The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) mentioned that every human being is born with Fitrah (or the natural inclination to recognise Allah and to submit to Him) but their upbringing and the environment suppress this Fitrah and make them confused of the right Deen. So they become followers of false ideologies including polytheism and atheism. This is the case from the earliest of times to the 21st century and beyond as there is no change in the creation of Allah.
Since Allah has instilled Fitrah in the human soul the knowledge of Allah and submission to Him is integral to every human being born on this earth. When people forget this, Allah sends Prophets and Messengers to remind them of it and to guide them to what is already within them. As Muslims we are supposed to do the same because there will be no Prophets or Messengers any more. In effect we become messengers to the rest of mankind as we posses the eternal and ultimate reminder - the Qur'an.
So how can we help uncover the Fitrah of Non-Muslim living around us? Is it through debate and argumentation? Or through logic and philosophy? Or through modern science? Or is there something unique in Islam that we are not aware of? Are we supposed to "prove" and "convince" that Islam is correct or show signs to people for their own self discovery? What did the Prophets and Messengers do?
No doubt you will have many more questions. This is your opportunity to immerse yourself in the whole discussion of dawah in the upcoming seminar Purposeful Dawah - The Art of Inviting to Allah According to Qur'an & Seerah on Saturday 18th February 2012 in Cambridge with one of the foremost Islamic scholars and thinkers of the West today Shaykh Dr Mohammed Akram Nadwi.
The Art of Inviting to Allah according to Qur'an & Seerah
By Shaykh Dr Mohammed Akram Nadwi
When: Saturday 18th February 2012 Time: 9:30AM - 6PM
Venue: Lady Mitchell Lecture Theater, Cambridge University
Advance/Online Tickets: From £18 onwards
Facilities: Free Parking, Crèche/Childcare, Bookstalls, Foodstalls
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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 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
"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