Thursday, 20 October 2011

Experts Warn: Childhood being eroded by modern life

Childhood being eroded by modern life, experts warn


Childhood is being eroded by a “relentless diet” of advertising, addictive computer games, test-driven education and poor childcare, a powerful lobby of more than 200 experts warns today.

Full article at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/8784959/Childhood-being-eroded-by-modern-life-experts-warn.html

Muslim Education & Outreach Cambridge (MEOC) is pleased announce that it is one of the signatories and part of "a powerful lobby of more than 200 experts" which wrote an Open Letter to the The Telegraph on "The Erosion of Childhood". It was published on the 24th of September 2011. The full letter with the list of signatories can be found below. The outcome of the Open Letter can be found at the bottom of this email.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/8784996/Erosion-of-childhood-letter-with-full-list-of-signatories.html

MEOC is committed to enhancing the quality of childhood and education in the UK. In addition to its series of monthly Islamic seminars MEOC organised its first groundbreaking seminar on childhood by Sue Palmer (the world renowned author of Toxic Childhood) in September 2011. The seminar was titled 21st Century Children - Raising Boys and Girls in The Modern World. This was highly successful and the demand for high quality seminars on childhood seemed ever more greater. Because of the popular demand and the urgent needs MEOC is organising its second groundbreaking seminar on childhood with a focus on Islamic guidance with one of the foremost Islamic scholars and thinkers of the West Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford University. The forthcoming seminar on Saturday is titled Raising A Muslim Child in The 21st Century - Preparing The Leaders of Tomorrow. This seminar of course is more important for the Muslims than the previous seminar as it deals with much more deeper issues and practical solutions based on divine guidance.

Registration: http://courses.meoc.org.uk
 
Raising A MUSLIM CHILD in The 21st Century - Preparing The Leaders of Tomorrow

By Shaykh Dr Mohammed Akram Nadwi
 

When: Saturday 22nd October 2011        Time: 10AM - 6PM

Venue:
Mill Lane Lecture Theaters, Cambridge University

 

Registration: http://courses.meoc.org.uk
 

Advance/Online Tickets: From £18 onwards

Facilities: Free Parking, Crèche/Childcare, Bookstalls, Foodstalls

Advance/Online Tickets are finishing fast. Register today to book your place now and save 50% or more on standard ticket price.


Testimonials

"Alhamdulillah I've attended 3 seminars of Sheikh Akram's so far, and Insha Allah I will keep coming back for more! He was introduced to me by my brother who attends his study circles regularly in Oxford. I loved the seminar on Women scholars in Islam, it was a total eye opener into what a Muslim woman's role in society is, which surprisingly (or not) goes against many cultiural and conventionally held notions of Muslim women. My other favourite one was the tafseer of Surat al Fatiha and the last ten surahs, I will not be exaggerating when I say that I truly found it mind blowing. Sheikh Akram is an absolute treasure trove of knowledge but Masha Allah he always carries himself with the utmost humility. I have already had a look at the list of future seminars and I think MEOC is doing a great job in giving the layman an opportunity to have an exciting insight into the world of Muslim scholarship with its choice of highly intellectual topics. Last but not least, its a great opportunity to meet new people of diverse backgrounds. Well done all of you and may Allah reward you for your efforts."
- Dr Fathima Shyma Fazal, Boston, Lincolnshire

"As a non Muslim (currently!) I have been delighted by the whole experience of the MEOC lectures and have found them so helpful in my studies and 'quest for the Truth'. I had been doing lots of reading and studying and had started to read the Qur'an and this lecture seemed to come at the perfect time. The whole experience has been well organised, welcoming and informative and the depth and breadth of knowledge of Shaykh Dr Mohammed Akran Nadwi is truly inspiring and motivating. Excellent course delivery with suitable breaks allowing for reflection and brief stretch of legs, plus useful and interactive question and answer sessions. The two lectures I have attended thus far have benefited me enormously and I look forward to more God willing." - Sarah Jarman, Bedford
 
"Jazakumullah khair for the efforts of the MEOC for arranging these blessed gatherings of knowledge. The seminars I've attended so far have several elements that make them very special, starting from the choice of topics themselves which cater to the more profound needs of the people rather than addressing some superficial issues that seem to be more fashionable today. Even the content of the seminars and the manner of teaching by Shaikh Akram Nadwi are directly focussed towards developing a deeper understanding of these issues. In these seminars, one gets a glimpse of the years of learning that have gone into the brilliant scholarship of Shaikh Nadwi. Furthermore his knowledge seems to be blessed by an acute understanding of the needs of the Ummah. The seminar on the 'Legacy of Ibrahim (a.s.)' was exceptionally beautiful, wherein, the Shaikh in his own words confessed that he was attempting to transmit, not knowledge, but the state of his heart, to the others present. While the knowledge and the insight that one gains into the Qur'an, the Sunnah and the history of Muslims through these seminars is invaluable, I personally feel that these sessions are more than just one-day courses. I am inclined to call them gatherings of Remembrance of Allah, and we all know the blessings of such gatherings!" - Mohini Verma, PhD Student, Cambridge University

Registration: http://courses.meoc.org.uk

Previous Posts

How To Nourish The Mind, Body & Spirit (Heart) of A Child?

How To Raise A MUSLIM CHILD in The 21st Century?
Registration Now Open - Raising A Muslim Child In The 21st Century

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

How To Nourish The Mind, Body & Spirit (Heart) of A Child?


"Allah has made the whole universe nourishment not only for the body but for the mind and spirit as well so that we can worship Allah not only with our body but with our mind and spirit as well. However many Muslims today can only see the physical or outer layer of information of the universe and they end up worshipping Allah only with their body. This is not true servitude ('uboodiyyah) to Allah and is going against the teachings (millah) of Ibraheem (AS) and the practice (sunnah) of our Prophet Muhammad (SAW)" - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

Proper nourishment is essential for the balanced development of a child. But today the whole world is mostly concerned (if at all) about just one type of development - the physical development of a child. Even this is sometimes compromised by the economic interests of nations, multinational corporations and the media. For example it is so common these days to see horrible junk food advertisements targeted at children. Moreover when it comes to intellectual (mind) and spiritual (heart) development no one has a clue about them. Even the educational establishments which traditionally were focusing on intellectual and spiritual development of human beings have totally lost their way and are now only concerned about the physical development by helping people acquire skills, certificates and degrees so that they could earn a livelihood. So it is no wonder that despite the advancements in science and technology the well-being of the human is at its lowest with soaring suicide rates, dysfunctional families, mental health problems, greed and youth unrest.

If this is the state of the world then who is going to properly nourish the mind, body and spirit of the children? And more importantly how would that be done? Only if we find answers to these questions and apply them we can expect to raise righteous, balanced and bright children in the 21st century.

To explore these questions and more, register today for the groundbreaking seminar Raising A Muslim Child in The 21st Century - Preparing The Leaders of Tomorrow by Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi to be held this Saturday in Cambridge. Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi takes a very unique multi-faceted approach to this subject. So register now without delay to secure your place and benefit from this invaluable seminar. You will save over 50% of the standard ticket prices if you register now.

Registration: http://courses.meoc.org.uk 

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Raising A MUSLIM CHILD in The 21st Century
Preparing The Leaders of Tomorrow

By Shaykh Dr Mohammed Akram Nadwi
 

When: Saturday 22nd October 2011        Time: 10AM - 6PM

Venue:
Mill Lane Lecture Theaters, Cambridge University


Registration: http://courses.meoc.org.uk

 

Advance/Online Tickets: From £18 onwards

Facilities: Free Parking, Crèche/Childcare, Bookstalls, Foodstalls


Advance/Online Tickets are finishing fast. Register today to book your place now and save 50% or more on standard ticket price.

How To Raise A MUSLIM CHILD in The 21st Century?

Raising righteous, bright and confident children is a concern and a challenge for every Muslim parent. The challenge is multiplied by the turbulent and toxic environment, such as has never been witnessed before, with the convergence of consumerism, promiscuity, education, technology and popular culture. Unfortunately this challenge is too overwhelming for many Muslim parents that they decide to "go with the flow" like everyone else. This is so because they don't realise that they have something with them that could not only help them withstand the greatest of challenges but also (more importantly) change the environment to one which is conducive to raising righteous, bright and confident children.

The previous brilliant seminar 21st Century Children - Raising Boys & Girls in The Modern World by Sue Palmer (Author of Toxic Childhood) highlighted the major issues that any parent should be concerned about in bringing up children in the modern world. The forthcoming seminar Raising A MUSLIM CHILD in The 21st Century - Preparing The Leaders of Tomorrow by Shaykh Dr Mohammed Akram Nadwi deals with more deeper issues and gives specific guidance for Muslims in a way that has never been done before in the English language. Undoubtedly this seminar is more important for the Muslims because it focuses on raising children who would not only withstand challenges but actually help eradicate those challenges (as the leaders of tomorrow) in a way that was exemplified and envisaged by our father Ibrahim (AS) thousands of years ago and showed by our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in even more detail as the seal of the prophets.

So if you are concerned about raising children in the modern world and particularly in the West then register today for this groundbreaking seminar to be held in less than one week's time to explore the basic yet profound teachings of all of the messengers and particularly of Ibrahim (AS) and Muhammad (PBUH) in how to raise righteous, bright and confident children in the 21st century. Please Click here to register now for the last few places available.

Raising A MUSLIM CHILD in The 21st Century
Preparing The Leaders of Tomorrow

By Shaykh Dr Mohammed Akram Nadwi
 

When: Saturday 22nd October 2011        Time: 10AM - 6PM

Venue:
Mill Lane Lecture Theaters, Cambridge University


Registration: http://courses.meoc.org.uk
 
Advance/Online Tickets: From £18 onwards

Facilities: Free Parking, Crèche/Childcare, Bookstalls, Foodstalls

This is an invaluable seminar for all parents and anyone interested in the welfare of young people. Advance/Online Tickets are finishing fast. Register today to book your place now and save 50% or more on standard ticket price.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Registration Now Open - Raising A Muslim Child In The 21st Century


Raising A Muslim Child in The 21st Century
Preparing The Leaders of Tomorrow


By Shaykh Dr Mohammed Akram Nadwi

This seminar explores the issues surrounding raising a confident, bright and responsible Muslim child (girl or boy) in these challenging times and turbulent environment. Priceless lessons will be drawn from the examples of many of the messengers including the seal of the messengers Muhammad (pbuh), his family, his companions and the greatest of scholars and leaders to follow in his footsteps. It will also feature the experience and insight of Shaykh Dr Mohammed Akram Nadwi in raising a Muslim child in the West in this highly informative yet very practical seminar.

Click http://courses.meoc.org.uk/p/register.html to register.

Friday, 9 September 2011

Groundbreaking Seminar Kicks Off Tomorrow (Saturday)

The groundbreaking seminar kicks off tomorrow morning at Cambridge. The list of exciting broad areas that would be covered by Sue Palmer in this information packed yet highly practical hands-on seminar include:

1) What is 'toxic childhood'? (overview)
2) Too much too soon -- the significance of the first seven years
3) The state of play -- the hijacking of children's natural learning drive by commercial forces
4) 21st century literacy -- the clash between old and new technologies.
5) Gender war -- differences in terms of children's developmental trajectory (how far these are a matter of nature/nurture and how much they're now being exaggerated -- in the worst possible ways -- by consumer culture)

In addition to the seminar by Sue Palmer the event features short bonus appearances by:
  • Shaykh Ahmed Babikir (Imam of Islamia School London and Chairman of Ulfa Aid),
  • Shaykh Dr Mohammed Akram Nadwi (Islamic Scholar and Research Fellow at Oxford University) - video,
  • Sister Suma Din (Author of Children's and Adult's Books) and
  • Representative of SISTERS Magazine (The Magazine for Fabulous Muslim Women).
The event also features a large book fare and exhibition with a diverse collection of books and multimedia for children and adults.

Please register at: http://www.21stcenturychildren.org.uk/p/registration.html

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Children's Behavioural Problems - Why Is It So Common?

A sinister cocktail of junk food, marketing, over-competitive schooling and electronic entertainment is poisoning childhood, a powerful lobby of academics and children's experts says today. In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, 110 teachers, psychologists, children's authors and other experts call on the Government to act to prevent the death of childhood. They write: "We are deeply concerned at the escalating incidence of childhood depression and children's behavioural and developmental conditions."  [Full article at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/1528642/Junk-culture-is-poisoning-our-children.html]

Read the open letter by professionals and academics to the government at:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/1528639/Modern-life-leads-to-more-depression-among-children.html

The conditions surrounding modern childhood affects every child, every family and every parent. However many parents and adults interested in the welfare of the children do not realise this until at a later stage of the development of the child when it may be too late to do much about it. There is widespread lack of awareness of what is good and what is bad for the healthy development of a child. Instead of helping the child grow up bright, balanced and confident to reach their full potential, parents, teachers and other adults inhibit their healthy growth (by means they think are in the interest of the child) resulting in childhood depression and other behavioural problems. This dilemma is faced by both Muslim and Non-Muslim families alike.

Raising bright, balanced and confident boys and girls in the 21st century is a real challenge. The first step towards overcoming this challenge is to gain awareness of the modern conditions that affect childhood development and then to know what we can do about it. Many academics and professionals have had this knowledge for quite sometime but it is about time that every family, every parent and every teacher get to know this because it is only they who could bring about a positive change.

21st Century Children - Raising Boys & Girls in The Modern World Seminar by Sue Palmer is meant to educate the public what some professionals and academics have known for years. This is an essential seminar for all parents, teachers and anyone interested in the welfare of young people. This is a priceless seminar for the future of our children. Please book your place now at http://www.21stcenturychildren.org.uk/p/registration.html.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

21st Century Children - Raising Boys and Girls in The Modern World

Date: 10th September 2011    Time: 10:00am - 6:00pm

Venue: Cambridge University - Lady Mitchell Hall

Instructor: Sue Palmer (Author of Toxic Childhood)

Bonus Guest Lecture: Raising Children in Islam

Register: http://www.21stcenturychildren.org.uk/


The world may have changed beyond recognition in the last three decades, but children haven’t changed at all. For healthy development, they still need the same basic ingredients that have helped lucky children through the ages grow up bright, balanced and fit to face the challenges of adult life.

Is 21st century life damaging our children? Huge changes in adult lifestyles have affected the way we look after children, both at home and in school. This seminar – based on the 12 years’ research behind Toxic Childhood, 21st Century Boys, and 21st Century Girls – looks at how a toxic mix of side-effects of social and cultural change is affecting the development of a growing number of children.

The seminar also considers the way modern lifestyles impact differently on boys and girls, driving a gender gap which is damaging to the children themselves and society as a whole. Commercial forces unite with peer pressure to push girls towards an objectified sexuality at an increasingly early age, and boys towards computer games and internet porn. With virtual communication substituting for real life interaction even among pre-teen children, young people are less well-equipped to communicate face to face, making relationships between them and between them and adults increasingly fragile.

This groundbreaking seminar – aimed at parents, teachers and anyone interested in the welfare of young people – offers concerned adults suggestions for tackling the social, cultural and educational factors underlying these modern developments, to help all children grow up bright, balanced and confident to reach their full potential.

Sue Palmer has written more than 250 books, educational TV programmes and software packages on aspects of literacy and modern childhood. She is the author of the revolutionary book Toxic Childhood: How The Modern World Is Damaging Our Children And What We Can Do About It. Please visit her website http://www.suepalmer.co.uk for more information.

Friday, 29 July 2011

From Fiqh of Ramadhan To The Fruits of Ramadhan

It is so important to know the purpose, wisdom and the greatness of Ramadhan. But what is more important is to act upon what Allah and His Messenger have instructed us to do in this blessed month. The actions are the fruits of Ramadhan and the success of one's Ramadhan depends on the quality and the quantity of the fruits produced. Moreover the quality of the fruits depend on how closely they resemble the sunnah or the example of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) - both inwardly and outwardly. Otherwise what is produced may be bad fruits with no benefit to anyone. The Prophet (PBUH) alluded to this when he said “Many people who fast get nothing from their fast except hunger and thirst, and many people who pray at night get nothing from it except wakefulness”.

This is the reason why people should learn the detailed rulings or the Fiqh of fasting and the other aspects of Ramadhan. Without this one is sure to miss the purpose and the benefits of Ramadhan. Everyone knows that Fasting is a pillar and an obligation (fard) in Islam. But not many people know that learning about Fasting & Ramadhan is also an obligation in Islam, for "whatever leads to the fulfilment of a duty is itself a duty and what leads to the establishment of an obligation is itself an obligation".

So this is your opportunity to acquire a detailed understanding of the Fiqh of Ramadhan including preparation, fasting (sawm), charity (sadaqah), Qur'an, night prayers (tarawih), night of decree (laylathul qadr), staying in the mosque ('itikaaf), supplication (dua'), repentance (tawbah) and the concluding celebration ('eid al-fitr). You will not only learn about the outward aspects of these but also the inward aspects (state of the heart and mind) of the sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH). Last few places are left for the unique one-day seminar on Saturday Exploring the Treasures of Ramadhan by Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi. In addition to the Fiqh of Ramadhan you will also learn about many other treasures and secrets of Ramadhan in this seminar. (See related posts below for further details)

Exploring The Treasures of Ramadhan
Detailed Study Of Ramadhan Focusing On Purification & Self-Development
 
Instructor: Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)

Date: Saturday 30th July 2011      Time: 10:00AM - 6:00PM

Venue: Cambridge United Reformed Church      Free Parking: Cambridge University
 
Facilities & Features: crèche/childcare, free 2 nights accommodation for travellers, free parking

Special Offers: Buy One Get One Free, Group of 5 Discount, Scholarships, Free Non-Muslim Guest Pass

Transportation: Car sharing may be arranged for people travelling from London and other cities.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Shaykh Akram Nadwi Videos

If you have not come across Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi before you can watch some seminar clips of him below.

Legacy of Ibrahim (AS) - Universal Model for Families & Nations
http://vimeo.com/26015814 (one-minute video)

Marriage & Family Life in Islam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2iX46g_hrE (one-hour video)

Testimonials

"The course was extremely well organised and expertly delivered. What I find most impressive about Shaykh Akram Nadwi is not only the astounding depth and breadth of sacred knowledge that he possesses, but also his awe-inspiring humility. When sitting in one of his lectures, it becomes clear very early on that you are in the company of a scholar of great rank. The series of structured and high quality seminars fills a long unfulfilled niche here in Cambridge and so the community is very much indebted both to the shaykh and you, the organisers, for providing us with such a great and regular blessing. JazakumAllah kheiran." - Yassar Mustafa, Medical Student, Cambridge University

"Jazakumullah khair for the efforts of the MEOC for arranging these blessed gatherings of knowledge. The seminars I've attended so far have several elements that make them very special, starting from the choice of topics themselves which cater to the more profound needs of the people rather than addressing some superficial issues that seem to be more fashionable today. Even the content of the seminars and the manner of teaching by Shaikh Akram Nadwi are directly focussed towards developing a deeper understanding of these issues. In these seminars, one gets a glimpse of the years of learning that have gone into the brilliant scholarship of Shaikh Nadwi. Furthermore his knowledge seems to be blessed by an acute understanding of the needs of the Ummah. The seminar on the 'Legacy of Ibrahim (a.s.)' was exceptionally beautiful, wherein, the Shaikh in his own words confessed that he was attempting to transmit, not knowledge, but the state of his heart, to the others present. While the knowledge and the insight that one gains into the Qur'an, the Sunnah and the history of Muslims through these seminars is invaluable, I personally feel that these sessions are more than just one-day courses. I am inclined to call them gatherings of Remembrance of Allah, and we all know the blessings of such gatherings!" - Mohini Verma, PhD Student, Cambridge University

"I have been fortunate enough to attend some of the classes given by Shaykh Mohammed Akram Nadwi in Oxford and London, and I would certainly recommend them to anyone seeking to increase their understanding of the sciences of Islam. Masha'Allah, Shaykh Akram's knowledge is both broad and deep, his training is traditional, his presentation is lively and relevant to our lives today, and one feels that his intention is truly to raise the level of every Muslim. His work on the women scholars of Islam is timely and inspirational, revealing the little-known fact that many thousands of women scholars were involved in developing and maintaining the tradition of scholarship in Islam. This was the case right from the earliest community in Madina until only about 200 years ago. Shaykh Akram makes sure that his knowledge is accessible to all seekers, regardless of gender, in the most correct and generous way, and his courses thus contribute to restoring a balance and harmony. May Allah bless him and preserve him. The courses planned for Cambridge are an opportunity not to be missed!" - Aziza Spiker, Cambridge

"Of all the scholars I have had the opportunity to study with, I have found Shaikh Akram Nadwi to be the closest, in knowledge, manners and teaching, to how I would imagine some of the great Hadith scholars of the past would have been. He has a vast knowledge of Hadith and Fiqh, a down-to-earth, humble, approachable style, and great teaching ability. His classes are not just beneficial from a learning perspective, but also to marvel at the awe-inspiring wealth of knowledge of our scholars masha Allah. His 40 volume work going through the biographies of some 8,000 women scholars of Hadith is a monumental endeavour. The mere fact of its existence can be a major talking point in discussion with Muslims and non-Muslims, and is almost a stand-alone proof of Islam's unparalleled wealth of female scholarship." - Dr Omar Mahroo, Cambridge/London

More Testimonials: http://courses.meoc.org.uk/p/testimonials.html

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Related Posts

How To Benefit From The Qur'an This Ramadan?

The Secrets of Fasting - Revealed!

Ramadhan - The Month of Revolution

Why Is Ramadhan Dead (for most people)?


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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

How To Benefit From The Qur'an This Ramadan?

The month of Ramadan IS the month of Qur'an and one of the greatest treasures in this month is to engage with the Qur'an. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) gave extra attention to the Qur'an in this month as it was in this month that the Qur'an was sent down from beyond seven heavens to the skies of this world. Jibreel (AS) would come to the Prophet (PBUH) every night in Ramadan to rehearse the Qur'an with him.

"The month of Ramadan is the one in which the Quran was sent down, a guidance for mankind, clear proofs for the guidance, the Criterion; so whoever amongst you witnesses this month, let him fast..." [Qur'an 2:185]

It is said that fasting has been prescribed in Ramadan because the Qur'an was sent down in this month as a guidance with clear proofs and criterion. It is as if we are being prepared to receive the guidance of the Qur'an through fasting. So how could one fast but not engage with the Qur'an? The Qur’an is guidance for the people of Taqwa (God-consciousness) and fasting has been prescribed to attain Taqwa.

How Do We Engage With The Qur'an?

Surely reciting the Qur'an in Arabic or listening to it without understanding will not give us guidance or clear proofs or the criterion. Although there is immense benefit in reciting and listening to the Qur'an our engagement should be more than that. It is to ponder and reflect over the Qur'an - "(This is) a Book that We have revealed unto thee, full of blessing, that they may ponder its revelations, and that those of understanding may reflect." [Qur'an 38:29]. It is this pondering (tadabbur) and reflecting (tadhakkur, tafakkur) that can bring the ultimate benefit - guidance, clear proofs and the criterion - of the Qur'an. Sadly many people do not know what pondering (tadabbur) and reflecting (tadhakkur, tafakkur) mean in practice let alone actually practicing them upon the verses of the Qur'an.

This is your opportunity to acquire a framework for pondering and reflecting over the Qur'an with the invaluable upcoming seminar Exploring the Treasures of Ramadhan by Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi. In addition to this you will learn many more aspects of Ramadhan in this unique one-day seminar on Saturday. There are only a few more places left so register today to avoid regret and disappointment. This seminar would be invaluable not just for the coming Ramadan but for your whole life.

Exploring The Treasures of Ramadhan
Detailed Study Of Ramadhan Focusing On Purification & Self-Development
 
Instructor: Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)

Date: Saturday 30th July 2011      Time: 10:00AM - 6:00PM

Venue: Cambridge United Reformed Church       

Free Parking: Cambridge University
 
Facilities & Features: crèche/childcare, free 2 nights accommodation for travellers, free parking

Special Offers: Buy One Get One Free, Group of 5 Discount, Scholarships, Free Non-Muslim Guest Pass

Transportation: Car sharing may be arranged for people travelling from London and other cities.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Shaykh Akram Nadwi Videos

If you have not come across Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi before you can watch some seminar clips of him below.

Legacy of Ibrahim (AS) - Universal Model for Families & Nations
http://vimeo.com/26015814 (one-minute video)

Marriage & Family Life in Islam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2iX46g_hrE (one-hour video)

Testimonials

"I have been to few of the CISS courses and can say with certainty that they have been inspiring to the highest degree. Shaikh Akram's style of teaching ensures that you are connected from the start, not only in terms of the relevance of the knowledge he is sharing, but also through the openness of the sessions. He not only shares the important knowledge on the topic but also encourages the questioning of all that knowledge in order to make it relevant for us in today's world. These courses have helped me to reinvigorate and renew my passion for my faith and have encouraged me to continuously seek and apply the vast knowledge there is in Islam." - Rimla Akhtar, Chairperson, Muslim Women's Sport Foundation, London

"Jazak'Allah khair for a fabulous seminar. I truly enjoyed it and it was very much worth the trek from London to Cambridge" 
- Antti Kangaslahti, London
"I thought the course was really excellent, with a speaker in command of such vast knowledge of the topic. The organisation was also very good in every way." - Helen Gramy, London

"The course was very good and very well managed. The structure of the course and the timing of the breaks were aslo very good. I learned alot from Sheikh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi and I left loving the Prophet (pbuh) even more and determined to investigate more about him. Jazak Allah khair for the experience and may Allah reward both the Sheikh and the organisers in their efforts." - Ayan Adan, London

"The course was simply amazing, it was a lot of information to take in but was definitely worthwhile. As for Dr Mohammed Akram Nadwi, words cannot serve justice for explaining how humble yet knowledgeable he is. Alhamdulillah I went with my whole family and intend to attend all of his future courses InshaAllah"  - Rahee Ahmed, Law Student, Kent University
 
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The Secrets of Fasting - Revealed!

Ramadhan - The Month of Revolution

Why Is Ramadhan Dead (for most people)?


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Sunday, 24 July 2011

The Secrets of Fasting - Revealed!

"Piety cannot be imposed on the people. It has to come from within. Fasting is a good training ground for that" - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

<<O you who believe fasting has been prescribed upon you as it had been prescribed upon those before you so that you may attain Taqwa (piety, god‐consciousness)>> [Qur'an 2:183]. Not everyone who fasts purifies themselves and attains Taqwa. The goal of Fasting can only be achieved when Fasting is of a certain standard. Fasting has two dimensions to it - the inner dimension and the outer dimension. People focus on the outer dimensions of Fasting such as abstaining from food and drink and neglect the more important inner dimensions, thereby loosing the benefits and missing the goals of Fasting. The Prophet (PBUH) alluded to this when he said “Many people who fast get nothing from their fast except hunger and thirst, and many people who pray at night get nothing from it except wakefulness”. So Fasting is not just a bodily experience but it also has to be combined with the mind and the spirit (heart).

The inner dimension of Fasting is not just the "intention" or "niyyah" as many people think. It is much more deeper and comprehensive than that. These are the Secrets which if people knew and practised, they would have a very different experience in their Fasting and enjoy every moment of it. These secrets cannot be found easily from reading books or gained from listening to a lecture. They need to be imparted and explained by people of deep insight. So this is your opportunity to learn these "secrets" or inner dimensions which have been passed on from people of insight from generation to generation all the way from Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The one-day seminar Treasures of Ramadhan by Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi coming up this Saturday would be invaluable not just for the coming Ramadhan but for your whole life. Please sign up today to reserve your place for this unique seminar.

Exploring The Treasures of Ramadhan
Detailed Study Of Ramadhan Focusing On Purification & Self-Development

Instructor: Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)

Date: Saturday 30th July 2011      Time: 10:00AM - 6:00PM

Venue: Cambridge University

Facilities & Features: crèche/childcare, free 2 nights accommodation for travellers, free parking

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"The sincerity and piety of sheikh Akram Nadawi was a great source of inspiration for me. His great knowledge was beautifully expressed masha' Allah in a very simple way that touches everyone in the audience regardless of their marital status. I came along with a friend who is a new Muslim not intending to attend all sessions, but we ended up there all day. The emphasis on the importance of the family, how simple are Islamic rules, the distinction between our cultural heritage and the true message of Islam and his openness to answer all audience questions, in my opinion were the reasons behind the great success of the session yesterday. It was a great honour for me to attend yesterday's session and I thank Allah for giving me the unique chance to attend a session by a great a scholar to guide me through out my marriage-life." - Mona ElQazzaz, PhD Student, Cambridge University

"Alhamdulillah I've attended 3 seminars of Sheikh Akram's so far, and Insha Allah I will keep coming back for more! He was introduced to me by my brother who attends his study circles regularly in Oxford. I loved the seminar on Women scholars in Islam, it was a total eye opener into what a Muslim woman's role in society is, which surprisingly (or not) goes against many cultiural and conventionally held notions of Muslim women. My other favourite one was the tafseer of Surat al Fatiha and the last ten surahs, I will not be exaggerating when I say that I truly found it mind blowing. Sheikh Akram is an absolute treasure trove of knowledge but Masha Allah he always carries himself with the utmost humility. I have already had a look at the list of future seminars and I think MEOC is doing a great job in giving the layman an opportunity to have an exciting insight into the world of Muslim scholarship with its choice of highly intellectual topics. Last but not least, its a great opportunity to meet new people of diverse backgrounds. Well done all of you and may Allah reward you for your efforts." - Dr Fathima Shyma Fazal, Boston, Lincolnshire

"I want to thank your organisation for arranging these series of lectures by Dr Nadwi. I have attended few of the seminars and have found them immensely enlightening. Dr Nadwi is a rare scholar of our times and although he is knowledgeable enough to talk at length on issues of philosophy, literacy or poetry, he is always keen to emphasise the practical implications of his teachings - that Islam in essence is a religion to be practiced with real actions and not confined to theory written in textbooks. MEOC has done an excellent job in the way they have taken care of all the details required of organising such events. I pray that Allah rewards all those involved in all aspects of these courses." - Dr Atiqul Baree, Portsmouth

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Ramadhan - The Month of Revolution

Ramadhan is no ordinary month - it is The Month of Revolution. The greatest revolution the world has ever seen happened during this month with the revelation of the Qur’an from the loftiest of stations to the heavens of this world. This event was so extraordinary that the night that it happened has been described as better than a thousand months. This is the night the whole world was lit up by the light of the Qur’an piercing through the seven heavens and shining on the earth.

This is a historical event but it has been made timeless for us to re-live that experience every year in the month of Ramadhan and create our own personal revolution within us. The Qur’an is a light for the people of Taqwa (God-consciousness). Fasting has been prescribed in the month of Ramadhan so that people may attain Taqwa. Perhaps that is the reason why we fast during the day and engage with the Qur’an in Night Prayers so that our hearts become ever more deeply longing to receive the light of the Qur’an to create that personal revolution. This is even more intensified with all the other blessings surrounding Ramadhan including the Night of Qadr.

Sadly many people miss out on this because they only have a very shallow understanding of Ramadhan. For them Ramadhan is just another ritual that they want to get over with. If this is your situation then here is your opportunity to change it by acquiring a much deeper understanding of Ramadhan which if practiced would create the inner revolution that would make you wish Ramadhan stayed forever. It is not difficult, sign up today for the unique one-day seminar The Treasures of Ramadhan by Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi coming up just in time for this Ramadhan. This seminar can transform your Ramadhan to heights that you have never seen before and give you the real experience of Ramadhan that many have never tasted before.

Exploring The Treasures of Ramadhan
Detailed Study Of Ramadhan Focusing On Purification & Self-Development

Instructor: Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)

Date: Saturday 30th July 2011      Time: 10:00AM - 6:00PM

Venue: Cambridge University

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"Jazakumullah khair for the efforts of the MEOC for arranging these blessed gatherings of knowledge. The seminars I've attended so far have several elements that make them very special, starting from the choice of topics themselves which cater to the more profound needs of the people rather than addressing some superficial issues that seem to be more fashionable today. Even the content of the seminars and the manner of teaching by Shaikh Akram Nadwi are directly focussed towards developing a deeper understanding of these issues. In these seminars, one gets a glimpse of the years of learning that have gone into the brilliant scholarship of Shaikh Nadwi. Furthermore his knowledge seems to be blessed by an acute understanding of the needs of the Ummah. The seminar on the 'Legacy of Ibrahim (a.s.)' was exceptionally beautiful, wherein, the Shaikh in his own words confessed that he was attempting to transmit, not knowledge, but the state of his heart, to the others present. While the knowledge and the insight that one gains into the Qur'an, the Sunnah and the history of Muslims through these seminars is invaluable, I personally feel that these sessions are more than just one-day courses. I am inclined to call them gatherings of Remembrance of Allah, and we all know the blessings of such gatherings!" - Mohini Verma, PhD Student, Cambridge University


"Shaykh Mohammad Akram Nadwi is a great asset to the Muslims in the UK and his 57 volume work on al-Muhaddithaat (The Women Scholars of Islam) is no doubt going to be a lasting legacy of this great man. I had the blessed opportunity of spending a day with him recently; he is one of those few individuals who in a short period of time can change your entire thinking. May Allah bless the brothers and sisters in Cambridge and those in Oxford who organise and help the Shaykh in his works." - Nasar Ishfaq, Manchester

"As a non Muslim (currently!) I have been delighted by the whole experience of the MEOC lectures and have found them so helpful in my studies and 'quest for the Truth'. I had been doing lots of reading and studying and had started to read the Qur'an and this lecture seemed to come at the perfect time.The whole experience has been well organised, welcoming and informative and the depth and breadth of knowledge of Shaykh Dr Mohammed Akran Nadwi is truly inspiring and motivating. Excellent course delivery with suitable breaks allowing for reflection and brief stretch of legs, plus useful and interactive question and answer sessions.The two lectures I have attended thus far have benefited me enormously and I look forward to more God willing." - Sarah Jarman, Bedford

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Friday, 15 July 2011

Why Is Ramadhan Dead (for most people)?

Ramadhan comes and goes every year but the effect of each Ramadhan is meant to stay not just until next Ramadhan but for the rest of a Muslim’s life. So more Ramadhans one goes through the more they should be spiritually pure, morally upright and intellectually wise. However this is not the case for the vast majority of the Muslims because they misunderstand the purpose, wisdom and the practicalities of Ramadhan. For many Fasting is just another ritual. This was alluded to by the Prophet (PBUH) when he said: “Many people who fast get nothing from their fast except hunger and thirst, and many people who pray at night get nothing from it except wakefulness”. Surely no one wants to be in this state but sadly many are. This is easily seen by looking at the effect Ramadhan has on ones life. Unfortunately for many there is no effect - their life before and after Ramadhan is the same. They have a dead Ramadhan.

If you want to change this situation then this is your opportunity to do so. Register for the unique one-day seminar The Treasure of Ramadhan by Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi coming up just 2 days before Ramadhan. This seminar can transform your Ramadhan to heights you have never seen before and give you the real experience of Ramadhan that many have never tasted before. Register today to experience a living Ramadhan.

The Treasures of Ramadhan
Detailed Study Of Ramadhan Focusing On Purification & Self-Development

Instructor: Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)

Date: Saturday 30th July 2011      Time: 10:00AM - 6:00PM

Venue: Cambridge University

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"Of all the scholars I have had the opportunity to study with, I have found Shaikh Akram Nadwi to be the closest, in knowledge, manners and teaching, to how I would imagine some of the great Hadith scholars of the past would have been. He has a vast knowledge of Qur'an, Hadith and Fiqh, a down-to-earth, humble, approachable style, and great teaching ability. His classes are not just beneficial from a learning perspective, but also to marvel at the awe-inspiring wealth of knowledge of our scholars masha Allah. His 40 volume work going through the biographies of some 8,000 women scholars of Hadith is a monumental endeavour. The mere fact of its existence can be a major talking point in discussion with Muslims and non-Muslims, and is almost a stand-alone proof of Islam's unparalleled wealth of female scholarship." - Dr Omar Mahroo, Cambridge/London

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Friday, 24 June 2011

Why Does The Qur'an Seem Incoherent?

"Many people must have bought a translation of the Qur'an in the hope of gaining a better understanding of Islam, only to abandon it in desperation after reading at most a few dozen pages. It is for them that this book has been written. It is in three parts. ... The third is about the structure and coherence of the Qur'an, showing how there is in fact structure to material which often seems random and arbitrary..." - Professor Neal Robinson, Author of Discovering The Qur'an, 1996

Qur'an is no ordinary book and therefore it does not conform to the style, format or the structure of any ordinary book. When people start reading The Qur'an (especially a translation) with the framework of an ordinary book in mind (which often has a sequential structure) they may be confused by this non-conformance and stop reading. This is the case with even Muslims although many would not admit it. That is one major reason why the vast majority of Muslims remain ignorant of the meanings of the Qur'an except for a few short surahs.

The Qur'an has its own divine arrangement - unique style, format and structure. The arrangement is not chronological in order. Sometimes latter surahs come before earlier surahs and even the ayahs within a surah are not chronological. Also the Qur'an seems to jump from one theme to another and one story to another within the same surah. This is very puzzling for many people.

Knowing the style, format and structure of the Qur'an is the key to understanding the Qur'an. There is no better way to study this than with The Opening (Al-Fatiha) itself. It is as if Surah Al-Fatiha has been placed in the beginning of The Qur'an for us to acquire the key skills necessary to understand the rest of the Qur'an. Perhaps it is another reason why Al-Fatiha is called Umm-al-Qur'an or The Mother of The Qur'an. But can these skills be acquired by reading a translation or referring to a particular Tafsir or reading any other book? Sadly not because this requires a competent teacher to explain the details in a way which books by themselves will not be able to do justice.

So this your unique opportunity to undertake this lifetime journey with a seminar on the detailed study of Al-Fatiha conducted by one of the most competent and respected teachers today - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi. The seminar will explore in detail the internal and external coherences of Al-Fatiha in addition to its meaning, message and implications. It will then explore the last ten surahs to identify the amazing relationships and patterns between surahs which often go unnoticed because of lack knowledge and training. You will come out of the seminar with a brilliant framework to study and understand the Qur'an in a way that may have seemed impossible before. So please don't miss this absolutely vital seminar that will shape your relationship with the Qur'an for the rest of your life. This is also your opportunity to connect to the Qur'an with a chain linking all the way back to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) then Jibreel (AS) to Allah (SWT) Himself.

You have only one day to register so do it now.

Exploring The Pearls of The Qur'an 
Detailed Study of Al-Fatiha & The Last Ten Surahs - Their Coherence, Meaning & Universal Message

Instructor: Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)

Date: Saturday 25th June 2011      Time: 10:00AM - 6:00PM

Venue: Cambridge University - Lady Mitchell Hall - Sidgwick Site

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"Of all the scholars I have had the opportunity to study with, I have found Shaikh Akram Nadwi to be the closest, in knowledge, manners and teaching, to how I would imagine some of the great Hadith scholars of the past would have been. He has a vast knowledge of Qur'an, Hadith and Fiqh, a down-to-earth, humble, approachable style, and great teaching ability. His classes are not just beneficial from a learning perspective, but also to marvel at the awe-inspiring wealth of knowledge of our scholars masha Allah. His 40 volume work going through the biographies of some 8,000 women scholars of Hadith is a monumental endeavour. The mere fact of its existence can be a major talking point in discussion with Muslims and non-Muslims, and is almost a stand-alone proof of Islam's unparalleled wealth of female scholarship." - Dr Omar Mahroo, Cambridge/London

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Tuesday, 21 June 2011

How To Solve Any Problem With 100% Confidence?

"Everyone has problems. People may FIND solutions. But Allah CREATES solutions when no solution exist. So why don't we turn to THE ONE WHO CAN CREATE SOLUTIONS?" - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

We all have problems - big or small - whether they be personal, family, social, national or global in nature. Sometimes they are simple and easily solvable and at other times they are complex and seems unsolvable. However wouldn't it be wonderful to know a way to solve any problem - simple or complex - with 100% confidence? There is actually a way and it is through Prayer (Salah). The Qur'an states <<Seek help through Patience and Prayer>> [Qur'an 2:45]. This is the reason why whenever the Prophet (SAW) had difficulty he would turn to Allah through Prayer.

What is Prayer? Prayer has many aspects to it but the most fundamental part of the Prayer is Surah Al-Fatiha. In fact the Prophet (SAW) referred to Al-Fatiha as The Prayer in a Hadith (read the full hadith here) emphasizing the importance of it in the Prayer. So if anyone wishes to access divine solutions through Prayer they should first examine their level of understanding of Al-Fatiha because that is the essence of Prayer. Sadly many Muslims have no understanding of Al-Fatiha except its basic translated meaning. So no wonder that our Prayer is lifeless and devoid of its potential.

But it is never too late. A unique one-day seminar titled Exploring The Pearls of The Qur'an is coming up this Saturday which explores the most often recited surahs in the Prayer - Al-Fatiha and The Last Ten Surahs. This is your best and perhaps the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to elevate your Prayer to heights that you have never seen before. So why wait, register now for the last few places available to begin your journey of accessing divine blessing, aid and solutions through Al-Fatiha - The Prayer.

Exploring The Pearls of The Qur'an 
Detailed Study of Al-Fatiha & The Last Ten Surahs - Their Coherence, Meaning & Universal Message

Instructor: Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)

Date: Saturday 25th June 2011      Time: 10:00AM - 6:00PM

Venue: Cambridge University - Lady Mitchell Hall - Sidgwick Site

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"Shaykh Mohammad Akram Nadwi is a great asset to the Muslims in the UK and his 57 volume work on al-Muhaddithaat (The Women Scholars of Islam) is no doubt going to be a lasting legacy of this great man. I had the blessed opportunity of spending a day with him recently; he is one of those few individuals who in a short period of time can change your entire thinking. May Allah bless the brothers and sisters in Cambridge and those in Oxford who organise and help the Shaykh in his works." - Nasar Ishfaq, Manchester

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How To Study The Entire Qur'an In One Day?

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Thursday, 16 June 2011

How To Think Through The Qur'an?

"Allah has given us various faculties for various purposes - for example eyes to see, ears to hear and mouth to speak. Allah has also given us a mind to think. But unfortunately many people do not think or worse they want other people to think for them in both worldly matters and religious matters. This is a serious abuse of the blessing that Allah has given us." - Dr Mohammed Akram Nadwi

Muslims are supposed to be thinkers! One of the greatest thinkers in the history of mankind is our father Ibrahim (AS) who our own Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and his followers have been commanded to emulate. The whole of the story of Ibrahim (AS) - from his childhood to old age - is about his quest to think and to search for answers. So deep is his thinking that he asked Allah the ultimate question of how He resurrects the dead because he wanted to understand to strengthen and satisfy his conviction. This is the powerful example of the beloved of Allah -
Khalilullah - who used the mind the way it should be used. On the contrary people are misguided and misled because they do not use their mind to think. <<And they shall say: Had we but listened or pondered (used the mind or 'aql), we should not have been among the inmates of the burning fire.>> [Qur'an 67:10]

The whole of the Qur'an urges humankind to think, to understand, to reflect, to explore, to ponder and to use their intelligence. It also teaches us how to do that. So there is no better way to develop the use of our mind than to use the Qur'an itself.
<<(This is) a Scripture that We have revealed unto thee, full of blessing, that they may ponder its revelations, and that people of understanding may reflect.>> [Qur'an 38:29].  <<Then do they not reflect upon the Qur'an? If it had been from [any] other than Allah , they would have found within it much contradiction.>> [Qur'an 4:82]

So how do you do this? This is your opportunity to learn how to think for yourself using the most fundamental part of the Qur'an - Surah Al-Fatiha along with the last few surahs. You will discover the amazing depth and the breadth of these short surahs along with the secrets of how to arrive at this level of understanding in this first-of-its-kind one-day seminar by Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi. This is not something to be missed if you are serious about using your mind upon the way of Ibrahim (AS) as you will not find these in books of Tafsir. This is something that is transmitted and developed through chains of scholars.


Exploring The Pearls of The Qur'an 
Detailed Study of Al-Fatiha & The Last Ten Surahs - Their Coherence, Meaning & Universal Message

Instructor: Dr Mohammed Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)

Date: Saturday 25th June 2011      Time: 10:00AM - 6:00PM

Venue: Cambridge University - Lady Mitchell Hall - Sidgwick Site

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"Jazak'Allah khair for a fabulous seminar. I truly enjoyed it and it was very much worth the trek from London to Cambridge"  - Antti Kangaslahti, London

"The Fiqh of Love was the most amazing Islamic seminar I have ever attended. I have told all my friends and family about Sheikh Nadwi and his inspiring talk. All in all, I want to say that everything was brilliant. The food arrangements, prayer arrangements, book stall...everything. Thank you so much for making it a possibility" - Anosha Saleem, LLM Student, Cambridge University

"The course was simply amazing, it was a lot of information to take in but was definitely worthwhile. As for Dr Mohammed Akram Nadwi, words cannot serve justice for explaining how humble yet knowledgeable he is. Alhamdulillah I went with my whole family and intend to attend all of his future courses InshaAllah"  - Rahee Ahmed, Law Student, Kent University

"Of all the scholars I have had the opportunity to study with, I have found Shaikh Akram Nadwi to be the closest, in knowledge, manners and teaching, to how I would imagine some of the great Hadith scholars of the past would have been. He has a vast knowledge of Qur'an, Hadith and Fiqh, a down-to-earth, humble, approachable style, and great teaching ability. His classes are not just beneficial from a learning perspective, but also to marvel at the awe-inspiring wealth of knowledge of our scholars masha Allah. His 40 volume work going through the biographies of some 8,000 women scholars of Hadith is a monumental endeavour. The mere fact of its existence can be a major talking point in discussion with Muslims and non-Muslims, and is almost a stand-alone proof of Islam's unparalleled wealth of female scholarship." - Dr Omar Mahroo, Cambridge/London

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Sunday, 12 June 2011

How To Study The Entire Qur'an In One Day?

Isn't this an impossible task? Doesn't the Qur'an take a lifetime of study? The answer to both these questions is "yes" and "no".

The Qur'an is an amazing book and it can be studied at different levels from just studying the literal (or superficial) meanings of the words from a translation to an in-depth multidisciplinary study of a single ayah for many decades. No doubt even studying the meanings from a translation can be very beneficial although this would take quite a long time to complete. But is there a way to have an in-depth overall understanding of the entire Qur'an in just one day?

Fortunately there is because we have been given a short yet powerful introduction to the entire Qur'an in just seven verses in Surah Al-Fatiha. Whoever studies these seven verses in-depth will have the key to understanding the entire Qur'an in detail. The Prophet (SAW) called Al-Fatiha "Umm Al-Qur'an" or "The Mother of The Qur'an" indicating that the crux of Qur'an is contained in Al-Fatiha (and that the rest of Qur'an is a detailed explanation of it). This is the reasons why Al-Fatiha is included right in the beginning of the Qur'an although all the other shorter surahs are at the end. This is the the same reason why Al-Fatiha has been made compulsory reading in every Prayer (salah) while none of the other surahs are not. This is also the reason why Al-Fatiha has a different structure and format to it than the other surahs. There is no other surah more important to study in detail than Surah Al Fatiha - the key to the entire Qur'an.

Now this your opportunity to take up this first-of-its-kind one-day seminar by Shaykh Dr Mohammed Akram Nadwi on the detailed study of Al-Fatiha probably as has never been done before (in this part of the world), InshaAllah. You will be amazed to see the layers of complexity, subtlety and detail in such a seemingly simple looking surah with only seven verses. In addition to Surah Fathiha you will also study the "Summary of the Qur'an" which is contained in the last few short surahs. Thereby completing the study of the key to entire Qu'ran in just one day.

Exploring The Pearls of The Qur'an 
Detailed Study of Al-Fatiha & The Last Ten Surahs - Their Coherence, Meaning & Universal Message

Instructor: Dr Mohammed Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)

Date: Saturday 25th June 2011      Time: 10:00AM - 6:00PM

Venue: Cambridge University - Lady Mitchell Hall - Sidgwick Site

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"If you only had the time and resources to attend just one seminar on Qur'an then this is definitely the one to attend. It will change your attitude to the Qur'an like never before and will transform your Prayer to amazing new heights. So how can you afford to miss this one? Put all your distracting thoughts aside and register now without delay"

These are some of the testimonials from the previous seminars...

"The sheikh explained with such elegant simplicity the duties and rights of wife and husband, and even of children.  The fact that he stressed the Islamic responsibilities helped cast away many of the cultural shackles that often imprison Muslims in less than pleasant marriages.  If everyone took this course before they got married, they would truly appreciate their spouses all the greater, and they would be better Muslims for doing so, raising stronger families.  This would then reflect itself in the state of our Ummah. I also enjoyed the wisdom with which he regarded divorce. A solution provided by Allah, so that no one becomes an oppressor....MashaAllah, beautiful!" - Sarah Elgazzar, Cambridge

"The course by Shaykh Nadwi lived up to its billing and the course splendidly drove home just how crucial and relevant lessons from Ibrahim’s (as) life are to us today. Ibrahim's (as) life is not covered enough in Muslim circles or public discourse, which made the course very interesting. The stories of Ibrahim (as) particularly that of him and his two sons Ismail and Ishaq (as) are endlessly rich and fruitful and understanding them will go a long way in helping us make some sense of our reality. Shaykh Nadwi mashAllah demonstrated in-depth knowledge of Ibrahim's (as) story as narrated in the Quran and also the Biblical account as he taught us the Abrahamic foundations. His passion and the layout of the course were engaging and I left with a strong attachment to the 'intellectual & moral courage' of Ibrahim (as); a principle myself and every Muslim should be implementing in our lives.JazakAllahu Khair" - Mohamed Abdalla, Cambridge

"I want to thank your organisation for arranging these series of lectures by Dr Nadwi. I have attended many of these lectures and have found them immensely enlightening. Dr Nadwi is a rare scholar of our times and although he is knowledgeable enough to talk at length on issues of philosophy, literacy or poetry, he is always keen to emphasise the practical implications of his teachings - that Islam in essence is a religion to be practiced with real actions and not confined to theory written in textbooks. MEOC has done an excellent job in the way they have taken care of all the details required of organising such events. I pray that Allah rewards all those involved in all aspects of these courses." - Dr Atiqul Baree, Portsmouth

"Jazakumullah khair for the efforts of the MEOC for arranging these blessed gatherings of knowledge. The seminars I've attended so far have several elements that make them very special, starting from the choice of topics themselves which cater to the more profound needs of the people rather than addressing some superficial issues that seem to be more fashionable today. Even the content of the seminars and the manner of teaching by Shaikh Akram Nadwi are directly focussed towards developing a deeper understanding of these issues. In these seminars, one gets a glimpse of the years of learning that have gone into the brilliant scholarship of Shaikh Nadwi. Furthermore his knowledge seems to be blessed by an acute understanding of the needs of the Ummah. The seminar on the 'Legacy of Ibrahim (a.s.)' was exceptionally beautiful, wherein, the Shaikh in his own words confessed that he was attempting to transmit, not knowledge, but the state of his heart, to the others present. While the knowledge and the insight that one gains into the Qur'an, the Sunnah and the history of Muslims through these seminars is invaluable, I personally feel that these sessions are more than just one-day courses. I am inclined to call them gatherings of Remembrance of Allah, and we all know the blessings of such gatherings!" - Mohini Verma, PhD Student, Cambridge University

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Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Peals of The Qur'an - Registrations Open

Exploring The Pearls of The Qur'an

Detailed Study of Al-Fatiha & The Last Ten Surahs
Their Coherence, Meaning & Universal Message

Al Fatiha and the last ten surahs are parts of the Qur’an which would be familiar to us all. Often the first surahs to be memorised and regularly recited in prayers, they are the smallest of surahs in length yet they are vast in their meaning. Al Fatiha is the Mother of the Qur’an and is a pillar of our prayer and among the last ten surahs are those which are likened to a third of the Qur’an . Each surah is perfect and complete in itself, yet it is beautifully connected with the others to form a meaningful and coherent whole. Together they give us pearls of essential knowledge and precious insights into the purpose of our lives. This seminar will explore these surahs of the Qur’an in depth, studying their magnificent words and their amazing coherence and extracting invaluable lessons to apply in our lives today. This seminar will moreover help to uplift and enrich our hearts with the words of Allah, to regain our connection with the Qur’an and to strengthen our prayers, the key to all our other good deeds. Without a doubt, the Pearls of the Qur’an is a seminar which one cannot afford to miss. 

Instructor: Dr Mohammed Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)

Date: Saturday 25 June 2011   Time: 10:00AM - 6:00PM

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Friday, 27 May 2011

Why Is The Islamic Seminar In A Church?

Assalaamu 'Alaykum Warahmatullah

Some people were asking this question as it seems a bit strange to plan an Islamic Seminar in a church. The simple answer to the question is that it is the Will of Allah as it is the only place which worked out with all the facilities we require for a seminar of such a scale within budget. Apart from that it also seemed not-a-bad-idea to have this particular seminar - The Legacy of Ibrahim - in a church because the Christians and Jews also share some of that legacy. Alhamdulillah quite a few non-Muslims have already signed up for the seminar and I know that some of you have invited your friends and colleagues. MEOC has also sent invitations to churches and synagogues in Cambridge.

We still have some guest spaces for non-Muslims and perhaps a few new-Muslims too. So if you want to invite any other guests or you want to qualify as a guest you are welcome to do so. This is not discrimination against "old-Muslims" but an encouragement especially for non-Muslims :-) Those who genuinely cannot afford to pay the full course fee can apply for a scholarship. As you can imagine running these seminars is quite an expensive operation although people involved are all volunteers.

As usual the first session would be open (free) to all, subject to availability of seats. We will also have the book sale and exhibition going on from 9:30AM - 6:30PM. This is also open to all.

According to Shaykh Akram this is the most beloved subject for him and he is very emotional about it. So we can expect the best and the most spiritually uplifting seminar so far InshaAllah.

Hope to see most of you on Saturday, InshaAllah.

Wassalaam

PS: You can use the attached email template to remind your friends and neighbours about the seminar.

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The Legacy of Abraham - Universal Model for Individuals, Families and Nations

"Abraham was a community in himself, exemplary, obedient to God, a man of pure natural belief - he was not one of the idolaters"
[Qur'an 16:120]
 
You are invited to attend a seminar on the Legacy of Abraham this coming Saturday 28th May 2011 at the Emmanuel United Reformed Church, 72 Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RR. It is a day-long seminar (10am-6pm) and you are invited to attend all or part of it as our guest with no entrance fee. (Free whole day parking is arranged at the Sidgwick Site, Sdigwick Avenue, CB3 9DA)

The Prophet Abraham, peace be upon him, is a figure of such importance to Judaism, Christianity and Islam that they are often referred to as the Abrahamic faiths, but how much do we really know about the way of this great prophet of God? This seminar, taught by Shaykh Muhammad Akram Nadwi, a well-known speaker and a researcher at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, aims to explore the way of Abraham as a universal model for communities and individuals alike. 

Please feel free to drop in and enjoy the seminar, ask questions, meet people and share an interesting experience. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

"Who could be better in religion than those who direct themselves wholly to God, do good, and follow the religion of Abraham who was true in faith. God took Abraham as a friend" [Qur'an 4:125]

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Sunnah of The Prophet (SAW) and Shari'ah Has No Meaning Unless...

"The Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) has no meaning unless connected to the Millah of Ibrahim (AS)" - Dr Mohammed Akram Nadwi

Strange as it may seem Ibrahim (AS) takes a central position in the life of every Muslim, sometimes more so than our own Prophet Muhammad (SAW). The daily prayers (salaat) sometimes starts with the dua' (supplication) of Ibrahim (AS) and ends with salawaat (invoking blessings) upon him and his family. The whole of Hajj is connected with Ibrahim (AS) and his family. But more importantly Allah constantly tells us in the Qur'an to follow the Millah of Ibrahim (AS) while no other Prophet or Messenger is mentioned in that way.

<<And who would be averse to the Millah of Ibrahim except one who makes a fool of himself. And We had chosen him in this world, and indeed he, in the Hereafter, will be among the righteous.>> [Qur'an 2:30]

<< And who is better in religion than one who submits himself to Allah while being a doer of good and follows the Millah of Ibrahim, inclining toward truth? And Allah took Ibrahim as an intimate friend.>> [Qur'an 4:125]

<<Then We revealed to you, [O Muhammad], to follow the Millah of Ibrahim, inclining toward truth; and he was not of those who associate with Allah.>> [Qur'an 16:123]

Not only the ordinary people but even the greatest of human beings - Prophet Muhammad (SAW) - has been ordered to follow the Millah of Ibrahim (AS).

So what is special about Ibrahim (AS) and more importantly what actually is the Millah of Ibrahim (AS)? Why are the teachings and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) have no meaning unless connected to the Millah of Ibrahim (AS)?

This is your opportunity to explore these and many other important issues in detail in this amazing first-of-its-kind seminar by Shaykh Dr Mohammed Akram Nadwi titled Legacy of Ibrahim - The Universal Model for Individuals, Families and Nations this Saturday.

Legacy of Ibrahim - The Universal Model for Individuals, Families & Nations

Instructor: Dr Mohammed Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)

Date: Saturday 28th May 2011      Time: 10:00AM - 6:00PM

Venue: Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Cambridge    Free Parking: Cambridge University

Facilities & Features: crèche/childcare, free 2 nights accommodation for travellers

Special Offers: Buy One Get One Free, Group of 5 Discount, Scholarships, Free Non-Muslim Friend Pass

Restricted Venue - Only A Few More Places Available

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"The course was extremely well organised and expertly delivered. What I find most impressive about Shaykh Akram Nadwi is not only the astounding depth and breadth of sacred knowledge that he possesses, but also his awe-inspiring humility. When sitting in one of his lectures, it becomes clear very early on that you are in the company of a scholar of great rank. The series of structured and high quality seminars fills a long unfulfilled niche here in Cambridge and so the community is very much indebted both to the shaykh and you, the organisers, for providing us with such a great and regular blessing. JazakumAllah kheiran." - Yassar Mustafa, Medical Student, Cambridge University

"Many thanks for organising the course yesterday; I just wanted to say how impressive it was and how much of a boost it is to the community to know that we have such a blessing amongst us on an insha-Allah regular basis." - Dr Mohsin Badat, Cambridge

More Testimonials: http://courses.meoc.org.uk/p/testimonials.html

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