Islamophobia

“The Muslims are Coming” – Thoughts from a Conservative Muslim American

In 2008 Islamophobia wasn’t as rampant as it has been in the past few years. That was the year Obama was elected as President. Some have said that Islamophobia is displaced racism due to the election of Obama and the fact that it’s not easy to be racist against African Americans in the past so the bias and stereotypes are diverted to Muslims. Barack Hussein Obama’s name alone makes it a lot easier for those who dislike him being President to ridicule Islam and Muslims. It is fascinating that people still believe that Obama is a Muslim. I remember when Colin Powell said “Is there something wrong with being Muslim?” when he was asked about Obama being a Muslim. I was amazed and shocked this came from a Republican member of the Bush administration.

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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!