The Deen Show: A Christian Minister’s Conversion to Islam ( 1 of 2 )

Why did I choose Islam? Why I’m no longer a Christian? Dr Jerald Dirks is our guest on today’s show, Dr. Dirks received his Bachelor of Arts (philosophy) from Harvard College in 1971, his Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in 1974, his Master of Arts (clinical child psychology) from the University of Denver in 1976, his Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree in clinical psychology from the University of Denver in 1978, and his sessions program certificate in Islamic studies from Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University in 1998. In 1969, he obtained his License to Preach from the United Methodist Church and was ordained into the Christian ministry (deaconate) by the United Methodist Church in 1972. He converted to Islam in 1993 and completed the ‘Umrah and Hajj in 1999. His vocational history includes over five years teaching in American colleges and universities and over 20 years spent in the private practice of psychotherapy. In addition, he has taught at the middle school level at two different private Islamic schools and has served as the psychoeducational consultant at one private Islamic school. Dr. Dirks is the author or co-author of over 60 published articles in the behavioral sciences (primarily in psychosomatic medicine), over 140 published articles on the Arabian horse and its history, and over 220 published articles or formal presentations on Islam, comparative religion, and private Islamic education in America. He has lectured widely on Islam at

The Deen Show: A Christian Minister’s Conversion to Islam ( 2 of 2 )

Why did I choose Islam? Why I’m no longer a Christian? Dr Jerald Dirks is our guest on today’s show, Dr. Dirks received his Bachelor of Arts (philosophy) from Harvard College in 1971, his Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in 1974, his Master of Arts (clinical child psychology) from the University of Denver in 1976, his Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree in clinical psychology from the University of Denver in 1978, and his sessions program certificate in Islamic studies from Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University in 1998. In 1969, he obtained his License to Preach from the United Methodist Church and was ordained into the Christian ministry (deaconate) by the United Methodist Church in 1972. He converted to Islam in 1993 and completed the ‘Umrah and Hajj in 1999. His vocational history includes over five years teaching in American colleges and universities and over 20 years spent in the private practice of psychotherapy. In addition, he has taught at the middle school level at two different private Islamic schools and has served as the psychoeducational consultant at one private Islamic school. Dr. Dirks is the author or co-author of over 60 published articles in the behavioral sciences (primarily in psychosomatic medicine), over 140 published articles on the Arabian horse and its history, and over 220 published articles or formal presentations on Islam, comparative religion, and private Islamic education in America. He has lectured widely on Islam at

Human Rights in Islam – Yassir Fazaga

Yassir Fazaga talks about Human Rights in Islam. A must listen lecture! • He talks about the concept of Justice • The kind of Importance Islam gives to the concept of Justice • The Protection of Human Rights “Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’Ala does not consider us by the colour of our skin or our social status or any of that but rather Allah Azza Wa Jall Judges us according to our deeds and according to our actions. That is Justice, that is, no one is worthy of worship but Allah and the Angels bear witness and those who possess knowledge bear witness that Allah stands firmly for Justice.” Allah Azza Wa Jall Says: Allah witnesses that there is no deity except Him, and [so do] the angels and those of knowledge – [that Allah is] maintaining [creation] in justice. There is no deity except Him, the Exalted in Might, the Wise. [Surah Ali-Imran, Ayat 18] About Yassir Fazaga Yassir Fazaga is an inspiring, multi-lingual speaker sought-after from USA through Canada to the Middle and Far East. He was born in Eritrea in Northeast Africa and moved to the United States at the age of 15. He has a Bachelors Degree in Islamic Studies from Imam Saud University, Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in Virginia in addition to his Masters Degree in Psychotherapy from the California State University of Long Beach. At present, Shaikh Yassir is undertaking his Masters in Theology at Loyola Marymount University. He serves as the Imam (Religious Leader) of the Orange County Islamic Foundation (OCIF) in
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Social Justice in Islam – Sh. Yassir Fazaga

Yassir Fazaga is an inspiring, multi-lingual speaker sought-after from USA through Canada to the Middle and Far East. He was born in Eritrea in Northeast Africa and moved to the United States at the age of 15. He has a Bachelors Degree in Islamic Studies from Imam Saud University, Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in Virginia in addition to his Masters Degree in Psychotherapy from the California State University of Long Beach. At present, Shaikh Yassir is undertaking his Masters in Theology at Loyola Marymount University. He serves as the Imam (Religious Leader) of the Orange County Islamic Foundation (OCIF) in Mission Viejo, California. He is involved as a therapist at FACES, where he helps families with different challenges in life which include: domestic violence issues, communication problems, marital matters, generational gap, difficult teens, some mental and personality disorders, divorce, grief, and single parenting among others. Yassir Fazaga has taught the Arabic language and Islamic Sciences for the past eight years and has taught Islamic courses on Scriptural Exegesis, and Islamic financial contracts for American Open University. Shaikh Yassir Fazaga has done numerous interviews about Islam on television news stations and radio stations around the globe. He speaks on Islam and related topics for conferences, churches, high schools, colleges and universities. He also participates on behalf of foundation in many outreach and interfaith events. Shaikh

Tariq Ramadan at the Center for American Progress Popular Uprisings and Political Islam

VIDEO Center for American Progress Panel “What do the Popular Uprisings in the Middle East Mean for the Future of Political Islam ” The Crescent Post www.tariqramadan.com www.tariqramadan.com