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An individual's search for inner peace begins with a beacon of light called Islam. Islam, which is derived from the root word "Salaam" (peace), means submission to the will of God. When our individual and collective lives are in harmony with nature and with the Will of the One who is the Creator of the Universe, peace is not only achievable, it is inevitable. Are you intrigued by the question of what Islam really says? We invite you to 1-877-WhyIslam - a complete resource center for accurate information on Islam and Muslims. Besides free literature, 1-877-WhyIslam offers you the opportunity to interact directly with Muslims, and ask as many questions as you like. Please call toll free 1-877-WhyIslam or visit www.whyislam.org.
||CleanStatus of Women in Islam||The status of women in Islam, is an issue that is pertinent in present times; both due to the divergence of cultural practices in the Muslim world from the Islamic perspective and the erroneous perception in the West, that Islam subjugates womenfolk. A dispassionate study of the primary sources of Islam, along with an analysis of the position of women in societies where Islam was implemented, actually proves that for women Islam is a special blessing. Prior to Islam, write the authors of The Cultural Atlas of Islam, a woman was regarded by her parents as a threat to family honor and hence worthy of burial alive at infancy. As an adult, she was a sex object that could be bought, sold and inherited. From this position of inferiority and legal incapacity, Islam raised women to a position of influence and prestige in family and society. The rights and responsibilities of women are equal to those of men but they are not necessarily identical. This difference is understandable because men and women are different, in their physiological and psychological make-up. With this distinction in mind, there is no room for a Muslim to imagine that women are inferior to men. Thus it is perhaps more apt to refer to the Islamic approach on gender relations, as one of equity rather than the commonly used word equality, which could be misunderstood to mean equality in every minute aspect of life, rather than overall equality.||3/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnderstanding Shariah||The newest buzzword these days is 2018Shariah.2019 As several states scramble to pass legislation to outlaw Shariah, a hyped fear and persistent confusion surrounds this loaded term. Most people who speak passionately against Shariah do not, in reality, understand it and often reduce it to merely a penal code. This introduction describes the universal principles of Shariah and its holistic approach. It further highlights misconceptions about Shariah in order to address the concerns currently surrounding this topic. Shariah is an integral part of Islam. It is often defined as 2018Islamic law,2019 causing one to assume that it consists mostly of criminal rulings and penalties. However, Shariah encompasses much more than the conventional understanding of law. While Shariah provides the legal framework for the foundation and functioning of a society, it also details moral, ethical, social and political codes of conduct for Muslims at an individual and collective level.||3/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSanctity of Human Life||Whether it is a bomb going off in a market place, or the hijacking of an aircraft where innocent people are held at ransom to achieve political ends, we live in an age, where the manipulation and loss of innocent lives has become commonplace. Such is the all-pervasive nature of indiscriminate violence, that 201Cterrorism201D is considered as one of the prime threats to peace and security in our societies. It is this narrow definition of terrorism that implicates only individuals and groups, that has caused Muslims to be associated with acts of destruction and terror in the popular media. Often, the religion of Islam is held responsible for the acts of a fringe minority among Muslims. Could it be possible that Islam, whose light ended the Dark Ages in Europe, now propound the advent of an age of terror? Could a faith that has over 1.6 billion followers the world over, and over 10 million in America, actually advocate the killing and maiming of innocent people? Could Islam, whose name itself stands for 201Cpeace201D and 201Csubmission to God201D, encourage its adherents to work for death and destruction? For too long, have we relied on stereotypical images in the news media and in Hollywood films, for answers to these pertinent questions. It is time now to look at the sources of Islam, and its history, to determine whether Islam does indeed advocate violence.||3/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCan I be a Patriotic and Muslim? Poem by an American Muslim||This poem is by Hamza Siddiqui who is an artist, aspiring entrepreneur, and full-time student at the University of the Pacific. With a passion for combating discrimination and misunderstanding through the arts, Siddiqui writes poetry that revolves around global problems and social issues. He began writing and performing in 2009, and quickly rose to prominence by being selected as one of the winners at the All-City Poetry Slam. For more information, please call 877-Why-Islam and visit http://www.whyislam.org||10/13/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYour Body is Amazing! This Poem is For You!||This poem is for you! Spoken word / poetry by Hamza Siddiqui about how your body is amazing! The Quran says: "And in the earth are signs for those who believe, and (also) in yourselves. Can you then not see?" (51:21-20) Our heart beats around 100,00 times every day. Our blood is on a 60,000-mile journey. Our eyes can distinguish up to one million color surfaces and take in more information than the largest telescope known to man. Our lungs inhale over two million liters of air every day, without even thinking. They are large enough to cover a tennis court. Our hearing is so sensitive it can distinguish between hundreds of thousands of different sounds. Our sense of touch is more refined than any device ever created. Our brain is more complex than the most powerful computer and has over 100 billion nerve cells. We give birth to 100 billion red cells every day. When we touch something, we send a message to our brain at 124 mph. We have over 600 muscles. We exercise at least 30 muscles when we smile. We are about 70 percent water. We make one liter of saliva a day. Our nose is our personal air-conditioning system: it warms cold air, cools hot air and filters impurities. In one square inch of our hand we have nine feet of blood vessels, 600 pain sensors, 9000 nerve endings, 36 heat sensors and 75 pressure sensors. We have copper, zinc, cobalt, calcium, manganese, phosphates, nickel and silicon in our bodies. Hamza Siddiqui is an artist, aspiring entrepreneur, and full-time student at the University of the Pacific. With a passion for combating discrimination and misunderstanding through the arts, Siddiqui writes poetry that revolves around global problems and social issues. He began writing and performing in 2009, and quickly rose to prominence by being selected as one of the winners at the All-City Poetry Slam. He also served as the opening act for actor and author, Hill Harper, and was invited to perform at the national youth poetry festival, Brave New Voices. For more information, please visit www.WhyIslam.org or call 877-Why-Islam.||10/13/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBelief in Allah: There is no one worthy of worship but Allah||877-Why-Islam presents the introduction of the first article of faith in Islam. The declaration that 'there is no one worthy of worship except One God (Allah)' is the essence of Islam. It means that God has no partner: He exists by Himself. This is a fundamental doctrine encompassing the oneness of God in every sense of the expression. Nothing can rival Him as a source of power or love.He is not an abstract concept. He is always near us; He cares for us and we owe our existence to Him alone. For more information, please contact us at 877-Why-Islam or visit us www.WhyIslam.org. Like us on www.facebook.com/whyislam, or follow us on www.twitter.com/whyislam.||9/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConcept of God in Islam||Concept of God in Islam||7/25/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJesus in Islam||There are many questions that come to mind when the name Jesus is mentioned. Some people say he was a prophet, others call him a god, while others say he was a very wise man. But whatever your idea is, one thing remains certain: he was not your ordinary man. So if there is something special about him, why all the confusion? Just who was Jesus anyway?||7/25/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIslam Explained||Islam, the religion of over 1.6 billion in the world, provides humankind with a unified view about the purpose of our creation and existence, our ultimate destiny and our place among other creatures. It is a way of life that is in complete conformance with nature, and with reason, logic and science. The Arabic word, Islam, means voluntary surrender to the will of Allah and obedience to His commands.Allah is the Arabic word that Muslims use for God. A person who freely and consciously accepts the Islamic way of life and sincerely practices it is called a Muslim.||7/25/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHeadscarf by Muslim Women - Hijab - Unveiling the Mystery||American Muslim women today are rediscovering the pristine Islam as revealed by Allah, (God), to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh1), more than 1400 years ago, but without any of the contradictions of ancestral culture. Consequently they are essentially engaging in a life-long exercise of rediscovering their own selves , what it means to be a human, a Muslim, and more so, a Muslim woman. Wearing a head-covering (hijab) is an important part of their spiritual journey.||7/25/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
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