Posts Tagged ‘Muslim’

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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Creating Muslim Christian Traditions

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Creating Muslim Christmas Traditions

When I was young, one of the things I looked forward to the most during Christmas was opening the doors to my Advent calendar. My favourite calendars were the ones without chocolate traditional European styled posters, with small, thin doors that revealed simple pictures. There was something magical about finding the door, and trying to guess if the days surprise was a colourful candy cane, a wooden horse or a gingerbread cookie. Every year I would stare at the pictures que winter scene for hours imagining myself playing with the glistening snow and the sleigh-riding children.  I would wipe my hands across the Christmas star and carry the glitter on my hands all day long.

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Have a very Muslim Christmas

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Brilliant, multi-coloured lights flash from storefront windows; giant wreaths, shining silver faux icicles and cartoonish depictions of Santa hang low from mall ceilings; giant 15-foot Christmas trees piled high with elaborate, wrapped boxes line entrance corridors; ready-made, delectable Christmas cookies and chocolates intoxicate passers-by with their sweet, comforting smell, and the latest secular Christmas pop tunes pour out from Starbucks and other trendy hot-spots. People crowd the malls looking for the perfect gift or are drawn by the holiday deals. Babies are enthralled by the lights and kids run around with Santa hats. The Christmas spirit is running high, and is only briefly interrupted by the call to prayer. It’s Christmas in Kuwait.

I have to admit, my first trip to Kuwait to meet the in-laws was a cultural shock on many levels. Forget about meeting an extended family so large that after years of marriage, close relatives I have never heard of are still coming out of the woodwork.
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Christmas through Muslim Eyes

Monday, December 19th, 2011

How better to honour the birthday of Jesus than by spreading peace and goodwill?  The Christian Muslim Forum is looking for Muslim writers and bloggers for a social media campaign to be run this December.

“Christmas through Muslim Eyes” will be your chance to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences of a festival that dominates British culture.

Your readers may be people who are completely unfamiliar with Islam. This is your opportunity to build friendship by showing what you think of a festival that is very important to them. We are looking for articles of between 300 to 1000 words to be published on our website.  We welcome entries of all types, whether spiritual, reflective and academic or funny, entertaining and personal.

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