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MEOC posted a topic in Coming EventsThe Qur'an Is for People Who Think... "The Qur'an is for people who think and are active. It is not for lazy people who do not use their God-given faculties" - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi In case you did not get an opportunity to join the first of the seminars of The Magnificent Journey Series the following video by Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi gives the introduction to the series and goes through part of Surah Al-Mulk. It is just amazing, you must watch it. This is also a reminder for the next seminar of the series coming up tomorrow, InshaAllah on Surah Al-Haqqah which is a mind-blowing Surah in The Qur'an and the subject matter of which is the Hereafter. No doubt we will not be the same after this seminar! "Animals live for the present. The humans live for the future. But the real future is the never-ending future which is the Hereafter. Every other 'future' will become present and then disappears into the past." - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi Please register now for the remaining places available. The Inevitable Reality - Surah Al-Haaqqah The Magnificent Journey An Amazing Journey Through The Last Two Parts (Juzz Tabaarak and Juzz 'Amma) of the Qur'an, From Surah Al-Mulk to Surah An-Naas, by one of the foremost Islamic Scholars and Thinkers of the Western World today By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University) Date: Saturday 17th November 2012 Time: 10AM - 6PM Venue: Cambridge University and Live Online Amazing Special Offer: Annual Pass - 12 sessions for the price of 5 http://courses.meoc.org.uk << Click Here To Register Wassalaam Muslim Education & Outreach Cambridge Tel: 07736 779448 / 01223 655223 ---------------------------------------------------- Previous Posts Why Is The Hereafter More Obvious Than The Present Life? Why Doesn't This World Make Any Sense? The Inevitable Reality - Al-Haaqqah Testimonials "Jazakumullah khair for the efforts of the MEOC for arranging these blessed gatherings of knowledge. The seminars I've attended so far have several elements that make them very special, starting from the choice of topics themselves which cater to the more profound needs of the people rather than addressing some superficial issues that seem to be more fashionable today. Even the content of the seminars and the manner of teaching by Shaikh Akram Nadwi are directly focussed towards developing a deeper understanding of these issues. In these seminars, one gets a glimpse of the years of learning that have gone into the brilliant scholarship of Shaikh Nadwi. Furthermore his knowledge seems to be blessed by an acute understanding of the needs of the Ummah. The seminar on the 'Legacy of Ibrahim (a.s.)' was exceptionally beautiful, wherein, the Shaikh in his own words confessed that he was attempting to transmit, not knowledge, but the state of his heart, to the others present. While the knowledge and the insight that one gains into the Qur'an, the Sunnah and the history of Muslims through these seminars is invaluable, I personally feel that these sessions are more than just one-day courses. I am inclined to call them gatherings of Remembrance of Allah, and we all know the blessings of such gatherings!" - Mohini Verma, PhD Student, Cambridge University "Alhamdulillah I've attended 3 seminars of Sheikh Akram's so far, and Insha Allah I will keep coming back for more! He was introduced to me by my brother who attends his study circles regularly in Oxford. I loved the seminar on Women scholars in Islam, it was a total eye opener into what a Muslim woman's role in society is, which surprisingly (or not) goes against many cultiural and conventionally held notions of Muslim women. My other favourite one was the tafseer of Surat al Fatiha and the last ten surahs, I will not be exaggerating when I say that I truly found it mind blowing. Sheikh Akram is an absolute treasure trove of knowledge but Masha Allah he always carries himself with the utmost humility. I have already had a look at the list of future seminars and I think MEOC is doing a great job in giving the layman an opportunity to have an exciting insight into the world of Muslim scholarship with its choice of highly intellectual topics. Last but not least, its a great opportunity to meet new people of diverse backgrounds. Well done all of you and may Allah reward you for your efforts." - Dr Fathima Shyma Fazal, Boston, Lincolnshire "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 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 40 volume work going through the biographies of some 8,000 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, Cambridge/London More Testimonials at: http://courses.meoc....stimonials.html Send SMS Add to Skype You'll need Skype CreditFree via Skype
MEOC posted a topic in Coming EventsWhy Is The Hereafter More Obvious Than The Present Life? "The Hereafter (Aakhirah) is more obvious than the present life although people don't realise it. Everything in this life points to The Aakhirah - it is more obvious than ones own existence. Allah (SWT) has called the resurrection and afterlife 'The Reality' and called the present life 'delusion', 'play', 'conjecture', 'diversion', 'amusement' and 'deception'..." Today many people think that the Resurrection and the Afterlife are tales made up by the ancients to keep the society in check and to exert their authority on the general masses, and that these are superstitions in which the people should no longer believe. No doubt that the abuse of some religions have led people to this conclusion. However if one looks at the Qur'an, the Hereafter is expressed in such terms that one will have no doubt whatsoever that it is the Reality and that without it, nothing has any meaning and also that the whole universe points to that Reality. Our birth, life and death points to that reality; so is our speech; vegetation and animals; rain, thunder and storm; our self-reproaching souls; the sun, the moon, the earth and the stars; oceans and mountains - everything points to the Creator and to the Reality - The Resurrection and The Hereafter. "But how (will they fare) when we gather them together against a day about which there is no doubt, and each soul will be paid out just what it has earned, without (favour or) injustice?" [Qur'an 3:25] "Allah! There is no god but He: of a surety He will gather you together against the Day of Judgement, about which there is no doubt. And whose word can be truer than Allah's?" [Qur'an 4:87] "Look, then, at the imprints of God’s mercy, how He restores the earth to life after death: this same God is the one who will return people to life after death – He has power over all things" [Qur'an 30:50] We, Muslims are reminded of this Reality in every prayer when we recite Surah Al-Fatiha and say "Master of The Day of Judgement". However our outlook, attitude, thinking, behaviour, aspirations and actions are not very dissimilar to the people around us who deny the Reality and say "There is nothing except our life on this earth, and never shall we be raised up again" [Qur'an 6:29]. Why is this so? The forthcoming seminar on Surah Al- Haqqah - The Inevitable Reality - deals with the question of Resurrection and Hereafter that every human being must confront. It also gives us valuable clues as to why we Muslims today are seemingly not focused on the Hereafter despite being told that "Verily the Hereafter will be better for you than the present" [Qur'an 93:4] This is an unmissable seminar for anyone hoping to have a greater insight in to the Hereafter and achieving inner balance that would reflect in their day-to-day life. Only 5 days to go, please register now. The Magnificent Journey An Amazing Journey Through The Last Two Parts (Juzz Tabaarak and Juzz 'Amma) of the Qur'an, From Surah Al-Mulk to Surah An-Naas, by one of the foremost Islamic Scholars and Thinkers of the Western World today The Inevitable Reality - Surah Al-Haaqqah By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University) Date: Saturday 17th November 2012 Time: 10AM - 6PM Venue: Cambridge University and Live Online Video Testimonials: http://courses.meoc.org.uk/p/testimonials.html Amazing Special Offer: Annual Pass - 12 sessions for the price of 5 http://courses.meoc.org.uk << Click Here To Register
MEOC posted a topic in Coming EventsSURAH AL-HAAQQAH AND SURAH AL-MA’AARIJ Surah Al-Haaqqah and Al-Ma’aarij are the third and fourth Surahs following on from Surah Al-Mulk (dealing with At-Tawheed and Al-’Uboodiyyah - servitude to Allah) and Surah Al-Qalam (dealing with Al-Risalah - Prophethood). Surah Al-Haaqqah and Al-Ma’aarij deal with the third major theme of the Qur’an which is Al-Akhirah - the Hereafter. The Makkans used to deny the Hereafter like the majority of people do today. Therefore these surahs draw attention to the fate in this world of earlier people who denied the Day of Judgement before them as well as the consequences they face in the Hereafter itself. These Surahs are so relevant for the modern materialistic context as people do not see beyond what is physically visible in front of them. The use of the language and argument presented in the Surahs go deep into the hearts of people such that they simply cannot ignore them. Unfortunately, Muslims themselves have become very materialistic, losing their spirituality. Therefore these are Surahs that can not only shake non-Muslims but Muslims alike to remind them of the purpose of this life and the Inevitable Reality - the day of judgement and the life after. This is amazingly powerful. The Magnificent Journey An Amazing Journey Through The Last Two Parts (Juzz Tabaarak and Juzz 'Amma) of the Qur'an, From Surah Al-Mulk to Surah An-Naas, by one of the foremost Islamic Scholars and Thinkers of the Western World today The Inevitable Reality - Surah Al-Haaqqah and Al-Ma'arij By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University) Date: Saturday 17th November 2012 Time: 10AM - 6PM Venue: Cambridge University and Online http://courses.meoc.org.uk << Click Here To Register