Thursday, 27 December 2012

SURAH NUH (NOAH) - THE STRUGGLE OF THE PROPHETS

Nuh (AS) is one of the five special prophets chosen by Allah (SWT). The others are Ibrahim (AS), Musa (AS), ‘Eesa (AS) and Muhammad (SAW). Nuh (AS) lived for over a thousand years and his mission was unique: <<He said, ‘My Lord, I have called my people night and day, but the more I call them, the further they run away: every time I call them, so that You may forgive them, they thrust their fingers into their ears, cover their heads with their garments, persist in their rejection, and grow more insolent and arrogant. I have tried calling them openly. I have tried preaching to them in public and speaking to them in private.’>> [Surah Nuh 71:5-9].

His story shows how much he cared for his people despite their constant opposition and rejection for 950 years. To pursue a mission like this for such long time is no easy task. Even his own family rejected him. Therefore Allah (SWT) has made his life an example for the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and his followers to emulate in patience, persistence, perseverance and concern for the people: <<He said, ‘My people, I am here to warn you plainly. Serve God, be mindful of Him and obey me...>> [Surah Nuh 71:2-3].

So how do we follow him in the 21st century Britain?

Surah Nuh - The Struggle of The Prophets

The Magnificent Journey

An Amazing Journey Through The Last Two Parts (Juzz Tabaarak and Juzz 'Amma) of the Qur'an, From Surah Al-Mulk to Surah An-Naas, by one of the foremost Islamic Scholars and Thinkers of the Western World today


By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)

Date:
Saturday 26th January 2013     Time: 10AM - 6PM

Venue: Cambridge University and Live Online Web Access

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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

New Video - The Difference of The Day of Judgement in Islam and in Other Religions

"You can see really, there was so much confusion in this world with regards to the Day of Judgement. That is why there was a need for a Messenger to come and to make the Day of Judgement very clear. If you look in the Qur'an and in the history of prophets and messengers you will see that the basic task of every messenger is to mention the Day of Judgement. People can see and experience this world anyway but what people cannot really see is the Day of Judgement - they cannot look into that future. That is why there was a need for messengers to come and tell people about it. That is why one of the names of the Prophet (SAW) is Nadheer. Nadheer means the Warner." - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi, Surah Al-Haqqah Seminar

The following video is part of the day-long seminar on Surah Al-Haqqah by Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi. This was an amazing seminar which covered topics related to the Day of Judgement which are rarely discussed but are highly relevant for us living in this day and age. These included:
  • The difference of Day of Judgement in Islam and other religions
  • Messengers as warners of the Day of Judgement
  • The proofs and evidences for the Day of Judgement that anyone can comprehend
  • The difference between animals and the humans - Dunya Vs Aakhira
  • The concept of past, present and future
  • The different types of futures - future of this world and future of the next world
  • Meaning of Dunya and meaning of Aakhira
  • How is Allah (SWT) attribute of Mercy related to the Day of Judgement
  • This world and the Hereafter as pairs
  • And many more which are all included in the video.
New Video - Surah Al-Haaqqah - Introductory Session (please click on the image below to view the video)
http://youtu.be/mOaGMXvN59U

Do not miss this Saturday's event on Surah Al-Ma'arij which gives yet another perspective on the Day of Judgement.

"...The disbelievers think it is distant, but We know it to be close. On a Day when the heavens will be like molten brass and the mountains like tufts of wool, when no friend will ask about his friend, even when they are within sight of one another. The guilty person will wish he could save himself from the suffering of that Day by sacrificing his sons, his spouse, his brother, the kinsfolk who gave him shelter, and everyone on earth, if it could save him..." [Surah Al-Ma'arij 70:6-14]

The Magnificent Journey

An Amazing Journey Through The Last Two Parts (Juzz Tabaarak and Juzz 'Amma) of the Qur'an, From Surah Al-Mulk to Surah An-Naas, by one of the foremost Islamic Scholars and Thinkers of the Western World today


Surah Al-Ma'arij - The Ultimate Path To Allah
 
By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)

Date:
Saturday 22nd December 2012     Time: 10AM - 6PM

Venue: Cambridge University and Live Online Web Access

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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

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

How Could You Have A Similar Experience?

"I went into a Masjid in Ramadhan and I heard a remarkable scholar explain the Qur’an (I had not read the Qur’an except in translation before that day), and I heard him speak about the Qur’an in the form of almost a conversation. And you know the Qur’an is Allah (Azza wa Jalla - Mighty and Majestic) speaking to us directly, and it felt like that for me for the first time.... I attended the entire series with him because I was hooked completely, I was mesmerised by this book, I was completely overwhelmed that I had no idea, no clue what this book was that was always there, and I always thought ‘yeah I have read something from it or some translation or something, I have an idea what it says and I guess I know what it has to say’. But when I heard what it really had to say for the first time, I felt that there is this book that I loved so much and I have no relationship with it. And of course the barriers were many, including the knowledge of it but of course even the language - I had no idea what the Arabic language was, not a clue- Nouman Ali Khan, Qur'an Instructor and Founder of Bayyinah Institute [from the video My Favourite Dua']

Nouman Ali Khan is a well known figure among the English speaking Muslims, his talks are very popular on the internet and his courses are jam-packed. The reason for sharing this quote from him is to highlight the fact that many of us Muslims are in the same state as he was before he heard a remarkable scholar explain the Qur'an. We think that we know what the Qur'an is about because we have read some translations. However our relationship with the Qur'an is not real. We have more of a relationship with other books than the Qur'an because we have no real idea, no clue what this book is.

But the good news is that we all have the opportunity to change this situation. We have in our midst a remarkable scholar who is both an expert of the Arabic Language and an expert of the Qur'an (as well as being an expert in Hadith). MashaAllah, many who attended the Magnificent Journey Seminars by Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi and listened to his unique and amazing explanations experienced the same feelings as Nouman Ali Khan when he heard that remarkable scholar explain the Qur'an. People for the first time in their life have had a feeling for what the Qur'an really is and have also realised how misinformed they were before about the Qur'an. A strong effect is felt by even those who know Arabic. (As a testament to this, please watch the video testimonials of attendees at the link below)

So do not miss this lifetime opportunity to study the Qur'an with a remarkable and qualified scholar, who will, inshaAllah, change your attitude towards the Qur'an like it happened to Nouman Ali Khan...

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Introduction to The Magnificent Journey Seminar - Video (click on the image below)

"The Qur'an is for people who think and are active. It is not for lazy people who do not use their God-given faculties" - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Mv_6AChDuB8/UMhGrtZMINI/AAAAAAAAAC4/53aVjqQ0FQo/s640/Snapshot_ShaykhAkram_Opt.jpg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BqZ2mwOJns 

The Magnificent Journey

An Amazing Journey Through The Last Two Parts (Juzz Tabaarak and Juzz 'Amma) of the Qur'an, From Surah Al-Mulk to Surah An-Naas, by one of the foremost Islamic Scholars and Thinkers of the Western World today


Surah Al-Ma'arij - The Inevitable Reality

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)

Date: Saturday 22nd December 2012    Time: 10AM - 6PM

Venue: Cambridge University and Live Online

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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 57 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

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Surah Al-Ma'arij - Back To The Electric Atmosphere

"Surahs come in pairs in the Qur'an. The pair of Surah Al-Haaqqah is Surah Al-Ma'arij. Surah Al-Ma'arij deals with the Day of Judgement and The Hereafter from another perspective." - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

There was such an electric atmosphere when Surah Al-Haaqqah was discussed last month in the Magnificent Journey Seminar Series in Cambridge. This month it is Surah Al-Ma'arij - the twin half of Surah Al-Haaqqah. Surah Al-Ma'arij also deals with The Day of Judgement and The Hereafter but from a different perspective.

These seminars really give a taste of how it would have been like when the Qur'an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and the people around him. The real effect of the Qur'an can only be felt when it is understood in their context and in their language. Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi is a master of both the language and the context, and he brings these across to us in an amazing, unique and an inspiring way, MashaAllah. If you want to be awed or amazed by the Qur'an then this is the seminar for you....

Introduction to The Magnificent Journey Seminar - Video (click on the image below)

"The Qur'an is for people who think and are active. It is not for lazy people who do not use their God-given faculties" - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BqZ2mwOJns

The Magnificent Journey

An Amazing Journey Through The Last Two Parts (Juzz Tabaarak and Juzz 'Amma) of the Qur'an, From Surah Al-Mulk to Surah An-Naas, by one of the foremost Islamic Scholars and Thinkers of the Western World today


Surah Al-Ma'arij - The Inevitable Reality

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)

Date: Saturday 22nd December 2012    Time: 10AM - 6PM

Venue: Cambridge University and Live Online

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"Animals live for the present. The humans live for the future. But the real future is the never-ending future which is the Hereafter. Every other 'future' will become present and then disappears into the past." - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

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NEW AMAZING VIDEO - The Qur'an Is for People Who Think...

Why Is The Hereafter More Obvious Than The Present Life?

Why Doesn't This World Make Any Sense?

Friday, 16 November 2012

** NEW AMAZING VIDEO - The Qur'an Is for People Who Think...

"The Qur'an is for people who think and are active. It is not for lazy people who do not use their God-given faculties" - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

In case you did not get an opportunity to join the first of the seminars of The Magnificent Journey Series the following video by Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi gives the introduction to the series and goes through part of Surah Al-Mulk. It is just amazing, you must watch it. (Please click on the image below to watch in full HD)

Inline images 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BqZ2mwOJns

This is also a reminder for the next seminar of the series coming up tomorrow, InshaAllah on Surah Al-Haqqah which is a mind-blowing Surah in The Qur'an and the subject matter of which is the Hereafter. No doubt we will not be the same after this seminar!

"Animals live for the present. The humans live for the future. But the real future is the never-ending future which is the Hereafter. Every other 'future' will become present and then disappears into the past." - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

Please register now for the remaining places available.

The Inevitable Reality - Surah Al-Haaqqah

The Magnificent Journey

An Amazing Journey Through The Last Two Parts (Juzz Tabaarak and Juzz 'Amma) of the Qur'an, From Surah Al-Mulk to Surah An-Naas, by one of the foremost Islamic Scholars and Thinkers of the Western World today

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)

Date:
Saturday 17th November 2012     Time: 10AM - 6PM

Venue: Cambridge University and Live Online

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Monday, 12 November 2012

Why Is The Hereafter More Obvious Than The Present Life?

"The Hereafter (Aakhirah) is more obvious than the present life although people don't realise it. Everything in this life points to The Aakhirah - it is more obvious than ones own existence. Allah (SWT) has called the resurrection and afterlife 'The Reality' and called the present life 'delusion', 'play', 'conjecture', 'diversion', 'amusement' and 'deception'..."

Today many people think that the Resurrection and the Afterlife are tales made up by the ancients to keep the society in check and to exert their authority on the general masses, and that these are superstitions in which the people should no longer believe. No doubt that the abuse of some religions have led people to this conclusion. However if one looks at the Qur'an, the Hereafter is expressed in such terms that one will have no doubt whatsoever that it is the Reality and that without it, nothing has any meaning and also that the whole universe points to that Reality. Our birth, life and death points to that reality; so is our speech; vegetation and animals; rain, thunder and storm; our self-reproaching souls; the sun, the moon, the earth and the stars; oceans and mountains - everything points to the Creator and to the Reality - The Resurrection and The Hereafter.

<<But how (will they fare) when we gather them together against a day about which there is no doubt, and each soul will be paid out just what it has earned, without (favour or) injustice?>> [Qur'an 3:25]

<<Allah! There is no god but He: of a surety He will gather you together against the Day of Judgement, about which there is no doubt. And whose word can be truer than Allah's?>> [Qur'an 4:87]

<<Look, then, at the imprints of God’s mercy, how He restores the earth to life after death: this same God is the one who will return people to life after death – He has power over all things>> [Qur'an 30:50]

We, Muslims are reminded of this Reality in every prayer when we recite Surah Al-Fatiha and say <<Master of The Day of Judgement>>. However our outlook, attitude, thinking, behaviour, aspirations and actions are not very dissimilar to the people around us who deny the Reality and say <<There is nothing except our life on this earth, and never shall we be raised up again>> [Qur'an 6:29]. Why is this so?

The forthcoming seminar on Surah Al- Haqqah - The Inevitable Reality - deals with the question of Resurrection and Hereafter that every human being must confront. It also gives us valuable clues as to why we Muslims today are seemingly not focused on the Hereafter despite being told that <<Verily the Hereafter will be better for you than the present>> [Qur'an 93:4]

This is an unmissable seminar for anyone hoping to have a greater insight in to the Hereafter and achieving inner balance that would reflect in their day-to-day life. Only 5 days to go, please register now.

The Magnificent Journey 
An Amazing Journey Through The Last Two Parts (Juzz Tabaarak and Juzz 'Amma) of the Qur'an, From Surah Al-Mulk to Surah An-Naas, by one of the foremost Islamic Scholars and Thinkers of the Western World today

The Inevitable Reality - Surah Al-Haaqqah

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)

Date:
Saturday 17th November 2012     Time: 10AM - 6PM

Venue: Cambridge University and Live Online

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Thursday, 8 November 2012

Why Doesn't This World Make Any Sense?

“Nothing of the Dunya (this world) makes any sense without the Aakhirah (Hereafter)” - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

Today people live in a very confused state - confused about themselves, confused about their surroundings and even confused about their own religion. Muslims are no exception. Why are people, including us Muslims, in such a confused state?

Everybody knows that there is no real justice in this world, nor is there real fairness or equality. For example, people get away after committing serious crimes, the poor are exploited by the rich and powerful, wealth and resources are unequally distributed, natural disasters strike defenceless people. Similarly those who do good are not always recognised or rewarded. From a worldly point of view, nothing seems to make sense. Yet this is how this world is meant to be because it is but a part that will only be complete with the Aakhirah. Allah (SWT) has created the Dunya and Aakhirah as a pair, like He has created everything else in pairs. Therefore people who neglect this fact and think only of this world are bound to be confused, even if they claim to adhere to a religion.

No doubt that this is one reason why there is so much emphasis in the Qur’an about the Hereafter, because this world and whatever we do has no meaning without it.<<And the worldly life is not but amusement and diversion; but the home of the Hereafter is best for those who fear Allah , so will you not reason?>> [Qur’an 6:32]

If we Muslims do not focus our attention on the Hereafter then we will also become people who are confused and distracted - those who see the reality as crooked and the crookedness as reality - <<Those who would hinder (men) from the path of Allah and would seek in it something crooked: they were those who denied the Hereafter>> [Qur’an 7:45] and <<Indeed, for those who do not believe in the Hereafter, We have made pleasing to them their deeds, so they wander blindly>> [Qur'an 27:4]. But the true believers are those who have certainty of the Hereafter - <<And who believe in that which is revealed unto thee (Muhammad) and that which was revealed before thee, and are certain of the Hereafter>> [Qur’an 2:4]


How do we become people who are certain of the Hereafter and people who think straight? There is nothing more powerful and effective to answer this question than the Qur'an itself. It revolutionised a people who were steeped in ignorance, materialism and barbarism to become the best of people the world has ever seen. In this regard Surah Al-Haqqah is a very powerful Surah which reminds us of the inevitable reality of the Hereafter.

The Magnificent Journey

An Amazing Journey Through The Last Two Parts (Juzz Tabaarak and Juzz 'Amma) of the Qur'an, From Surah Al-Mulk to Surah An-Naas, by one of the foremost Islamic Scholars and Thinkers of the Western World today

The Inevitable Reality - Surah Al-Haaqqah

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)

Date:
Saturday 17th November 2012     Time: 10AM - 6PM


Venue: Cambridge University and Live Online Web Access

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Thursday, 25 October 2012

The Inevitable Reality - Al-Haaqqah

SURAH AL-HAAQQAH AND SURAH AL-MA’AARIJ

Surah Al-Haaqqah and Al-Ma’aarij are the third and fourth Surahs following on from Surah Al-Mulk (dealing with At-Tawheed and Al-’Uboodiyyah - servitude to Allah) and Surah Al-Qalam (dealing with Al-Risalah - Prophethood). Surah Al-Haaqqah and Al-Ma’aarij deal with the third major theme of the Qur’an which is Al-Akhirah - the Hereafter. The Makkans used to deny the Hereafter like the majority of people do today. Therefore these surahs draw attention to the fate in this world of earlier people who denied the Day of Judgement before them as well as the consequences they face in the Hereafter itself. These Surahs are so relevant for the modern materialistic context as people do not see beyond what is physically visible in front of them. The use of the language and argument presented in the Surahs go deep into the hearts of people such that they simply cannot ignore them. Unfortunately, Muslims themselves have become very materialistic, losing their spirituality. Therefore these are Surahs that can not only shake non-Muslims but Muslims alike to remind them of the purpose of this life and the Inevitable Reality - the day of judgement and the life after. This is amazingly powerful.

The Magnificent Journey 

An Amazing Journey Through The Last Two Parts (Juzz Tabaarak and Juzz 'Amma) of the Qur'an, From Surah Al-Mulk to Surah An-Naas, by one of the foremost Islamic Scholars and Thinkers of the Western World today

The Inevitable Reality - Surah Al-Haaqqah and Al-Ma'arij

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)

Date:
Saturday 17th November 2012     Time: 10AM - 6PM

Venue: Cambridge University and Online

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Friday, 19 October 2012

Video Testimonials - The Magnificent Journey





Islamic Spirituality (Zuhd or Tasawwuf) - The Qur'anic Approach

In a world where materialism is so prevalent many people are looking for spirituality. Most westerners look for spirituality in eastern religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism. Yet others look for it in nature and 'spiritual music'. Muslims look for it in the works of spiritual masters such as Imam Al-Ghazzali, Ibn Ataillah Al-Iskandari, Ibn 'Arabi or Maulana Rumi and in various spiritual orders. Yet very few look for spirituality in the Qur'an despite it being the most important source of spirituality. The Prophet (SAW) took spirituality from the Qur'an, the companions took it from the Qur'an, the great imams (scholars) took it from the Qur'an and the pious people of this ummah took it from the Qur'an. But why is it that we look for spirituality elsewhere?

Ibn Shihab reported that Anas ibn Malik heard 'Umar on the morning when the Muslims gave allegiance to Abu Bakr. He went up the minbar (pulpit) of the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and said the shahada before Abu Bakr and then said, "Following on from that, Allah chose for His Messenger, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, that which is with Him to that which is with you. This is the Book by which Allah guided His Messenger, so take it and you will be guided by that by which Allah guided His messenger." [Sahih Al-Bukhari #6841, trans. Aisha Bewley]

What is spirituality? How and what does Qur'an teach about spirituality? Who are the Qur'anic models of spiritual masters? Why have we turned away from the Qur'an for spirituality? Where did it all go wrong? How can we turn back to the Qur'an for spirituality? What is the difference between the Qur'anic approach to spirituality and other approaches? These are some of the questions that we may have. One of the aims of The Magnificent Journey Seminars is to answer these questions and to show the amazing depth and breadth of spirituality in the Qur'an. This Saturday we will journey through Surah Al-Qalam which relates to the spiritual development of none other than the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) himself.

Sa'd related from his father from Abu Hurayra that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "There is no Prophet who has not been given Signs by the like of which people were safe or believed. That which I was given was the Revelation (The Qur'an) which Allah revealed to me. I hope that I will have the most followers on the Day of Rising." [Sahih Al-Bukhari #6846, trans. Aisha Bewley]

Is there anything better than the Qur'an for spirituality, guidance and conviction? Find out this Saturday at The Magnificent Journey Seminar at Cambridge University.

The Magnificent Journey 

An Amazing Journey Through The Last Two Parts (Juzz Tabaarak and Juzz 'Amma) of the Qur'an, From Surah Al-Mulk to Surah An-Naas, by one of the foremost Islamic Scholars and Thinkers of the Western World today

Surah Al-Qalam...

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)


Date:
Saturday 20th October 2012     Time: 10AM - 6PM

Venue: Cambridge University and Online

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Thursday, 18 October 2012

The Qur’anic Seerah of The Prophet - A Unique Approach - This Saturday

When we think about the Seerah or the biography of the Prophet (SAW), we first bring to mind the famous books of seerah written by classical as well as contemporary scholars and writers. No doubt that some of these are great works but we sometimes become so engrossed in the details that we fail to appreciate the greater message and benefit of the seerah. This happens because we lose sight of the basis or backbone for the life of the Prophet (SAW) which anchors all the details of his seerah. What the Qur'an provides us is the backbone and the most important aspects of the life of the Prophet (SAW) by which the details can be understood. The heart of the seerah is seen through the Qur'an where Allah (SWT) gives us knowledge of inner aspects of the life of the Prophet (SAW) which are known only to Him (SWT), such as the feelings and thoughts of the Prophet (SAW).  

<< And surely you are indeed of a magnificent character >> [Surah Al-Qalam 68:4]

Allah (SWT) mentions that the Prophet (SAW) is on an exalted standard of character. This is one of the pillars of his life. It is manifested not only in his speech and action but also in his thinking. What is more amazing is that he maintained this in all circumstance including when dealing with the enemy or when he was upset. Knowing this sheds a totally different light when studying the details of the seerah.

<< We sent you [Prophet] only as a mercy to all people >> [Surah Al-Anbiyah 21:107]

Similarly Allah (SWT) mentions that the Prophet (SAW) is a mercy to each and every human being on the face of the earth as well as other creatures. Again this is manifested in every aspect of his life. Unfortunately those who make fun of the Prophet (SAW) have not realised that he is a mercy to them personally.

All that is mentioned about the Prophet (SAW) in the Qur'an are the most important aspects of his life a Muslim (and also non-Muslim) must know. Therefore the most important book for the study of seerah is the Qur'an. Surahs such as Al-Qalam, Al-Muzzammil and Al-Muddaththir (all in Juzz Tabarak) are particularly relevant in this matter.

After the completion of Surah Al-Mulk last month, this Saturday will be focusing on Surah Al-Qalam. The structure of Surah Al-Qalam is such that the beginning and the end of the Surah are about the Prophet (SAW) while the middle is about the response of the people and its consequences. The subtleties and the connection between the different parts of the Surah will be explored during the seminar. No doubt at the end, you will come out with an amazing understanding and love for the Prophet (SAW) as well as a deep understanding of this Surah in particular and the Qur'an in general, InshaAllah.

The Magnificent Journey 

An Amazing Journey Through The Last Two Parts (Juzz Tabaarak and Juzz 'Amma) of the Qur'an, From Surah Al-Mulk to Surah An-Naas, by one of the foremost Islamic Scholars and Thinkers of the Western World today

Surah Al-Qalam...

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)


Date:
Saturday 20th October 2012     Time: 10AM - 6PM

Venue: Cambridge University and Online

Schedule:
  1. Sunday 23rd September 2012 - Anglia Ruskin University
    67. Surah Al-Mulk - Completed
  2. Saturday 20th October 2012 - Cambridge University
    68. Surah Al-Qalam  [69. Surah Al-Haaqqah to 70. Surah Al-Ma'aarij]
  3. Saturday 17th November 2012 - Cambridge University
    71. Surah Nuh to 72. Surah Al-Jinn
  4. Saturday 22nd December 2012 - Cambridge University
    73. Surah Al-Muzammil to 75. Surah Al-Qiyaamah
  5. Saturday 26th January 2013 - Cambridge University
    76. Surah Al-Insaan to 77. Surah Al-Mursalaat
  6. Saturday 23rd February 2013 - Cambridge University
    78. Surah An-Naba' to 80. Surah 'Abasa
  7. Saturday 23rd March 2013 - Cambridge University
    81. Surah Ath-Thakweer to 84. Surah Al-Inshiqaaq
  8. Saturday 20th April 2013 - Cambridge University
    85. Surah Al-Buruj to 89. Surah Al-Fajr
  9. Saturday 18th May 2013 - Cambridge University
    90. Surah Al-Balad to 96. Surah Al-'Alaq
  10. Saturday 22nd June 2013 - Cambridge University
    97. Surah Al-Qadr to 114. Surah An-Naas
  11. Sunday 21st July 2013 - Anglia Ruskin University
    Bonus: 1. Surah Al-Fathiha and 2:255 Aayat Al-Kursi
  12. Sunday 25th August 2013 - Anglia Ruskin University
    Bonus: Miracle of The Qur'an
There will be a minimum of 12 sessions in this monthly journey. They can be booked individually or as a whole.

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Individual Sessions:
Advance Tickets: Adults £25, Dual Ticket £20, Student £20, Children £12.50, Half-Day £15
Live Online Web Access £49.50
Crèche Facilities - £15 per child for whole day.

Annual Pass:
Magnificent Journey Attendance Pass
- £147 (less than £13 per session)
Magnificent Journey Online Pass - £297 (less than £25 per session)

Features of the Magnificent Journey Pass:
  • Attending just 5 or 6 sessions covers the cost of the pass.
  • Accompanying children can attend for free (usually £12.50).
  • Reduced price for crèche facilities at only £10 (usually £15).
  • Payment in 2 or 3 instalments if required
  • Guaranteed places
Limited number of passes available!

Testimonials

"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 57 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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The Magnificent Journey - Surah Al-Qalam - Defending The Prophet

The Magnificent Journey - Starting in September

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

The Magnificent Journey - Surah Al-Qalam - Defending The Prophet

It appears to be a time of the year when some ridicule is trying to be hurled at the Prophet (SAW) and the Muslims. This is not a new occurrence but is as old as the advent of the Prophet (SAW). It is a coincidence that Surah Al-Qalam is to be explored this weekend together with Surah Al-Mulk in the first of a year-long series of seminars. Surah Al-Qalam is the response of Allah (SWT) to the ridicule and abuse made towards His Messenger - Muhammad (PBUH) by the disbelievers and the hypocrites.

Like Surah Al-Mulk which starts by powerfully exalting Allah (SWT), Surah Al-Qalam starts by Allah (SWT)'s exaltation of  the Messenger (SAW).

Nun. By the pen! By all they write! Your Lord’s grace does not make you [Prophet] a madman: you will have a never-ending reward–– truly you have a strong character–– and soon you will see, as will they, which of you is afflicted with madness. Your Lord knows best who strays from His path and who is rightly guided. So do not yield to those who deny the truth–– they want you to compromise with them and then they will compromise with you–– do not yield to any contemptible swearer, to any backbiter, slander-monger, or hinderer of good, to anyone who is sinful, aggressive, coarse, and on top of all that, an imposter. [Surah Al-Qalam 68:1-13]
Oaths are often used in the Qur'an. They are connected to what follows in that Surah. In this instance, Allah (SWT) swears by the pen and what is written by the pen. Is there a relationship between the pen and what is written here in this Surah? According to Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi and others there is a very strong relationship. The oath is there to make people understand that men of letters (those who write) know for sure that what the Prophet (SAW) came with (the Qur'an) is not something a mad person or a liar or a lunatic could come up with and that the Prophet (SWT) could never be a mad person or a lunatic or liar because "you are on an exalted standard of character" (ayah #4). The rest of the Surah then elaborates on this argument. The Surah ends with:

The disbelievers almost strike you down with their looks when they hear the Qur an. They say, ‘He must be mad!’ but truly it is nothing other than a Reminder for all peoples. [Surah Al-Qalam 68:51-52]
This Surah is as if it has been revealed to us fresh from the heavens with regards to the incidents of the past weeks. What better opportunity can we have to explore this Surah in detail and have a greater understanding of the Prophet (SAW) than to study it with one of the foremost Islamic scholars and thinkers of the Western world today? Furthermore, if one cannot attend the seminars in person they can access it live online from anywhere in the world and follow it with their family and friends. In these seminars you will study the intricate and subtle but very important connections between words and ayahs within the surahs to gain a well rounded and deep understanding of the Qur'an, which is very rare these days to find. No amount of reading books or listening to talks can compare to studying with a qualified scholar and a teacher of this calibre even for a short timeSo please sign up without delay to begin Your Magnificent Journey with the Qur'an. This is an opportunity one can hardly miss.

Please watch what the attendees say about these seminars: http://vimeo.com/27990418.

The Magnificent Journey


An Amazing Journey Through The Last Two Parts (Juzu Tabaarak and Juzu 'Amma) of the Qur'an, From Surah Al-Mulk to Surah An-Naas, by one of the foremost Islamic Scholars and Thinkers of the Western World today

Surah Al-Qalam

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)


Date:
Saturday 20th October 2012     Time: 10AM - 6PM

Venue: Cambridge University

Schedule:
  1. Sunday 23rd September 2012 - Anglia Ruskin University
    67. Surah Al-Mulk - Completed
  2. Saturday 20th October 2012 - Cambridge University
    68. Surah Al-Qalam  [69. Surah Al-Haaqqah to 70. Surah Al-Ma'aarij]
  3. Saturday 17th November 2012 - Cambridge University
    71. Surah Nuh to 72. Surah Al-Jinn
  4. Saturday 22nd December 2012 - Cambridge University
    73. Surah Al-Muzammil to 75. Surah Al-Qiyaamah
  5. Saturday 26th January 2013 - Cambridge University
    76. Surah Al-Insaan to 77. Surah Al-Mursalaat
  6. Saturday 23rd February 2013 - Cambridge University
    78. Surah An-Naba' to 80. Surah 'Abasa
  7. Saturday 23rd March 2013 - Cambridge University
    81. Surah Ath-Thakweer to 84. Surah Al-Inshiqaaq
  8. Saturday 20th April 2013 - Cambridge University
    85. Surah Al-Buruj to 89. Surah Al-Fajr
  9. Saturday 18th May 2013 - Cambridge University
    90. Surah Al-Balad to 96. Surah Al-'Alaq
  10. Saturday 22nd June 2013 - Cambridge University
    97. Surah Al-Qadr to 114. Surah An-Naas
  11. Sunday 21st July 2013 - Anglia Ruskin University
    Bonus: 1. Surah Al-Fathiha and 2:255 Aayat Al-Kursi
  12. Sunday 25th August 2013 - Anglia Ruskin University
    Bonus: Miracle of The Qur'an
There will be a minimum of 10 sessions in this year long course. They can be booked individually or as a whole.

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

Price:

Individual Sessions:
Advance Tickets: Adults £25, Dual Ticket £20, Children £12.50, Half-Day £15
Live Online Web Access £49.50
Crèche Facilities - £15 per child for whole day.

Annual Pass:
Magnificent Journey Attendance Pass
- £147 (less than £13 per session)
Magnificent Journey Online Pass - £297 (less than £25 per session)

Features of the Magnificent Journey Pass:
  • Attending just 5 or 6 sessions covers the cost of the pass.
  • Accompanying children can attend the seminar for free.
  • Reduced price for crèche facilities at only £10.
  • Payment in 2 or 3 instalments if required
  • Guaranteed places
Limited number of passes available!

Testimonials

Video Testimonial: Hammad Buriname (France)  http://vimeo.com/27990418
Tariq Pandor (Birmingham)  http://vimeo.com/28135910


"I want to thank your organisation for arranging these series of lectures by Dr Nadwi. I have attended two 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 "Alhamdulillah I was fortunate enough to attend the first of the Cambridge Islamic Sciences Seminars which attracted many from within Cambridge and without, both young and old. Sheikh Akram Nadwi is a true gem within the Muslim community here in the UK; with such a wealth of knowledge, he kept us engaged and gave us a sound introduction into the Sciences of Hadith. I came away from the course reignited in my pursuit for knowledge. I look forward to attending most, if not all, future courses throughout the year inshaAllah and would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to get acquainted with the Islamic sciences. " - Maria Alfaradhi, PhD Student, Cambridge University
More Testimonials: http://courses.meoc.org.uk/p/testimonials.html


Saturday, 22 September 2012

Why The Qur'an Is The Way It Is - Do We Not Think?

The following are 5 different translations of the same ayah in Surah Muhammad [47:24]
  • Will they not contemplate the Qur an? Do they have locks on their hearts? [Abdel Haleem]
  • Will they then not meditate on the Qur'an, or are there locks on the hearts? [Pickthall]
  • Do they not then earnestly seek to understand the Qur'an, or are their hearts locked up by them? [Yusuf Ali]
  • Then do they not reflect upon the Qur'an, or are there locks upon [their] hearts? [Saheeh International]
  • Do they not then think deeply in the Quran, or are their hearts locked up (from understanding it)? [Muhsin Khan]
What is interesting to notice is that the word Tadabbur in Arabic has been translated in 5 different ways. This is part of the power of the Qur'an. Each and every word in the Qur'an is chosen and placed in such a way to give rise to a rich array of related meanings and implications. No doubt this is one reason why we have been urged to do Tadabbur (contemplate, meditate, reflect and think deeply) on the Qur'an and not just read it, as words, sentences and surahs are coherently and miraculously connected to each other and this would not be apparent by a superficial reading of the Qur'an. Contemplating, meditating and reflecting upon the Qur'an opens up new worlds into the Qur'an. It is these new worlds that reveal the miraculousness of the Qur'an, pouring out unimaginable blessings for the reader. Those who do not do Tadabbur are severely reprimanded by Allah (SWT).

This is a blessed Scripture which We sent down to you [Muhammad], for people to think about its messages, and for those with understanding to take heed. [Surah Saad 38:29]

The blessings of the Qur'an are connected to Tadabbur and Tadhakkur (taking heed, receiving admonition). Tadabbur of the Qur'an requires training, practice and guidance. It is very sad to see that there are hardly any classes or lessons teaching people how to do Tadabbur of the Qur'an. If there are any classes, they are on Tafsir (explanation) of the Qur'an which, although very beneficial, do not necessarily train people to reflect and contemplate.

The Magnificent Journey Seminar Series is designed to fill this vacum. In addition to Tafsir, the seminar demonstrates and teaches how to reflect, contemplate, meditate and think deeply (i.e do Tadabbur) on the Qur'an. It is undertaken with one of the foremost Islamic scholars and thinkers of the Western world today - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford University.

Those who undertake this journey will receive a formal certificate from Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi.


Please watch what attendees say about these seminars: Tariq Pandor (Birmingham)  http://vimeo.com/28135910


The Magnificent Journey

An Amazing Journey Through The Last Two Parts (Juzu Thabaarak and Juzu 'Amma) of The Qur'an From Surah Al-Mulk to Surah An-Naas

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)


Starting:
Sunday 23rd September 2012     Time: 10AM - 6PM

Venue:
Cambridge University or Anglia Ruskin University

Schedule:

  1. Sunday 23rd September 2012 - Anglia Ruskin University
    67. Surah Al-Mulk to 68. Surah Al-Qalam
  2. Saturday 20th October 2012 - Cambridge University
    69. Surah Al-Haaqqah to 70. Surah Al-Ma'aarij
  3. Saturday 17th November 2012 - Cambridge University
    71. Surah Nuh to 72. Surah Al-Jinn
  4. Saturday 22nd December 2012 - Cambridge University
    73. Surah Al-Muzammil to 75. Surah Al-Qiyaamah
  5. Saturday 26th January 2013 - Cambridge University
    76. Surah Al-Insaan to 77. Surah Al-Mursalaat
  6. Saturday 23rd February 2013 - Cambridge University
    78. Surah An-Naba' to 80. Surah 'Abasa
  7. Saturday 23rd March 2013 - Cambridge University
    81. Surah Ath-Thakweer to 84. Surah Al-Inshiqaaq
  8. Saturday 20th April 2013 - Cambridge University
    85. Surah Al-Buruj to 89. Surah Al-Fajr
  9. Saturday 18th May 2013 - Cambridge University
    90. Surah Al-Balad to 96. Surah Al-'Alaq
  10. Saturday 22nd June 2013 - Cambridge University
    97. Surah Al-Qadr to 114. Surah An-Naas
  11. Sunday 21st July 2013 - Anglia Ruskin University
    Bonus: 1. Surah Al-Fathiha and 2:255 Aayat Al-Kursi
  12. Sunday 25th August 2013 - Anglia Ruskin University
    Bonus: Miracle of The Qur'an
There will be a minimum of 10 sessions in this year long course.

Registration:
http://courses.meoc.org.uk/p/register.html 

Testimonials

Video Testimonial:  
Hammad Buriname (France)  http://vimeo.com/27990418
Tariq Pandor (Birmingham)  http://vimeo.com/28135910



"This was an excellent course. The course progressed at a good pace and the amount of time allowed for questions was appropriate. In addition to the content, much of the benefit of these courses is from the aproach, experience and perspective of the shaykh. He is humble, approachable and good-humoured. He is clearly steeped in knowledge but his courses are never purely about information - he emphasises the fact that our purpose is to live for the afterlife. Jazakumullahu khayran for your efforts." - Naveed Khan, Cambridge

"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


"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 57 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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Thursday, 20 September 2012

In Defence of The Prophet - Surah Al-Qalam - The Magnificent Journey


It appears to be a time of the year when some ridicule is trying to be hurled at the Prophet (SAW) and the Muslims. This is not a new occurrence but is as old as the advent of the Prophet (SAW). It is a coincidence that Surah Al-Qalam is to be explored this weekend together with Surah Al-Mulk in the first of a year-long series of seminars. Surah Al-Qalam is the response of Allah (SWT) to the ridicule and abuse made towards His Messenger - Muhammad (PBUH) by the disbelievers and the hypocrites.

Like Surah Al-Mulk which starts by powerfully exalting Allah (SWT), Surah Al-Qalam starts by Allah (SWT)'s exaltation of  the Messenger (SAW).

Nun. By the pen! By all they write! Your Lord’s grace does not make you [Prophet] a madman: you will have a never-ending reward–– truly you have a strong character–– and soon you will see, as will they, which of you is afflicted with madness. Your Lord knows best who strays from His path and who is rightly guided. So do not yield to those who deny the truth–– they want you to compromise with them and then they will compromise with you–– do not yield to any contemptible swearer, to any backbiter, slander-monger, or hinderer of good, to anyone who is sinful, aggressive, coarse, and on top of all that, an imposter. [Surah Al-Qalam 68:1-13]

Oaths are often used in the Qur'an. They are connected to what follows in that Surah. In this instance, Allah (SWT) swears by the pen and what is written by the pen. Is there a relationship between the pen and what is written here in this Surah? According to Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi and others there is a very strong relationship. The oath is there to make people understand that men of letters (those who write) know for sure that what the Prophet (SAW) came with (the Qur'an) is not something a mad person or a liar or a lunatic could come up with and that the Prophet (SWT) could never be a mad person or a lunatic or liar because "you are on an exalted standard of character" (ayah #4). The rest of the Surah then elaborates on this argument. The Surah ends with:

The disbelievers almost strike you down with their looks when they hear the Qur an. They say, ‘He must be mad!’ but truly it is nothing other than a Reminder for all peoples. [Surah Al-Qalam 68:51-52]

This Surah is as if it has been revealed to us fresh from the heavens with regards to the incidents of the past weeks. What better opportunity can we have to explore this Surah in detail and have a greater understanding of the Prophet (SAW) than to study it with one of the foremost Islamic scholars and thinkers of the Western world today? Furthermore, if one cannot attend the seminars in person they can access it live online from anywhere in the world and follow it with their family and friends. In these seminars you will study the intricate and subtle but very important connections between words and ayahs within the surahs to gain a well rounded and deep understanding of the Qur'an, which is very rare these days to find. No amount of reading books or listening to talks can compare to studying with a qualified scholar and a teacher of this calibre even for a short timeSo please sign up without delay to begin Your Magnificent Journey with the Qur'an. This is an opportunity one can hardly miss.

Please watch what the attendees say about these seminars: http://vimeo.com/27990418.

The Magnificent Journey

An Amazing Journey Through The Last Two Parts (Juzu Thabaarak and Juzu 'Amma) of The Qur'an From Surah Al-Mulk to Surah An-Naas

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)


Starting: Sunday 23rd September 2012     Time: 10AM - 6PM

Venue: Cambridge University or Anglia Ruskin University

Schedule:
  1. Sunday 23rd September 2012 - Anglia Ruskin University
    67. Surah Al-Mulk to 68. Surah Al-Qalam
  2. Saturday 20th October 2012 - Cambridge University
    69. Surah Al-Haaqqah to 70. Surah Al-Ma'aarij
  3. Saturday 17th November 2012 - Cambridge University
    71. Surah Nuh to 72. Surah Al-Jinn
  4. Saturday 22nd December 2012 - Cambridge University
    73. Surah Al-Muzammil to 75. Surah Al-Qiyaamah
  5. Saturday 26th January 2013 - Cambridge University
    76. Surah Al-Insaan to 77. Surah Al-Mursalaat
  6. Saturday 23rd February 2013 - Cambridge University
    78. Surah An-Naba' to 80. Surah 'Abasa
  7. Saturday 23rd March 2013 - Cambridge University
    81. Surah Ath-Thakweer to 84. Surah Al-Inshiqaaq
  8. Saturday 20th April 2013 - Cambridge University
    85. Surah Al-Buruj to 89. Surah Al-Fajr
  9. Saturday 18th May 2013 - Cambridge University
    90. Surah Al-Balad to 96. Surah Al-'Alaq
  10. Saturday 22nd June 2013 - Cambridge University
    97. Surah Al-Qadr to 114. Surah An-Naas
  11. Sunday 21st July 2013 - Anglia Ruskin University
    Bonus: 1. Surah Al-Fathiha and 2:255 Aayat Al-Kursi
  12. Sunday 25th August 2013 - Anglia Ruskin University
    Bonus: Miracle of The Qur'an
There will be a minimum of 10 sessions in this year long course.

Registration:
http://courses.meoc.org.uk/p/register.html

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

The Great Intercessor - Surah Al-Mulk - What is The Secret?

The Prophet (PBUH) said: "Verily there is a Surah in the Qur'an which has 30 Aayaat. It intercedes for a person till he is forgiven. That Surah is tabaarakalladhiy biyadihil mulk (Surah Al-Mulk)". [Tirmidhi]
 
The Prophet (PBUH) gave this good news to those who regularly recite and reflect on Surah Al-Mulk. Surah Al-Mulk is one of the most powerful surahs in the Qur'an. But what is the secret behind the power of this surah?

The Surah starts by describing the greatness, power, dominion and sovereignty of Allah (SWT) and goes on to describe the natural world, hinting that there is a great connection between the two. Then, two types of people described - those who are losers and those who are winners.

They will say, ‘If only we had listened, or reasoned (used our minds), we would not be with the inhabitants of the blazing fire,’ [Surah Al-Mulk 67:10] But there is forgiveness and a great reward for those who fear their Lord though they cannot see Him. [Surah Al-Mulk 67:12]

Is this the key to the message of this surah - that we should develop our minds to see Allah (SWT) although the eyes cannot see Him; that we should use our minds and reflect on the Ayaat (signs) of Allah (SWT) both in the Qur'an and in the universe; and how does Surah Al-Mulk help us to achieve this? Why would the Prophet (SAW) would not go to sleep until he recited Sural Al-Mulk every night? How does Surah Al-Mulk give us safety and security in the grave? Why is Surah Al-Mulk the great intercessor?

This is your opportunity explore Surah Al-Mulk and the rest of the last 2 Juzu of the Qur'an in the forthcoming seminar series - The Magnificent Journey starting on Sunday 23rd September 2012.

The Magnificent Journey

An Amazing Journey Through The Last Two Parts (Juzu Thabaarak and Juzu 'Amma) of The Qur'an From Surah Al-Mulk to Surah An-Naas

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)


Starting: Sunday 23rd September 2012     Time: 10AM - 6PM

Venue: Cambridge University or Anglia Ruskin University

Schedule:
  1. Sunday 23rd September 2012 - Anglia Ruskin University
    67. Surah Al-Mulk to 68. Surah Al-Qalam
  2. Saturday 20th October 2012 - Cambridge University
    69. Surah Al-Haaqqah to 70. Surah Al-Ma'aarij
  3. Saturday 17th November 2012 - Cambridge University
    71. Surah Nuh to 72. Surah Al-Jinn
  4. Saturday 22nd December 2012 - Cambridge University
    73. Surah Al-Muzammil to 75. Surah Al-Qiyaamah
  5. Saturday 26th January 2013 - Cambridge University
    76. Surah Al-Insaan to 77. Surah Al-Mursalaat
  6. Saturday 23rd February 2013 - Cambridge University
    78. Surah An-Naba' to 80. Surah 'Abasa
  7. Saturday 23rd March 2013 - Cambridge University
    81. Surah Ath-Thakweer to 84. Surah Al-Inshiqaaq
  8. Saturday 20th April 2013 - Cambridge University
    85. Surah Al-Buruj to 89. Surah Al-Fajr
  9. Saturday 18th May 2013 - Cambridge University
    90. Surah Al-Balad to 96. Surah Al-'Alaq
  10. Saturday 22nd June 2013 - Cambridge University
    97. Surah Al-Qadr to 114. Surah An-Naas
  11. Sunday 21st July 2013 - Anglia Ruskin University
    Bonus: 1. Surah Al-Fathiha and 2:255 Aayat Al-Kursi
  12. Sunday 25th August 2013 - Anglia Ruskin University
    Bonus: Miracle of The Qur'an
There will be a minimum of 10 sessions in this year long course.

Registration:
http://courses.meoc.org.uk/p/register.html

Sunday, 16 September 2012

How To Sharpen Your Thinking With The Qur’an?

"One must worship Allah (SWT) with their mind, body and spirit (heart). Thinking is the 'Ibaadah (worship) of the mind" - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

Despite all the advances in education, science and technology, the level of thinking of people has fallen drastically. The people do not think anymore - they either don't have the time to think or they do not know how to think. If at all they think, their thinking is very shallow and narrow - i.e. very superficial. But what differentiates humans from animals is their ability to think deeply and broadly. If man does not think that way he becomes like an animal or even worse, as described in the Qur'an:

We have created many jinn and people who are destined for Hell, with hearts they do not use for comprehension, eyes they do not use for sight, ears they do not use for hearing. They are like cattle, no, even further astray: these are the ones who are entirely heedless. [Surah Al-'A'raaf 7:179]

They will say, ‘If only we had listened, or reasoned (used our minds), we would not be with the inhabitants of the blazing fire’ [Surah Al-Mulk 67: 10]

How do we become people who think and how can we sharpen our thinking? No doubt it is only through engaging with the Qur'an intimately that we can become people who think. Qur'an urges us to think, reflect, ponder, explore, see, hear, read, research and imagine. It also teaches us how to do these with the advice and the examples of the greatest of thinkers of all time such as Ibrahim (AS) - the beloved of Allah (SWT) and Muhammad (SAW) - the messenger of Allah (SWT).

The last 2 Juzu of the Qur'an are the ideal places to start as the Surahs therein are succinct, yet with very deep and profound meanings that would shake and change the thinking of the people. The forthcoming seminar series - The Magnificent Journey - is an essential guide in that direction. It is starting coming Sunday 23rd September 2012 with Surah al-Mulk and Surah al-Qalam.

The Magnificent Journey

An Amazing Journey Through The Last Two Parts (Juzu Thabaarak and Juzu 'Amma) of The Qur'an From Surah Al-Mulk to Surah An-Naas

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)


When: 3rd or 4th Saturday/Sunday of the Month     Time: 10AM - 6PM

Venue: Cambridge University or Anglia Ruskin University

Schedule:
  1. Sunday 23rd September 2012 - Anglia Ruskin University
    67. Surah Al-Mulk to 68. Surah Al-Qalam
  2. Saturday 20th October 2012 - Cambridge University
    69. Surah Al-Haaqqah to 70. Surah Al-Ma'aarij
  3. Saturday 17th November 2012 - Cambridge University
    71. Surah Nuh to 72. Surah Al-Jinn
  4. Saturday 22nd December 2012 - Cambridge University
    73. Surah Al-Muzammil to 75. Surah Al-Qiyaamah
  5. Saturday 26th January 2013 - Cambridge University
    76. Surah Al-Insaan to 77. Surah Al-Mursalaat
  6. Saturday 23rd February 2013 - Cambridge University
    78. Surah An-Naba' to 80. Surah 'Abasa
  7. Saturday 23rd March 2013 - Cambridge University
    81. Surah Ath-Thakweer to 84. Surah Al-Inshiqaaq
  8. Saturday 20th April 2013 - Cambridge University
    85. Surah Al-Buruj to 89. Surah Al-Fajr
  9. Saturday 18th May 2013 - Cambridge University
    90. Surah Al-Balad to 96. Surah Al-'Alaq
  10. Saturday 22nd June 2013 - Cambridge University
    97. Surah Al-Qadr to 114. Surah An-Naas
  11. Sunday 21st July 2013 - Anglia Ruskin University
    Bonus: 1. Surah Al-Fathiha and 2:255 Aayat Al-Kursi
  12. Sunday 25th August 2013 - Anglia Ruskin University
    Bonus: Miracle of The Qur'an
There will be a minimum of 10 sessions in this year long course.

Registration:
http://courses.meoc.org.uk/p/register.html

Saturday, 25 August 2012

The Magnificent Journey - Starting in September

An Amazing Journey Through The Last Two Parts (Juzu Tabaarak and Juzu 'Amma) of the Qur'an from Surah Al-Mulk to Surah An-Nass by one of the foremost Islamic Scholars and Thinkers of the Western World today

The last two parts of the Qur'an contain the short surahs which were revealed in Makkah including the first revelation to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). This was when the Meccan society was seeped in doubt and darkness. Allah (SWT) chose to dispel the darkness through these succinct yet very powerful surahs. The society today (although materially advanced) has somewhat gone back to the days of Jahilliya or Ignorance and therefore the power and the relevance of these short Surahs in bringing the people back to light, certainty and guidance cannot be overestimated. Furthermore, these are the Surahs which are widely read in the Prayers and memorised by many because of their short length. Therefore the effect it would have to understand these Surahs in a deep and meaningful way is immeasurable.

This year long journey is undertaken with one of the foremost Islamic Scholars and Thinkers of the Western World today. It is a unique Journey unlike any other. No amount of reading books on this Surahs or listening to lectures will help as much as undertaking this Journey with a scholar of traditional training coupled with deep thinking who will bring vast amounts of resources together to make these Surahs applicable to the modern context.

For the first time ever MEOC is offering a Magnificent Journey Pass that would give entry for the whole year with additional features such as free entry for the children for a limited time. The Pass is priced in a such a way that attending just 5 out 10-12 sessions would cover the cost. These seminars are now also offered online live for the international audience.

The Magnificent Journey

An Amazing Journey Through The Last Two Parts (Juzu Thabaarak and Juzu 'Amma) of The Qur'an From Surah Al-Mulk to Surah An-Naas

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)


When: 3rd or 4th Saturday/Sunday of the Month     Time: 10AM - 6PM

Venue: Cambridge University or Anglia Ruskin University

Schedule:
  1. Sunday 23rd September 2012 - Anglia Ruskin University
    67. Surah Al-Mulk to 68. Surah Al-Qalam
  2. Saturday 20th October 2012 - Cambridge University
    69. Surah Al-Haaqqah to 70. Surah Al-Ma'aarij
  3. Saturday 17th November 2012 - Cambridge University
    71. Surah Nuh to 72. Surah Al-Jinn
  4. Saturday 22nd December 2012 - Cambridge University
    73. Surah Al-Muzammil to 75. Surah Al-Qiyaamah
  5. Saturday 26th January 2013 - Cambridge University
    76. Surah Al-Insaan to 77. Surah Al-Mursalaat
  6. Saturday 23rd February 2013 - Cambridge University
    78. Surah An-Naba' to 80. Surah 'Abasa
  7. Saturday 23rd March 2013 - Cambridge University
    81. Surah Ath-Thakweer to 84. Surah Al-Inshiqaaq
  8. Saturday 20th April 2013 - Cambridge University
    85. Surah Al-Buruj to 89. Surah Al-Fajr
  9. Saturday 18th May 2013 - Cambridge University
    90. Surah Al-Balad to 96. Surah Al-'Alaq
  10. Saturday 22nd June 2013 - Cambridge University
    97. Surah Al-Qadr to 114. Surah An-Naas
  11. Sunday 21st July 2013 - Anglia Ruskin University
    Bonus: 1. Surah Al-Fathiha and 2:255 Aayat Al-Kursi
  12. Sunday 25th August 2013 - Anglia Ruskin University
    Bonus: Miracle of The Qur'an
There will be a minimum of 10 sessions in this year long course.

Registration:
http://courses.meoc.org.uk/p/register.html

Monday, 6 August 2012

Surah Al-Kahf (The Cave) - The Central Surah of The Qur'an

>> Did you know that Surah al-Kahf appears at the centre of the Qur’an?

>> Do you know why we are enjoined to read Surah al-Kahf every Friday?

>> Why is this surah of great importance in protecting us from the Dajjal?

Unlock the keys to understanding the trials and temptations of this life and find out how to save yourself against these tribulations through this Surah. Surah Al-Kahf is the 18th chapter of the Glorious Qur’an and probably the most frequently recited surah on a weekly basis.

The Prophet (SAW) said: “Whoever reads Surah al-Kahf on Friday will have a Light that will shine from one Friday to the next” [Hakim & Bayhaqi]. He also said: “Whoever preserves the first (or the last) ten verses of Surah al-Kahf will be protected from the Dajjal” [Sahih Muslim].

During this course we will examine each of the four key stories in detail and find out what lessons we can learn from these stories. We will also find out how by reading this surah on a weekly basis we can ‘enlighten’ our lives. We will also examine the connection between the themes discussed in this surah and Dajjal.

The surah contains important lessons that are directly relevant to Muslims living in the West. Studying, reflecting and acting on this surah will provide us with protection of our faith in the age of materialism and overcome the various tests and trials of faith, wealth, knowledge and power as illustrated by the stories.

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Muslim Education & Outreach Cambridge (MEOC)
In association with Qur'an Study Group (QSG) presents


Surah Al-Kahf (The Cave)
The Central Surah of The Qur'an


A Half-Day Seminar In Cambridge

By Hafiz Abdullah Muhammad


When: Saturday 11th August 2012     Time: 3PM - 7PM

Venue: Devonshire Road Islamic Centre, Cambridge CB1 2BH

Cost: Entry is free. There is a £5 charge on the day for extensive course material.

Open for brothers, sisters and children. Registration required. Limited places available.


****BONUS SESSION*****

Our Obligation Towards The Qur'an

A Talk At The Cambridge Mosque

By Hafiz Abdullah Muhammad


When: Saturday 11th August 2012     Time: 1.30PM (Dhuhr Prayer) - 2.30PM
 
Venue: Abu Bakr Cambridge Mosque, Cambridge CB1 2DZ

Cost: Free of Charge

Open for brothers, sisters and children.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

How To Grow & Prosper in The UK? - A to Z of Zakat & Sadaqah

"The root meanings of zakah connect it to the idea of (1) purifying, cleansing oneself of the taints of avarice, thus freeing oneself from being trapped (or owned) by the things one owns. And (2) growing, prospering: zakah lifts a burden from the soul, so that it can grow in goodness. In the same way as a stone can obstruct a plant’s growth, and removing it allows the plant to benefit from light; so also not recognising the duty of zakah can obstruct one’s wealth from bringing good to oneself and one’s community." - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford)

Have you ever wondered why people are trapped and there are so many barriers and obstructions to growth, prosperity and goodness? If so sign up for the most comprehensive seminar in the UK on Zakat and Sadaqah coming up this Sunday, InshaAllah.

Zakat - The 3rd Pillar of Islam
The Inner and The Outer Dimensions of Zakat

By Shaykh Dr Mohammed Akram Nadwi 

When: Sunday 15th July 2012     Time: 10AM - 6PM 

Venue: Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge 

Facilities: Free parking, crèche/childcare, book stalls, food stalls, free 2-nights stay at the mosque 

Advance/On-line Tickets: From £18 onwards 

Register at: http://courses.meoc.org.uk/p/register.html 

Testimonials 

"I have been to two 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 

"Alhamdullilah I had a fascinating day learning Usul-ul-Hadith from Shaykh Nadwi, today in Cambridge. Such a learned man and so humble, Subhanallah" - Muhammad Ibrahim Ali, St Ives, Cambridgeshire

"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 57 volume work going through the biographies of some 8,500 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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