A Muslim lecture on Shariah law – at the Temple in Atlanta

The Insider doesn’t normally post calendar items — especially for events without general admission. This Tuesday evening event at the Temple in Atlanta is interesting in and of itself.

The Anti-Defamation League and the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta are joining forces to present “Understanding the Quran,” a program that will examine how the Quran guides the daily lives of Muslims. The principal speaker will be Dr. Joseph Lumbard, chair of the Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies program at Brandeis University. Rabbi Joshua Lesser, of Congregation Bet Haverim in Atlanta will offer a Jewish perspective on the teachings of the Quran.

ADL Southeast Regional Director Bill Nigut and Islamic Speakers Bureau founder and Executive Director Soumaya Khalifa came together for this event because they share a common belief that few non-Muslims have more than a superficial understanding of what the Quran teaches.

Dr. Lumbard will discuss what the Quran says about how Muslims are expected to treat non-Muslims, what it says about the role of women in the family and society, and how it instructs Muslims to deal with Shariah law in relation to civil law.

The 200-plus attendees now registered to attend the event largely come from Atlanta’s Muslim and Jewish communities. They will be offered an opportunity to interact with the speakers and each other during the evening.

Nigut said he and others have been working on this for about three months. Yes, he said, his audience wants to hear about what the Quran says about violence against infidels, and the treatment of women. “But we want to look at this in the larger context,” Nigut said.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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20 comments Add your comment

From a Christian

January 24th, 2011
2:44 pm

Muslims are actually a very loving people. The Quran teaches such. Unfortunately, the radicals that make up about 1% of the total Muslim population have hijacked the podium of the entire faith. It’s up to the mainstream Muslims to speak up against this nonsense.


January 24th, 2011
3:37 pm

Don’t give me that 1% stuff. While only 1% may be willing to carry out a terror attack, studies have shown that as much as 30 to 40% of Muslims sympathize with the terroists. Sharia Law and the Koran are incompatiable with the U.S. Constitution and our Judeo/Christian way of life.


January 24th, 2011
3:39 pm

@ From a Christian: You could say the same thing about every major religion on earth.

But, I have one thing to say, I’m proud of the Temple for rising above the nonsense.


January 24th, 2011
3:42 pm

@Keith: there is no such thing as a Judeo-Christian anything. There are Jews of many stripes and there are Christians of many stripes. Judaism and Christianity are not the same. They have no more in common with each other than they do with Islam. Jews get along well in America not because it is Christian but because our Constitution is a product of the Englightenment. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_Enlightenment

Last Man Standing

January 24th, 2011
4:19 pm

I learned all I need to know about muslims on 9/11 – and the deafening silence of the “loving muslims” afterward.

Until you learn that Muslims hate us, you will be behind the learning curve. They may pretend peace and good will but it is only to reach their goal – the destruction of America.


January 24th, 2011
4:23 pm

I wonder if the women being stoned to death in Iran have the same opinion as “From a Christian”.


January 24th, 2011
4:37 pm

“I learned all I need to know about Southerners during Reconstruction and the rise of lynching and segregation – and the deafening silence of the “loving Christians” afterward.

Or was that different?


January 24th, 2011
10:17 pm

Intown, Christianity and Judaism are the same religion. Unfortunately the Catholic church perverted Christianity until the modern version is no longer recognizable. The only difference between true Christianity and Judaism is that most Jews have not yet accepted Yeshua as their messiah, but that will change soon.


January 24th, 2011
10:30 pm

You may have learned all about hate on 9/11 but I learned all about love from Jesus. Only one of those two leads the path to salvation. Do you accept Jesus and love or Satan and hate?

Question Man

January 24th, 2011
11:57 pm

Jason: Are you saying the choice is binary: Jesus or Satan? Doesn’t that put most of the people in the world in Satan’s corner? Does that make sense to you?


January 25th, 2011
12:38 am

As a pastor who works with interfaith groups, I can say that all those who like to stereotype muslims and the propaganda from the far right concerning “those people” who “don’t fit in our society” just need to go to one of these events and make some friends who are muslim. This will help them cut through the cable news rhetoric and see the world in its complexity, not the simplistic black and white that is so comfortable. The muslim response to terror is silent because most aren’t listening. When we spread wholesale judgmentalism then it is that very thing that we invite back upon ourselves–and we wonder why things get worse? The olive branch is being extended by many muslims over and over…and many Christians seem determined to smack it down. I’d love it if more Christians could be catalysts for transformation toward peace by living out the love of Jesus–but many just seem to like to fight and “win.” We don’t have to give up our beliefs to be good neighbors.

Here’s a great DVD about Baptist and Muslim relations if you can believe it. I am encouraged by the co-efforts of the ISB and the Temple. We need more cooperation.


January 25th, 2011
8:18 am

Apollo, what we need is to level the entire Muslim world with neutron bombs. Wipe out the Muslims while leaving the infrastructure intact. Then we could ship all the illegal Hispanics over there to run the oil fields. No more terrorism, no more illegals, everybody happy!


January 25th, 2011
9:01 am

Well, Keith, in addition to hating all Muslims, you also apparently hate Catholics, and illegal Hispanics. But I’ll bet you love Nazis and Adolf Hitler. Congratulations ! You fit in very well with all the other right-wing hate mongers.


January 25th, 2011
9:21 am

Hazel, that was then, this is now.

No Dog in this Hunt

January 25th, 2011
9:59 am

Go look at the work of Quintan Wiktorowicz, an expert on determining who is most susciptible to radicalization. He worked for years in the U.K., and determined that the most resistant group within the Muslim faith were the devote. They may disagree with our politics, but they don’t become violent.


January 25th, 2011
8:33 pm

Robocop, I also “hate” (your word – not mine) Democrats, liberals, progressives, marxists,socialists, & moderate republicans ;) And no I do NOT like Hitler – he was a national socialist. Now back to religion – as Mr Mackay would say, “Islam is bad, it’s bad, mmmkkkay, so don’t be a muslim, cause it’s bad, mmmkay”.


January 25th, 2011
8:34 pm

Oh I forgot – I “hate” Palestinians also. But I am a big supporter of Israel and the Jewish people.


January 25th, 2011
10:31 pm

@Intown: Actually, judaism and christianity have a lot in common…in the beginning of the christian faith you could not be a christian unless you were jewish first…its true, look it up…and i’m pretty sure christians accept the old jewish testament as the word of god almighty…and, of couse, jesus christ, lord and saviour of the christian people, was a jewish rabbi…not exactly unrelated faiths….


January 25th, 2011
11:38 pm

Hey, it’s just like the Bible… it teaches just what you want it to teach. You hate, then it teaches you to hate. You love, then it teaches you to love. The Bible. or the Quran, or pretty much any other institution of society, just reflects who we are. Nothing much else means anything, at least anything we want to hear and deal with.


January 26th, 2011
2:45 pm

I really liked the event yesterday. I really wanted to get up and say:

I am an American, I am a Muslim. There is no contradiction or conflict with the two. I love this country and proud to say it. If I don’t like a law in this country, like say abortion, I do what most people do, vote against it. I don’t know how many people cry when you hear the song “God Bless America”, but I do! I volunteer with hands on Atlanta helping people of all faiths and nationalities. I think I’m American in every sense of the word.

For all those who commented negatively, I have one question for you: Do you know any Muslims personally? I suggest that you ask a Muslim about Islam before judging a faith and its followers.

It is so pathetic the kind of statements that people are allowed to get away with against Muslims. I am so glad I have Christain and Jewish friends, for if I didn’t I might think most Christain and Jews are hate mongers based on the comments of some on here.

…I hope I made my point