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The Life and Example of Prophet Muhammad taught by Hassan Selim
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Dates: January 14, 21, February 4, 11.
Times: 2:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Kesler Auditorium, Hickok Hall, Coe College campus.
Course Description: This course will cover, in brief, the history of pre-Islamic Arabia, then will delve into the details of the life of Muhammad before and after his prophethood. This, more than any other time, is critical to understand the Islamic faith, and there is no better way to understand it than understanding the life of the man who received its revelation. Muhammad was described by his wife, Aysha, as a walking Qur’an; by understanding Muhammad, we are also able to understand the Qur’an and its teachings. Muhammad is viewed by Muslims as an exemplar and many, if not all, Muslims aspire to live a life similar to his. Then how did Muhammad become a prophet? How do Muslims view him? Why did he marry multiple wives? Was he a warmonger? How did he treat non-Muslims? These and many other questions will be answered.
Course Instructor: Imam Hassan Selim grew up in Egypt, where he studied from the age of six at Al Azhar, the most famous university in the Muslim world. He moved to the United States in 2012 and shortly after started serving as the Imam to the Muslim community of Cedar Rapids, home of the Mother Mosque of America. Imam Selim also serves as the vice-president of the Inter-Religious Council of Linn County. When not preaching, teaching, or counseling the Muslim community, Imam Selim is usually volunteering at the local library, or presenting Islam and Muslims to local groups, at schools, universities, churches or synagogues.
Upcoming Classes in 2017:
The Native American Tradition taught by Nancy Rhodes
An Atheist Response to Religious Fundamentalism taught by Alan Diehl
The cost is $30 for non-college students, and is free for those enrolled in local colleges and universities.