Saturday, 8 July 2017

Convertitis & Fatawa

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Convertitis is a condition where someone has recently converted to Islam, and is suddenly an expert in shari’ah and the religious sciences.  It is the spiritual disease of the born again and every almost convert experiences it to a degree.

Ustadz Usama Canon: 2011 Lecture, Sacred Love: Dating & Friendship

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

On February 2011, we hosted Ustadz Usama Canon for our Valentine’s event, “Sacred Love: Dating & Friendship”.

Brother Idris Tawfiq in Singapore

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Brother Idris Tawfiq, was a Roman Catholic priest who converted to Islam.  He was never a scholar of Islam, but he was a da’i.  Because of his background, he was heavily involved in the inter-faith dialogue.  He passed away on the 17th February 2016.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

International Da’wah Conference 2011

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

In 2011, Darul Arqam Singapore organised the International Da’wah Conference 2011.  It was a decade since we organised the last one, and I was involved in that one as well, albeit in a minor capacity then.

The conference aimed to bring together real-life experiences of Muslim communities from different parts of the world where Islam is not the majority religion.  It examined and encouraged exchange of experiences, techniques and examples of how minority Muslims face and overcome their challenges.  It was held on the 9th and 10th July.  It targeted activists, volunteers and those involved in da’wah activities.  The overall attendance for the conference and related events was estimated at over 10,000 participants.

The speakers included Shaykh Ahmed Tijani Ben Omar from Ghana, Dr. Amatullah V Abdul-Karim from the USA, Dr Hisham Hellyer from the UK, Dr Waffie Mohammed from Trinidad & Tobago, Dr. Faila Pasic Bisic from Slovenia, Imam Yahya Pallavicini from Italy, Shaykh Saleh Habimana from Rwanda, Dr. Susan Carland from Australia and Shaykh Walead Mosaad from the USA.

As part of the programme, we also included visits to MUIS and arranged meetings with policymakers and diplomats.  Additionally, we also had external talks programme for the public.