BMHC Newsletter O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other.... (Quran 49:13)
July 2012 Inside This Issue Our History, Our Responsibility Ramadan: On a Scale of 0-4 Forthcoming Event: A Journey through Muslim Lands: Andalus (Spain) A report on Journey through Muslim Lands: Sham Quran Alive Exhibition Regular Events at BMHC Friends of BMHC
BMHC Photo Journal BMHC Facilities
NOT TO BE MISSED:
JOURNEY THROUGH MUSLIM LANDS III: Andalus: The Jewel of Europe.
With Dr M S Madden Sunday, 9th September 2012, 2.00pm – 6.00pm A fun-filled family event for all ages and a chance to learn about the history and people of Andalus (present day Spain and Portugal) during the Islamic period.
Our History, Our Responsibility The understanding and appreciation of our shared heritage, and drawing lessons from history are pre-requisites for achieving a peaceful co-existence between people of different cultures and civilisations. This applies particularly to the Islamic and Western civilisations whose relations have remained affected by mutual suspicion and latent hostility, fed in large measure by the distortions of our shared history. For instance, Reginald Smith, in his book about Islam, concluded that nearly all those who have approached Islam did so only ‘to vilify and misrepresent it, writing from preconceived positions’. Montgomery Watt, for his part, concluded that it is clear that the influence of Islam on Western Christendom is greater than usually realised, but because Europe was reacting against Islam, it belittled Muslim influence and exaggerated its dependence on Greek and Roman heritage. The study of modern history reveals little contribution by Muslim effort in this area and is ad-hoc, fragmented and often unbalanced. This is in sharp contrast to the contribution of early Muslims. They were responsible for documenting the histories of the ancient world and that of their time. Their attitude to the objective documentation of history remained in line with the Quran, which uses historical accounts as lessons for the believers.
……..will you join us? In view of this reality, it is quite surprising to see and hear Muslims complaining about the negative way they are perceived or described, or their history darkened when they themselves contribute relatively little to change the situation. This challenge cannot be dealt with or corrected by individuals, it is of a scale that can only be addressed through institutional response. We believe that the BMHC is one such institution and we take this opportunity to extend an invitation to all scholars and historians to join us to shape and develop a strategic initiative to respond to this challenge. If you are interested please contact Dr Salah Aljazairi on firstname.lastname@example.org. Ramadhan on a scale of 0-4 (See Page 2 for details)
On a scale of 0-4: How ready are you for Ramadhan? There are four states in which we can be this Ramadhan. We can afford to be in one of three states, but should avoid being in the fourth. Allah (SWT) has specified clearly the purpose of His creation and what He expects of His servants, giving clear guidance in the Quran and other scriptures before it. Prophets and people of faith have related to such guidance and made great effort to gain the pleasure of Allah by doing what is right and avoiding any wrongs. As far as the month of Ramadhan is concerned, The Quran states very clearly the following: “O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed on you as it has been prescribed on those before you, so that you may become pious”. (2:183). In the case of fasting, as is the case of many other rituals of worship, the ultimate objective is the attainment of piety. How should we then ensure that our fasting is conducted in a manner that goes beyond the mere experience of hunger and thirst, and go further to achieve the piety that has been set as an objective by Allah (swt)? This is where we go back to the four states mentioned earlier. Ibn Qudamah Almaqdesi in one of his great works ‘Menhaj Al-Qasideen’ describes the servant of Allah as being in one of three states defined by his relationship with his Lord: (a) the fearful, (b) the merchant, and (c) the free. The fearful servant recognizes that Allah has sent Messengers with guidance and asked that people should behave in a certain manner conducive to the well being of the individual, community and society. Those who follow the guidance are rewarded and those who transgress and cause harm knowingly on others can expect retribution in the Hereafter. To avoid such retributions, the fearful servant follows Allah’s guidance to his/her best ability, in order to literally ‘save his skin’. This is the basic, first state of the believing servant of Allah. The second state is that of the ‘merchant’ servant, who also recognizes Allah and His guidance, but in addition to doing what is necessary to avoid retribution, he or she also works at a higher level to gain maxim reward. The objective of being in this state is therefore to be in the highest position in Paradise. The transaction being that the greater the effort to do good and follow Allah’s guidance, the greater the reward. The third and ultimate state of the believer is to worship in a state of ‘freedom’, not just in a state of fear or expectant of reward. This can only be achieved, according to Ibn Qudamah, if we truly recognize that our worship of Allah: fasting, praying and doing good, is driven by the recognition that Allah ‘deserves’ to be worshipped for all that He has bestowed on us. Can we rise to the challenge this Ramadhan and renew our relationship with Allah, or are we going to opt unconsciously for the fourth state? That is being oblivious to the golden opportunity of the month of fasting: the month of mercy, forgiveness and salvation presents us.
The Quran Alive Exhibition BMHC extends an invitation to an exhibition at the British Muslim Heritage Centre, rooted in the magnificent tradition of Islam with the Arts, bringing forward new talent expressing the reality of being a Muslim in Europe today. Rooted in European cultural backgrounds, this contemporary art display will bring to life what is taught in the classrooms in terms of Art and RE. The exhibition is available for school and college visits from: Monday 24th September until Friday 23th November 2012..
This Ramadhan at BMHC:
The BMHC is pleased to provide the following facilities and services this Ramdhan: Tarweeh Prayers led by Shaikh Shalata and Shaikh M Assim. (Sisters are especially welcome) Community Iftar during the last ten days of Ramadhan. Crèche facilities Youth facility accompanying Traweeh.
for the parents
JTML: Sham held 10th June 2012 The second event of the 15 part, Journey Through the Muslim World, entitled Al-Sham was well attended by a large number of people, who enjoyed the presentations by Dr Abeer Moqbil and Dr Salah Al-Djazairi as well as the exhibitions, stalls, book sales, video displays, children playing area. Dr Salah opened the talk session with a brief history of the region, as well as the Muslim military encounter with the Byzantines and reaction of local population. Dr Abeer showed the Muslim impact on the local society, economy and culture and highlighted the vast transformation and improvements brought by Islam in the field of architecture and arts.
Regular Activities at the BMHC
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Saturday Quran Study Group delivered by AlHuda International Friday evening study circle for girls aged 11-19. Whalley Range Community Forum Monthly
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meeting. New Horizons: Faith and Contemporary issues, every last Sunday of the month starting in Ramdhan.
BMHC facilities for hire The BMHC is a Grade II* listed building located in the heart of the dynamic city of Manchester and situated in eight acres of greenery. Among the facilities we can provide are the following: Large conference, meeting and banqueting hall capable of accommodating up to 200 persons. Two large meeting rooms capable of accommodating up to 100 each. Four meeting rooms capable of accommodating up to 40 each. A board room capable of accommodating 15 persons. A fully equipped kitchen and servery. On-site free car parking for up to 250 vehicles. 8 acres of green space capable of hosting many and varied outdoor events. For further information please contact the Sairah Zafar, Events Manager,
Dr Abeer Moqbil
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Board of Trustees 07/07 Neil and Mark of MCC Libraries and Archives with Adnan
Zain Bhikha (3rd from L) with Trustees and Staff
Paris Muslim-Jewish Forum with BMHC Trustees
Outdoor activity at JTML event on 10/06
Presentations at JTML event 10/06
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