AIT will be starting with a new series of lectures on January 12, 2014. The topic will be "Mercy of Islam to Humanity, Foundation for Modern Civilations" , taught by Salam Al Maryati, and guests.
Class 1: (Jan 2) - Understanding the manifestations of God through Mercy
God is beyond human comprehension, yet our understanding of God's manifestations shapes our identity as individuals, as a group and as a society. How does this impact our relationships with each other and with society.
Class 2: (Jan 26) - From basharun Mithlukum to Rahmatan Lil Aalimeen
Before being a prophet, Muhammad spent time in meditation, contemplation, perfecting his manners and became known as Al-Ameen. Without scientific discoveries or cultural/artistic sophistication in Arabia, the Prophet was shaped by the Quran to develop ideas and thoughts that created a civilization. This class will review how God mentored the Prophet to be our model for advancing human relations.
Class 3: (Feb 2) - Relations with the marginalized and the disadvantage among the minorities
How do these ideas influence our relationships with others, reviewing treatment of slaves, the weak, the physically disabled, other religions and persuasions, and women.
Class 4: (Feb 9) - The Prominence of Mercy through Reading of Seera and Hadith
Looking at issues of marital relations (muwadda) and reconciling in matters involving divorce, lifting the underprivileged of society, compassion towards the other.
Class 5: (Feb 23) - Finding goodness in people and developing a standard for modern governance and civilization - the Medina Charter
Principles of human rights, citizenship for the other, security, democratic governance, coaltion-building, pluralism and engagement on the common ground as the rule.
Class 6: (Mar 2) - Compassion in Discourse
Coalition building, developing methods of "soft speech" even in countering oppression, wisdom and beautiful admonition, building on disagreements to develop a better outcome from the starting point