San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Who is God?
This is the fundamental question that needs to be addressed at the beginning of every meaningful religious journey - connecting with God logically rests on knowing who He is, understanding Him in as much as we can, and then exploring our existence and purpose in relation to His being.
Often, our religious practice is largely reduced to soundbites and ritualism, protest and social markers, but what is it that God wanted and how did He want us to do that in the context of the world around us? What does that mean for Muslims in Britain? Often we assume we know what God wants but after some analysis we tend to find it has more to do with what we would like to believe He wants. Trying to determine the divine will, what does it mean to have a relationship with revelation (what God has said)?
To take a journey that is systematised to make sense and comprehensively build a foundation. Structured from what God has told us.
Reintroducing God is the first in a series of unique two-day workshops that goes back to basics and takes you through the core essentials from the very beginning - everything is radically re-examined from first principles. We address who God is through the modes advocated in revelation, and present ways in which we might get to know Him intimately. Getting to know the divine is a phenomenal experience, one that certainly will not end with the workshop - the aim is to survey the basics and institute a method and attitude that helps participants continue with their journey long after the event. Can the modern world and developments in various fields of knowledge increase our awareness and understanding of the divine? Are there ways to know God and appreciate His divinity that builds upon prophetic guidance but goes into more detail allowing for a deeper exploration, one that resonates with modern experiences?
In getting to know God, we must also situate man in the divine plan. How did humans get here, what was here before, and what does the history of man tell us? We build on all of this by then asking the ultimate question: what does God want of us? Not only do we continously probe the distinction between the spiritual and the material, challenging whether there is a convincing argument that allows for this contrast, but we explore what God ultimately wants of human life and the way it should be lived out.
A defining feature of all workshops is to use the Quran as the foremost basis to shape our ideas, as well as provide practical demonstrations of how revelation is meant to inform our thoughts, beliefs and actions in everyday life.
The workshop is intended to be systematic and thought-provoking where participants are involved rather than simply being lectured to, and provides a fresh and compelling starting point encouraging attendees to challenge previously held assumptions.
Please note: seats are limited so will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis. All proceeds go to the organising of this event.
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Muhammad Nizami is an Islamic scholar currently focused on applied theology, Islamic law and ethics (fiqh) in a British context, and applied legal theory and philosophy (usul al-fiqh).
Alongside undertaking classical Islamic studies in Makkah and Cairo, he has memorised the Quran and several books of hadith, with ijazat in several modes of recitation (qira'at). He holds degrees in Christian theology and English literature, Islamic law and legal theory, and politics and international relations, graduating from a number of notable institutions including the University of London (LSE) and Al-Azhar University. He is currently undertaking postgraduate study in Political and Legal Theory (Warwick).
He acts as a consultant to a number of Islamic organisations, is a visiting Islamic scholar to Kingston Mosque and also holds public lectures in Quranic exegesis (tafsir) and fiqh across London. He also engages through various online platforms, most notably contributing articles to islamicate.co.uk.
Muhammad is also the co-director of Averroes, a Muslim led non-partisan think tank that engages and works with parliamentarians, civil servants, policy practitioners and NGOs (averroes.org.uk).