An American Muslim Guide to the Art and Life of Preaching
Paperback, 152 pages
A real-life model for Islamic preaching and sermons with interfaith appeal.
An American Muslim Guide to the Art and Life of Preaching explores the craft of creating effective Islamic sermons and delivering them with care, passion, and integrity. The life of the preacher is also addressed, and a model of spiritual formation is provided for those serving Muslim communities of faith in positions of religious leadership.
Sohaib Sultan's vision and approach to preaching are holistic. This book is as much about the knowledge and care placed behind a sermon as it is about the tone, tenor, and shape of that sermon. It is as much about the character of the person delivering these words as it is about the nature and shape of the words themselves. It is as much about tending to the people of faith who fill the worship space as it is about the aesthetics and arrangement of that same space. This means that this book on preaching is not meant for preachers alone. It was written for us all, whether we are called to address and care for a congregation or we are one of the many called to be part of one.
Reflecting on a theology of the spoken word in the Islamic tradition, Martin Nguyen remarks that the sermon in and of itself is not automatically worthy of praise. Rather, its value for the life of faith is measured by its message, its mode of delivery, and the model of living that accompanies it. An appendix to the book includes a collection of dua's, or supplicatory prayers, that were composed and delivered by women from the Princeton Muslim Life Community.