As salaam alaykum Brothers and Sisters
I pray you are all in the best of health and eman, and had a joyous Eid ul-Adha with family and friends.
Alhamdulillah, September has been yet another busy month for iERA, and I want to use this opportunity to share some of the key activities your generous donations have funded.
Last month, iERA officially launched its newest ‘One Community’ department. The One Community team aims to empower British Muslims to positively contribute towards their communities by getting involved in social projects.
September was a jam packed month for the One Community team, as they ran three consecutive campaigns.
On Sunday 13th September 2015, the One Community team launched a national ‘Neighbourhood Clean Up’ campaign, which involved clearing litter caused by fly tipping and anti-social behaviour.
We had teams of volunteers in Newcastle upon Tyne, Stockton, Huddersfield, Bradford, Leicester, Birmingham, East Ham, Wembley and in Tower Hamlets.
See more Neighbourhood Cleanup activities here.
Random Acts of Kindness
The ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ project took place in the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah, which corresponded to the 15th to 24th September 2015.
The One Community team coordinated teams across the UK. In previous years, British Muslims have paid for strangers’ parking tickets, distributed chocolates to office staff, and given flowers to hospital workers.
Make A Child Smile
On the day of Eid Al-Adha, the One Community team organised British Muslims from numerous towns and cities to take presents to children in hospitals. The project was taken to a national scale by iERA because local Muslim organisations have already been sharing Eid with hospitalised children in their localities for several years.
Black History Month
Next month, the One Community team will be conducting educational talks, producing videos and distributing literature for Black History Month. iERA will specifically address how Islam and the Prophetic tradition is the answer to eradicating all forms of racism. This will be a part of our ‘Against Racism, Against Hatred’ campaign.
To set up one of these projects in your local area, email the One Community team at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.OurOneCommunity.com
Public Relations and Media
iERA’s Public Relations and Media team have been preparing for the next ‘Don’t Hate, Debate!’ event on Friday 16th October 2015 in London.
In light of the UK Government’s proposed Counter-Extremism Bill, a panel consisting of some of the country’s leading journalists, academics and activists will debate whether ‘Islam is the cause or solution to extremism’.
Here is the trailer to the upcoming debate:
Here is the trailer to the second ‘Don’t Hate, Debate!’ on Islam and British values, which will be aired on Islam Channel Sky 806 on Saturday 3 October at 21:00 (BST):
Education and Research
The Education and Research department have have been dedicated to equipping the Ummah with the intellectual arguments to deal with popular concepts and theories that question God’s existence, the validity of Islam and the prophethood of our beloved Messenger (peace be upon him).
The Global Dawah Movement Show
The GDM (Global Dawah Movement) show is currently on its fourteenth episode, and to date, the team have robustly dealt with major contradictions within the scientific, atheistic, sceptic and secular liberal worldview regarding man, life and universe. This month, the GDM show covered the Divine authorship of the Quran, biological warfare and the battle of the evolutionists, the Qur’an’s literary coherence, and “Richard Dawkins supporting the Islamic worldview”.
You can watch all the GDM shows here.
Our head of Education and Research, Hamza Tzortzis, has just completed the first draft of his book on atheism. The book will be published by a reputable publisher, so watch this space!
In addition to this, the Mission Dawah team have been delivering dawah training courses and Islamic lectures across the UK and abroad:
On Saturday 5th September, Hamza Tzortzis and the Mission Dawah team delivered The Divine Reality workshop in Crawley. More than 40 people attended, including a local imam, who said he found the course very beneficial and relevant.
On Friday 18th September, the Mission Dawah team held a weekend of dawah in Barcelona, Spain. The trip included an iERA dawah training course for the first time in Spanish. As part of the mission, the Mission Dawah team were also involved in public dialogue on Sunday 20th September.
On Sunday 20 September, Hamza Tzortzis delivered lectures at the Harborne Islamic Study Circle and Masjid Al-Falah in Birmingham. The topics covered were, ‘The Eternal Challenge: A Journey Through the Miraculous Quran’ and ‘Unlocking Our Hearts: Pondering on the Quran’.
Channel 4 filmed the Mission Dawah team on Wednesday 30th September, whilst they gave out free cupcakes at Leicester Square for the ‘Who Do You Love?’ campaign. Hamza Tzortzis will be featuring on a Channel 4 documentary on Islam in Britain.
In October, the Mission Dawah team will be delivering lectures at the University of Bradford, Oxford Brookes University, and at the Research Institute of Abrahamic Faiths, as well as publishing a new book: ‘The Eternal Challenge: A Journey Through the Miraculous Quran’.
To find out more, visit the Mission Dawah Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MissionDawah
We Need Your Support!
Brothers and sisters, none of the work we carried out in September or intend on doing in the near future, would be possible without the help of Allah (ﷻ), and through your generous donations.
I ask you all to continue supporting iERA with your health and wealth for the sake of Allah (ﷻ) and the betterment of His religion.
May Allah (ﷻ) shower you all with his endless blessings in this life and the Hereafter, and count you amongst the successful, about which He (ﷻ) 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]