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October 21, 2014 | 27th Tishrei 5775

Lesson 1: Introduction to Islam

Lesson 1: Introduction to Islam

Big Ideas addressed in this lesson:

· Islam is a religion and a way of life in which the primary goal is to serve Allah to enhance the life of the individual and the community much like Judaism is a religion and way of life that seeks to serve God in the betterment of life on earth.

· In his final sermon, the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) clearly stated that all humankind is from Adam and Eve and that no one has superiority over anyone else.

 

Questions addressed in this lesson:

· How do Muslims serve Allah/God?

· What happens if a Muslim sins or does not serve Allah ?

· What are the differences, if any, in the ways Muslims in different parts of the world serve Allah?

· What are the texts that guide Muslims in their service to Allah?

· What similarities exist between Islam and Judaism?

· What is the relationship between Muslims and Jews (and people of other religions) according to Muslim thought?

· Where does Islam see itself in relationship to Judaism and other religions?

 

Knowledge:

· The Prophet Muhammed (P.B.U.H.)

· Allah

· Five Pillars of Practice (introduction only)

· Qu’ran

· Sunnah

 

Text to be used:

· The Last Sermon of the Prophet

 

Overview of Session:

I. Introduction – 20 minutes

II. Outline of the five sessions – 10 minutes

III. Text study: The Last Sermon of the Prophet Muhammed – 55 minutes

IV. Wrap up: Revisiting the Big Ideas – 1 minute

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