Dear community members:
Below are the topics of my lectures for the month of February 2017:
Sunday, February 5, 2017:
Chronicle the Legacy of a Prophet: Life of Prophet Muhammad P.B.U.H. from birth to death: Part 8, covering 7th and 8th year before Hijrah. This is a monthly series that covers the history of Islam step by step, with enormous detail. It is helpful for those interested to learn about the standard ethical behavior of our prophet, and how he, in such a short time, managed to bring together a shattered community and be a role model for many. The seminar unmasks those who claim to love the Prophet, yet spread division and hatred, terrorizing innocent people in his name.
Sunday, February 12, 2017:
Muslim Women’s Contribution to Society: That awkward moment when you realize that “Oppressed” Muslim Women are flying your plane. This lecture addresses a fatwa (ruling) that a Muslim woman cannot work. It also addresses the voices of Muslim women who believe that they participate in paid work because it financially benefits their families, while others emphasize how they want to contribute to the civilization of society. In comparison, I will speak about the role of Muslim women in early Islam.
Sunday, February 19, 2017:
Organ Donation and Transplantation in Islam: This topic is little known of but very often asked as some Muslims need organ donation but cannot receive it because there is no match, and many are reluctant to donate assuming it is prohibited or Haraam to donate their organs. This is a deep topic and needs to be carefully understood in the light of Islamic law and medical research. In recent years with the advancement of science and technology, many have asked the question of whether Muslims can donate their organs or not. Muslim scholars around the world have researched in great detail and have addressed the issue at hand. I will discuss their general rulings and conclusions in light of Qur’an and Prophetic Tradition (Sunnah).
Sunday, February 26, 2017:
Sharia Law in Islam: Facts and Fiction: It is known that Islamic Sharia encompasses both our personal code of ethics and day to day activities. But recently, particularly in our society, the term has been abused by militant terrorist organizations who linked themselves to Islam. Thus, the term became taboo in many western societies, and as of 2014, seven U.S. States have banned or attempted to ban “Sharia law.” Recently, a Central Texas lawmaker has sent letters to mosques across Texas asking Islamic leaders to answer questions about their support for Sharia law, a move critics decried as a calculated effort to intimidate Muslims. In addition, the term sharia became a source of confusion and anxiety to many young Muslims.
In addition to the lectures at 12:30pm, I conduct the Tafsir and Science of the Qur’an seminar from 11-12:00pm in the lecture hall. This is an excellent opportunity for those who want to have an in-depth knowledge of the meaning and concept of the Qur’an “As-baab Al-nu-zool,” and enhance their skills of reading Qur’an with Ahkaam and Tajweed.
As I work on future topics please feel free to share with me any feedback that can be helpful, in your opinion, to improve the lecture style and set-up. Also, please share topics you believe to be of interest to our community and ICGT. I have covered most of the previous suggested topics either during Friday sermons or Sunday lectures. Although I failed to respond to some emails due to the lack of time, I want to assure you that I take all suggestions seriously. I cannot surely satisfy everyone, but always believe in the sincerity of those attending my lectures.
Best regards to all.
Imam Talal Eid