A PRESENTATION OF WORLD MUSLIM CONGRESS
MUSLIMS TOGETHER BUSTING MYTHS ABOUT ISLAM
If it is Saturday, it is Islam on Zoom
Busting Myths about Islam and the Quran
If it is not common sense, then it is not Islam
What is happening this Saturday?
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If you wish to speak on any one of the following topics, please send a 250-word description of what you wish to speak, and your profile in 100 words to SpeakerMikeGhouse@gmail.com – send at least a week before the program, if others have not taken the spot.
BUSTING MYTHS ABOUT ISLAM
We welcome the understanding of the conservative, traditional, Orthodox, and progressive Muslims. We all can learn from each other and expand our understanding. After all, Islam is for the Aalameen, not just for any exclusive group. We believe in the essence of Islam, which is to create cohesive societies where every human feels secure about his/her faith, race, ethnicity, culture, and any other distinction. Islam came for humanity, those who choose to subscribe to the key values of Islam in restoring harmony and peace in the society became subscribers to Islam also known as Muslims.
Islam did not come to rule, govern, or dictate others, it is about guiding humans to learn to live with each other and build societies where every human can feel secure about who she/he is. Islam is about free will for the common good of humanity. There is no compulsion in Islam. As a society we decide on what to do with individuals who steal, rape, break the contracts, or cheat – as it affects the societal equilibrium, but only God has the right to punish for their faith, not today, but on the elusive Day of Judgment.
If anyone calls himself/herself a Muslim, he or she is a Muslim for us, we do not commit shirk, we don’t push Allah aside and start judging other peoples Iman, only Allah know what is in one’s heart. Allah judges on the Day of Judgment, who are we do judge others faith? We also welcome every group of Muslims Shia, Sunni, Ahmadiyya, Sufi, and their sub-groups. Indeed, the Quran addresses humanity and not any particular group. We have to learn to respect the otherness of the other and accept the God-given uniqueness of each of us. We welcome different perspectives without judgment. Only Allah is Malik-i-yomiddin which we all assert 17 to 51 times a day. We should never forget that on the Day of Judgment, we are responsible for our actions and not others, so we should mind our own faith.
There are 50 plus translations of the Quran; a few of them are bad, bad, and bad politically motivated translations, they shamefully and wrongfully create ill-will against non-Muslims. Add to that a few Hadiths and other literature that goes against building cohesive societies, which is Islam’s essence. Our secondary books’ false information fuels and frightens our non-Muslim friends, whom we have labeled as Islamophobes. We need to start correcting these to mitigate antagonism towards Islam. Quran is our reliable, authentic book, and we can count on God’s guidance from there.
Muslims Together are committed to busting the myths about Islam every Saturday.
We welcome a diversity of opinions without judgment.
JANUARY 2021 EVENTS
01/09/21 Saturday, 12:00 – 1:30 PM – EST
Islamic Value: Tauheed – the Oneness of God.
Zoom Meeting Id 822 2800 2584 Passcode 172545
Subscription to the notion of one ultimate universal God was the need of the day. One represents accountability and responsibility to get things done. We have one president, one CEO, one boss, one man or woman of the house. There is always one. The wisdom was a panacea to the conflicts among people.
A cohesive society is the dream of all humanity, where each human has a right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. More about Tauheed at https://worldmuslimcongress.org/islamic-value-tauheed/
Program details at https://worldmuslimcongress.org/islamic-value-tuaheed-01-09-2021
Saturday, January 16, 2021 – 12:00-1:30 EST
Accountability of one’s Action
We have not developed a convincing answer other than the belief that no one goes scot-free. Quran 55:9 (Asad), “so that you might never transgress the measure [of what is right]” (Quran 55:8). Each one has to account for his excesses.”
Accountability of one’s actions is one of the values that contribute to the overall well-being of society. If there is no accountability, chaos will prevail. You can drive on the left side of the road or in the middle or wherever you want, and I will do the same. Should your freedom allow you to drive sixty miles per hour in a school zone? God says in the Quran, “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 neck-vein” (Asad, Quran 50:16).
More at https://worldmuslimcongress.org/islamic-value-accountability/
Saturday, January 23, 20021
NO PROGRAM –
We have Holocaust and Genocides commemoration on January 24th.
Saturday, January 30, 2021 – 12:00-1:30 EST
Truthfulness and also the Taqiya nonsense
Truth is the most sacred value in Islam; indeed, it is the most enduring value of every religion and social system and governance. All the good things in a given society are sustained by truth and truth alone. Fact is the solid foundation upon which secure societies are built. God does not want anyone to lie, and on his behalf, an assertion is made that no societies permit lies. Individuals do.
There are 852 verses recommending to speak the truth.
What is Taqiya? Individuals like Robert Spencer, Pamela Geller, and Brigitte Gabriel, and a host of others harp on the word Taqiyya, it is not a part of Islam, it is a part of the culture, and it is a part of Judaism, Christianity, and all other traditions. Some of them parrot “Taqiya” for everything you say. Send them to this link to know what Taqiya is.
More at https://worldmuslimcongress.org/islamic-value-truthfulness-taqiya/
FEBRUARY 2021 EVENTS
Saturday, February 6, 2021 – 12:00-1:30 EST
How do you deal with Criticism of Islam, the Quran, and the Prophet?
Islam is not going anywhere; the prophet is not going anywhere, and by opening ourselves up to criticism, we will learn a lot more about our faith than we would ever know. We need to move away from intolerance to acceptance of a different point of view without having to agree with it. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) lived through it and Muslims can learn from his examples. Criticism can fade away or rain on us depending on how Muslims respond to it. Lack of conviction in one’s faith breeds intolerance towards criticism, whereas firmness in faith can lead us to learn from criticism, explore the infinite wisdom in the Quran, and realize the strength of our faith (Imaan); a worthy feeling to have, instead of living in doubt and shooing criticism away. I have always welcomed criticism and was able to find wisdom and counter them.
More at https://worldmuslimcongress.org/criticism-of-islam-prophet-muhammad-pbuh-and-free-speech-3/
Saturday, February 13, 2021 – 12:00-1:30 EST
Islam and Interfaith dialogue
Narration will be added
Saturday, February 20, 2021 – 12:00-1:30 EST
Can a Muslim Woman Marry a Non-Muslim
Narration will be added
Saturday, February 27, 2021 – 12:00-1:30 EST
Have Muslims misunderstood the Quran about the LGBTQ Community?
Narration will be added
Saturday, March 6, 2021 – 12:00-1:30 EST
Saturday, March 13, 2021 – 12:00-1:30 EST
Saturday, March 20, 2021 – 12:00-1:30 EST
Saturday, March 27, 2021 – 12:00-1:30 EST
Sharia – Hasan Mahmood