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Randall lectures on Islam and the Middle East

Dr. Albert Randall, professor of philosophy, presents a lecture series titled Islam and the Middle East March 30-April 27.

The lectures and discussion sessions will take place from 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesdays, at Madison Street United Methodist Church, 319 Madison St., Clarksville.

The lecture schedule is as follows:

March 30 There Is No God but God and Muhammad Is His Prophet includes
discussion of Muhammad, the Seal of the Prophets and the sacred terms Islam and Muslim.
Dr. Albert Randall, professor of philosophy, presents a lecture series titled “Islam and the Middle East” March 30-April 27.

The lectures and discussion sessions will take place from 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesdays, at Madison Street United Methodist Church, 319 Madison St., Clarksville.

The lecture schedule is as follows:

March 30 “There Is No God but God and Muhammad Is His Prophet” includes
discussion of Muhammad, the Seal of the Prophets and the sacred terms “Islam” and “Muslim.”

April 6 “Sacred Writings” covers the Qur'an, Hadiths and Sufi Gospel of Jesus.
The Bible and Qur'an will be compared.

April 13 “The Five Pillars” is a lecture on the five duties every Muslim is obliged to perform: Shahada, the Muslim profession of faith; Salat, a prayer ritual performed five times a day by all Muslims over the age of 10; Sawm, abstaining each day during Ramadan; Zakat, giving alms to the poor; and Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that all physically able Muslims should make at least once in their lives.

April 20 “Basic Beliefs” includes discussion of: Allah; the ultimate end of the world/Day of Judgment and the Mahdi; Prophets; Abraham's four quarrelsome children; and the four Qur'anic Jihads.

April 27 “Divisions of Islam and the Middle East” covers the following topics: Sunni Islam—Saudi Arabia and the Wahabbis; Shi'a Islam—Iran, Iraq and the importance of Karbala; Sufis; and the Israelis and Palestinians.

Lectures are free and open to the public.

For further information, telephone Randall at (931) 221-7479 or Madison Street United Methodist Church at (931) 647-0221.
—Terry Stringer