"I think it's so important for all of us to understand each others cultures.
This Presentation is a wonderful way to introduce students to Islam. It's a fantastic
"I never knew I could learn so much about one culture in so little time."
Student-Hinsdale Central High
"I thought the presentation was very imformative it was great to have clarification
on topics related to Islam. Next time I will have my students prepared with educated
Teacher-Lake Park High School
presentations were really interesting . It is nice for the students
to hear about the culture/ religion of Islam from someone who closely
follows the religion/ way of life. (The speaker) taught my students
things that I could not, through sharing her experience."
Teacher-Lake Park High
learned a lot from the presentation. It was a lot good information
that was easy to understand."
Student-Lake Park High school
you for taking the time for to enlighten us. Knowledge erases fear."
"I like that it opened my eyes to other cultures such as the Muslim and
Student-Northwest Indiana Law
- Enforcement Academy
"I thought the presentation was very informative and explained and cleaned
up many questions I had about Islam. It was good to listen to someone who knew
and was from the culture."
stands in a long line of Semitic, prophetic religious traditions
that share an uncompromising monotheism, and belief in God’s
revelations, His prophets, ethical responsibility and accountability,
and the Day of Judgment.
are Muslims and where do they live?
are an estimated 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide, living in over
44 Muslim majority countries from Senegal to Indonesia, with
significant minorities in such diverse environments as the Former
Soviet Union, China, India, England and the United States. Only
18% of the world’s Muslims live in the Arabic-speaking
world. The country with the largest Muslim population is Indonesia.
7-10 million Muslims live in the U.S. American Muslims are the
most diverse group of Muslims in the world, representing over
60 different nationalities, languages, and ethnic groups accounting
for nearly 2,000 masajid (mosques), Islamic schools and Islamic
centers in America.
in the United States are highly skilled, well-educated (over
65% having a bachelor’s degree or higher) and have been
contributing to American life for decades.
capita, the Muslim community of the United States is one of
the most talented and well-trained Muslim communities on earth.
Maryam Jameelah -
Formerly Margaret Marcus; Jewish American essayist,
poet, journalist and author of several books. She converted
from Judaism to Islam in 1962.
Abdullah Ibn Buhaina - American
drummer and jazz musician. His contribution to jazz from
1954 to 1990 as leader of the Jazz Messengers established
the sound Hard Bop, greatly influencing later generations
of musicians and entertainers.
Eubank - In March 1997, after former super
middleweight world champion Chris Eubank defeated Camilo
Alocon of Columbia at the Dubai Tennis Stadium in a
light heavyweight contest, Eubank embraced Islam and
took the name Hamdan.
Queen Noor of
Jordan - Born Lisa Najeeb Halaby to a
prominent Arab-American family. Raised by Christian
parents, she converted to Islam when she married the
late King Hussein, a Hashemite and descendant of the
prophet’s line, on 15 June 1978. When she converted,
she changed her name to Noor al-Hussein -- the light
El-Shabazz - More popularly known as Malcolm
X; black-rights activist and religious leader. In 1964,
after a pilgrimage to Mecca, he announced his conversion
to orthodox Islam and his belief in the possibility
of brotherhood between blacks and whites.
Michael Wolfe – Author
of The Hajj: An American's Pilgrimage to Mecca, and One
Thousand Roads to Mecca: Ten Centuries of Travelers Writing
About the Muslim Pilgrimage. Born of a Christian mother
and Jewish father, he is most well known for his documentary
on ABC’s Nightline which aired on April 18, 1997 called
An American in Mecca.
Muhammad Ali – Formerly
Cassius Clay; three-time Heavy Weight Champion of the World.
He converted to orthodox Islam in 1965.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – Formerly
Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor. Before the 1971-72 season Alcindor
converted from Catholicism to Islam and took the name Kareem
Abdul-Jabbar. He played 20 seasons in the league with the
Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers. By the time the
7 foot 2 basketball player retired in 1989, Abdul-Jabbar
was a six-time Most Valuable Player and is now one of the
50 Greatest Players in NBA History.
One God (Allah) – Core of Islam is the belief
in one God. “Allah” is the Arabic word for “the
Angels – Another form of God’s creation.
Do not have free will as humans do. Most famous among them
is Angel Gabriel
Prophets – Over 124,000 prophets sent to convey
God’s guidance to the rest of humankind to each nation
at each time starting with Adam and ending with Muhammed (peace
be upon them). Included among them were Noah, Abraham, Moses,
David and Jesus (peace be upon all of them).
Books – Among the prophets were messengers
who received divinely revealed scripture or book, including
the Scrolls to Abraham, the Torah to Moses, the Psalms to
David, the Gospels to Jesus, and the Qur’an to Muhammad
(peace be upon all of them).
Day of Judgment -- day on which people will be help
accountable for their actions and deeds during their lifetime.
Divine Plan – Acknowledgement of God’s
“ Five Pillars" of Islam
The Declaration of Faith (Shahadah) – Profession
of Faith that “There is no god but God and Muhammad
is His Messenger.”
Prayer (Salat) - Muslims perform five obligatory
prayers each day. Islamic prayers are a direct link between
the worshiper and God. Islam has no hierarchical authority
or priesthood. A learned Muslim chosen by each congregation
leads the prayers.
Almsgiving (Zakat) - One of the most important principles
of Islam is that all things belong to God and that wealth
is held in trust by human beings. Zakat, or charitable giving, "purifies" wealth
by setting aside a portion for those in need. This payment
is usually two and a half percent of one's accumulated wealth
which is paid annually to the poor and the needy.
Fasting (Sawm) - Every year in the Islamic lunar
month of Ramadan, Muslims are required to refrain from food,
drink, and marital relations from first light until sunset.
Since a lunar year is shorter than the Gregorian year by 11
days, Ramadan moves back each year and is not fixed during
one particular season. The fast is another method of self-purification
Pilgrimage (Hajj) - A pilgrimage to Mecca,
or Hajj, is once in a lifetime obligation for those
who are physically or financially able. The pilgrimage
includes a series of rituals which commemorate the life
and trials of the Abraham (peace be upon him) and his
family. It is a time of intensive spiritual rejuvenation,
soul searching and prayer, and is a reminder of our
humanity and equality as well as our morality.
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