SA’ADAH & National Zakat Foundation Present
2 CITY ENGLAND TOUR
ISLAMIC PHILANTHROPY: The Art of Giving
with Shaykh Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah (Chicago, USA)
Dates: Sunday 22nd May 2016 – Friday 27th May 2016
Cities: LONDON | BRADFORD
Tour Manager: Waseem Mahmood (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The aim of this tour is to highlight the centrality of Philanthropy as a civic responsibility towards strengthening love and co-operation in society. In simple words, philanthropy signifies acts done for the welfare of mankind.
Religions and spiritual communities have embraced philanthropic practices across time and regions in the world. Of course, Islam is no exception in this case; in fact, Islamic injunctions make acts of charity towards humanity an obligation. The rights of neighbours, of the orphans and the needy, are enshrined in Islam in the strongest terms.
Compassion through acts of charity and passion for generosity are part of core Muslim ethos. However, sadly the negative portrayal of Islam through media-centric frenzy masks the actual and potential contributions of the Muslims in the UK through philanthropic causes.
We are honoured to host internationally renowned Muslim scholar, academic, and historian, Shaykh Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah in England after nearly a decade since his last public engagement in the UK. The respected Shaykh will explore ideas of philanthropy in Muslim communities, the relevance of the concept as a tool for community building and its connection to Islamic spirit.
Among other themes, the Shaykh will highlight the importance of undertaking philanthropic efforts and how to best preserve traditional teachings in communities where Muslims live in the UK and Europe.
He will also launch two books in Bradford, where he will discuss the following: the role of sacred texts in paving a way to gain an equilibrium within our souls; the role of spirituality in today’s world, and why some Muslims view spirituality with suspicion.
Our hope is to underline the significant relationship between philanthropy as an art of giving and building stronger integration with a sense of belonging. In addition, the events will also highlight the importance of co-operation with wider society on charitable and humanitarian efforts through knowledge and finance.
The participants will have an opportunity to ask Shaykh Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah and other esteemed guests questions on the theme of the tour and to benefit from networking opportunities with other participants.
2 BOOK LAUNCHES:
i) THE DEVOTION OF IMAM AL-NAWAWI (Amal Press)
ii) THE BOOK OF REMEMBRANCES: KITAB AL-ADHKAR (Turath Publishing)
Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah (Wymann-Landgraf) is an American Muslim, born to a Protestant family in Columbus, Nebraska. He grew up in Athens, Georgia, where both of his parents taught at the University of Georgia. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Missouri with dual majors in history and English literature.
In his last year there, he won a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and entrance to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York to pursue a Ph.D. program in English literature. Shortly after coming to Cornell, Dr. Abd-Allah read The Autobiography of Malcolm X, which inspired him to embrace Islam.
He subsequently altered his field of study and transferred to the University of Chicago, where he studied Arabic and Islamic studies and received his doctorate with honors for a dissertation on the origins of Islamic law, “Malik’s Concept of ‘Amal in the Light of Maliki Legal Theory.” He taught at the Universities of Windsor (Ontario), Temple, and Michigan. He then went to Spain to teach Arabic in Granada.
In 1984, he was appointed to the Department of Islamic Studies at King Abdul-Aziz University in Jeddah, where he taught Islamic studies and comparative religions for several years. During the time he spent in Jeddah, Dr. Abd-Allah was able to study with a number of traditional scholars and luminaries..
He then returned to the United States in 2000 under the auspices of the Nawawi Foundation (Chicago). He taught Islamic Studies at Darul Qasim Institute (Chicago) from 2012 to 2013. He is currently engaged in independent research, writing and teaching activities with institutions across the United States, Europe and Africa with a focus on Islamic Theology.
Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah has authored:
– The Islamic Struggle in Syria (Berkeley: Mizan Press, 1983).
– A Muslim in Victorian America: The Life of Alexander Russell Webb (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006).
– Malik and Medina: Islamic Legal Reasoning in the Formative Period (Leiden: Brill, 2013).
His Published Articles include:
– Abu Hanifa” in Encyclopaedia Iranica, 1:295-301.
– Theological Dimensions of Islamic Law” in The Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008).
– Mercy, The Stamp of Creation.
– One God, Many Names.
– Islam and the Cultural Imperative.
– Innovation and Creativity in Islam.
– Seek Knowledge in China.
– Living Islam with Purpose.
– Turks, Moors, & Moriscos in Early America.
More Information on Shaykh Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah: Nawawi Foundation