The main themes of the Quran to focus on during Ramadan:
- Uniqueness of Allah
- Merci, justice, and dignity
- No compulsion
- Thinking and reason
How do we review our actions and practice accountability? Dr. Hathout discusses what we should have accomplished as Ramadan comes to a close.
How we should show concern for our fellow neighbors as well as the whole world during times of difficulty.
With the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, Dr. Hathout examines how Muslims are abandoning the Quran and turning to violence to settle differences. Why is this happening and how can we prevent the collapse of reasonable and civil thinking, which is what is commanded of us in the Quran?
Dr. Hathout reviews the importance of standing for justice. The situation in Gaza is not just a political issue but an issue of social justice and one that every Muslim should be concerned about. How do we speak up and what can we do? Dr. Hathout discusses how to speak out against injustice without fear or intimidation.
As the 2008 Presidential election approaches, Dr. Hathout discusses how an active Muslim community should look like and argues against those Muslims who refuse to participate in non Muslim societies. How did early Muslims engage in society despite being persecuted? Sura Ar-Room is studied as an example.
Dr. Hathout examines the reaction of the Denmark cartoon denigrating the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Are these attacks new? What does the Quran say about the attacks against the Prophet and how we should react?
Discussed are the reaction of the Muslim community to the documentary Fitnah, and the Pope’s public conversion of a Muslim man to Catholicism.
Dr. Hathout defines Islamic issues using Palestine as an example of fighting for social justice, mercy, dignity, and freedom.
What influence can the power of speech have on a society? Dr. Hathout explores how the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ asked for God’s help in communicating the message effectively and what we can learn from him.
Who are the believers in Islam? Dr. Hathout reviews how the Quran defines them; what they are and what they aren’t.
The impact of Isra and Mirage on the Prophet and the Muslim community. Also, the role of our mosques in Muslim communities. What are the ethics and mannerism we must follow?
As Ramadan comes to a close, Dr. Hathout reviews three factors to focus on:
- Identifying with the Quran
What is our duty toward the society we live in? Dr. Hathout examines Quranic values we must adhere to as Islam continues to be attacked.
An analysis of the election of President Barak Obama.
Examining and honoring the life of prophet Ibrahim.
With the tragic events in Gaza continuing, Dr. Hathout stresses three important words in the Quran: Mercy, compassion, and justice. How can we implement those characteristics and what can we do? Also, Dr. Hathout sets the record straight regarding several fallacies given by the state of Israel.
With the world constantly changing, Dr. Hathout discusses how the Muslim community must embrace changes or become irrelevant.
We cannot continue to focus on Islamic history and the successes of the past if we want to be a progressive community. Dr. Hathout points out the three type of people:
- Those who are locked in the past
- Those who focus on the future and ignore the past
- Those who use the past to plan out the future
Dr. Hathout discusses some positive trends that the Muslim community should take advantage of and the correct approach we must have. Also, how to reach the non Muslim community.
Dr. Hathout discusses President Obama’s speech regarding to Muslims and the Middle East. How should we react? What actions should we take and what should we avoid?
Dr. Hathout discusses Thakir (reminding and remembering). Why does the Quran repeat it often?
Dr. Hathout reminds us that completing Ramadan must be done with a stronger effort than we began it.
Developing etiquette in the mosque as well as out of the mosque.
Dr. Hathout discusses the importance of education in society and what the Quran says about seeking knowledge.
The event of the Fort Hood shooting and how the Muslim community is responding to it. Are Muslims trustworthy and can we continue to ignore growing fear in our society?
A continuation from last week. Are we being tested with the rise of hate toward Muslims?
Dr. Hathout discusses akhlaq (mannerism) and how it should be a part of us at all times.
Is the Muslim community united or divided? Dr. Hathout defines what it means to be united and discusses the difference between disagreeing and fighting.
If Islam gave women rights, why do we continue to oppress them? Dr. Hathout discusses gender relations, honor killing, and the status of women.