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Why Islam? : 

Why Islam? By Danielle (Aakifah) Reed

Islam in America : 

Islam in America Between 5-7 million Muslims in America Estimated 25% of American Muslims are reverts Approximately 7,000 reverts each year are women Islam is the most racially diverse religion in America

Da’wah : 

Da’wah Islam bus/train ad campaign Da’wah booths Da’wah- To educate about, or to invite to, Islam ICNA Website: www.icna.org Why Islam Website: www.whyislam.org

FAQ’s about Islam : 

FAQ’s about Islam 1.      What is jihad?  2.      Why do Muslim women wear the headscarf? 3.      Why are Muslim women not allowed to work/go to school, etc?  4.      What does one have to do to become Muslim? 5.      What are the Five Pillars of Islam?

What does Islam mean…? : 

What does Islam mean…? “Islam” is derived from the root word “s-l-m” which essentially means “peace.” Islam means for a person to attain peace by submitting ones will to Allah. “Muslim” is also derived from the root word “s-l-m.” “Muslim” refers to the person that submits his or her will to Allah.

Who is Allah? : 

Who is Allah? Allah is the Arabic word for God. The term is even used by Arab Christians. Allah is NOT a moon god. Islam is a monotheistic religion, meaning Muslims believe in only one God: “Say: He is Allah, the one and only, Allah, the Eternal, the Absolute. He begot none, nor is He begotten. There is none like Him” (Qur’an 112).

Beliefs… : 

Beliefs… Muslims believe in all the prophets, including: Abraham Isaac Ishmael Noah Moses Lot And Jesus Muslims believe Jesus is a Prophet and not the Son of God, as Christians believe. Muslims believe in the Day of Judgment Muslims believe in Heaven and Hell

Jihad : 

Jihad Jihad means “struggle”….NOT “holy war!” There are different types of Jihad: “Jihad Al-Nafs”- struggle against oneself Economic Jihad- giving money even though it may be a hardship Physical Jihad To be used only when a person(s) is being oppressed. “Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for Allah loves not transgressors” (Qur'an 2:190) Rules: Prophet Muhammad had commanded “Do not kill any old person, any child or any woman,” “Do not kill the monks in monasteries,” or “Do not kill the people who are sitting in places of worship.” “But if the enemy incline towards peace, do thou (also) incline towards peace, and trust in Allah: for He is One that hears and knows (all things)” (Qur'an 8:61)

Jihad (Cont’d.) : 

Jihad (Cont’d.) Jihad vs. Terrorism: Jihad can be launched only by an established authority as a policy in order to deter aggression. Terrorism, on the other hand, is committed by individuals or groups that have no legitimacy to speak for the majority. When terrorism is committed by states, it usually depends on misleading the masses. Jihad is limited to combatants while terrorism involves indiscriminate killing of civilians. Jihad, when the need arises, is declared openly, while terrorism is committed secretly. Jihad is bound by strict rules of engagement while terrorism is not bound by any rules* *Taken from Why Islam FAQ’s page

Women in Islam : 

Women in Islam Hijab – headscarf Muslim women wear “O Prophet, tell your wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when out of doors), that is most convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not molested.  And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful” (Quran 33:59) Most Muslim women wear hijab first and foremost because it is believed to have been commanded by Allah. Hijab and modest dress is to preserve the woman’s dignity. Niqab – not mandatory according to most Hijab helps keep a woman’s beauty for herself and her husband and family Some believe a woman’s face is part of her beauty and should also be covered.

Women in Islam : 

Women in Islam Women are not oppressed: Women can get an education Women can drive Women are not to be forced into marriage: “O you who believe, you are forbidden to inherit women against their will” (Quran 4:19) Women can work, but are encouraged to stay home: Mercy from Allah on women because women typically are the ones taking care of the children, cooking meals, and cleaning the house, even in today’s American society. Prior to Islam: Women could not own property or gain inheritance; often female babies would be killed. Women gained all of the above rights because of Islam

Five Pillars of Islam : 

Five Pillars of Islam Shahadah: La iliha il-Allah, Muhammad-ur-Rasul-Allah (There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is His messenger). Repeated during every prayer. Salah (prayer): Five prayers daily, to give Muslims a chance to focus on what is most important- Allah. Zakat: Giving charity. Muslims are supposed to give 2.5% of their total annual capital. Sawm (fasting) during Ramadan: Begins 22 Aug 2009. Reminds Muslims to be thankful to Allah for what we have. “O you who believe! Fasting is ordained for you as it was ordained for those before you, so that you might remain conscious of God” (Quran 2:183) Hajj (Pilgrimage to Mecca): All adult Muslims expected to make hajj, as long as they can financially afford to and are not ill.

Future of Islam : 

Future of Islam Mohammad Alexander Russell Webb: One of the first American reverts to Islam Was the only Muslim representative at the World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893 “In closing, I want to say this: that there is no system that has been so willfully and persistently misrepresented as Islam, both by writers of so-called history and by the newspaper press.” -Webb It is over 100 years later, and Islam is still being misrepresented.

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