iERA CEO Hamza Tzortzis visited the Gulf nation of Kuwait in April 2018 with two main of objectives; delivering talks along with visiting various influentials and senior members of various organisations to further the cause of conveying the call in a peaceful and effective manner both on a regional and global front.
YAQEENI, YAQEENI CAMPAIGN — CLARIFYING DOUBTS & CERTAINTY
Hamza Tzortzis began the trip by delivering the opening presentation for the ‘Yaqeeni, Yaqeeni’ campaign, which was held at the Kuwait University. The initiative was organised by the National Union of Kuwaiti Students (NUKS). The opening session was followed up by questions and answers.
The main purpose of this campaign was to assert spiritual and intellectual certainty back into the lives of students. Various methods were used, including a hotline number for individuals to call in confidence to discuss any doubts which they may be harbouring with someone who can provide support and guidance. The campaign team also published a book that focuses on dealing with doubts. This book was distributed among the student population.
DAWAH BASICS — AWAKENING THE FITRAH
Hamza Tzortzis breaks down foundational concepts on how to give Dawah to attendees who are active volunteers for a Kuwaiti-based community ‘Dawah Now’. He explains the best approach to dawah is by conveying Islam in a holistic and discussing its first principles. In the case of Islam this is the ‘fitrah’ an innate disposition placed within every human being that contains knowledge which can be split into two areas:
- God is a reality
- He deserves praise
However, Hamza explains how the fitrah becomes clouded via social upbringing and influences. He shares valuable advice for those willing to convey the message to people without getting entangled into the labyrinths of arguments.
Watch this video to learn how to uncloud the fitrah:
ONE GOD, ONE RELIGION
In this talk, iERA CEO Hamza Tzortzis and Sheikh Yusuf Estes discussed the topic of the Oneness of God within the context of atheism within Masjid Othman.
Hamza initially pinpoints that atheism is not an intellectual issue but rather a spiritual existential issue. To further his case he discusses ‘first principles’ which are the ideas you require which adopt which requires any sphere of knowledge.
MUSLIM YOUTH STUDYING ABROAD — BECOMING POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE INFLUENCERS?
This interview was aired on Kuwait’s state channel ‘KT2V’ which is dedicated to the English-speaking public. Many Kuwaiti students study internationally — approximately 5000 studying abroad annually — so it is pivotal that they understand how to be influential positively and not negatively.
Returning with positive influences abroad and bringing it back to Kuwait — for example, a better and more stringent work ethic — but on the flipside, negative influences may be brought back with the student such as violence etc.
Hamza identifies two psychological driving forces for one’s own identity — which are the need for certainty and the need for belonging. Which can be further categorised into Informational social influence and normative social influence. The needs to feel certain and if they don’t have the means to feel certain then they will look to the collective and certain influentials in order to ascertain certainty within their lives.
So human beings have the need to belong, so they will suspend those values to gain a sense of belonging to a group which does not agree with those ideas or values. However, in this case with international Muslim students, a lack of Islamic foundation can be detrimental to one’s faith when interacting with Non-Muslims. Watch the video to learn how Hamza tackles this topic head-on and proposes solutions to the crux of this issue.