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hkhan

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Friday, November 23, 2007  -  10:40 AM Reply with quote
we had our local interfaith meeting at burnham abbey this month and joining in the service with the sisters of abbey was great. the verses that we read from psalms and the prayers expressed to God are so touching that you cannot stop your tears.
we must really not ignore the previous revelations whilst reading Qur'an because those were also Word of God, although with many changes over the period of time but still the Word of God can be found in there.

in order to justify whether it is or not the Word, we have Qur'an as 'muhaimin' , the Guardian- hence the knowledge of Qur'an is inevitable whilst reading the previous revelations.
StudyingIslamUK

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Friday, March 28, 2008  -  8:26 PM Reply with quote
GOD

AT

WORK

A reflective experience open to everyone

at no cost to individuals, companies or

organizations will be held in the church

on the days and times stated.

There will be someone on had to ensure the resources are replenished.

Church Street Café will be open each day from 9.00am till 3.00pm for drinks and snack at reasonable prices.

GOD AT WORK

Offers you and your staff a time to reflect on their working life.

GOD AT WORK is a resource which enables people of all faiths to reflect on their life, their paid and unpaid work, their life balance, the people they work with and for, and the people they seek to help or serve.



Part of HOPE08



Opening service of dedication Friday 2nd May 1.00pm


contact person
lindarosahillier@msn.com
StudyingIslamUK

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Wednesday, April 02, 2008  -  11:04 PM Reply with quote
In the name of Allah, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate

Invitation to people from all Faiths:

Ref: Invitation to ‘Living Islam 2008’ event (17th-20th July 2008)...Book your tickets NOW!





Assalamu alaikum, I pray insha’Allah that this finds you in good health and strong imaan.



You were part of what made previous ‘Living Islam’ events (in 2003 and/or 2005) wonderful and unique experiences and it therefore gives me great pleasure to invite you (if you haven’t already booked) to join us again at the ‘LIVING ISLAM 2008’ event to be held on 17th-20th July, insha’Allah, at the Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln…by the Grace of God we can announce that bookings are now open and we are already well on our way to our target of 5,000 tickets! Although the finer details are yet to be confirmed, alhamdullilah, we have a fantastic line up of activities, speakers, artistes, scouts programmes, sports (and much more insha’Allah) and once again hope to make Living Islam a truly unique experience for all the family.



Online booking is available on our website at www.livingislam.co.uk or alternatively, a booking form is attached which you need to complete and post to the address provided...please be aware that prices increase at the end of every month from now until the Event, so BOOK NOW to save more!



If you would like to contribute to the Event financially, or sponsor certain aspects of it, or place an advert/announcement etc., or would like to volunteer your services and be part of the huge organising team, please also contact us.



Finally, I ask that you remember us in your du’as and pray for the success of this Event. We look forward to welcoming you soon. In the meantime, should you have any questions about the Event, please feel free to contact us at our central office or visit our website.





Wa salaam,

Jeffery Fauzi Beere

‘Living Islam’ Manager



‘Living Islam’

The Islamic Society of Britain Central Office

P.O. Box 42598

London E1 1WN

Tel: +44 (0) 845 087 8766

Website: www.isb.org.uk or www.livingislam.co.uk

Email: livingislam@isb.org.uk
imran776

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Tuesday, April 22, 2008  -  12:22 AM Reply with quote
FAITH ANCHOR

Sat 26th and Sun 27th April 08
12 - 6/7 pm each day

An informal two days community event for the local communities from all faiths and backgrounds.
An excellent opportunity to come together and chat about the main theme of the event which is
" Do you think Faith is an entity we still need in our lives or do stimulants, recreation, fun and other entertainments provide enough alternative in todays busy and materialistic life style?"

Representatives from various Faiths will be present to talk to you and answer your queries on one to one basis with no formal speeches and lectures on a cup of tea or a meal provided free.

Also stalls by local community services like Councillors, Police, Fire service, National Health Service, local charities like Cancer Research and by College students about the ill effects of drugs on self and environment have been organized along with free meals and entertainment.

You can also introduce yourself and the work you are involved with in the communities, your services or buseness you wish to advertise etc.

For venue & further details :
www.pwaslough.org.uk
or email:stislamuk@aol.com

Edited by: imran776 on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 8:50 AM
StudyingIslamUK

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Wednesday, April 23, 2008  -  1:43 AM Reply with quote
This all sounds very organised and interesting. I do hope it all goes well;we do need to present a united front on faith issues. so many people out there are tryng to fight their own corner on=f faith and will not even speak to others let alone show love or understanding.

evry blessing,


Linda
hkhan

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Thursday, May 01, 2008  -  7:01 AM Reply with quote
The City Circle and St Ethelburga's are pleased to present a
screening of the much talked-about documentary 'THE MUSLIM JESUS'
with its director, Irshad Ashraf.

VENUE: St. Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, 78
Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG

TIME/DATE: 6.45 - 8.30pm, Friday 2nd May 2008

Narrated by Lord Melvyn Bragg, with appearances from Hamza Yusuf,
Karen Armstrong, Sarah Joseph, Abdul Raheem Green, Poetic Pilgrimage,
Ajmal Masroor, Usama Hasan, Ahmed Thompson, and specially recorded
Quran recitation by Ahmend Saad, The 'Muslim Jesus' presents the
story of Jesus Christ as narrated in the Quran and other Islamic
texts. Screened to critical acclaim on ITV, this BAFTA nominated film
explores the differing ways in which Christianity and Islam both
acknowledge the importance of the story of Mary and Jesus to billions
of people around the world.

After the screening, the film's director, Irshad Ashraf, who has made
documentaries for Channel 4, ITV and BBC, will be there to answer
questions and offer behind-the-scenes insights.

For more information, contact usama@thecitycircle.com, 07980 834340
imran776

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Wednesday, May 07, 2008  -  4:28 PM Reply with quote
I think "Faith Anchor" was a worth and useful event generally. David, it will be nice to hear your comments as you were there on both days representing Art Beyond Belief (Faith Junction).





Edited by: admin on Saturday, May 10, 2008 10:57 AM

Edited by: admin on Saturday, May 10, 2008 10:59 AM
hkhan

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Monday, May 12, 2008  -  12:41 AM Reply with quote
it is sad to hear as dave mentioned to me that himself and most non muslims still feel threatened by muslims in europe thinking that their aim is to spread Islam... one of the reasons for such threats is possibly the wrong difinition and concept of 'jihad' and 'dawah/preaching' even by muslim scholars themselves-specially over the past century-which has generally given a militant concept about islam and muslims, to muslims and non-muslims both.

however we hope and expect that atleast our faith partners from various religions should not be under such impression and must come fwd openly to share their thoughts and comments as n wen. this is the whole purpose of faith partnerships i suppose.


we have recvd some feedbacks verbally from the visitors. most thought we must organize more of such. rev. allen walker from kingsway church and imam abduljabbar of a local masjid thought this is what has been awaited to bring the people together. some thought it could be better and more wel-organized in future specially funding -wise... our muslim scholar of the event, abdullah rahim mentioned that he thought it was worth coming to attend this and he would love to come for more of such. (join him on our Wednesdays live chats-see general forums for details)

we hv also recvd some emails including the following from our mod. colleague michaele, who was representing brahma kumaris.(she has apologised not being able to use forums for some reason)besides there has been a mix of views from other friends and colleagues who attended.

'What a great weekend this was!
We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to
meet and talk in some depth with all your other
guests and with members of the public visiting!

Thank you again for the event and all the hard
work!

StudyingIslamUK

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Tuesday, May 13, 2008  -  12:10 PM Reply with quote
Thank you every1 for their input for the event.
picture 1 above: some team members including the moderators studying islam- imran yousuf, michael melon and peter(rep b.kumaris), david sparrow, rev. john newton from methodist church, iftikhar, ashraq 'n faisal (volunteers SIV)and dr henna khan, with families and br abdullah rahim.and ofcourse our most important-young minds! there were stands from jewish and buddhist religions. unfortunately our sikh and hindu colleagues could not make ot for some reason.

The NHS(National Health Service), fire services, anti smoking an ddrugs as well as 'saving environment' ,'breast feeding campaigne' , jewellery and beauty plus henna painting and Art of Islam stands gave a 'helping hands' and 'serving humanity' flavour to our event-giving out the very strong message that Islam and all Faiths are not and must not be taken as merely a source of self care only-rather to spread the light around. Just like the Sun and a burning lamp, which whilst burning spread their light at the same time; because some of our Faith friends thought(specifically Buddhists and Brahma Kumaris concept) perhaps we should wait and enpower our own souls first and then go out in the communitites to help.

We don't think their has to be a limitation e.g. in Islam and other Abrahimic religions you start practicing your worship rituals from a very young age and are supposed to continue and develop them untill you live, and at the same time continue to be a beneficial soul for all around.
StudyingIslamUK

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Sunday, May 25, 2008  -  11:38 PM Reply with quote
The Joseph Interfaith Foundation
Dept. NME, SOAS

The Joseph interfaith Foundation in association with:
Dept. of Religions and Theology:
The University of Manchester

Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies: The University of Exeter
Judaism and Islam: Dialectics of a Veiled Courtship
An Exploration of Jewish-Muslim Intellectual Interactions; 9th-13th Centuries
Tuesday 3rd June 2008, 9:00am-5:00pm
Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H OXG
• Language and Revelation:
Development of philology and grammar and their centrality in textual exegesis
Professor Philip Alexander
University of Manchester
Dr Timothy Winter
University of Cambridge
Chair: Professor Mona Siddiqui
University of Glasgow
• Sectarianism versus Orthodoxy:
Establishment of dogma and promotion of religious homogeneity
Dr Amira Bennison
University of Cambridge
Professor Marc Saperstein
Leo Baeck College, London
Chair: Rabbi Dr Norman Solomon
Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies (retired)
• Uniformity in Religion:
Development of liturgy and ritual as means of unification of religious communities
Dr Sajjad Rizvi
University of Exeter
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
Rabbi of the New North London Synagogue
Chair: Dr Jeremy Schonfield
Leo Baeck College, London
The Joseph Interfaith Foundation
Dept. NME, SOAS
• Theology:
The polarity of reason and literalism in scriptural hermeneutics
Professor Bernard Jackson
University of Manchester
Dr Toby Mayer
The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London
Chair: Dr Basil Mustafa
Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies
• Maimonides and Ibn Rushd:
The hegemony of the scholar as a religious leader
Professor Azim Nanji
The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London
Professor Oliver Leaman
University of Kentucky, USA
Chair: Professor Mona Siddiqui
University of Glasgow
• Mysticism:
The challenges of antinomianism to religious asceticism
Professor Paul Fenton
La Sorbonne, Universite de Paris
Dr Leonard Lewisohn
University of Exeter
Chair: Dr Sajjad Rizvi
University of Exeter
Attendance by Ticket Only. Please find full application details at:

www.josephinterfaithfoundation.org
hkhan

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Sunday, June 15, 2008  -  9:50 AM Reply with quote
Muslim & Jewish Women's Forum.

we had the 2nd meeting of this in w.london recently. it's amazing that how much we resemble with eachother just being women. all the muslim and jewish ladies condemn the wearing of immodest dresses as seen on streets specially as summer starts. the rabai ladies of quite of the view that a woman's beauty lies in her modesty and dress is the 1st site of that.
we presented the verses from surah noor in this regard and the meeting concluded v well with a light dinner.

we feel such interactions are v imp. to understand eachothers' culture & religion in order to try and live together in decency & harmony.
StudyingIslamUK

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Thursday, June 19, 2008  -  7:25 AM Reply with quote


Chair of Renaissance Readers
Club UK Dr.Henna Khan with Her Majesty the Queen when she visited Royal Berkshire Hospital.(22 Feb' 06)The Chair presented her later with the two special issues of our journal 'Renaissance'
http://www.monthly-renaissance.com/issue/viewissue.aspx?id=65"; March 2002 - Islam and Non-Muslims: A New Perspective and "http://www.monthly-renaissance.com/issue/viewissue.aspx?id=25"; February 2005 - Islam and Women: Misconceptions and Misperceptions & told her about her then trip to the Pakistan earthquake effected people with Oxford Relief Team & their ongoing sufferings. Her Majesty appreciated the journal in her letter to the Chair.

Edited by: studyingislamuk on Saturday, June 21, 2008 9:56 AM
StudyingIslamUK

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Saturday, June 21, 2008  -  9:57 AM Reply with quote
Is Boycotting the answer(Denmark)?

By this boycott you are hurting those farmers, labors, millions of hard working people and their families (of Denmark or any other country) who have nothing to do with these cartoons or their creators. They are just as helpless in these things as muslims are in controlling their rulers. Also it is not necessary they would agree with these cartoon creators but they will definitley feel bad that muslims are punishing them for someelse's crime. Responding to evil with evil is not wise and true muslim way. Did the nabi (SA) stop making business transactions with Jews and Kuffar of Makkah when they disagreed with him or teased him? He did not. He was inclusive not exclusive. What muslims need to do is to use this opportunity to educate people about Islam and be good role models. Boycotting, yelling and crying will not help guys. Have love for all, and malice for none. Read Namaz regularly and read durood sharif frequentlyt and keep your life on the straigth path. Good Luck

Mirza Arshad A. Baig
callbaig@msn.com
Nasreen

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Sunday, June 22, 2008  -  8:52 AM Reply with quote
Shia Muslim Council (UK)
Interim Working Committee
Website: www.shiacouncil.org

* * * * *

We, the Shias in Britain are a growing and determined community set in our principle to stand up for truth and justice at all expense. With the growing demands of the modern world, this community is in need of materialising its aspirations and transforming them into a fully fledged reality that would steer us to a more prosperous future.

Since 2006, an Interim Working Committee has been engaging in dialogue with Shia Muslim organisations and individuals with regards to the formation of a Shia Muslim Council that would represent all fabrics of our community in the United Kingdom.

For almost two years, the Interim Working Committee has been working side by side with Shia Muslim scholars, professionals and active community members. Ample progress has been made in many avenues that will, with the assistance of Allah [swt], provide us with a strong foundation towards reaching our goal.

It is vital now more than ever before, for the Shia Muslim community to stand shoulder to shoulder in unity and engage in an honest and thought-driven dialogue in order for us to improve the prosperity of our community for this generation and the generations to come. The challenges to the community are many but together we can make a difference, and demonstrate our strong legacy in overcoming discord and striving for a better tomorrow.

We are requesting all UK-based Shia Muslim organisations and active members to fill in an online consultation form and be part of this milestone in the history of Shia Muslims in Britain.

Fill in an online consultation form now:
www.shiacouncil.org

We encourage everyone to forward on this email to their contacts in order for the word to get around to all those concerned.

Together we can begin a new chapter in the progress of the Shia Muslim community in Britain.


Wa Min Allah Al-Tawfiq.

Wasalaamu Alaikum

Interim Working Committee
Shia Muslim Council (UK)

Tel: 020 8123 5490
Email: admin@shiacouncil.org
Web: www.shiacouncil.org
hkhan

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Tuesday, July 08, 2008  -  10:40 AM Reply with quote
hv been recving some interesting emails last week. thought i must share with you all

A Good Idea is Best Shared


Pls see n judge yourself.

http://www.aljazeera.com/mm/video/video.php?op=showvideo&;vidid=189

Friend 1


RE: My views are as follows to this so called fanatic missionaries,

If any one of us feel that they are doing anything wrong in spreading their beliefs and the word of a god we share, then I believe that we are the worst hippo crates ( which we are)

We through teaching of our religion are asked to spread our precious religion and we all know that majority of this e-mail receivers are happy to be involved or are involved in spreading the word of our religion in a predominant christian tolerant land. So why we are not happy to give equal opertunity to the other party in the playing field. If any one converts religion, who are we to judge, we have our God to decide our fate

Regards

PS if we cannot tolerate, should they?

Also unfortunately the word fanatics might be loosely associated to believers of any religion who wants to follow their own interpreted understanding of the religious teaching to the last letter

Friend 2
StudyingIslamUK

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Wednesday, July 23, 2008  -  10:43 PM Reply with quote
Post from Haroon

Dear All,

AOA

I have based my reply in two parts,

Part A

is to answer with some quotations to the Muslim brother who felt the compulsion to respond to my e-mail and demanded that one should “Speak no evil” unless it is backed in the light of Quran and sunnah

Here are my views again:


The Christian World is allowing Muslim priests to freely propagate Islam in their countries. It is thus only natural and logical that Muslim countries, as quid-pro-quo, should allow similar facility to the Christian missionaries in their countries.


Muslims who are against this reciprocal arrangement base their plea on a flawed argument. They say that since Allah has declared Islam as the best religion (Qur

’an -3:110) and that Muslims who change their religion would go to Hell Qur’an- 3:85), we cannot allow Muslims to change their religion. The problem with such argument is that while in the case of Muslim, the Qur’anic verdicts are binding’ it is not so with the non-Muslims. We cannot expect members of other faith to treat them as the final truth. Hence in any inter-faith discussion, only secular pleas would be acceptable by all parties.

We should remember that while Muslims think that theirs is the best community, as endorsed by Allah, members of other religions have similar views about their faith and community. For example, the Jews believe that they are the chosen people of God? Jehovah reportedly told them, “The lord God has chosen you to be people for His Own possession out of all people that are on earth.” Christians also believe in the sacredness of their religion in the light the following sayings of the Jesus



“I am the Way, the Truth and Life. He that is not with me is against me.” (Mathew 12:30)

“No one comes to Father except through me.” (John 14:6)


It was in the light of this background that Allah sent the following verse.




And they say: “None shall enter paradise unless he is Jew or Christians.” These are vain desires. Say: Produce your proof if you are truthful.” Whoever submits his whole self to Allah and is a good doer- he will get his award with the Lord: On such shall be no fear, nor shall they grief.” (Qur’an 2:111 and 2:112)With regard to Allah’s desire to tolerate other religions also see verses 109:1-6,2:62 and5:72,and also 3:113and 3:114

(Incidentally, it may be noted that numerous modern Muslim scholars thinks that apostates that do not create any mischief should be left alone and not be executed. Allah would punish them as indicated in Qur

’an, verses: 3:88 and several others.)

Regarding the mode of conversion, although Allah says that there is no compulsion in religion but we have to keep in mind the following verses:


“For those who believe not in Allah, nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Apostle, nor acknowledge the Religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book,

fight until they pay Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” (Qur’an 9:29)

“But when the forbidden months are past, slay the Pagans wherever you find them and seize them, beleaguer them and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity, then the way for them For Allah is Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Qur’

an 9:5)

It may however be noted that modern scholars are of the view that these verses were valid only during the time of the Prophet and that too for certain areas. We cannot read Qur’an selectively and come to a definite conclusion. We must consider all the verses on a given subject and seek fresh interpretations of their import that are in line with the requirements of the contemporary world.

Finally, it may be stated that if a Muslim changes his religion under coercion or for worldly gains, he is not a good Muslim anyway. Let him face the condemnation of Allah who has ignored such people. See the following verse;


“O Believers! If any of you become apostate, then (it makes no difference to Allah) Allah will create many such others, the beloved of Allah, who will love Him who will be soft and kind to Momins and heavy handed towards the Kafirs, who will strive in the way of God and who will not be deterred by derision.” (5:54)

contd:

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