“Faith and Identity in the 21st Century”
When: Sunday 24 February 2019
Time: Doors open at 10am
Venue: Royal Regency, 501 High Street North, London E12 6TH
What is faith and how do we distinguish our identity in the 21st century? In a time of social obscurity and technological advances, we are faced with new challenges and questions around our Iman. Ebrahim College endeavours to ensure that these obstacles are tackled and we continue to strengthen and guard our faith.
As part of our educational aims and public duty, we bring to you an outstanding panel of scholars to discuss and evaluate the issues Muslims of the 21st century face. The event will include talks and discussion by Shaykh Zahir Mahmood, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, Shaykh Hasan Ali and our very own Shaykh Shams Adduha. As well as a live performances by nasheed artist Mikhaeel Mala.
Ebrahim College gets around 3000 registrations to its online and on campus courses every academic year. The Seekers Convention is our first attempt to engage a large number of our students and alumni around a topic of importance to the community. While the event is open to any member of the public, we encourage our students to register early and make this this first convention a success. This will give us the platform to make this an annual event in the EC calendar.
About the speakers:
Shaykh Zahir Mahmood
Shaykh Zahir Mahmood was born in England and has gained licences to teach (Ijaazas) in many Islamic Sciences including Quran, Jurisprudence (Fiqh) and Traditions (Hadith) of The Prophet (Salallahu alayhi wasalam) from various Shuyukh. He completed is Alimiyyah from Dar al-Uloom al-Arabiyya al-Islamiyya, Bury, the prestigious al-Jamia al-Islamiyya, Karachi, Pakistan, and at the pioneering Dar al-Uloom Newcastle, South Africa.
Returning back to the UK, he gained a BA in Applied Theological Studies from the University of Birmingham and taught the Alimiya course at Madina al-Uloom Kidderminster for a subsequent 2 years. He also translated part of the classical Hanafi text of Fiqh, al-Shurunbulali’s Nur al-Idah in English.
For many years, he has been a Khateeb (preacher) at the Jame Masjid in Aston. From that base, he taught many workshops, including Arabic at various levels, Seerah and delivered countless talks about the Sahaba (RA).
The Shaykh then moved on to set up his own institute in Birmingham by the name of As-Suffa Institute and he is currently teaching there. He has endeavoured to reach out to the youth both locally and nationally by travelling throughout the country delivering talks and lectures in order to motivate the Muslim masses to become the best of people.
Shaykh Shams Adduha
Shaykh Shams Adduha Muhammad is co-founder and director of Ebrahim College, an Islamic seminary in East London that trains Muslim faith leaders of the future. Shaykh Shams and his colleagues set up Ebrahim College in 2003. Since then it has grown to a leading contemporary Muslim seminary and one of the largest adult Islamic education providers in the UK. Alongside EC’s strategically important full-time faith leadership programmes, each year, EC runs a comprehensive range of short courses on various Islamic topics on-campus and online which thousands of students attend. It also has its own research centre, The Centre for Islamic Research and Education (CIRE) which was set up in 2016. EC is thus one of the most important institutions in the Muslim community that produces future faith leaders, engages current faith leaders, and has a large community footprint through its adult Islamic education provision. Furthermore, Shaykh Shams has successfully put together a faculty of some of the most important scholars and leaders in the Muslim community.
Shaykh Shams himself studied in traditional Islamic seminaries in the UK such as the Jamia Taleemul Islam in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, and he studied the canonical texts of hadith in Bangladesh. He also has a Masters in Islamic studies from the University of London.
He has worked as an Imam in East London, and continues working as a faith leader in the community alongside his work at Ebrahim College. He is a well-known speaker in the community and is also a regular guest on a Muslim TV channel called TVONE.
Shaykh Shams is particularly interested in contextualising traditional Islamic studies for British Muslims and faith leaders. He also lectures in Islamic theology, hadith studies, and Islamic jurisprudence at Ebrahim College and has worked on several books and publications.
Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad
Dr Abdal Hakim Murad (Timothy J. Winter) graduated with 1st class honours in Arabic in 1983 at the University of Cambridge. Thereafter he studied Islam under traditional teachers at Al-Azhar, Egypt. He went on to reside for three years in Jeddah, where he administered a commercial translation once and maintained close contact with Habib Ahmad Mashhur al-Haddad and other ulama from Hadramaut, Yemen.
In 1989, Dr Abdal Hakim returned to England and spent two years at the University of London learning Turkish and Farsi. Since 1992 he has been a doctoral student at Oxford University, specialising in the religious life of the early Ottoman Empire.
In 1996, he was appointed University Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge. In 2009 Dr Abdal Hakim helped to open the Cambridge Muslim College (CMC).
Dr Abdal Hakim is Professor at Ebrahim College and Cambridge Muslim College. He primarily focuses on his research and at EC specifically, he teaches a course called ‘Aspects of Islamic Civilisation’, and advises on curriculum, and research.
Cambridge Muslim College was the original vision of Abdal Hakim Murad, who continues to oversee and contribute to its work.
Shaykh Hasan Ali
Shaykh Hasan Ali graduated in 1997 as a scholar/Alim in Islamic education, in addition to gaining a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology at the Institute of Education (University of London) in 2006. He became the Imam of London Islamic Cultural Society (LICS) mosque on Wightman Road, North London (www.lics.info), where he founded Safar Academy, enrolling with only a handful of students. He moved on from his post of Imam and went on to work at the prestigious Yusuf Islam’s Brondesbury College for Boys as the Head of Islamic Studies and Imam. After a number of flourishing years there, he joined Ebrahim College where he taught a number of studies including usul-ul-fiqh, tafseer of the Qur\’an and A-level Philosophy of Religion.
Due to the massive growth of Safar Academy, he left the College and began to work full time to develop the Academy further and through the grace of Allah (swt), it has gone from strength to strength and expanded manifold.
Shaykh Hasan Ali is a well-known and reputable figure in North London, where he carries out a lot of voluntary work within the local community, such as local mosques and community centres, secondary schools, interfaith programmes and various community events. He has also been a pillar of support and advice to the local community, providing services and delivering jummah\’s (friday sermons) and inspirational lectures at various mosques across North London, in particular London Islamic Cultural Society (LICS), Edmonton Islamic Centre (EIC) and the Muslim Community and Education Centre (MCEC).