Contemporary Issues is a lecture series that is designed specifically for dawah to non Muslims as well as Muslims. The issues presented in this series are those that are most often mentioned and the most controversial.
* An analysis of the people who are being invited, the ones who are being given the dawah; also includes an introduction to polygamy in Islam, showing the perspective Muslims should have on this so-called “taboo” issue.
* Comments on spouse selection, religious intermarriage, and a defense on claims of marital oppression by the Prophet (s), marital rape, the husband’s role in marriage, domestic violence, and corporal punishment.
* Divorce, alimony, abortion, methods of contraception, population control, and the veil in Islam.
* Women’s inheritance, separation in education, and capital punishment.
* Women emanating men and men emanating women; why apostasy equals execution; dietary law issues; the prohibition of music.
* Imagery and photography; the Islamic position on evolutionary theory; the Big Bang Theory, and cloning.
* Cosmetic surgery, organ donation, medical study, euthanasia, and aliens.
* Economic issues, terrorism etc
Not only will this series help one become more educated in a versatile number of topics, but will enable one to discuss with more confidence, the Islamic perspectives as these questions are raised.
Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips was born in Jamaica, but grew up in Canada, where he accepted Islam in 1972. He completed a diploma in Arabic, and a B.A. from the College of Islamic Disciplines (Usool Ad-Deen) at the Islamic Univeristy of Madeenah in 1979. At the University of Riyadh, College of Education, he completed a M.A. in Islamic Theology in 1985, and in the department of Islamic Studies at the University of Wales, he completed a Ph.D. in Islamic Theology in 1994.
Since 1994 he has founded and directed the Islamic Information Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (which is now known as Discover Islam) and the Foreign Literature Department of Dar Al Fatah Islamic Press in Sharjah, UAE. Presently, he is a lecturer of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the American University in Dubai and Ajman University in Ajman, UAE.