Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Navigating Life Through Troubled (and Good) Times as a Muslim in the UK - The Story of Yusuf (AS)

There has been a lot of concern and anxiety over incidents of the last few days in the UK. These incidents span from acts of violence committed by young Muslims in the name of religion to the backlash from the wider community that resulted from these acts. This has left many Muslims feeling helpless, frustrated, insecure and even threatened, not knowing what to make of it nor what to do. This trend is expected to continue...

So where should we Muslims stand and what should we do? There is no shortage of advice (or ill-advice) being given to us with bizarre statements and conflicting comments made in the media by people professing to represent the Islamic viewpoint (sometimes with good intentions but often with ulterior motives and agendas). Are we to listen to them while entertaining the ugly debates and arguments prevailing on public forums such as television and social media?

<<Whenever news of any matter comes to them, whether concerning peace or war, they spread it about; if they referred it to the Messenger and those in authority among them, those seeking its meaning would have found it out from them. If it were not for God’s bounty and mercy towards you, you would almost all have followed Satan.>> [Qur'an 4:83]

Are we following Satan or are we following Allah (SWT) and His Messenger (SAW)?

Allah (SWT) has given us clear guidance to navigate our life through every situation. In this regard the Story of Yusuf (AS) is one of the most comprehensive as it deals with all aspects of faith in Allah (such as piety, trust, certainty, patience, gratitude, truthfulness, repentance and acceptance of divine pre-ordainment), all aspects of human emotions (such as love, care, passion, greed, envy, jealousy and hatred), all aspects of human conditions (such as oppression and injustice to leadership and authority) and much more.

The importance of the story of Yusuf (AS) is made clear to us by Allah (SWT) referring to it as the best of stories (Qur'an 12:3) and by the Prophet (SAW) taking Yusuf (AS) as an example for himself in all aspects of his life (SAW), following even the minutest details. This can be seen at the conquest of Makkah, when the Prophet (SAW) chose to use the exact words of Yusuf (AS) when speaking to his opponents,

<<"You will hear no reproaches today. May God forgive you: He is the Most Merciful of the merciful">> [Qur'an 12:92]

Therefore if we are to live as faithful believers in this society, then understanding the story and following the example of Yusuf (AS) is indispensable.

Coming up this Ramadhan is a detailed explanation of Surah Yusuf by one of the foremost scholars and thinkers of the Western world and an expert of both Hadith and Tafsir - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi. This is an unmissable seminar for everyone, young and old, men and women, students and scholars....

Surah Yusuf - The Best of Stories at The Best of Times
Including Principles of Understanding The Qur'an

Ramadhan Ijaza Weekend London Seminar

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford)

Date: Weekend 27-28 July 2013 | Time: 9.30AM - 6.30PM

Venue: Edmonton Islamic Centre London + Live Online Worldwide

Overnight accommodation (for men and women) and crèche facilities available.Limited seats - previous London seminar attracted over 200 people.

35% early bird discount
. Buy your tickets now: http://courses.meoc.org.uk

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A unique opportunity to study the amazing story of Yusuf (AS) this Ramadhan while also learning the principles of understanding the Qur'an with an extraordinary scholar & teacher of our time, including Ijaza for each student linking them to the Prophet (SAW) for hearing certain parts of the Qur'an.

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