How the 17 Islamic values contribute to the well-being of humanity?
Every Sunday 2-3 PM EST commencing on July 18, 2021
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The schedule for the 18 classes is listed below following the note and profiles of the speakers
After all, God has created everything in harmony and balance, and we are asked to observe the limits as it affects us all (55:5-11) and it is our duty as the viceregent (Manager of surroundings) to restore harmony whenever it goes off. That is all God wants us to do. I am writing an article on a new phrase Islah-al Alam, that is restoring harmony to the world, that includes human interactions as well as the environment.
LEARN ABOUT ISLAM- FROM A UNIVERSAL PERSPECTIVE
Islam remains a myth to many people, including Muslims. Its essence, purpose, and its role vis-à-vis humanity are seldom understood or even explained. The teachings for Islam were designed to build kind, just, and caring societies where every human feels secure.
A few Muslims have reduced Islam to a religion of rituals. Rituals are indeed the pathways to achieving milestones of peace in one’s life. However, Islam is much more than the five pillars. God wants us to care for his creation, i.e., fellow humans and the environment. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) led the way in establishing the role of a model citizen, also known as —the main.
Never before in the history of Islam, the values that contribute towards building just, kind and merciful societies were taught. Learn about Islam and earn a certificate to be a Muslim Speaker; all are welcome.
Learn about the 17 Values of Islam on 17 Sundays in a row from July 18th by Dr. Safi Kaskas and Mike Ghouse. You can also refer to these values backed by the verse from Quran: the book American Muslim Agenda.
We hope this becomes a teaching tool in Mosques besides the five pillars. At the end of the course, you will receive a certificate acknowledging your knowledge of Islam. You can even go on to become a Muslim Speaker. The full schedule and details are in the following link.
Religion is a system that guides one to live in balance with the self and with what surrounds—life and matter.
Dr. Sheikh Rached Ghannouchi[JV1] was crystal clear. “The role of religion is to answer the big questions for us, those relating to our existence, origins, destiny, and the purpose for which we are created. It is to provide us with a system of values and principles that would guide our thinking, behavior, and the regulations to which we aspire.” He added, “Islam is a religion of civilization,” which he suggests elsewhere is the essence and purpose of every world religion.
Chief Seattle, a Native American, said this perfectly, “All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life. He is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the webs, he does it to himself.”
What is Jannat/ Paradise?
Quran offers guidance to set your goalposts, and that is to enable humans to dwell in an abode of peace; a conflict-free, hassle-free, and tension-free life. It is termed variously as Nirvana, Mukti, Moksha, Salvation, Nijat, and other narratives.
Quran 6:127 (Asad) Theirs shall be an abode of peace with their Sustainer, and He shall be near unto them as the result of what they have been doing.
Quran 6:127 (Kaskas) They will have the Home of Peace with their Lord, and as a result of their deeds, He will be their Protector.
Quran 10:25 (Asad) And [know that] God invites [man] unto the abode of peace, and guides him that wills [to be guided] onto a straightway.
Quran 10:25 (Kaskas) God invites you to dwell in peace, and He guides whoever chooses to a straight path.
The Quran repeatedly affirms that Allah is consciousness—He “knows,” “hears,” “sees,” and is “wise”—both at the impersonal- and personal levels. At the impersonal levels:
Allah said [to the angels], “Indeed, I know that which you do not know” (2:30). He is with them [in knowledge] wherever they are. Then He will inform them of what they did on the Day of Resurrection. (al-mujadilah 58:7).
To sum it up, Quran 50:16 (Asad) NOW, VERILY, it is We who have created man, and We know what his innermost self whispers within him: for We are closer to him than his jugular vein.
Quran 50:16 (Kaskas) We have created man and We know what his inner soul is whispering. We are closer to him than his jugular vein.
“Alternative understanding is that the universe self-created itself by its own consciousness, and Allah is the name given to the consciousness of the universe. Allah then becomes the internal cause of the universe.” Bharat Jhunjunawala
Whether we are created or evolved, we are here, and we have to figure out how to be a part of the abode of peace now and in this life.
Islam does stand on the five pillars or rituals, they are the pathways to accomplish the end result to be a good human being, also known as a good citizen.
Islamic values are the essence of Islam, these values contribute to creating a better world to include all of God’s creation. God does care that you respect his property—the whole universe. It is your duty to restore harmony whenever it goes off. Indeed, God has created the universe in harmony. (55)
The shortage of Muslims to communicate Islamic values has been a significant problem in society. If we don’t speak, someone else will talk negatively about Islam because that is all they know and they have something to gain by producing stereotypical images of Muslims, pitting fellow humans against the Muslims.
We have to speak about the values that contribute to creating a better world for every one of God’s creations.
What has to change?
To the American public, if a guy is not wearing a beard, or a woman is not covering her head (the Muslim garb), he is not a “full” Muslim; and if the woman is not wearing a hijab, she is not either. Even Muslims have fallen into this trap. If two individuals are being considered to speak at a mosque, one is wearing a beard and the other is clean-shaven, guess who gets the call. If one is wearing a hijab and the other is not, guess who gets the call. It has to change. We should hear the message and not go by the “Muslim garb.”
Dr. Safi Kaskas
Dr. Safi Kaskas is a management executive and a strategist with more than 40 years of experience. For this program, Kaskas has co-authored “The Qur’an – with References to the Bible, A Contemporary Understanding,” a new, never-before-completed translation of the Qur’an into contemporary English featuring more than 3,000 parallel references to the Bible. Pope Frances has appreciated this book for the comparative verses in Bible and the Quran. Full bio at https://worldmuslimcongress.org/islamic-values-speaker-profiles/
Dr. Mike Ghouse
Dr. Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker, author, community consultant, pluralist, activist, newsmaker, and interfaith wedding officiant. Mike is deeply committed to Free speech, Human Rights, and Pluralism in Religion, Politics, Societies, and Business. He is the founder and president of the Center for Pluralism and a writer at the World Muslim Congress, a Think Tank. His book The American Muslim Agenda – building a cohesive America is available at Amazon. Mike has dedicated his life to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions to the media and policymakers on issues of the day. Everything about him is at www.TheGhousediary.com
17 SESSIONS ON LEARNING ABOUT ISLAMIC VALUES
You are invited to a Zoom meeting every Sunday 2-3 PM EST
Starting Jul 18, 2021, Register in advance for all meetings or one meeting at a time
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please remember if you attend all the classes, the World Muslim Congress will certify you to be a Muslim speaker.
Sunday, Jul 18, 2021, 2-3 PM EST
Topic: Eid Al Adha – what should you sacrifice
Ref – https://www.huffpost.com/entry/eid-aladha-what-should-yo_b_4099426
Sunday, Jul 25, 2021, 2-3 PM EST
Topic: Essence of Islam
Ref – https://worldmuslimcongress.org/the-essence-of-islam/
Sunday, Aug 1, 2021, 2-3 PM EST
Topic- Exemplary Model citizen – Known as Al-Amin
Sunday, Aug 8, 2021, 2-3 PM EST
Topic: Tauhid – One ultimate creator
Sunday, Aug 15, 2021, 2-3 PM EST
Topic: Accountability of one’s actions
Sunday, Aug 22, 2021, 2-3 PM EST
Topic: Truthfulness, Quran emphasized being truthful
Sunday, Aug 29, 2021, 2-3 PM EST
Topic: Justice – how do we create a just world
Sunday, Sep 5, 2021, 2-3 PM EST
Topic: Forgiveness contributes to the well being of humans
Sunday, Sep 12, 2021, 2-3 PM EST
Topic: Service to fellow beings
Sunday, Sep 19, 2021, 2-3 PM EST
Topic: Humility builds bridges whereas arrogance destroys relationships.
Sunday, Sep 26, 2021, 2-3 PM EST
Sunday, Oct 3, 2021, 2-3 PM EST
Sunday, Oct 10, 2021, 2-3 PM EST
Topic: Free will
Sunday, Oct 17, 2021, 2-3 PM EST
Topic: Civil Dialogue
Sunday, Oct 24, 2021, 2-3 PM EST
Sunday, Oct 31, 2021, 2-3 PM EST
Sunday, Nov 7, 2021, 2-3 PM EST
Topic: Essence of Islam – Advanced last session
Please contact Mike Ghouse at SpeakerMikeGhouse@gmail.com
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