Ramadan 2019: The ‘Iqra’ Campaign
It’s time to put our support behind the sentiments of the first REVELATION
اقْرَأْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ
READ in the name of your Lord who created [Surah al-’alaq: 96]
1453 years ago, during the month of Ramadan, the archangel Jibreel (may Allah SWT be pleased with him) descended on a mountain in the Arabian Peninsula, upon a man who had been chosen as the Last & Final Messenger of Allah SWT, The very first word that Allah SWT chose to reveal from the glorious Quran was “Read…!”. This commandment was given to the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) before any other religious or moral obligation - before the prescription to fast, or to pay Zakah, and even before establishing Salah.
The reason? If a society reads, educates themselves and ponders over the words of Allah SWT with deep understanding, the rest naturally falls into place. The society will automatically attach due importance and significance to the divine commandments concerning both religious & worldly affairs.
ن ۚ وَالْقَلَمِ وَمَا يَسْطُرُونَ
Nun. By the pen and what they inscribe [surah al-qalam: 1]
Allah SWT further emphasises the significance of education by utilizing the simple pen with which He takes an oath!
Why Should I Donate for Islamic Education?
Regrettably, Islamic Education in the UK remains significantly underfunded. In particular, our Muslim community undervalues the importance of male & female religious scholars, imams & community leaders - despite the perpetual reward (Sadaqah Jaariyah) attached to assisting someone to learn even one letter of the Quran.
Do you struggle to practise and defend your faith in an ever-evolving, secular world?
Do you feel you have access to a religious authority or establishment, who understand the nuances and complexities involved in living in a contemporary society?
Do you feel there is sufficient provision to learn traditional Islamic subjects, contextualised and adapted to modern-day requirements?
Do you fear that the classical sources of Islam are undervalued in both teaching and learning? (without these sources, we cannot understand and appreciate the roots from which Islam spread and flourished!)
Do you feel that our generation and the generation after us will struggle to hold on to their Muslim identity, whilst the environment does all it can to erode it?
How will my charitable investment be used?
Islamic Courses: Our Islamic courses are expertly designed with the needs of a part-time student in mind. Crafted by esteemed scholars and their full-time students, our wide range of courses are the ideal way to study traditional Islamic subjects such as Tajweed, Arabic, Tafseer & Seerah amongst others, within a contemporary setting.
Showcasing Guest Speakers: We regularly host renowned keynote lecturers at conferences and talks, showcasing international and local guest speakers and scholars. Exclusive 1-day courses, conferences and lectures with renowned guest speakers - each one bringing with them a wealth of knowledge and illuminating the audiences in attendance.
Social Activities: We have organised many social outings with the aim of advocating "halal fun". The 'sisters-only' activities offer women the opportunity to meet and socialise in a positive, halal, enthusiastic environment, as well as providing great family activities enjoyed by all ages.
Community Service Projects: We are always seeking opportunities to aid community cohesion and actively take steps to address the problems we are facing in society at large.
Development of an Islamic research facility: By collaborating with respected scholars and professionals who are at the forefront of their fields, we aim to develop a recognised research facility to aid in tacking contemporary issues - related to medical advancements, gender identity and more.
We purposefully keep our course fees as low as possible to ensure Islamic education remains accessible to all. We keep our events completely free to attend and we heavily subsidise social activities because it's important to us that men, women & children be able to keep in touch with their Islamic identity, in whatever capacity that may be.
BENEFIT FROM ETERNAL SADAQAH JARIYAH
"When a man passes away, his good deeds will also come to an end except for three: Sadaqah Jariyah (ceaseless charity); a knowledge which is beneficial, or a virtuous descendant who prays for him (for the deceased)" Narrated by Abu Hurairah, Sahih Muslim