The Greater Struggle: Healing our Broken Communities

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

Rumi's Cave

Carlton Vale

London

NW6 5HG

United Kingdom

View Map

Refund Policy

Refund Policy

No Refunds

Event description

Description

“The Greater Struggle: Healing our Broken Communities”

A two-day seminar exploring the loss of community in Muslim cultures and moving beyond despair.

Dates: 5-6 October 2019

Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm

Fees: for both days £75 £40 single day £40

In 2020 An-Nisa Society will be marking 35 years of working in and for Muslim communities. Over the decades we have run numerous groundbreaking initiatives, raised critical issues and produced much needed resources. Our ambition has always been to nurture robust Muslim communities and strengthen families.

During the last 35 years we have seen our communities change in many directions – some positive and some negative. But regardless of all the changes we continue to feel anchorless and needing both spiritual and practical guidance. The goal posts keep changing making it extremely hard to keep up and consolidate our efforts. While financial resources remains a critcal issue we also continue to have concerns regarding our Islamic ethical values and how to integrate them into our community lives. There are many important issues that need to be addressed such as our ever increasing mental health issues, lack of meaningful sexual health education and even more troubling is our inability to reconcile our past collective way of life to the more contemporary individualist nature of the world in which we live.

Our forthcoming two-day seminar entitled ‘The Greater Struggle – Healing our Broken Communities will be an opportunity to cultivate issues around Islamically inspired Muslim communities and provide a space to ‘re-imagine’ where we see the future. We will be drawing on theological, academic and activist perspectives so that participants can take away a refreshed motivation in the work they are doing in their respective communities. In order to do this we are delighted to have Europe’s most eminent Muslim scholars Shaikha Halima Krausen from Germany and Dr Sabrina Lei from Italy as well as activist Humera Khan from An-Nisa Society to help us work through some of these issues.

Do book early as this seminar has limited spaces.

Over two days we will be looking at examples in recent history to understand our current conditions as well as relocating our efforts within an Islamically inspired context.

Our Aims:

  • To motivate Islamic-centric solutions to our current spiraling breakdown of Muslim civil society
  • To engage theological, academic and activist perspectives and consider how they can work in harmony towards a more integrated paradigm

Our Objectives:

  • To understand contemporary Muslim experiences
  • To develop an understanding of the core requirements of a socially active and responsible Islamic civil society

Who will benefit from these seminars?

Those working within Muslim communities who want to understand the principles of Islamically inspired social change and community development. Sessions will include discussions and group work.

Please come prepared with writing material. Lunch will be provided.

This event is supported by Radical Middleway, Convergence Trust and Rumi's Cave

Speakers:

Shaykha Halima Krausen

“10 Sunnah’s of Community Development”

Shaikha Halima Krausen will guide us through Prophetic ethical principles on the crucial ingredients needed for strengthening families and building communities.

Dr Sabrina Lei

“Iqbal: Heart, Head and Social Change”

Dr Lei will be discussing the continued relevance of Allama Mohammed Iqbal poet, philosopher and politician thinker towards the end of British colonialism in India. We will explore the similarity in context to the times in which Iqbal lived and what we can learn from it today.

Humera Khan, An-Nisa Society

“Back to the Future”

Humera Khan will draw on our Prophetic traditions in the development of early Islam to draw parallels with our challenges today.

BIODATA OF SPEAKERS:

Dr Sabrina Lei,

Dr Sabrina Lei, Director of Tawasul Europe Centre for Dialogue and Research, is an emerging Italian Muslim philosopher and thinker. Trained in Latin, Greek and ancient philosophy for over a decade, with a PhD from Pontifical Gregorian University (one of the prominent centres of Catholic scholarship in Rome) in ancient Greek philosophy, Dr Sabrina embraced Islam 7 years ago, after a long study of Islam, its culture, history and philosophy. Dr Sabrina has, so far, translated over 25 Muslim classics into Italian, besides producing her own five books, including a biography of Prophet Muhammad (s) and the recently released book : Le Comunita Religioso Non-Musulmane Nel Mondo Islamico : Un Introduzione Storica (The non-Muslim Religious Community in the Muslim World : A Historical Introduction, March 2019). Some of her noted achievements include acclaimed Italian translations of Muhammad Iqbal’s philosophical reflection on Islam called The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam and Abdullah Yusuf Ali’s classic English Quran translation. Dr Sabrina is currently working to publish a new edition of Abdullah Yusuf Ali’s original English Quran translation, set to be published by Tawasul Europe at the end of 2019.

Shaikha Halima Krausen

Shaikha Halima Krausen was born in Aachen, Germany into a Catholic/Protestant family. She becameMuslim in her early teens, eventually learning Arabic and studying with visiting Muslim scholars and travelling extensively in the Muslim world. In 1992, she completed her studies in Hamburg that included Islamic Law and Theology with Imam Razvi, the leading scholar in Hamburg's Muslim Community, as well as Islamic studies, Christian Theology and Comparative Religion at the university. After having been the imam for German speaking Muslims for 20 years, she now works for an interfaith association and teaches at Hamburg University. She teaches regularly across Europe and has been a visiting scholar, lecturer and mentor with An-Nisa Society since 1993 where she lectures on a range of issues including Islamic Studies History, Philosphy, Healing the Self and Interfaith Dialogue.

Humera Khan, An-Nisa Society

Humera Khan is a freelance consultant and researcher on Muslim Affairs. She is one of the founder members and currently a trustee of An-Nisa Society, founded in 1985, which is a women’s managed organisation working for the welfare of Muslim families. With the organisation she has been involved in setting up many projects and working with families, providing support and counselling on a broad range of issues. This has included developing the first accredited Islamic Counselling Course, written a series of books on sexual health from an Islamic perspective entitled ‘Cycle of Life’, set up and ran a Girls & Young Women’s Drama group. In 2006 she concluded an 18-month project on Muslim fatherhood with a national conference in November 2007 entitled 'Searching for Dad: Exploring Muslim fatherhood'. This project included producing a Practitioners Guide for working with Muslim fathers, a research based study speaking to Muslim fathers and a Prayer and Praise booklet for Muslim dads. Humera is currently the coordinator for An-Nisa Society’s Supplementary Muslim School (SMS) that was set up in 1986 and through the school has developed work around Islamic education and also facilitated numerous youth projects.

Date and Time

Location

Rumi's Cave

Carlton Vale

London

NW6 5HG

United Kingdom

View Map

Refund Policy

No Refunds

Save This Event

Event Saved