Friday 24 January 2014

Even Bashar Al-Asad or Someone Worse can be Forgiven

Surah Al-Buruj and Surah Al-Tariq are unequivocal in their warning to those who inflict harm upon the believers. However at the same time these surahs tell us that Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala is merciful even to those oppressors as they are still His salves. In this regards Shaykh Akram Nadwi says:

"These are two surahs that give guidance to the Prophet sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam and the believers enjoining them with patience and instructing them to wait for the right moment to do the right thing despite the difficulties they may face from the unbelievers. These surahs also severely warn the unbelievers but also remind everyone that even those who disobey Allah and inflict harm on the believers are still His slaves and if they repent Allah would readily accept their repentance.

<<For those who persecute believing men and women, and do not repent afterwards, there will be the torment of Hell and burning.>> [Surah Al-Buruj 85:10]
Therefore we Muslims should behave like the slaves of Allah and act from our Eeman and guidance and not be arrogant and think that someone is so bad that they would never repent or Allah would not guide them." - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

These two surahs not only give hope and consolation for the believers but they also give hope to the oppressors, tyrants and disbelievers. Sadly we hate our enemies so much that we would rather hope that they would be misguided and destroyed than be guided and saved. This is reflected in our attitude as we always curse the enemies and the disbelievers instead of praying for their guidance. But is this what Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala expects of us? So next time before we curse Bashar Al-Asad or General Sisi or Obama or Putin based on our reasoning and emotions we should stop and think what Allah wants us to do based on eeman and guidance. This is yet another reminder from Surah Al-Buruj and Surah Al-Tariq.

Coming up this Saturday InshaAllah is the most fascinating, detailed and deep explanation of the pair of surahs, Surah Al-Buruj and Surah At-Tariq, by one of the foremost scholars and thinkers of the Western world today. Please make sure you attend this seminar either onsite in Cambridge or online worldwide.

Surah Al-Buruj & At-Tariq
A Warning for The Persecutors & A Consolation for The Believers
By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford)

When: Saturday 25th January 2014

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

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

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"The Magnificent Journey continues... Today's seminar was yet another awesome seminar in the series with exceptional crowd and amazing insights from Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi. This is truly a historic seminar series on the explanation of The Quran and is redefining our understanding and relationship with the Book of ALLAH. The emphasise of Dr Nadwi on establishing our connection with ALLAH and utilising the space given to us for recognising one God, is the key highlight of these seminars. Each seminar begins by strongly negating the wrong practises which have been introduced in the true teachings of worshipping one ALLAH and then builds on it by inviting us to ponder on the sings of ALLAH and get closer to our Rabb. Truly inspiring series, I would strongly recommend everybody including men, women and families to attend the Magnificent Journey Seminars as these are life changing and truly install this urge of loving the Book of ALLAH. The subtle nuances of the language which make the Qur'an such a powerful speech are beautifully explained by Dr Akram Nadwi in a nice balanced way keeping the things simple and interesting at the same time. His tremendous scholarships of Hadith literature and exceptional skills of Arabic language make this series a unique experience and a historic event in the city of Cambridge." - Awais Ahmed Awan, Cambridge

“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

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