Friday 7 February 2014

Muslim Minority - Assimilation, Isolation or Integration?

Living as a Muslim Minority in the East or the West can be very challenging and difficult but yet at the same time it can be one of the greatest blessings, opportunities and strengths for the Muslims. According to Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi, the best of the Muslims were formed when they were living as a minority in Makkah under the harshest of conditions. These include Abu Bakr As-Siddique, Omar Al-Farooque, Othman ibn Al-Affan and 'Ali ibn Abi Talib. The world has never seen the likes of them after. They emerged from a Muslim minority.

<<God will be well pleased with the first emigrants and helpers and those who followed them in good deeds, and they will be well pleased with Him: He has prepared Gardens graced with flowing streams for them, there to remain for ever. That is the supreme triumph.>> [Qur'an 9:100]

Today we think that it would be better for Islam and Muslims to have power, authority, wealth and glory. But this is not necessarily the case. We can readily realise this if we look at our history and the current condition of the Muslims.

However, are the Muslims living as minorities today like their predecessors? Some are said to be "assimilated" with the society - i.e. same as everyone else; others are said to be "isolated" from the society - i.e. they form their own mini societies within the larger society and yet others are said to be "integrated" - i.e.  they are like the rest in some aspects and unlike in other aspects. But were the early Muslims in any of these three categories? Understanding this is key to living as effective and strong Muslim minorities (and Muslim majorities) and be of those whom Allah refers to as  "those who followed them in good deeds".

Coming up on the 8th February in London and Online Worldwide is a groundbreaking seminar that looks at this question and many other confusing questions for both Muslim minorities and majorities in a way that has never been discussed before in the English language. In the seminar Shariah Law, Islamic State & Jihad - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi will address these issues head-on in the light of Qur'anic paradigms, prophetic thinking, historical lessons and current context.

This is the final call for online booking. Please book your tickets now for attendance either onsite in London or online worldwide.
Cambridge Islamic Sciences Worldwide Presents
Shariah Law, Islamic State & Jihad
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford)

Date: Saturday 8th February 2014 | Time: 9.30AM - 6.00PM

Venue: Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

Online: Worldwide - Live & Recorded Access

A groundbreaking seminar on the current developments in the Muslim and Western worlds in the light of Quranic paradigms, Prophetic thinking, historical lessons and current context, delivered by one of the foremost scholars and thinkers of the Western world today.

“The principal reason for the waste of the effort of the Muslims, whether they are fighting or not fighting, is that they do not have a clear and comprehensive plan.” - Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

The seminar covers:

  • The portrayal of Shariah Law, Islamic State & Jihad in The Qur’an
  • The Prophet peace be upon him as the leader of the Muslim Society
  • The early Muslim Khilafat and their role in the society
  • History of Islamic Empires from the Abbasids to the Ottomans
  • Analysis of traditional Islamic revival movements
  • The decline of the Muslims and the rise of the West
  • The effect of colonialism on the Muslim mindset
  • Analysis of modern Islamic revival movements - Ikhwanul Muslimeen, Tabligh-i-Jamat, Jamat-e-Islami, Hizb at-Tahrir, Salafi based movements and Sufi based movements
  • Analysis of modern day conflicts in Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Kashmir and other places
  • Clash of civilisations and Islamophobia in the West - a myth or a reality?
  • Muslims and democracy - compatible or a contradiction?
  • Muslim society in a secular state - is this possible?
  • Islamist-Muslim and Secular-Muslim - who are they?
  • What is the role of Muslims in the West?
  • What is the future for Muslim in the the West?
  • What is the way forward for the Muslims in the East?
  • What is the “Comprehensive Plan” for the Muslims?
Special Offer: Early Bird Discount, Student & Group Tickets


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