As salaam alaykum Brothers and Sisters
I pray you are all in the best of health and eman.
Alhamdulillah, August has been a very busy month for the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA), and I want to use this opportunity to talk about some of the key activities your generous donations have funded, insha’Allah.
‘Don’t Hate, Debate!’ – Does Islam Clash With British Values?
On Friday 12 June 2015, iERA hosted its second ‘Don’t Hate, Debate!’ event entitled: ‘Does Islam Clash With British Values?’ The full debate will soon be aired on Islam Channel and online, but here is a teaser to whet your appetite:
‘Journey of the Believers’ – iERA’s new Muslim retreat
On Thursday 6th August, iERA held its second four-day educational retreat for new Muslims this year. I had the honour of personally delivering the courses, workshops and lectures at the ‘Journey of the Believers’ retreat, which took place at the De Vere Harben House in Milton Keynes.
iERA’s Muslim Now team helped bring together new Muslims from various social, economic and ethnic backgrounds to gain a firm grounding in Islam and to be introduced to a balanced and mainstream understanding of Islam.
35 new Muslims attended the retreat, and have since returned home with renewed faith and a clearer outlook on how to practice their religion.
The main objective of the four-day educational retreat was to build, prepare and inspire new Muslims to be role models and leaders in their communities.
You can help our Muslim Now department in continuing to provide the essential support that new Muslims require by visiting the Muslim Now website.
Launch of the One Community Department
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The people most beloved to God are those that bring the most benefit to the people.” (Mu’jam Al-Awsat).
We are pleased to officially announce the launch of our new department, ‘One Community’.
One Community aims to encourage British Muslims to positively contribute in their local communities by taking part in social initiatives.
Our objective is to emulate the beautiful teachings of the Prophet (peace be upon him) of bringing benefit and goodness to the society we live in through acts of compassion and kindness to others.
We have numerous campaigns coming up in September, which you can carry out in your local area.
To start, please LIKE our One Community Facebook page.
Education and Research
The Education and Research department has been occupied with equipping the Ummah with the intellectual arguments to deal with prevailing theories which question God’s existence, the validity of Islam and the prophethood of our beloved Messenger (peace be upon him).
The ‘Global Dawah Movement’ (GDM) show is currently on its ninth episode, and to date, the team have successfully deconstructed and highlighted major flaws within the scientific, atheist and secular liberal reasoning of man, life and universe. They’ve also explored the history of the Bible as well as looking at The Prophetic Truth.
In addition to this, the Mission Dawah team have been delivering dawah training courses and Islamic lectures across the UK and abroad:
• On Saturday 1st August the Mission Dawah team visited the town of Crawley in Surrey, to deliver a one-day dawah training course. They later took to the streets to convey the message of Islam to the general public. Click here to read more.
• On Saturday 8th August, the team were invited by the Abrahamic Foundation in Birmingham to deliver a full day dawah course. Click here to read more.
• Between Thursday 13th – Saturday 15th August, iERA’s Head of Education and Research, Hamza Tzortzis was invited by the Government of Maldives to deliver a series of Islamic lectures, as well as attending a range of strategic meetings to further the global dawah movement. Click here to read more.
• On the bank holiday weekend of 28th August 2015, the Mission Dawah team visited Huddersfield to deliver talks, training and street dawah, as part of a ‘Dawah Weekend Programme’. Click here to read more.
Help in spreading the message of Islam to the four corners of the world by donating to Mission Dawah.
The Arrival of New Dawah Materials
In continuing with our efforts to present Islam to the wider non-Muslim public, iERA have just released 18 new ‘Convey One Verse’ cards with over 800,000 currently in stock to order directly from our website – iERA Shop
In addition, we have also stocked up on our ‘Who Do You Love?’ and ‘Against Racism, Against Hatred’ T-shirts, but with limited availability. Don’t miss out by ordering yours today!
We Need Your Support!
Brothers and sisters, none of the work that we have done in August or plan to do in the coming months, would be possible without the help of Allah (swt), and through your kind donations.
I ask you all to continue supporting iERA with your health and wealth and help us to fulfil the Prophetic vision of taking Islam into every home.
May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) bless you all in this life and the Hereafter, and count you amongst the successful, about which He (swt) says:
“Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining righteousness and forbidding evil. And it is they who are the successful.” [Surah Al Imran, verse 104]