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