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Austin mosque offers free lecture series on Islam

January 14, 2012
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This looks like a terrific lecture series for anyone (in the Austin area) wanting to get a solid understanding of Islam. And, if I may get on my soapbox for a moment, that should be EVERYONE. I mean, seriously, religious literacy is so important. Plus the lectures are free. PLUS Sheikh Islam — an Austin native and a UT grad — is a great guy, very sincere, very funny and very approachable. So get thee to the North Austin Muslim Community Center, Insha’Allah.

Here are the deets:

A series of lectures on the basics of Islam

We’re pleased to announce that NAMCC is offering a series of lectures on the basic tenets of Islam. The course is designed for non-Muslims curious about Islam, but is open to all including new and long-time Muslims interested in the fundamentals of Islam.

What: Islam 101: A series of lectures on the basics of Islam
Who: Sheikh Islam – NAMCC Imam
When: Wednesday evenings: 7:00-8:30pm
Jan 25 – May 9
Where: NAMCC
11900 North Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753
Cost: Free!

Registration

Walk-ins are welcome, but if you do plan on attending, please register here so that we can make sure to have plenty of materials and refreshments for everyone.

Imam Islam Biography

Imam Islam currently serves as Imam for the North Austin Muslim Community Center. He previously served as Imam for the Islamic Center of Little Rock. He is a graduate of the University of Texas born and raised in the United States. His Islamic education came through sitting with people of knowledge and scholars from an early age until the present. He is a dynamic speaker who engages audiences and genuinely enjoys open and respectful discussion.

Syllabus

Each lecture will cover a different topic. Classes are designed to be independent, so don’t worry if you miss one or want to join in the middle of the series. Written materials will also be provided in-class and on-line to help those interested catch up on classes missed.

Date Topic
01/25/12 Welcome and Introduction to Islam and Muslims
02/01/12 The Shahadah (Testimony of Faith)
02/08/12 Highlights and Summary of the Life of Muhammad (Peace by upon him)
02/15/12 Salah (Prayer)
02/22/12 Zakah (Charity-Tax)
02/29/12 Sawm (Fasting)
03/07/12 Hajj (Pilgrimage)
03/14/12 ** No Class **
03/21/12 Belief in Allah
03/28/12 Belief in Angels
04/04/12 Belief in Books
04/11/12 Belief in Messengers
04/18/12 Belief in the Last Day
04/25/12 Belief in Divine Decree and Measure
05/02/12 Islamic Spirituality
05/09/12 Contemporary Issues
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