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Professor Sohail Chaudhry

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Imam, Islamic Center of Morgantown
Specialization: History and Practice of Islam
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I came to the U.S. in 1999 and it was one of the best things that happened to me. Religion was always my passion and I used to have many questions about Islam growing up in Pakistan. I would search for answers, but whenever I talked an Imam or elder regarding my questions I would more often than not, be told that one just believes and does not ask questions. When I came to the U.S., for the first time in my life I met Jews, Christians, Hindus, Budhists etc. and I started questioning my beliefs. I decided to study all world religions and find out the answers for myself. It was and still is; a fascinating experience learning about world religions and the different philosophies regarding God and our interaction with this God.

Islam fascinated me the most and I decided to become and Imam and teacher. I became Imam for the Islamic Center of Morgantown in 2004 and have been teaching Islam ever since. I am a prison and hospital chaplain for various institutions in and around West Virginia. I teach Arabic and Islam on campus for the Muslim Student’s Association and enjoy comparative religion discussions.

This course is an introduction to the history and practice of the fastest growing religion of the world, but also the most controversial and misunderstood religion of the world. I will take you through a virtual tour and I ensure you, it will be a fun ride and one that will enlighten your soul. Knowledge is the path to light and this course will certainly bring in light a great Abrahamic faith. Through this journey we will witness the paths of Islamic history, the rivers of Islamic wisdom, the fertile valleys of God’s revelation and the lofty mountains of Islamic practices.

I want you to think, question and learn in a way that is enjoyable satisfying at the same time. Discussion and dialogue are the vehicles for human understanding. Ignorance is darkness and staying in darkness a sin. Let us all seek the light together and make an effort to grasp the unknown. Never feel shy of starting a discussion or asking questions. Remember! There is no question without an answer. It is only a matter of finding it. Let us find the answers together.

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