Islam in America

Creeping Sharia since 1796, approved and signed by the entire US Congress

Creeping Sharia since 1796, approved and signed by the entire US Congress

As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen [Muslims],—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan [Muslim] nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

I didn’t learn this in my history classes in high school. I wonder what the Islamophobes will think.  Maybe they’ll say it is fake and a lie.

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Khutbah: What everyone can do help counteract Islamophobia: Smile!

I was recently asked to help out with giving khutbahs (Friday sermons) for the local community jummah where I live. At first I hesitated but I decided to go for it. I had given khutbahs before at my MSA but that was several years ago. This would be a lot different since it’s not just college students but parents, elders, young children and the general masjid crowd.

I believe I did a poor job, so have mercy on me with your comments, haha.  There are several areas I can improve upon after watching this.  I recorded it for this exact reason so I can critique and improve on my khutbah presentation skills. Here are some things I thought I could improve on:

  • Memorize the ayah(t) that are referenced in the khutbah. Listen to qaris to get the tajweed correct.
  • Don’t type out the entire khutbah, because I barely read from the paper.
  • Use bullet points since I like to talk and rant away instead of reading a paper.
  • Improve my vocabulary and use a thesaurus for better words.
  • Talk to myself first before everyone else.
  • Use “I” less and “we” more.
  • Do better research in finding relevant ahadith.
  • Re-read and understand the ahadith before the khutbah so there is no forgetting.
  • If something comes to mind, try to organize your thoughts in your mind before presenting it.
  • Stop shaking so much. Exercise and stretch before. Loosen up the muscles.

What are some of your thoughts and comments?  InshaAllah I will be giving more in the future, so I have a lot work ahead to improve my presentation skills.  JazakAllah khair.  Thanks!