Friday 17 May 2013

Surah Al-Qiyamah - Dawah To Islamophobes & Liberals

Lately, there has been a lot in the news that is stirring up anti-Muslim sentiments on issues ranging from women's rights (eg. topless jihad) and gay rights (eg. same-sex marriage) to gender segregation of ISOC events at British universities. As one would expect, there has been much analysis from Muslim organisations and individuals in trying to uncover the motives behind these phenomena and respond with reasoned arguments. However, what we as Muslims fail to realise is that these responses are going to have very little or no effect at all.

"We Muslims are not serious because we want to address these issues in the society which are necessary consequences of some deeper values that this society is built upon. These values trace back to the principles of the French Revolution such as freedom, equality and fraternity. If we are serious and we want to see these issues go away, then we have to teach people that they are not free but they are slaves of Allah. We must teach them the slavery of Allah and constantly think and plan how we can change the minds of the people. If somebody is a slave then he or she would want to do what his or her master would want them to do. Otherwise it is impossible to stop these issues and if we try to we will only end up fighting and achieving nothing" - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

One of the most powerful surahs in the Qur'an - Surah Al-Qiyamah - teaches us how to make a real impression in the society by taking the conversation to a different level. It tells us
  1. we should teach people the right message (slavery, resurrection and accountability)
  2. we should not hurry but rather, take our time to learn, understand, plan and act in the way that Allah (SWT) wants us to and not how we want (verses16-19)
This Surah is such a deep surah that if we understand it properly, it would give us the confidence and the ability to deal with anyone regardless of their position and status.
We have a very blessed opportunity this Saturday to study the deeper aspects of the Qur'an with one of the foremost scholars and thinkers of the Western world today - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi - who is not only an expert in Hadith but in Tafsir as well. The seminar coming up on Saturday is for anyone who is serious about understanding the Qur'an with real depth.

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Surah Al-Qiyamah
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The Magnificent Journey Seminar Series

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford)

Date: Saturday 18th May 2013    Time: 10AM - 6PM

Venue: Cambridge University and Live On-line Web Access << Click Here To Register 

"This course has really been far beyond my expectations  Sheikh Akram has given me a new perspective on the topics covered, including a lot of wisdom and bringing the topic away from the superficial discussions to the core essential foundations that need to be understood by every da'ee. It has completely change my perspective on the inner dimension of a da'ee and the outer expectations of a da'ee. I have rarely seen that depth of understanding when it comes to the dawah. May Allah bless him, increase him in knowledge and wisdom and allow all the da'ees to benefit from his wisdom and his understanding." - Steeve Brador, London

“There are not many people that you meet and in the first hour of sitting with them you decide you love them for the sake of Allah, but for me that was the case one week ago, when I had the honour of sitting in on a course by Shaykh Akram Nadwi. The next week I was with him again and by no means did he cease to amaze me any less. When someone like Shaykh Akram speaks and explains things the way he does, you know that anyone who is not benefiting from him will look back in 10 years and think, man I totally lost out there. You may know a topic inside out but because of the depth of his knowledge and more importantly his understanding, when he explains something you are thrown back by how he explained it in a way you never heard it before. MashaAllah. These courses are essential for every Muslim. If people are sincere about seeking knowledge that will connect them to their Creator, Allah (SWT), then they will take full advantage as they will not only help one understand their purpose in life in a deeper and more meaningful way but they will also be in a strong position to articulate Islam to the people around them in a way that makes sense and appeals the the hearts and minds.” - Tariq Shaekh, London

"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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