The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

The Jesus Fatwah: Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor as Yourself

Wednesdays, January 16, January 30, and February 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Cathedral Book Store

sponsored by Book Fellows of the Cathedral Book Store

In Arabic, the word “fatwah” simply means “opinion.” A religious or ethical fatwah provides a spiritually instructive opinion, usually given as the answer to a question about religious law. In that regard, Jesus was a master of the art. His opinions, revered by Christians and Muslims alike, remain among the most beautiful and powerful fatwahs ever issued. Jesus pronounced what is perhaps the most famous of his fatwahs when a lawyer asked him to name the greatest of all the commandments. Jesus said (quoting Deuteronomy in the Hebrew Scriptures), “To love the Lord your God with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength, and love your neighbor as you love yourself.”

Led by The Rev. Thee Smith along with guest speakers

January 16: Ms. Soumaya Khalifa, Executive Director, Islamic Speakers Bureau (ISB)
January 30: Dr. Abdullahi An-Na'im, Candler Professor of Law, Emory University Law School
February 6: Imam Plemon El-Amin, Imam Emeritus of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam

We submit that Jesus meant it when he told us to love our neighbors. Especially important, in an age of increasing Islamophobia, is the love of Muslim neighbors. The process begins when others learn who Muslims are and what Muslims actually believe. This three-night series, engaging videos with guest speakers from the Muslim community, will examine the basic tenants of Islam, separate fact from misinformation, and explore how to build bridges and relationships across differences of faith. The content of this program is compiled from materials developed by Living the Questions.