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LESSON 4: ISLAM A (Basics)
- 622 AD
- Qur'an (Koran) -- plus the traditions in the tens of thousands of Hadith, stories and words of Muhammad written down later by his companions. (Podcasts C, D, E introduce us to these traditions.)
- Indonesia, India, the Middle East, North Africa, and many other nations
- Branches of Islam
- Sunnis (1 billion+): live by the sayings, deeds, and customs of Muhammad.
- Shias (100m+): believe Muhammad's family were his rightful successors.
- Sufis (?): mystics, meditating on Allah through asceticism and prayers. A movement within both Sunnis and Shias.
- Wahabis / Salafists (20m): follow earliest Islamic traditions; strict Sunnis; Saudi Arabia.
- Ismailis (15m): relaxed about the rules; disagree with other Shias about succession.
- Alevis (10m): Turkish Shi'ite mystics downplaying formal rituals and stressing sexual equality.
- Ahmaddiyas (4m): viewed as heretics by all mainstream Muslims. Follow a 19th-century Indian Muslim revivalist. Some off views (e.g. about Jesus). Strong in Pakistan. Oppressed.
- Alwawites (3m): Offshoot of Ismailis, with some rites similar to Christian practices. Syrian rulers.
The 5 Pillars of Islam
Outreach tips for Muslims
- Friendship is of the essence!
- Learn about the Qur'an. Read a book on Islam.
- Muslims are 25% of the planet; we cannot and must not remain ignorant about their faith. Let's engage!
- Check out this blog.
- Listen to Nabeel Qureshi.
- Check out the SALT blog.
Next podcast: Islam B (Jihad)