Introducing Islam In the name of God; the most merciful the most compassionate Islam The Arabic meaning of Islam is submission to God/Allah; the creator of the universe. Islam provides a comprehensive concept to humanity’s eternal question: who are we?
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Relationship with Nature & Environment
Animals are like usHumanity on Earth A purpose and a design
Based on justice & fairness
Obligations towards the poor
Freedom of faith; no compulsion in religion
Freedom of religious practice
Special status for Christian and Jews (monotheist outlook)Relationship with fellow humans
Relationship with other religions
His father died before his birth. His mother died when he was six. His uncle raised him.
He was known for being honest and truthful before prophethood.
Worked as a shepherd and later as a trader
Married his first wife Khadija, and the mother of his surviving children, when he was 25. She was 40.The ProphetHis background
In 610, he received his first revelation at 43. These revelations were compiled later into the Quran; the holy book of Muslims
The nobles of Mecca refused his call, ostracized and persecuted him and his followers.
After 12 difficult years, he immigrated in 622 to Medina whose people welcomed him.
In Medina, he was a prophet and a statesman.
In 633, he died in Medina after 11 years at 63
His personality revolves around the traits of mercy, generosity and forgiveness.The ProphetHis prophethood
The oneness of God, the creator of the whole universe revelations were compiled later into the Quran; the holy book of Muslims
Islam is the continuation of divine messages that God sent to humanity through prophets like Abraham, Isaac, Moses, and Jesus.
The moral principles of the ten commandments are reflected in the message of Muhammad.
It acknowledges the diversity of the human race and freedom of religionsThe ProphetThe message
The revelation of God to Muhammad revelations were compiled later into the Quran; the holy book of Muslims
It has been preserved as revealed 14 centuries ago.
It consists of 114 chapters of various lengths. In Arabic, it numbers about 604 pages.
The translation of its meaning is available in English, French and most of the world’s languagesThe Quran
Appeals to the mind to reflect on creations and the creator revelations were compiled later into the Quran; the holy book of Muslims
Glad tidings for the believers
Admonitions to the non-believers
Stories of previous messengers of God such as Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Moses, Jesus, Mary, etc.
Rulings on social and commercial issues.The Quran
Consists of the following components: revelations were compiled later into the Quran; the holy book of Muslims
Rulings mentioned in the Quran
Precedents in the life of Muhammad as it explains and complements the Quran in more details
Opinions (fatwa) of Muhammad’s prominent companions.
Opinions of previous jurisprudents
Opinions of contemporary scholars
Importance of majority and consensusThe Muslim legal code “Shari’a”
Islamic Foundation, Scarborough
86% live in 6 metropolitan areas: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton.
Notable countries of origin: Pakistan, India, Guyana, Somalia and Arab countries (North Africa in Montreal).The Muslims of Canada
Young: 27% of the Muslims are in age group 25 to 44 years and have one or more university degrees, 60% higher than the population as a whole.
Muslim families derive only 4% of their total income from social security programs. The Canadian average is 7%.
There are only five people working to support one in retirement in the country, among Muslims there are 15 workers to support each retiree.
The income of Muslims is below the national average. In Toronto, about 60% of Muslim children live below poverty line, compared with 14% for Jewish children.The Muslims of Canada
Their numbers: about 450,000. and have one or more university degrees, 60% higher than the population as a whole.
Mostly in Scarborough, Markham, north Etobicoke, and Mississauga.
About 55 mosques.
About 15 full-time schools and many weekend schools at mosques.
Housing co-op, seniors’ home, and ISSRA.Muslims in the GTA
Islamic Foundation, Markham and have one or more university degrees, 60% higher than the population as a whole.
Madina Mosque, Toronto
Abubakr Mosque, Scarborough
TARIC Mosque, N York
Islamic Centre of Canada, Mississauga
Al-Falah Mosque, north Oakville
Khalid bin Al-Walid Mosque, Etobicoke
Islamic Community Centre of Ontario, Etobicoke
Masjid Toronto, Toronto downtownMuslims in the GTAMAJOR MOSQUES/ORGANIZATIONS
Myths and have one or more university degrees, 60% higher than the population as a whole.
For the past year Americans have asked why Muslims and Arabs hate them. Now they have the most American of tools, opinion polls, to provide answers. The results of half a dozen surveys show, broadly, that America is not hated for itself, but rather widely mistrusted because of its policies in the region; that there is no clash of civilisations between Islam and the West since both share similar values and concerns; that Muslims would like to have better relations with America; and that even the most conservative Muslim societies are changing fast. Here are some highlights:
The Economist, October 19, 2002
Muslims invoke prayers frequently in their daily chores.
Muslim women are required to dress modestly and not to show their beauty except to near family.
Muslims are not supposed to sit or meet alone with members of the opposite sex.
Muslims are respectful of elders, women and persons of authority. Out of respect they may not look you in the eye, not because they are avoiding you.
Muslims have dietary restriction; mainly they are not allowed to eat pork, wild animals or animal slaughtered improperly. Islam forbids alcoholic beverages and drugs.Dealing with Muslims
While the absolute majority are law-abiding citizens, they’ll feel uneasy about cooperation with the police for the following reasons:
Police in countries of origin represents the repression of the state and the corruption of its apparatus.
The perception, growing stronger everyday, about a hidden agenda against Islam and Muslims.
US policies (foreign and domestic) are perceived as biased against Islamic issues.
Muslims feel under siege especially with increased scrutiny, stereotype and frenzy.Winning the Muslims
Know them better; their religion and culture(s). they’ll feel uneasy about cooperation with the police for the following reasons:
Communicate with leaders and institutions to build trust and cooperation.
Solicit advice from leaders on handling issues and situations.
PR directed at Muslims and participation in Muslim events to socialize with Muslims.
Affirmative recruitment of Muslims to the force.
Show respect and understanding: soft approach works better than hard one.Winning the Muslims