Posts Tagged ‘Hero’

Muhammad Exhibition

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Opening Speech at Muhammad Exhibition, 16 June 2011, Islamic Cultural Centre, London (this is an extract)

Salaam alaikum and good afternoon

It is an honour to be asked to say a few words to open this exhibition. I believe that this exhibition is very important as it will enable people to get closer to the man, the life and the legacy of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). I hope that it will draw more people into your centre who know little about the Prophet and Islam and that they will leave with a better understanding.

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The conscience of all religions

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Hussain (AS) – the conscience of all religions
By Rubab Mehdi Rizvi, Chairperson, International Imam Hussain Council

Muharram, the mention of which drowns words in grief, marks a period of mourning and contemplation for Muslims throughout the world. It is on the tenth day of Muharram (Ashura – the martyrdom of Imam Hussain) when the skies wept and the earth kissed the severed head of Imam Hussain (AS) at Karbala.

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Ibn Fadlān

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

My Muslim hero is Ibn Fadlān, a 10th-century travel writer from Baghdad. In June 921CE he set off as part of an embassy sent by the caliph Muqtadir to the Volga Bulghārs. This semi-nomadic Turkic speaking people were recent converts to Islam. Their leader had sent a request to the caliph for Islamic instruction and help building a Mosque.

Despite living so long ago, Ibn Fadlān’s account of his journey feels fresh and modern. I admire him because he made a great effort to understand what he saw and record it. His descriptions of those he met are a gift to us nearly a thousand years later. They remind us that wherever you go in the world, people are people. We are all part of one human race.

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Avicenna

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

From my perspective, choosing a Muslim hero is tremendously difficult. Not because there are so few (on the contrary), but because there are so many heroes and heroines to choose from.

The Philosopher Bertrand Russell in his famous History of Western Philosophy has openly acknowledged the epoch-making contribution of Islam and Muslim civilisation to science, philosophy, economy, art, poetry and medicine.

My faith (Christian) influences me to value compassion as one of the characteristics of a person when identifying a hero, but my profession has also influenced my choice. I am a specialist in child mental health and am mindful of the great contribution that Islamic medicine has gifted to humanity.

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Rumi

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

My Muslim hero is Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī. He is better known as Rumi in the West. Rumi is an Islamic Sufi mystic from the 13th century who lived in what is now Konya, Turkey. I chose Rumi as my Muslim hero for two main reasons:

Firstly I believe that Rumi is a shining example of the things I admire most about the Turkish culture. Growing up as a disabled person in the United States I had become accustomed to people treating me differently because of my disability. I got used to thinking that the first thing people see when they look at me is not the type of person I am, it’s my wheelchair.

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My Muslim Hero

Monday, December 19th, 2011

The Muslim contribution to global society, culture, science, religion and spirituality is undeniable. This January, following on from Muslims writing about Christmas, we’re giving Christians and other non-Muslims the chance to write about their favourite Muslims from history.

We’re looking for articles of between 300 to 1000 words in length about any Muslim hero or heroine from the 8th to the 20th centuries.
Please send questions and articles to Claire at Claire@christianmuslimforum.org.
Thanks for your help!
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