Thursday, 9 May 2013

Why Are Muslims Hated Today in The East and The West?

Many of us Muslims like to compare the problems we face in our lives with the struggles of the Prophet (PBUH) and his companions and we think that we are disliked by some Non-Muslims due to the same reasons that the early Muslims were disliked and opposed by the Non-Muslims of their time. The early Muslims were opposed and even persecuted because of the unwavering conviction of their faith. This conviction helped them to hold fast and persevere with the best of character and manners, and they eventually conquered the hearts and minds of their opponents, their hatred and animosity replaced by love and faith and a longing to join the Muslims and be like them.

Today, the circumstances are very different and we are not disliked because of our conviction but because of our lack of conviction. This lack of conviction comes out clearly in our character, attitude, actions and manners.

<<Do you not see how God makes comparisons? A good word is like a good tree whose root is firm and whose branches are high in the sky, yielding constant fruit by its Lord’s leave– God makes such comparisons for people so that they may reflect– but an evil word is like a rotten tree, uprooted from the surface of the earth, with no power to endure. God will give firmness to those who believe in the firmly rooted word, both in this world and the Hereafter, but the evildoers He leaves to stray: God does whatever He will.>> [Qur'an 14:24-27]

Our character and manners stem from what we have deep in our hearts. No amount of cosmetic or superficial tinkering can remedy our situation as our true character and manners can never be kept hidden.

"Our manners are, after our skin, and then our clothes, the point of contact between us and the world, especially other people. It is an interface that should be looked after and kept in good order. Just as we care for our body’s cleanliness and good health and just as we care that our clothes are clean and do not offend others or leave a bad impression, so also we should regard manners as something requiring regular attention and maintenance. In Islam, manners are not a superficial polish, nor a specialised routine for special occasions, nor a preserve of the upper classes. Rather, the same manners are commended for all Muslims, of high or low status, rich or poor, and for all occasions." - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (from his seminar notes)

So what is the way forward? Join Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi this Saturday in Luton for a heart-melting seminar with deep insights on Manners in Islam that teaches the core and the real substance of manners as opposed to superficial etiquettes that people focus on today. If you are looking for real change in your life and the people around you then this is a must-go seminar for you. Please register now to reserve your place.

Al-Jalal Masjid, Luton supported by MEOC - Cambridge Islamic Sciences Seminars Present

The Best of Manners in Islam
Seminar on Perfecting Our Manners based on Selected Prophetic Traditions from the Book of Manners - Sunan Abu Dawud

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford)


Date: Saturday, 11 May 2013   Time: 09:30am - 4:00pm

Venue: Al Jalal Masjid, 314 Biscot Road, Luton LU3 1AZ

Course Fee: £10 (includes course booklet and refreshments)

Registration: http://courses.meoc.org.uk/p/luton-best-of-manners.html

Contact: Al Jalal Masjid: 07739850155 / info@aljalalmasjid.org

"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 (London)

"I was just wanted to add to the growing feedback of how remarkable that weekend was for me. By Allah, I do not say it lightly that it was possibly the best weekend I've ever had. The introduction to the study of Hadith, Shaykh Akram's Nadwi teaching and the impeccable jems and one-liners he would dish out regularly stunned me constantly throughout the course. But more than that, being taught by such a knowledgeable and humble scholar, masha'Allah, was a unique and awe-inspiring experience for me. Alhamdulillah, I was able to stay after Maghrib and also after Fajr, to listen to his lectures outside of the course. So in essence, my entire weekend was spent in the Shaykh's company and I could understand -- rather, catch a glimpse of -- how students in the past would love to remain in their teacher's company, soaking up their knowledge and benefiting from their wisdom. Jazkallahu khair for the opportunity to attend such an incredible course, and insha'Allah, I pray I can attend it again (up north!). May Allah SWT bless Shaykh Akram Nadwi and preserve his likes, Ameen. (I'd also like to add that the book stall was amazing, masha'Allah -- I don't think I've spent so much on books in one go!)" - Aanisah Rahim (London)

Wassalaam

Muslim Education & Outreach Cambridge (MEOC)

Tel: 07736 779448 / 01223 655223 Email: courses@meoc.org.uk

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