· 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.
· At the core of Islam is the notion of tawhid, or Oneness of the universe and among all living creatures.
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, of how Muslims in different parts of the world serve Allah?
· What are the texts that guide Muslims in their service to Allah?
· What is the concept of tawhid, or Oneness?
· How does tawhid guide and influence the practice and perspectives of Muslims?
· The Five Pillars of Practice: Witnessing, Prayer, Fasts, Charity, Hadj
Texts to be used:
· Excerpts from Islam: The Straight Path by John L. Esposito
· E-mail exchange with Sohaib Sultan, Author of The Koran for Dummies
Overview of Session:
I. Questions from previous session 15 minutes
II. Introduction to the Five Pillars of Practice 15 minutes