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1) The Muslims’ Mission Statement 2) A Balanced and Just Nation 3) Allah Can Divorce Us 4) Change of Kiblah: A Trial 5) Change of Kiblah: The Significance 6) Allah’s Witnesses on Earth 7) You Gotta Go Get the People 8) Da’wah From the Heart 9) How to Make it Easier for the Next Generation? 10) How Do We Combat Misrepresentations of Islam? 11) Buying a Franchise that Requires Selling Alcohol 12) Why Do We Call Ourselves ‘Sunni’ Muslims? 13) Does Witnessing Count as Judgment? 14) Being a Comfortable and Confident Muslim 15) Having the Right Spirit in Doing Da’wah 16) Responsibility if Your Spouse is Selling Haraam 17) Major Islamic Organizations Working Towards Unity
This opening session of the United Muslim Conference in Orlando, Florida deals with the mission statement of the Muslim ummah. Imam Siraj, drawing this statement from the Holy Qur’an, sets the tone for the conference by challenging the audience to understand and appreciate this mission while striving wholeheartedly to fulfill it. As bearers of the true message, do we really understand what Allah expects from us? Do we understand our role in society as a “balanced and just nation”? And are we ready and willing to follow the explicit commands laid out for us in the Qur’an? In one of the imam’s most compelling lectures, he answers these pressing questions and urges the audience to fulfill their roles of being witnesses for all of humanity. Other topics discussed: the change of the kiblah, the Nation of Islam, how to combat misrepresentations of Islam, the selling of alcohol by some Muslims, calling ourselves “sunni” Muslims, being a confident Muslim, leadership, unity, hijab, and having the right spirit in da’wah. (Duration: 1 hour, 18 min) Siraj Wahhaj, imam of Masjid Taqwa in New York, is a dynamic speaker and tireless supporter of Islamic causes. He accepted Islam in 1969 and attended Ummul Qura University. He’s the former vice president of ISNA and has served on the Majlis Ash-Shura since 1987.