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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Sharing Your Faith Part 3 of 6: How Do We Talk About Islam In a Compelling Way?

How Do We Talk About Islam in a Compelling Way?

Evangelical Trinitarian Christians have a really good hook to use when talking to others about Christianity. Basically it’s “You have sinned. You are going to hell. Unless…” and then they provide the answer for how to end up in heaven instead of hell. This hook works for them when addressing any human in the world because those Christians believe in the doctrine of original sin—everyone is born into sin and will go to hell unless a blood sacrifice is made so that God can forgive the sins. So in their worldview, every human on earth needs to accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior in order to get to heaven. That’s why those kind of Christians are so busy peddling their message in every far corner of the world.

Being Muslims, we know that the doctrine of original sin is false, and we know that there need not be a blood sacrifice made for our sins in order for God to forgive our sins. God may just forgive our sins outright due to his mercy. We Muslims also know that being a Muslim doesn’t guarantee one will end up in heaven and that not being a Muslim doesn’t mean one will end up in hell.

All that being so, how do we present Islam to individuals in a compelling way? In a brief and compelling way?

Brother Chris told us his idea for a brief and compelling hook in class. He had been honing it for four years! We’ll tell you what it is on this blog after we’ve heard from ten of you. Leave a comment and tell us how you present Islam in a brief and compelling way.

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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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Odeh Muhawesh Radio Interview

Prof. Odeh Muhawesh was in Winona, MN in September 2010 for a day of educating about Islam.

Newspaper Article

Winona Daily News: Theologian says Islam, Christianity share basic beliefs

Radio Interview

Winona State University radio station KQAL 89.5 FM will air their interview with Prof. Muhawesh in two parts. Listen live online.

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