Rlg204 12 July 2012
Does prophecy have any function for the Muslim society?
- Function of a story, why? Guideline, background where we come from
- Issue of role model for Muslim, why is it important?
o He tried to get some position regarding salvation
o It’s going to teach us that you can get close to this criteria (role model): success,
salvation and happiness
o In each part of life, He did something we can also do?
- Explaining Hadith and Sunnah
o Social order – halal for the society
o Philosophical – what is the meaning of god
o Religious order – how can we pray? Fast?
- First issue: his father died, an orphan – why is this important
o Pain and suffering
o State of war that people died and the widows went to other tribes since they were
- Honest man – why is it important
o In a state of war, honesty and truth is a luxury issue
o Issue of hypocrisy – working because …
o With honesty, he can be a star in a dark place
o Function of a religious leader stops you from seeing this relationship
- Sensible soul – why?
o Looking for a meaning of life
o When are people looking for a meaning of life? When in trouble, when dying,
- Second issue: private life – why is this important
o Khadija was the first Muslim, why is that important?
o She was influential and she spread the word
o This shows us the position of women in Islam
o Without Khadija, Prophet Muhammad wouldn’t be a prophet
o She supported him through finance, politics, morals
- His approach is critical to the Society
o Hypocrisy vs. Honesty - Philosophy
o Society – femicide – state of war
o Four institutions that have been continued: state, family, religion, prostitution
o Muhammad was against how Social order wasn’t working
o Tribal leader - politics, business – money, religious leader – justice
o All these three support each other
o Idols – what was the function of idols – wasn’t working as a religion, only justifying their
actions, these idols could not solve their problems, or meaning of life
- Crisis of polytheism led to the answer of monotheism
o Loyalty and commitment are the functions of polytheism
o Monotheism – impact: not loyal or committed to the tribal leader, power relation