Challenges of New Muslims

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Challenges of New Muslims

  1. 1. ChallengesLearning & Practicing Islam<br />Dr. Sabeel Ahmed<br />GainPeace.com<br />
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  4. 4. Introduction of GainPeace<br />
  5. 5. Islam is Growing<br />Islam is the fast growing<br />45,000 individuals embrace Islam/year<br />Ratio of female to male 4:1<br />20% of children born in Canada are Muslims<br />Most common name in England is Muhammad<br />
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  13. 13. Challenges for Reverts<br />Fulfilling obligations<br />Discarding undesired habits<br />
  14. 14. Challenges through…<br />Family<br />Personal shortcomings<br />Environment<br />
  15. 15. Obligations<br />Daily Prayers<br />Modest clothing<br />Halal job<br />Halal diet<br />
  16. 16. Discarding undesirable habits<br />Immodest clothes<br />Haram diet<br />Drinking<br />Free mixing<br />Music<br />
  17. 17. How to meet the challenges?<br />
  18. 18. Meeting the challenges<br />Personnel – Trained mentors<br />Resources – learning tools<br />Methodology – effective approach<br />
  19. 19. To change a persons actions, we need to <br />Change His/her mindset<br />
  20. 20. Methodology<br />Instill a strong iman in the individual<br />Importance of following Quran’s guidance<br />Importance and love of the sunnah<br />Concept of accountability<br />Concept of the hereafter<br />Judgment<br />
  21. 21. Quranic Guidance<br />Provided a strong sense of <br />Tawqa (God consciousness)<br />Tarbiyya (Self – Purification)<br />
  22. 22. Taqwa & Tarbiyya<br />Using the above tools, the companions of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, with ease, gave up:<br />Intoxicants<br />Gambling<br />Adultery/Fornication<br />Usury/interest<br />
  23. 23. Taqwa & Tarbiyya<br />Using the above tools, the companions of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, with ease, adopted:<br />Halal work<br />Halal diet<br />Fulfilled family/neighborly obligation<br />Created halal environment<br />
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  29. 29. 800-662-ISLAM<br />
  30. 30. MENTORSHIP<br />Dr. Sabeel Ahmed, Islamic Circle of North America, Chicago<br />
  31. 31. Mentoring Revertscriteria for being a mentor<br />Dr. Sabeel Ahmed, Islamic Circle of North America, Chicago<br />
  32. 32. Mentorship<br />How Can We Assist…?<br />
  33. 33. FRIENDSHIP<br />
  34. 34. F – Face to face meeting<br />R – Receive them/welcome them<br />I – Invite them to your homes<br />E – Email and phone correspondence<br />N – Neighbor Nets – weekly classes<br />D – Database – include them<br />S – Socialize - sacrifice<br />H – Hardships – assist to overcome<br />I – Impart knowledge and assists in its practice<br />P – Persistence and Patience – by both<br />
  35. 35. New Muslims<br />Database<br />
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  40. 40. 100 Days Benchmarks<br />Days - Benchmarks3     Obtain contact info of the new Muslim - Name, phone, email, address3     shahada package be given or process started to send it out via mail<br />3 Issue a Shahada Certificate3     Including in egroup, introducing to new Muslim classes7     face to face meeting within the first 7 days7     Explain 6 articles of Iman and 5 pillars of Islam7     tahara explanation via face to face meeting10   surahfatiha - via face to face or email or phone<br />
  41. 41. 100 Days Benchmarks<br />15     Face to face - meeting #215     Take out to lunch or dinner & some social activity15     Surafatiha revision and how to pray explained, assign suraIkhlas25     SuraIkhlas - complete, 30     Face to face meeting #330     Importance of praying in congregation30     Etiquette of Diet, clothing, gender interaction30     Introduction of Tashahud, intro to 'Durood Ibrahim', intro to short supplication<br />
  42. 42. 100 Days Benchmarks<br />37     Phone call to revise Tashahud, Durood Ibrahim, Short supplication37     Whole prayer revision45     Face to Face meeting #4 - Revision of complete prayer45     Obligation towards parents, spouses, children & neighbors.52     SuraFalaq & Sura Naas60     Face to Face meeting #560     Revise SuraFalaq & sura Naas60     Watch ‘The Message’ movie or some social activity<br />
  43. 43. 100 Days Benchmarks<br />67     Phone call - see how they are doing, need any assistance75     Taking them to other masajids, getting to meet other Muslims, social activity75     Assign some dawah activities based on their skills80     Importance of Dawah and sharing Islam with his/her family members90     Face to face meeting #6  - social activity90     Introduction to the concept of Jamaa, Intro to ICNA, 90     Introduce to the Neighbor Nets of ICNA100   Review of the above activities and fill any gaps<br />100 Assign responsibility/leadership position in dept. <br />
  44. 44. Login & Update Mentors Report<br /><ul><li>Login each day/week and update mentorship report
  45. 45. Check mark each benchmark upon its completion
  46. 46. If a benchmark is not met, then an alert email goes out to the mentor AND to the ‘Director of Mentors’.
  47. 47. Appropriate steps are then taken to rectify the situation, insha Allah.</li></li></ul><li>
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  50. 50. Assisting in meeting challenges<br />Instill a strong iman in the individual<br />Importance and love of the sunnah<br />Importance of following Quran’s guidance<br />Concept of accountability<br />Concept of the hereafter<br />Judgment<br />
  51. 51. Available Resources<br />Top 7 Problems facing New Muslims<br />Bearing true witness<br />Now that I’ve found Islam, what do I do with it?<br />Dr. Laurence B. brown<br />Answers to common Questions for new Muslims<br />Ali Abu Lauz, Jamall al-din Zarabozo<br />Clear your doubts about Islam<br />Saheeh International<br />A guide for the new Muslims – book & CDs<br /><ul><li>Jamall al-din Zarabozo</li></li></ul><li>Available Resources by GainPeace<br />800-662-ISLAM<br />Mentorship training<br />eGroups for reverts and mentors<br />Revert Conferences<br />Learning resources<br />Database matching mentors and reverts<br />
  52. 52. How you can assist?<br />New Muslim Journal – Welcome Back!<br />Learning tools – flash cards, pockets books<br />Translating current work in other languages<br />Audio video tools<br />Regional & national Revert’s Conference<br />
  53. 53. Summary<br />Trained mentors<br />Effective Resources<br />Structured methodology<br />
  54. 54. Conclusion<br />A new Muslim will remain in Islam with strong Iman<br />Become an active and productive member of the Muslim ummah<br />Effective propagator of Islam<br />
  55. 55. More info<br />info@GainPeace.com<br />GainPeace.com<br />800-662-ISLAM<br />

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