Islam Explained Part 1 of 5

Shortly we will publish the first of four pamphlets from an organization called Intellectual Muslim. Intellectual Muslim, another Minnesotan organization that promotes the true teachings of Islam, is about to release four informational pamphlets in what promises to be a continuing series, and Islamic Media gets first dibs on publishing them!

Their pamphlet series seeks to make clear some misunderstandings and just plain confusing aspects of Islam. Insha Allah next week we will publish on this blog the first pamphlet titled “A Quick Introduction: Shia-Sunni Explained.”

Following titles are:
What’s From Islam and What’s From Culture?
Uncovering the Myths of Islamic History
The True Meaning of ‘Jihad’

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Find Out Why The Term “Jihad” Is Not A Dirty Word

Owing to uninformed people not taking care to educate themselves, the term “jihad” has become a dirty word in the U.S. The reality is that any person struggling to better themselves as a result of their love for God is engaging in jihad—this is the greater jihad (struggle).

When I admit that the lesser form of jihad, war, is a definition of “jihad” too, you may want to tell me, “I told you so.” But the fact is, it’s just about 100% certain that you would not be able to tell me even one true statement about the war jihad. Jihad in the media and jihad in the hands of uninformed Muslims is so far removed from the terms of true jihad that you would be flabbergasted upon hearing the truth.

We offer you an opportunity to hear the truth about jihad from the best qualified person in Minnesota—professor, businessman, and theologian Odeh Muhawesh. If you are so fortunate to hear any of his lectures, you will leave a changed person. The comments we hear from his students and audience members reflect gratefulness, astonishment, enlightenment, and a desire to hear more and more about Islam from him.

The details of where and when you may hear Prof. Odeh Muhawesh talk about jihad: (view invitation)

lecture (“Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Jihad but Were Afraid to Ask”)
Q & A
free lunch

Saturday, March 12th, 2011 11:30am – 2:45pm

Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center (UROC)
2001 Plymouth Avenue N.
Minneapolis, MN

If you want to attend, please let us know on or before March 10th so that we can order enough food. RSVP by phone at 612-216-2478 or e-mail

We regret we cannot accommodate young children. This event is free to people who are not Muslim. If you are a Muslim and want to attend, kindly ask us first.

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The Best Intro To Islam You’ve Ever Heard

We’ve said that Odeh Muhawesh’s lecture titled “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Islam But Were Afraid To Ask” is a favorite with audiences. Now you can see why for yourself!

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Our Most Popular Lecture

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Islam But Were Afraid to Ask

We have our favorite speaker, Odeh Muhawesh, at the Brookdale Library (Brooklyn Center, MN, USA) on Saturday June 19th, 2010 to tell anyone who wants to know what they don’t already know about Islam. Even we Muslims will learn something new–we always do when Professor Muhawesh speaks. A quote from the latest lecture I heard of his still lingers in my mind, “God is on the side of the oppressed, even if the oppressors are Muslim.”

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