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Understanding Islam and Your Muslim Neighbors

Islam is a multi-faceted monotheistic religion with a rich cultural and political history going back over 1400 years. Muslims have also been part of the fabric of America since the time of slavery. In order to understand the Muslims of today, this talk takes a brief look back into Islam's past and its un-sung contributions in shaping our modern society.

We examine the present condition of everyday American-Muslims as they navigate through societal stigmas and combat the latest manifestation of 'Islamophobia'. Finally, we try to look ahead and envision the future of Islam and Muslims, especially in America.

What are the consequences to our future generations of marginalizing Muslims today versus embracing them?

Speaker: Muneeba Khan, is a Muslim who speaks regularly on the subject of Islam. She describes herself as a Muslim, working mom, and immigrant. She works in Communications and Marketing at Pine Rest. She lives in Grand Rapids with her husband, two kids and beloved cat. She enjoys learning and creativity, whether it’s through her marketing job, her interfaith work, her traveling, or her cooking. One of her favorite lines from Islam’s Holy Book, the Quran is, “O mankind, We have created you male and female, and appointed you races and tribes, that you may know one another. Surely the noblest among you in the sight of God is the most God-conscious of you.” (49:13)."

The lecture is broken into three parts:

Part I: Talks about the foundational history of Islam & its core beliefs.

Part II: Goes over the influence of Islamic civilization on modern society.

Part III: Question and answer.

October 2019
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