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Understanding Islam

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Understanding Islam

Why did God give us and intellect? What does Islam really mean? What was the real religion of the prophets before us? All that and more is answered very clearly in this video!

Key Points of This Video:
Introduction [start time 00:00]
We have to use our intellects to make the decision of what religion to follow [start time 01:15]
The primary and the secondary use of intellect
This faculty is the differentiating factor between us and animals
What we take with us from this life is the True religion of God [start time 03:50]
The names of the various religions [start time 05:45]
The name “Islam” [start time 08:00]
Peace comes form submitting ones will to God [start time 08:50]
Quranic Proofs on Islam being THE religion of God [start time 11:25]
Who is a Muslim? [start time 12:45]
The religion of Islam is the religion of the first to set foot on the earth [start time 14:00]
Repentance of Adam and the system of repentance in Islam [start time 15:04]
Islam is the religion of all the prophets [start time 17:15]
Conclusion [start time 19:49]

Eloquent, articulate and outspoken are some of the words that describe Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips. His quest to search for the truth led him from his birth island of Jamaica to the streets of Toronto where he grew up and accepted Islam in 1972. This journey has led him down many paths and he is known the world over as an Islamic scholar, Lecturer, Author and Thinker. Dr. Abu Ameenah completed his B.A. from the College of Islamic Disciplines (Usool ad-Deen) at the Islamic University of Madeenah in 1979, and thereafter went on to complete his Master’s in Aqeedah at the University of Riyadh in 1985 and finally obtained his PhD from the University of Wales, U.K. in Islamic Theology in 1994. He has taught Islamic Education and Arabic in private schools, lectured M.Ed. students in the Islamic Studies department of various universities and has founded Islamic information centers while traveling extensively across the globe imparting Islamic knowledge as dictated by the Islamic tradition. Abu Ameenah enjoys playing squash at least three times a week with his wife and sons as a means of keeping fit and de-stressing and he also supervises his children in martial arts. It is interesting to note that in his earlier days, he acquired a black belt in Karate. His greatest achievement is the founding of Islamic Online University that has over 3000 students and authoring over 100 Islamic books of which, the fundamentals of Tawheed is his favourite. He currently resides in Doha, Qatar with his family where continues to teach at the Islamic Studies Academy