First Saturday of Every Month

4 August 2018
Surah Baqarah: the ‘miniature’ Qur’an

This is the longest Surah in the Qur’an with 286 verses and revealed over the span of 9 years.  Yet there is well connected textual coherence between its verses which could be explained through ‘ring composition’.  The first half of the Surah is a survey of the Children of Israel and the second half of the Surahs lays down the foundation of the Muslim Ummah with detailed laws on acts of worship, family life, and governance of state affairs.  It is essentially a summary of the contents of the entire in more detail than in the opening chapter.

 

1 September 2018
Animals in the Qur’an

The Qur’an tells us that animals are living creatures like us.  In the narratives of the Qur’an, many animals are mentioned such as the hoopoe in the story of the Solomon, the snake in the story of Moses, the big fish in the story of Jonah and the dog in the story of the Companions of the Cave.  In this Seminar, we will contextualise all references to animals mentioned throughout the Qur’an.

 

6 October 2018
New Year:  ‘The Best of Times in Islam’

As it is the Islamic New Year 1441 AH, we will explore the history of the Islamic Calendar and then look in detail at some of the key dates in each of the 12 months such as Ramadan, Muharram, and Dhulhijjah.  We will also provide a balanced analysis of controversial issues such as the Mawlid and the significance of the night of 15th Sha’ban. We will also look at the importance of Friday and things we can do on a daily basis to enhance our spiritual development.

 

3 November 2018
Characteristics of Hypocrites in the Qur’an

The Qur’an describes three groups of people in relation to their response to the Qur’an; believers, unbelievers and hypocrites. The latter group is considered the most dangerous ‘enemies’ to the believers as they profess to be among them but inwardly work against their interests.  Muslims are asked to ‘beware’ of the characteristics of the hypocrites so they do not follow these traits as they can result in the downfall and disintegration of the community.  In this Seminar, we will identify some of the characteristics of hypocrites mentioned in different parts of the Qur’an and also explore ways we can help rid of hypocrisy in our midst.

 

1 December 2018
Descriptions of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in the Qur’an

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is the recipient of the Qur’an and directly addressed in the sacred text many times, but never called by his name unlike other prophets.  In this month of Rabiul Awwal, where the blessed birth of the Holy Prophet (SAW) and other major events of his life (SIrah) took place, we look at some of the beautiful descriptions of the man who is a beautiful role model (Uswah Hasanah) for the believers.

 

5 January 2019
Mary & Jesus in the Qur’an

Did you know that there is a chapter in the Qur’an named after the mother of Jesus and that she is mentioned by name more in the Qur’an than the Bible?  In this festivity season associated with the birth of Christ, we explore the teachings of the Qur’an on Virgin Mary and her son and how the Qur’an presents the true facts and holds these figures in very high esteem but at the level of their humanity.  We particularly welcome people from Christian backgrounds to whom complimentary places will be offered on this Seminar.

 

2 February 2019
‘The Night Surahs’:  Al-Sajdah (32) & Al-Mulk (67)

In a well known Hadith we are told that the Holy prophet (SAW) did not go to sleep at night without reading these Surahs.  In this Seminar, we will explore in detail the contents of these two Surahs and also explore their commonalities.

 

2 March 2019
Characters in the Story of Prophet Moses

Prophet Moses is the prophet mentioned the most by name in the Qur’an (136 times).  In several Surahs of the Qur’an, such as chapters 20 and 28, his story is told in detail.  In this Seminar, we will explore all the characters that we encounter in the Qur’anic story of Moses.  These include the women around him (such as his mother, the wife of Pharoah and the two young women of Madyan) and unbelieving characters such as Pharaoh, Haman, and Qarun.

 

6 April 2019
Food & Drink and Fasting in the Qur’an

The Qur’an tells us to reflect on our food and to be grateful to our Creator for the sustenance He has provided us.  In this Seminar, we will explore all references to food and drink in the Qur’an.  We also do a thematic study of all references to fasting in the Qur’an in different contexts such as the fast in Ramadan, Mary’s vow of silence and fasting as an expiation for different legal breaches (e.g. penalty for breaking an oath).

 

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