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.

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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.

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.

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

Mill Lane Lecture Theaters, Cambridge University



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"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


Previous Posts

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

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