What is Islam?
Islam is the world’s second largest religion with a following of over one billion people called Muslims—one-fifth of humanity. The word “Islam” actually means “submission to God.” Therefore, “a Muslim is one who strives to submit to God.”
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2017 Khalid S. Lateef on Islam
Khalid S. Lateef speaks about his life’s journey from the streets of Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY, up through the Black Muslim experience and its own evolution over the years, to the realization of a far more all-embracing spirituality that he embodies today. I found his talk personal, moving, passionate, and inspirational.
2017 Imam Shamsi Ali on Islam
2016 Islamic Teaching: Part 1 by Seemi Ahmed & Imran Ahmed
Mrs. Ahmed explained the basis of her faith and answered all questions in a style that was at once friendly yet straightforward, and demonstrated unflinching equanimity in the face of any challenging or tough questions. Her presentation cleared up myths and showed the real traditions and culture shared by most Muslims today. https://youtu.be/mrD-vogQgn8
2016 Part 2 by Seemi Ahmed & Imran Ahmed
Seemi Ahmed continues her discussion on Islam, along with more questions and answers https://youtu.be/fzJQShwxUfE
What is Sufism?
Sufism is less a sect Islam than a mystical way of approaching the Islamic faith. It has been defined as “mystical Islamic belief and practice in which Muslims seek to find the truth of divine love and knowledge through direct personal experience of God.”
Kainat Sharifa (Felicia Norton) and her husband, Muinuddin (Charles Smith) of the The Light of Guidance Center which is the NYC Center of the Sufi Order International, founded by Hazrat Inayat Khan, who brought the universal teachings of Sufism to the West in 1910. Their own teacher was Pir Vilayat Inayat Kahn who was the head of their lineage until his passing in 2005. In the afternoon, after a discussion about the upcoming final exam and the Class-president elections, we had a student sermon by Nancy Omhaha Boy. Finally, Rev. Jon Mundy continued his 3-month presentation on Christianity.
Kainat Sharifa & Muinuddin on the Sufi Path (part 1)
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Kainat Sharifa opened with a Sufi invocation, and then she and Muinuddin took turns in explaining their path as one of inclusion, interfaith, and universality.
The Sufi Path with Imam Ahmed Ibrahim (Tarell Williams)
Imam Ahmed Ibrahim (ak.a. Tarell Rogers) is an engaging and personable speaker in the literal sense of the word–not only did he share personal stories of how he came to the mystical Sufi path from his origins with a more traditional Islamic background, he also engaged us in practical exercises with which we could feel the healing power of the chants themselves. His humor and insight had the whole class involved and at ease, as he helped us understand the ways in which these different approaches to Islam and the Quran (or Koran) vary from one another as well how they still stem from the same original tradition.
Part 2 – The Sufi Path
Beth Rodger: Dances of Universal Peace
Beth Rodger, an ordained Sufi minister, led the class in several of the “Dances of Universal Peace,” the joyful circle dances of her tradition.