As salaam alaykum Brothers and Sisters
I pray you all receive this message in the best of health and eman.
Alhamdulillah, June and July have been a very busy time for the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) team, and I want to use this opportunity to highlight some key activities from the last two months that your generous donations have and will continue to fund, insha’Allah.
With Ramadan falling between June and July, we have been occupied with fundraising for future campaigns, printing materials and dawah initiatives.
‘Don’t Hate, Debate!’ – Does Islam Clash with British values?
After the successful launch of iERA’s ‘Don’t Hate, Debate!’ campaign, and the huge support for its inaugural ‘How Free is Speech?’ event in February, we held a second cross panel debate to discuss another important topic relating to the Muslim community, which has dominated the British media in recent months.
During a climate of increasing Islamophobia and the rise of far-right groups in the UK, Muslims have found themselves in a situation where they are frequently labelled “extremists” for supposedly failing to accept ‘British values’.
As part of our ‘Don’t Hate, Debate!’ campaign, iERA hosted a cross panel discussion on whether Islam as a comprehensive belief system is compatible with British values.
The ‘Does Islam Clash with British Values?’ the event took place on Friday 12th June 2015 at the Hallmark Hotel in Croydon. Alhamdulillah, after three venue changes at very short notice, more than a hundred people attended the event.
Unfortunately, due to differing unforeseen circumstances, three of the panellists were not able to participate. Nevertheless, this did not stop people and members of the press attending the event.
The cross-panel discussion will be broadcast on Islam Channel at the end of this month or at the beginning of September, please follow iERA on Facebook and Twitter for further information.
Check out the promotional video for the Islam and British values event, as well as our essay on the subject matter:
iERA are planning to make ‘Don’t Hate, Debate!’ a national campaign, and we are collaborating with other Muslim organisations across the UK to relay a positive and holistic message of Islam.
The next ‘Don’t Hate, Debate!’ event will take place in October, where a diverse group of panellists will discuss religious orthodoxy and extremism.
Ramadan activities – Calling Humanity Back to Allah
An overwhelming majority of iERA’s work in the last two months has been focussed on Ramadan fundraising for our departments, dawah campaigns and Islamic literature.
The chosen theme this Ramadan was reminding the Ummah of iERA’s sole objective – ‘Calling humanity back to Allah. iERA launched in 2009 with the Prophetic vision of taking Islam into every home, as mentioned in the following hadith in Musnad Ahmed:
“Islam will keep spreading as far as the night and day, until Allah will not leave a house made of mud or hair, but will make this religion enter it.”
Based on this vision, iERA have trained more than 40,000 people from around the world in giving dawah, by teaching them how to articulate a positive and compassionate case for Islam through rational arguments and intellectual dialogue.
Ultimately, all of iERA’s different departments and campaigns go back to this Prophetic vision, of inviting people to Islam and with the permission of Allah (swt), and to save as many people as we can from the Hellfire, including ourselves!
This Ramadan, we had three online appeals, one live appeal on Ramadan TV, a charity iftar for our supporters and donors, and a “cupcake dawah day” as part of the ‘Who Do You Love?’ campaign in Leicester Square.
You can watch all our Ramadan videos here.
Undoubtedly, Ramadan is the most blessed time to give sadaqa as the reward is much greater. However, by Allah, the true test of our imaan is the ability to remain consistent in our good deeds after Ramadan. With this in mind, it is never too late to support the dawah by donating towards our numerous projects, departments and initiatives.
‘The Journey of the Believers’ – iERA’s new Muslim retreat
On Thursday 4th August, iERA will be holding a four-day educational retreat for new Muslims. I will be personally delivering the course, workshops and lectures at ‘Journey of the Believers’ retreat, which will be held at the De Vere Harben House in Milton Keynes.
iERA will be bringing 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 the faith.
The main objective of the four-day educational retreat is to build, prepare and inspire new Muslims to be role models and leaders in their communities.
If you know a new Muslim who would benefit from the retreat this week, please direct them to check out www.MuslimNow.com
Help our Muslim Now department so we can continue providing the essential support that new Muslims require.
We Need Your Support!
Brothers and sisters, none of the work that we have done in the last two months or plan to do in the future, would be possible without the help of Allah (swt), and through your kind donations.
Please continue supporting iERA and the noble work of giving the dawah.
Help fulfil the Prophetic vision and join the movement in calling humanity back to Allah (swt).
May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) 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]