Saturday, 21 December 2013

Make The Most of Christmas & New Year!

The whole world is awaiting the coming of Christmas and the New Year. This is a time when everyone is so eager to make themselves and their loved ones happy by spending on clothes, food, decorations, gifts, celebrations and holidays. Although Christmas is meant to be a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, it is now observed as a cultural holiday by the religious and non-religious alike. Christmas and New Year have in fact become celebrations of materialism. The irony is that the life of Jesus Christ was the epitome of spirituality - the exact antithesis of materialism.

The state of the people who prefer materialism over spirituality is perfectly described by Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala in many surahs of the Qur'an. From these surahs, Surah Al-Mutaffifin and Surah Al-Inshiqaq are two surahs in Juz 'Amma which deal with the root causes of materialism.

<<Woe to those who give short measure, who demand of other people full measure for themselves, but give less than they should when it is they who weigh or measure for others! Do these people not realize that they will be raised up on a mighty Day, a Day when everyone will stand before the Lord of the Worlds?>> [Surah Al-Mutaffifin: 83:1-6]

<<He used to live among his people well pleased. He thought he would never return [to his Lord]–– indeed he will! His Lord was watching him.>> [Surah Al-Inshiqaq 84:13-15]

The biggest problem of people throughout history has been that they either do not believe in the Hereafter or they are careless about it. Jesus Christ came to bring spirituality to the lives of people and to remind them of the reality of the Hereafter. So how could a Muslim make the most of Christmas & New Year?

We can study what Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala is teaching us in these two surahs about materialism and spirituality.

Surah Al-Mutaffifin & Al-Inshiqaq

Spirituality & The Reality of The Hereafter
 

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford) 
  
When: Sunday 22nd December 2013  

Time: 9:45AM - 6:00PM    Coffee & Registration: 9:30AM
 

Venue: Cambridge University, Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Site, Cambridge CB3 9DA

Online: Worldwide - Live & Recorded Access

Features: Creche facilities, free parking

You can either register for individual sessions or apply for an annual pass with 50% discount.

Individual Seminar Registration: http://courses.meoc.org.uk/p/register.html

Series Registration: http://courses.meoc.org.uk/p/juz-amma.html

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