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    • By MEOC
      "Arise and Give Warning!" - Surah Al-Muddaththir in the British Context

      "You,  wrapped in your cloak, arise and give warning! Proclaim the greatness  of your Lord; cleanse yourself; keep away from all filth; do not be  overwhelmed and weaken; be steadfast in your Lord’s cause" [surah Al-Muddaththir 74:1-7]



      How do we warn people? What do we warn about? Who do we warn? Is it our duty to warn? How do we handle the consequences? Why are we uncomfortable to warn? How is it applicable in the UK?



      No doubt these are important questions that many of us would have in our minds about the command to warn people.

      "We think that warning is harsh and unfashionable so we only give people the good news.  But we don't realise that warning is part of the good news. You strike  and alert people's minds with the warning (or bad news) so that they  would be eager to receive the good news. Good news alone without  warning has little effect. This can be seen in the Christian tradition  when the Privy Council decided that Hell fire is not an essential part  of Christian belief, opposing Jesus' teachings. Fear of God should be  dominant in people's minds and that is why Prophet Muhammad (SAW)  started his mission with warning. We will learn this in detail in Surah  Al-Muddaththir" - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

      Coming up this Saturday in Cambridge (and Worldwide through live on-line  access), for the first time in the UK, a detailed explanation of Surah  Al-Muddaththir by Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi, one of the foremost  scholars and thinkers of the Western world today.

      Please sign up today for this amazing groundbreaking explanation of Surah Al-Muddaththir....

      Surah Al-Muddaththir - The Preparation for Public Duty
             The Magnificent Journey Seminar Series
      By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford)
             
      Date: Saturday 20th April 2013   Time: 10AM - 6PM
             
      Venue: Cambridge University and Live On-line Web Access
             
      http://courses.meoc.org.uk'>http://courses.meoc.org.uk   << Click Here To Register


      Testimonials

      "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

      "Jazakumullahu khayran. I can't thank you  enough for the opportunity. I am so impressed by the Sheikh,  subhanallah, mashaAllah. A very rare example of tradition fused with  awareness of the environment and reality while not compromising God  consciousness. If only there were more like him. Questions, I'm so glad  we can ask them even if it's not about the sura. Yes, how else are we to  learn from his wisdom and experience if we don't ask? The issues facing  Muslims in the West are so many and so confusing and I just love the  fact that he does not have an inferiority complex about Islam. It's  really sad to see psychologically defeated scholars start throwing away  tradition in the name of progress and fitting in. Sheikh Akram Nadwi  gives you the sense that the real life is in the hereafter so don't have  to get so tied up with the philosophies and controversies that  sometimes take away our attention from the real purpose. The onus is on  us, are we being pious?" - Aisha Barkatulla, Cambridge

      "How magnificent to have spent a weekend in the company of the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam and his companions, reading and studying their ahadeeth. I feel as though I was transported to their  times and have returned with renewed strength and resolve to continue the work we  need to do in the ‘Daar ud-Da’wah’ we live in. I am sitting here with Ijaazah in  hand feeling honoured that Allah allowed me to be a student of Sheikh Akram  Nadwi and through him find some connection with some of the great scholars of  our past. From his poignant scholarly anecdotes, to his emphatic  exhortations, punctuated with Urdu and Persian poetry; studying with the Sheikh is a  truly enriching experience. I’m actually learning a lot from him both about  rectifying myself and the most important focal points for that and rectifying some  of the causes of the downfall of our Ummah today. Without resorting to alienating any particular group or school of thought, the  Sheikh is not afraid to hold a mirror up to what needs changing in our  communities and in our times. I liked the balance of holistic spiritual principles and  finer technical details Sheikh also discussed and his lessons are suitable for serious students of knowledge and people who  are in the early stages of their journey. I look forward to future  courses. I found the crèche facility to be very useful. I would have found it very difficult to attend without it. The venue was great and respected the privacy of brothers and sisters. May Allah make knowledge a proof for us and not against us. Ameen" - Fatima Barkatullah, London (Testimonial on the Forty Hadith Course)


            "This course has really been far beyond my expectations  Sheikh Akram  has given me a new perspective on the topics covered, including a lot  of wisdom and bringing the topic away from the superficial discussions  to the core essential foundations that need to be understood by every  da'ee. It has completely change my perspective on the inner dimension of  a da'ee and the outer expectations of a da'ee. I have rarely seen  that depth of understanding when it comes to the dawah. May Allah bless  him, increase him in knowledge and wisdom and allow all the da'ees to  benefit from his wisdom and his understanding." - Steeve Brador, London


      More Testimonials (including videos): http://courses.meoc.org.uk/p/testimonials.html

      http://courses.meoc.org.uk   << Click Here To Register

            Muslim Education & Outreach Cambridge (MEOC)
                
      Tel:  07736 779448 / 01223 655223  Email: courses[at]meoc.org.uk


    • By MEOC
      English Defence League (EDL) in Makkah?

      This  statement may come as a surprise for many but the situation in Makkah  at the time of the Prophet (SAW) was far worse than any confrontation  the EDL may have had with the Prophet (SAW) and the his companions in  Makkah. The Prophet (SAW) had to deal with the extremely hostile  "Quraysh Defence League" (QDL) which undertook a ruthless propaganda  campaign against the Prophet (SAW), his message and the believers. The  situation today in the UK is not at all similar to how it was in Makkah.  However there are elements within the society who seem to be inspired  by the QDL. One such group is the English Defence League which appears  to have taken the hatred of Islam as the core of its ideology. Others  include new-atheist and some evangelical groups.
         
      No matter how persistent the QDL was, it failed to distract and  derail the mission of the believers. On the contrary, they went into  oblivion. But today, even the slightest appearance or propaganda from the EDL seems to really distract us.  This is not surprising at all as the early believers followed the  guidance that was sent by Allah (SWT) to deal with the situation.  Whereas we have no clue whatsoever whether that guidance even exists let  alone how we can apply that guidance. Then we look for inspiration  elsewhere like any other community would do. This is when we need stop  and think.
         
      Surah Al-Muzzammil is an early Makkan surah revealed to the Prophet  (SAW) to give strength to his mission. One of the main aspects of this  surah is how to deal with hostile elements within the society.
       
      "You  [Prophet], enfolded in your cloak! Stay up throughout the night, all  but a small part of it, half, or a little less, or a little more; recite  the Qur'an slowly and distinctly: We shall send a momentous message  down to you. Night prayer makes a deeper impression and sharpens words––  you are kept busy for long periods of the day–– so celebrate the name  of your Lord and devote yourself wholeheartedly to Him. He is Lord of the east and west, there is no god but Him, so take Him as your Protector,  patiently endure what they say, ignore them politely, and leave to Me  those who deny the truth and live in luxury. Bear with them for a little  while." [surah Al-Muzzammil 73:1-11]
         
      There is such deep meaning and guidance in this surah for  every Muslim society and individual on how to conduct themselves in the  face of opposition and hostility. The seminar coming up on Saturday by Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi is a must for every one of us living in this society.
         
      Surah Al-Muzzammil - The Blueprint For Every Muslim
      The Magnificent Journey Seminar Series
      By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford)
            
      Date: Saturday 23rd March 2013   Time: 10AM - 6PM
            
      Venue: Cambridge University and Live Online Web Access
            
      http://courses.meoc.org.uk  << Click Here To Register
         
      Testimonials "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

      Video Testimonials



       
      "Jazakumullahu khayran. I can't thank you  enough for the opportunity. I am so impressed by the Sheikh,  subhanallah, mashaAllah. A very rare example of tradition fused with  awareness of the environment and reality while not compromising God  consciousness. If only there were more like him. Questions, I'm so glad  we can ask them even if it's not about the sura. Yes, how else are we to  learn from his wisdom and experience if we don't ask? The issues facing  Muslims in the West are so many and so confusing and I just love the  fact that he does not have an inferiority complex about Islam. It's  really sad to see psychologically defeated scholars start throwing away  tradition in the name of progress and fitting in. Sheikh Akram Nadwi  gives you the sense that the real life is in the hereafter so don't have  to get so tied up with the philosophies and controversies that  sometimes take away our attention from the real purpose. The onus is on  us, are we being pious?" - Aisha Barkatulla, Cambridge

      http://courses.meoc.org.uk   << Click Here To Register
       
      Previous Posts
      Surah Al-Muzzammil - "The Ultimate Da'wah Training Course
      http://courses.meoc.org.uk/2013/03/surah-al-muzzammil-ultimate-dawah.html

      Other Upcoming MEOC Seminars

      Sunday 24th March (Cambridge) - FREE EVENT
      Jesus Christ - The Epitome of Spirituality & Saviour of Humanity
      http://courses.meoc.org.uk/p/register.html#jesus-seminar

      Saturday & Sunday 6/7 April (London)
      Forty Hadith of Imam Nawawi
      http://courses.meoc.org.uk/2013/03/forty-hadith-of-imam-nawawi-with.html
       
      Saturday 13th April (Birmingham)
      Fiqh of Love - Marriage and Family in Islam
      http://courses.meoc.org.uk/p/blog-page_18.html

      Muslim Education & Outreach Cambridge (MEOC)
           
      Tel:  07736 779448    Email: courses[at]meoc.org.uk
    • By MEOC
      English Defence League (EDL) in Makkah?

      This  statement may come as a surprise for many but the situation in Makkah  at the time of the Prophet (SAW) was far worse than any confrontation  the EDL may have had with the Prophet (SAW) and the his companions in  Makkah. The Prophet (SAW) had to deal with the extremely hostile  "Quraysh Defence League" (QDL) which undertook a ruthless propaganda  campaign against the Prophet (SAW), his message and the believers. The  situation today in the UK is not at all similar to how it was in Makkah.  However there are elements within the society who seem to be inspired  by the QDL. One such group is the English Defence League which appears  to have taken the hatred of Islam as the core of its ideology. Others  include new-atheist and some evangelical groups.
         
      No matter how persistent the QDL was, it failed to distract and  derail the mission of the believers. On the contrary, they went into  oblivion. But today, even the slightest appearance or propaganda from the EDL seems to really distract us.  This is not surprising at all as the early believers followed the  guidance that was sent by Allah (SWT) to deal with the situation.  Whereas we have no clue whatsoever whether that guidance even exists let  alone how we can apply that guidance. Then we look for inspiration  elsewhere like any other community would do. This is when we need stop  and think.
         
      Surah Al-Muzzammil is an early Makkan surah revealed to the Prophet  (SAW) to give strength to his mission. One of the main aspects of this  surah is how to deal with hostile elements within the society.

        

      "You  [Prophet], enfolded in your cloak! Stay up throughout the night, all  but a small part of it, half, or a little less, or a little more; recite  the Qur'an slowly and distinctly: We shall send a momentous message  down to you. Night prayer makes a deeper impression and sharpens words––  you are kept busy for long periods of the day–– so celebrate the name  of your Lord and devote yourself wholeheartedly to Him. He is Lord of the east and west, there is no god but Him, so take Him as your Protector ,  patiently endure what they say, ignore them politely, and leave to Me  those who deny the truth and live in luxury. Bear with them for a little  while. " [surah Al-Muzzammil 73:1-11]
         

      There is such deep meaning and guidance in this surah for  every Muslim society and individual on how to conduct themselves in the  face of opposition and hostility. The seminar coming up on Saturday by Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi is a must for every one of us living in this society.
         
      Surah Al-Muzzammil - The Blueprint For Every Muslim
            The Magnificent Journey Seminar Series
      By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford)
            
      Date: Saturday 23rd March 2013   Time: 10AM - 6PM
            
      Venue: Cambridge University and Live Online Web Access
            
      http://courses.meoc.org.uk'>http://courses.meoc.org.uk   << Click Here To Register
         
      Testimonials

      "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

      Video Testimonials


       
       
      "Jazakumullahu khayran. I can't thank you  enough for the opportunity. I am so impressed by the Sheikh,  subhanallah, mashaAllah. A very rare example of tradition fused with  awareness of the environment and reality while not compromising God  consciousness. If only there were more like him. Questions, I'm so glad  we can ask them even if it's not about the sura. Yes, how else are we to  learn from his wisdom and experience if we don't ask? The issues facing  Muslims in the West are so many and so confusing and I just love the  fact that he does not have an inferiority complex about Islam. It's  really sad to see psychologically defeated scholars start throwing away  tradition in the name of progress and fitting in. Sheikh Akram Nadwi  gives you the sense that the real life is in the hereafter so don't have  to get so tied up with the philosophies and controversies that  sometimes take away our attention from the real purpose. The onus is on  us, are we being pious?" - Aisha Barkatulla, Cambridge

      http://courses.meoc.org.uk   << Click Here To Register
       
      Previous Posts
      Surah Al-Muzzammil - "The Ultimate Da'wah Training Course"

      Other Upcoming MEOC Seminars

      Sunday 24th March (Cambridge) - FREE EVENT
      Jesus Christ - The Epitome of Spirituality & Saviour of Humanity

      Saturday & Sunday 6/7 April (London)
      Forty Hadith of Imam Nawawi

      Saturday 13th April (Birmingham)
      Fiqh of Love - Marriage and Family in Islam
       

      Muslim Education & Outreach Cambridge (MEOC)
           
      Tel:  07736 779448    Email: courses[at]meoc.org.uk

    • By Absolute truth

      Methodology (Manhaj) of Dawah[using large font size is not allowed]


      by Shaikh Saleh ibn Abdul-Aziz Muhammad aal-Shaikh (hafidhahullah)
      Minister of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance.
       
      Translated by Shawana A. Aziz
      Published by Quran Sunnah Educational Programs
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      In this book...
       
      Shaikh Saleh aal-Shaikh explains 12 distinguishing traits of the Manhaj (Methodology) in Dawah
       
      Introduction
      Why the need to learn the Fundamentals of the Manhaj of Dawah?
      Why is the reward of a Da'ee upon Allah Alone?
      Why is Dawah one of the best forms of worship?
      Why adhere to the understanding of as-Salaf as-Saleh in Dawah?

      1st Distinctive Trait of the Manhaj in Dawah
      Dawah is for Allah Alone
       
      2nd Distinctive Trait of the Manhaj in Dawah
      The Priorities of the Manhaj of Dawah must be clear to the Da'ee
       
      3rd Distinctive Trait of the Manhaj in Dawah
      Adhering to Ittiba (obedience) and refraining from Ibtida (innovation)
       
      4th Distinctive Trait of the Manhaj in Dawah
      Tarbiyah with Ilm
       
      5th Distinctive Trait of the Manhaj in Dawah
      Giving importance to The Arabic Language
       
      6th Distinctive Trait of the Manhaj in Dawah
      Academic Discipline
      The Da'ee must be confident that he is academically well-acquainted with what he is calling to.
      The Da'ee must know the Akhlaaq (praiseworthy manners) of a Da'ee
      The Da'ee must have Prudence in handling the affairs of the people

      7th Distinctive Trait of the Manhaj in Dawah
      Callers to Jamaa'ah (unity) and to abandonment of disunity
       
      8th Distinctive Trait of the Manhaj in Dawah
      Moderation: (al-wasatiyyah and al-a'tidal)
       
      9th Distinctive Trait of the Manhaj in Dawah
      Manhaj is founded upon the fundamentals derived from the Sharee'ah texts
      Explaining the fundamental, 'Considering the wider MaslaHa over the restricted MaslaHa'
      Explaining the Fundamental, ‘Blocking the Means (that lead to evil)'

      10th Distinctive Trait of the Manhaj in Dawah
      A Da'ee should spread Optimism
       
      11th Distinctive Trait of the Manhaj in Dawah
      Refuting the doubts (that are raised) in the Deen
       
      12th Distinctive Trait of the Manhaj in Dawah
      Guarding the Tongue from slandering the scholars
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