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Islam - Understanding isam encore class 1_medhat elmersky

  1. 1. Understanding IslamEncore Course - Spring 2013 Gulf Coast State College Medhat Elmesky, InstructorIslamic Understanding Institute
  2. 2. Understanding Islam Course Structure• Class Timeline – January 18th - February 22nd – Fridays from 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM• The course structure will include: – Instructor-led sessions – Invited guest speakers – Panel discussions with local Muslim professionals – Classroom small group discussions & final presentation – Question and answer time
  3. 3. Course ContentWeek 1: January 18, 2013• Introduction to the course – Course objectives – Course structure – The meaning of IslamWeek 2: January 25, 2013• Articles of Faith in Islam – Belief in the oneness of God, the prophets, the revelations, the angels, the Day of Judgment, and predestination• The Sources of Islam – The Glorious Quran – The prophetic Sunnah
  4. 4. Course ContentWeek 3: February 1, 2013• The five pillars of Islam and a Muslim’s spiritual life – Shahada (declaration of faith) – Prayer – Fasting – Zakah (Alms) – Hajj (Pilgrimage)Week 4: February 8, 2013• Islam as a complete way of life – Personal Life – Family life (Marriage, wife rights, husband obligations, etc.)• Distortions about Islam
  5. 5. Course ContentWeek 5: February 15, 2013• Islamic contributions to society – Islamic Arts and Architecture – Medicine and scienceWeek 6: February 22, 2013• Course conclusions and small group presentations – “My New Understanding of Islam”
  6. 6. Understanding Islam Course Objectives• Through this course, you will: – Become acquainted with the basic teachings of Islam. – Reflect upon some of the eternal questions of humanity from the Islamic perspective: From where? To where? And why? – Understand Islam as a complete way of life that is relevant to every phase of human existence. – Learn how Islam contributed to the society in the past, through to the present, and into the future. – Be able to clarify and answer some distortions around issues in Islam.
  7. 7. The Meaning of “Islam”• Arabic root of the word “Islam”: – Meaning: Peace, Submission• I A• MU I = One who submits to God• YU I = To submit• A A A = Submitted
  8. 8. Purpose• To Attain Peace with: – God – Self – Other Creations of God • (Humans, Animals, Vegetation, Ecology)• Through submission to God – By choice, in trust & love – Affirmed by acceptance & obedience
  9. 9. Peace in Central Islamic Terms• One of God’s divine names (attributes) – “The peace”: A divine name• Paradise = abode of peace• Peace be with you – Meaning - Greeting of angels to believers – Mutual greeting of dwellers of paradise – Standard greeting of all Muslims • “As salamu alaikum”
  10. 10. Broad Objectives of Islamic Law• Safeguarding faith (2:256)• Safeguarding Life (5:32)• Safeguarding the Mind• Safeguarding Honor (17:70)• Safeguarding Property and Wealth

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