Al-Marayati Continues 'Medina Constitution' Lecture Series at Masjid Bilal in L.A.

July 25, 2014

The Bilal Islamic Center in downtown Los Angeles hosted MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati last weekend for a talk about the parallels between the Medina Constitution and the U.S. Constitution. The Medina Constitution is the social contract created between the Prophet Muhammad with leaders of other faith communities.

Neither the Medina Constitution nor the U.S. Constitution were perfect documents, but they led people to try to be better versions of themselves. It was noted by several community members that slavery still existed in Medina and the U.S. after their respective constitutions were drafted, which constituted major flaws in those societies.

In addition, Al-Marayati spoke of how the Prophet transformed people from tribes to an umma (community). There was emphasis placed on the fact that the Prophet created a civilization out of what was considered a nomadic society. This was unheard of in the history of the world. This shows his power in being able to unite people and get them to work together to build a great society that allowed Islam to flourish.

Furthermore, Al-Marayati described how Muslims today continue to benefit from the actions and work of the Prophet. Another important topic that was discussed was how religious freedom and shura (mutual consultation) were established in the time of the Prophet, which allowed everyone during the time of the Prophet to have a say in public affairs whether they were men or women, young or old, rich or poor. This helped the Prophet gain followers and effectively lead his people.

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