Tuesday 14 February 2012

How Would Ibrahim (AS) Invite the British People to Islam?

Some people may dismiss this as an irrelevant question. However what is important to understand is that the story of Ibrahim (AS), his conversations with the people of his time and his way of thinking are not mentioned in the Qur'an as mere historical facts or for entertainment purposes. They are mentioned in the Qur'an primarily as examples for people. So what Ibrahim (AS) would do if he lived amongst us in Britain is not only a fundamental question that Muslims living in Britain should ask but is also a very practical question. This is because Ibrahim (AS) was sent and was living amongst a people who who did not recognise Islam or submission to Allah as the right way to live their lives by, the same way we are also living among a sea of such people in Britain. There existed injustice, ignorance and worship of "false gods" at that time and the same exists today perhaps in a stronger yet subtle form. So the example of Ibrahim (AS) in dawah (or inviting people to Allah) is more important than ever before. In fact Allah has declared Ibrahim (AS) to be the great example and even commanded the greatest of Messengers Muhammad (PBUH) to follow him.

<<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]

Of course to transpose the life of Ibrahim (AS) to the British context requires deep reflection and insight which may not come naturally unless guided by profound scholarship. So this is the reason why many people in dawah find it easier to just copy the methods and tactics of Christian missionaries, for example, because they see them as effective. But no doubt this will lead to failure as dawah is not such a lowly thing that we can just copy anyone. Dawah is the domain of the greatest of human beings sent to earth (Prophets and Messengers) so we must take them as our prime examples.

This is your opportunity to study with one of the foremost Islamic scholars and thinkers of the West today Shaykh Dr Mohammed Akram Nadwi in the groundbreaking seminar Purposeful Dawah - The Art of Inviting to Allah According to Qur'an & Seerah on Saturday 18th February 2012 in Cambridge. This is probably the first time in the English language that a detailed whole-day seminar on dawah is conducted by an eminent Islamic scholar. So please sign up without delay for this life-changing and mind-altering seminar. You will not only learn about Ibrahim (AS) in relationship to dawah but also the psychology and methods of major Prophets including Nuh (AS), Musa (AS), 'Eesa (AS) and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Purposeful Dawah
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

Lady Mitchell Lecture Theater, Cambridge University

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

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

Register online to book your place now and save 50% or more on standard ticket price.


"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

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