iERA Addresses Atheism to 3000 American Muslims in Houston TX
The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and Muslim American Society (MAS) are dynamic, religious, and educational organisations that offer unique programs and services that seek to better the individual and in turn, the greater society by imparting Islamic knowledge, promoting community service, and much more.
For the Annual ICNA MAS South Central Convention in Houston, TX themed ‘Slaves of Allah, Servants of Humanity’, Head of Outreach for iERA US, Fahad Tasleem, was honoured to speak at the opening session at the convention where he delivered a powerful speech on the topic, “I’d be an Atheist, if I wasn’t Muslim”.
The speech looked at the implications of Atheism from a spiritual, emotional and existential point of view. During the course of the talk, Fahad urged audience members to imagine what life would be like devoid of Islam: “If you woke up tomorrow as an Atheist, may Allah protect us, your worldview of everything being based upon physical, non-rational, random processes would have certain profound implications.”
One of the implications that Fahad mentioned was a lack of the hope for ultimate justice: In this worldview, a serial killer and a saint are equalized. They died and are therefore just a rearrangement of molecules. So any good or evil they did is meaningless and Allah critiques this worldview in Surah al-Qalam:
“Then will We treat the Muslims like the criminals? What is the matter with you? How do you judge?”
The talk by Fahad Tasleem was received positively by the large Texan audience and the iERA speaker was joined by many notable guests including Sh. Omar Suleiman (Founder & President, Yaqeen Institute), Javed Siddiqui (ICNA President, USA) and many others.
iERA Surprises Interfaith Discussion with Islam’s View on Sexuality
On November 16th, 2017, the Head of Outreach for iERA US, Fahad Tasleem joined Rabbi Lev Baesh and Reverend Amanda Fullbright for an interfaith program entitled, “Spirituality in a Hypersexualized Era” at the University of Texas.
Fahad introduced the topic by defining Islamic spirituality and looking at how one takes the journey to God via obedience and submission. He then looked at sexuality within the Islamic limits, the rewards for inappropriate and appropriate avenues of sexual expression, respectively. Fahad concluded the presentation linking appropriate sexual behaviour with the construct of the family and by extension a better and more wholesome society at large.
The attendees enjoyed the presentation by Fahad and many times were surprised with Islam’s view on sexuality.