The Five Pillars of Islam – Abdal Hakim Murad

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This lecture is part 1 of a complete series of 8 lectures entitled “Understanding Islam”. To play each session press the play icon or scroll through them using the NEXT and PREVIOUS buttons below.

1) The Five Pillars of Islam
2) Sunnah, Shari’ah, Sectarianism and Ijtihad
3) Scriptural Links Between Judaism, Christianity and Islam
4) Muslim-Christian Views of One Another
5) Muslim Theology and Islamic Mysticism – Part 1
6) Muslim Theology and Islamic Mysticism – Part 2
7) The Muslim Influence on Europe and West – Part 1
8) The Muslim Influence on Europe and West – Part 2

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1) How Should We Approach the Study of Islam?
2) Why Study Islam?
3) What Does ‘Islam’ Mean?
4) The Hadith of Gabriel
5) Shahadah (Declaration of Faith)
6) Salat (Prayer)
7) Zakat (Poor-Due)
8) Ramadan (Month of Fasting)
9) Hajj (Pilgrimage)

The first in a series of classroom-style lectures held at the world famous Abiquiu Madressa in New Mexico. The primary objective of this series was to educate non-Muslim teachers about the fundamental Islamic beliefs and practices within the context of an interactive and intensive spiritual retreat. In introducing this ambitious topic, Abdal Hakim Murad, a lecturer in theology at Cambridge University in England, asks two very engaging questions: What happens when you try to grasp the meaning and reality of another faith and why is Islam worth studying? After providing a more than adaquate answer, he proceeds on to the much anticipated overview of the five pillars of Islam. Murad provides a highly intellectual perspective that is useful for non-Muslims as well as Muslims. (Recorded at the Dar al Islam Teachers’ Institute seminar). Other topics discussed: Islamic “clergy”, humility in studying another religion, the modern Muslim resurgence, Islamic “fundamentalism”, “Muhammadanism”, the Hadith of Gabriel, the idea of original sin, mosque architecture, and wudu (ablution).

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