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

Video Testimonials:
http://courses.meoc.org.uk/p/testimonials.html

Very Special Offer: Annual Pass - 12 sessions for the price of 5

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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

Video Testimonials: http://courses.meoc.org.uk/p/testimonials.html

Very Special Offer: Annual Pass - 12 sessions for the price of 5

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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

Video Testimonials: http://courses.meoc.org.uk/p/testimonials.html

Very Special Offer: Annual Pass - 12 sessions for the price of 5

http://courses.meoc.org.uk << Click Here To Register

"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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