heaven
         indiscreet but believing are cursed in          with Prophet Muhammad
         this life and in the Hereafter: for             (peace be upon him)
         them is a grievous Penalty. On the
         Day when their tongues their hands       – Woman as co-workers
         and their feet will bear witness
                                                  – Woman as professionals
         against them as to their actions. On
         that Day Allah will pay them back             • Prophet Muhammad’s (peace
         (all) their just dues and they will             be upon him) own wife,
         realize that Allah is the (very) Truth          Khadijah (May Allah be pleased
         that makes all things manifest. (Surah          with her) was the most
         Noor, 24:23,24,25)                              successful business women of
•   What Prophet Muhammad (Peace                         her time.
    be upon him) says about women?                – Exploitation of women in the west
     – Woman as mother                              in the name of freedom
           • The highest achievement of           – Exploitation of women in Islamic
             any men is under woman’s feet          countries in the name of Islam
     – Woman as Wife                              – Hijab
           • Prophet Mohammed's                        • What is Hijab?
             relationship with his wives
                                                       • Bikini or mini skirt Vs. modest
     – Woman as daughter                                 dress
Module 8B: Relationship between Man and
Woman
                                              • Intimate relationship is sacred.
 – Who is better or Superior?
                                                Not for display
      • In Islam, the criteria of being
                                              • Marrying woman ONLY for
        better or superior does not
                                                sexual pleasure is not sacred
        depend upon;
           – Gender, Colour, Language,    – What is meant by “man is more
             nationality, etc..             powerful over woman”?
      • The better person among you
        is he or she who is more pious    – Monogamy Vs. polygamy
        among you.                            • Is Western Society
                                                monogamous?
 – Relationship between husband
                                              • Children out of wedlock in the
   and wife in Islam
                                                West
      • They are like garments for            • No secret in Islam
        each other
                                              • Islam prefers single marriages
           – Mutual respect
                                              • Multiple marriages allowed but
           – Comforting for each other          discouraged
           – Protecting each other
                                              • Which way is better? Multiple
           – Beauty of each other               marriages with accountability
           – Trusting each other                and responsibility OR have
                                                multiple partners with no
           – Satisfying each other
                                                accountability and
      • Compromise                              responsibility.
    Module 9: Economic System
    Module 10: Political System
•   Module 9: Economic System                   •   Module 10: Political System
     – Highlights                                    – The Constitution -   Qur’an and Sunnah

     – Responsibilities of State                     – Electoral System of Islam
          • Welfare State                            – Head of State   (Ameer ul Mo’meneen)
          • Fiscal Discipline                        – Consultative Council (Legislation)
          • Taxes (Zakat & Jizyah)
                                                     – Responsibility & Accountability
          • Social Security
                                                     – Freedom defined by God vs.
          • Pension
                                                       freedom defined by man
     – Employment
     – Earnings
                                                •   The Best Charter of Human Rights
                                                     – The Last Sermon of Prophet
     – Economic exploitation is
                                                       Muhammad (Peace be upon him)
       absolutely forbidden in Islam
          • Interest vs. Profit                      – Protection of freedom and
                                                       Constitution
          • Taking Loans
                – Stay away from loans if you             • The event of Karbala sets the
                  can                                       standards
          • Challenges of modern                     – Every individual is important
            economic system
          • Charities                                – Is majority rule always perfect?
    Module 11: Judicial System of Islam
    Module 12: The Differences
•   Module 11: Judicial System            •   Module 12: The Differences
     – Judiciary independent of                – Sunni and Shi’a Muslims
       Administration
                                                     • No difference in basic beliefs
     – Accountable to Allah                          • No difference in Qur’an
     – When you make decisions among                 • No difference about Prophet
       people, make decisions with                     Muhammad (Peace be upon
       justice                                         him) and his family
     – Some cases between Muslims and                • Differences on mostly political
       Non-Muslims during Prophet’s                    issues such as succession of
                                                       Prophet Muhammad (Peace be
       (peace be upon him) time.
                                                       upon him)
          • A Muslim Vs. a Jew
                                               – Minor differences within Sunnis
          • A son Vs. a Father case
                                               – Minor differences within Shi’as
          • Women Vs. Men
     – Justice starts within the family   •   Some non Muslim groups
     – Capital punishment                     emerged from Islamic faith
          • Pre-requisites                     –   Daruze

          • Requirements                       –   Bahai

          • Importance of witnessing           –   Ahmady / Qadyani

          • Women’s witness
Module 13: Islam in the West

•   Islam in the West                       – Relationships between
                                              Christians and Muslims
     – Freedom of Religion
                                            – Few extremist groups in the
     – Mosques and Islamic Schools
                                              West do not represent the
       Everywhere
                                              entire western community
     – Muslim Students
                                            – Sympathy and goodwill for
     – Muslim Population                      Muslims
     – Muslims Born in the West             – Backlash against Muslims after
     – Islam, the fastest growing             September 11 and support
       religion                               from Christian community

     – Laws to protect from                 – Desire to learn and
       Discrimination and hate crimes         understand Islam

     – Muslim’s participation in local      – Ignorance about the west in
       politics and Activities                Muslim countries

                                         • Next Step
End
May Allah Guide Us and Open Our Hearts And
Minds, And Save Us From Evil. Ameen
Thanks for Participating in Islam 101
• Acknowledgment
We are very thankful to Islamic Supreme Council of Canada; Br.
Syed M. Buhari, National President of MAT, Malaysia; Sister, Farzana
Shahid, President, MAT Mississauga; Br. M. Farooq Khan, President
MAT Canada and Br. Afroz Ali, President MAT, Australia for their
suggestions and Support
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