Human Dignity and Courage – Jamal Badawi and Siraj Wahhaj

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1) Humans Were Created in the Best of Moulds
2) The Angels Bowing Down to Adam
3) Should Rejecters Be Treated With Dignity?
4) Dignity Related to Safeguarding of Faith
5) Dignity Related to Safeguarding of Life
6) Dignity Related to Safeguarding of Intellect
7) Dignity Related to Safeguarding of Honor
8) Dignity Related to Safeguarding of Wealth
9) Conclusion
10) The Courage of Young Abdul-Rashid
11) The Courage of Sister Hanifah
12) The Courage of Sister Fatimah
13) African-Americans and the Civil Rights Movement
14) Seeking Refuge From Cowardice
15) No Harm Will Come Except By Allah’s Permission
16) Sometimes It’s More Courageous to Live
17) The Courage of Dr. Abdel-Haleem Ashqar

A panel session with two of the most distinguished Islamic workers in North America. Jamal Badawi begins by articulating the concept of dignity in Islam and how it relates to the five basic objectives of Islamic law: the safeguarding of faith, life, intellect, honor and wealth. He reminds the ICNA convention audience that human beings were created in the best of moulds and highlights this with an anecdote from the creation story of Adam. A scholarly perspective that provides the foundation for the motivational portion of the panel by Imam Siraj about courage. He begins by conveying several triumphant stories of individual Muslims in his own community. From a little boy unwilling to compromise his Islamic principles to a woman refusing to succumb to the workplace pressure of removing her hijab, these uplifting stories will strengthen your faith. He then touches upon the African-American struggles during the civil rights movement of the 60’s, and then closes with practical ways that believers can obtain courage. (Duration: 1 hour, 14 min) Jamal Badawi is a popular author and speaker on Islam and is a member of the Fiqh Council of North America. Siraj Wahhaj is imam of Masjid Taqwa in New York who received training at Ummul Qura University and has gone on to become an international speaker on Islam.