Explore Islam Week is one of the most important events in ISoc’s calendar: a week-long schedule providing – for Muslims and non-Muslims alike – a lens into Islamic life and exploring issues in contemporary debate about Islam. We’ve got a diverse and super exciting line up this year, so hopefully we’ll see as many of you as possible!

**Open Jummah**
Friday 21st Feb
13.15-13.45
Venue: St. Columba’s Church, Downing Street, CB2 3DS

Come along to Open Jummah this friday , and gain insight into this community gathering weekly practice.

** What happens next? The Spiritual Afterlife in Islam**

Friday 21st Feb
Doors open: 18.30 Event Starts 19.00
Venue: Cripps Auditorium, Magdalene College
Speaker: Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (aka Timothy Winter)
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/505085369609548/

We are kicking off Explore Islam Week 2014 with a talk on the spiritual afterlife in Islam by Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (aka Timothy Winter). He will explore the nature and purpose of this world and situate these ideas in the wider context of the afterlife. The concept of the afterlife can seem ill-defined and distant, so do come along to have the Shaykh elucidate what this actually consists of in Islam and why it is so important to Muslims.

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad is an internationally renowned scholar voted Britain’s most influential Muslim thinker and Dean of Cambridge Muslim College. If you’ve never heard him speak (and even if you have), this is not to be missed. He has the wonderful ability of being able to convey complex scholarly ideas in a crisp, often lyrical and still accessible manner.

This EIW, we’re starting at the end.

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** Moses, Jesus and Muhammad : One Message **

Saturday 22nd Feb
Doors Open: 18.30 Event Starts 19.00
Venue: Queens Building, Emmanuel College
Speakers: Sh. Dr Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour
Imam Sejad Mekic
Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1459087760972853/

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[O believers], “We have believed in Allah and what has been revealed to us and what has been revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the Descendants and what was given to Moses and Jesus and what was given to the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we are Muslims [in submission] to Him. } Surah Albaqarah verse 136

Prophetic tradition plays a key role in shaping the lives and behavior of Muslims across the world. It’s easily forgotten that Islam was the product of many generations of divine message and that consequently prophets such as Jesus and Moses (Peace be upon them), and the message that they conveyed, have had considerable influence over Islam and its inception. Come along to find more about the lives of Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (Peace be upon them) and their integral importance in Islam and why Muslims, and others, hold them in such high esteem.

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** English Beginnings Caribbean Roots – Story of a New Muslim Community in East Anglia **

Sunday 23rd Feb
Doors Open: 18.30 Event Starts 19.00
Venue: Chadwick Room, Selwyn College
Speaker: Uthman Morrison & Abdalhamid Evans
Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/220093914863447/

Explaining the geo-political, historical and sociological forces shaping the emergence of the Islamic phenomenon is a task beyond our scope.

Therefore, this short narrative makes no claim to trace the origins of Islam in Britain or even in Norfolk. What it provides is the slenderest outline based on the recollections of those who were present of events that would eventually lead to the settlement in Norwich of the community whose story forms the basis of this presentation.

Uthman Ibrahim-Morrison was born to Jamaican parents in London and studied law at UCL and

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at Canterbury. He became Muslim in 1987 and led the establishment of Brixton Mosque. He is the founding Chairman of the Blackstone Foundation educational trust and lives in Norwich as part of the well-known Ihsan Mosque community, occupied with specialist teaching, writing and publishing.

Abdalhamid Evans was born in New York and educated in the USA and UK. He spent seven years in the remote mountains of South West Ireland without running water or electricity, and joined the Norwich Muslim community after embracing Islam in 1978. He was actively involved in community activities for the following two decades, and studied European philosophy and psychology with Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi. He currently works as an independent consultant in the international Halal marketplace.

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** Ethics of War **

Monday 24th February
Doors Open: 18.30 Event Starts: 19.00
Venue: Lucia Windsor Room, Newnham College
Speaker: Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (aka Timothy Winter)
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/240695636111174/

War is, unfortunately, a spectre that dominates our present reality. The question of whether war can ever be justified has long been the subject of intense debate, and one that has not simply been the concern of politicians and academics but rather, given its effects, nearly all of us.

“Human beings have been waging wars against one another from time immemorial and the question of whether the deliberate destruction of life can ever be justified is equally well established. The world’s major religious traditions regard human life as sacred and promote compassion to fellow human beings. Yet in the past religious leaders have declared it a religious duty for believers to enter battle and thus catalyzed some of the most horrendous wars in human history. From 11th century crusaders to 21st century suicide bombers, individuals have used God to rationalize the annihilation of others. How can we differentiate an honourable individual defending their life, values and homeland from a sadistic barbarian guilty of war crimes. What is a ‘Just War’? Are some weapons intrinsically evil? Do international conventions serve a useful purpose?

We explore the above with Tim Winter, internationally renowned scholar voted Britains most influential Muslim thinker and Dean of Cambridge Muslim College

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** The Stories of Women in the Quran **

Tuesday 25th Feb
Doors Open: 18.30 Event Starts 19.00
Venue: Queens Building, Emmanuel College

This event is being finalized, so keep your eyes peeled for more info!

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** Food and its Spiritual Dimensions **

Wednesday 26th Feb
Doors open: 18.30 Event Starts 19.00
Venue: Cripps Auditorium, Magdalene College
Speaker: Sh Yahya Rhodus
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/269196156579045/

Then eat of what Allah has provided for you [which is] lawful and good. And be grateful for the favour of Allah, if it is [indeed] Him that you worship (16:114)

Physical nourishment is paramount to our well-being and ability to survive, but we often overlook the spiritual consequences of what we actually consume on a daily basis. With the food and drink industry becoming increasingly lucrative and less about what is actually good for us as humans, it is more important today than ever before to understand the wide ranging effects of what enters our bodies. In what promises to be a truly captivating talk, Shaykh Yahya will provide Islamic insights into food and drink, in order that we are able to have a deeper appreciation with regards to the spirituality and ethics of food.

Shaykh Yahya Rhodus was born in Kansas City, Missouri. At the age of 19, he embraced Islam in Santa Clara, California. He travels regularly teaching, lecturing, and conducting weekend seminars with institutes such as the Deen Intensive Foundation. Currently studying his PHD in Theology at Cambridge, Shaykh Yahyha Rhodus is one of most prominent and prolific Islamic scholars in the West.

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**Successful Executive or Corporate Slave?
Some thoughts on purpose and ethics in the business world” **

Thursday 27th Feb
Doors open: 18.30 Event Starts 19.00
Venue: Sidgwick Hall, Newnham College
Speaker: Tarek El Diwany
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1408082649442330/

This talk will look at whether modern economic theory is an impartial analysis of human economic activity. Following on from this, the basis of ethics in modern secular literature will be discussed and the speaker will look at what makes people alter their ethical framework to suit their actions and why a group of

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people might collectively decide to “do the wrong thing”. Finally, we will look for examples from the life of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that can guide us to better ethics.

Tarek El Diwany’s experience in both secular and Islamic finance help him to provide a practical commentary on the state of the modern financial system and the Islamic alternative. In 1989 he established a bond derivatives operation for a major financial institution in London and since 1995 he has worked in the field of Islamic finance for a variety of professional and private clients across the world. He is now the senior member at Zest Advisory LLP, an Islamic finance and investment consultancy based in London. Tarek is the founder of www.islamic-finance.com, a database of researchers, institutions, books, events and other information dedicated to the field, and presenter of the film documentary Why are We All in Debt? In 2010, he completed a reference textbook as contributing editor for First Ethical Charitable Trust entitled Islamic Banking and Finance: What It Is and What It Could Be.

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** Grill a Muslim : Q & A Session **

Friday 28th Feb
Doors Open: 18.30 Event Starts 19.00
Venue: Mong Hall, Sidney Sussex
Panellists: Emre Kazim
Ajmal Masroor
Julie Siddiqi
Salman Younas
Event Page: www.facebook.com/events/1389886917944626

There are many stereotypes about Islam, despite its followers making up 25% of the world and also 4% of the British population:
Have you ever met a muslim man without a beard?
Have you ever met a muslim who doesn’t eat curry?
If you eat halal curry, does that make you a muslim?
We cordially invite you to an open forum to ask whatever questions you might have. Our guests speakers have spoken at various venues. Take advantage of this opportunity to

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Our speakers
Imam Ajmal Masroor is the the director of Communities in Action which, provides consultancy and support on Islamic issues to the government and the media. He read Politics and Arabic at SOAS, University of London. He is an Imam at a mosque in London. In 2007, to provide the British people with an insight into Islamic practices, Imam Ajmal presented Make me a Muslim on Channel 4, where six non-Muslims were asked to follow Islamic teachings for three weeks. During the 2010 General Elections, Imam Ajmal was the Liberal Democrat party’s candidate for the Bethnal Green and Bow constituency in East London.

Emre Kazim is a PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy at King’s College, University of London. He first read Chemistry as undergraduate student at UCL and then as a postgraduate at the University of Cambridge. He is the co-founder of the London-based grassroots community organisation, Olive Tree Education Foundation.

Julie Siddiqi is the first Executive Director of the Islamic Society of Britain, Vice Chair of her local Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education and a founding member of the charity, An Nisa Slough Muslim Women’s Group. Julie featured in The Times Newspaper 100 most influential Muslim women in the UK.

Salman Younas is a New Yorker by birth and graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Political Science and Religious Studies. A scholar and teacher of multiple Islamic disciplines ranging from theology and exegesis to law and historiography, he is currently pursuing a masters in Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford.
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** Round-up Dinner: a Taste of Ramadan! **

Saturday 1st March

Event Page : https://www.facebook.com/events/1401376973455248/?previousaction=join&source=1

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