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[BRADFORD EVENT] FROM TEXT TO TRADITION: Making the Profane, Sacred with Shaykh Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah (USA)

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SA’ADAH السعادة & Bradford Literature Festival Present

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Making the Profane, Sacred


With Shaykh Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah (USA)

Dr. Muhammad Isa Waley (UK) & Aftab Malik (UK)



VENUE: The Great Hall, University of Bradford

Richmond Road, Bradford, BD7 1DP

TIME: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM (Doors Open at 6:30 PM)


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Program Synopsis

We are delighted to bring you an exclusive event with Shaykh Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah and Dr. Muhammed Isa Waley, hosted by Aftab Malik.


devotion by imam nawawi


Translation, Introduction & Commentary by Shaykh Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah


Shaykh Dr. Faruq Abd-Allah will be launching his new book The Devotion of Imam al-Nawawi being a translation of a work written in the thirteenth century by Imam al-Nawawi.

In his presentation, Shaykh Dr. Faruq Abd-Allah will provide an overview of the life of this saint and scholar in addition to discussing the significance of the new publication.

He will define for us what tradition is, as well as the centrality of the text in establishing a living tradition. The discussion will also explore the role of such books 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.



By Shaykh Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah

Book Price: £15 | ONLY 100 COPIES AVAILABLE


The Devotion of Imām al-Nawawī is a beautiful remembrance and a gift from God to the community of His Beloved [peace and blessings upon him]. It is highly respected and widely accepted by all spiritual paths.

Among its many benefits is the subtle way it helps to purify intentions, facilitate aspirations, and give access to spiritual perfection.

It asks for protection of one’s family, children, possessions and friends against all harm. By God’s will, those who recite the devotion will be within God’s special protection and providential care. The translation and commentary are intended to supply the seeker of God with a deeper understanding of this devotion and of remembrance (dhikr) in general.

Additional Points:

  • The book gives advice on how to perform dhikr, mentions etiquettes of remembrance, and encourages the reader to get into the habit of remembering God, even if one doesn’t feel ‘spiritual’ or present: “Worship and sincere servanthood are infinitely greater than you and the feelings you experience when performing them”.
  • The Text quotes the great saints and gnostics and shows that their way is one of constant remembrance and devotion.
  • The Book also shows the permissibility of making the remembrance of God privately, publicly, silently and aloud.
  • Finally, Dr. Umar Faruq And-Allah shows that “it is not obligatory or recommended, neither is it the Sunna, to restrict ourselves in prayer, supplication, and divine remembrance to Prophetic remembrances and supplications alone.”


book of remembrances

Dr. Waley, editor of The Book of Remembrances: Kitab al-Adhkar which is also written by Imam al-Nawawi, will discuss the reasons why such a great emphasis is placed in “Remembering God” in the Islamic tradition. He shall highlight for us what the ‘Gardens of Paradise’ are, as mentioned by the Prophet Muhammad (upon whom be blessings and peace), and with time appearing ever increasingly to shrink, how are we to make better use of our time, connecting with God?

Join us for this auspicious occasion as we discuss the role of connecting to the Islamic tradition and the significance of connecting to sacred texts in today’s world.


Shaykh Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah

dr umar abd-allahDr. 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.

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.

Aftab Malik
image6 (1)Aftab A. Malik is a permanent United Nations Alliance of Civilizations “global expert” on Islam. Professor John L. Esposito, one of the world’s pre-eminent scholars on the Muslim World, has called him “a first-rate scholar,” and the academic journal, The Muslim World Book Review, has called him “a rising intellectual star.”

He has written a number of articles that have been translated into numerous languages, edited a number of books and is the author of The Broken Chain: Reflections Upon the Neglect of a Tradition, about which Shaykh Hamza Yusuf calls it “the definitive statement on the nature of traditional Islamic education and the current crisis caused by its absence.”

Since 2012, Aftab has been residing in Sydney, Australia, where he has been the scholar-in-residence at the Lebanese Muslim Association. In addition to delivering public lectures, and overseeing youth-based projects, he has been teaching the Positive Intellect Program; an intensive 5-week course that Aftab created to provide the intellectual tools for young Muslims living in the West to navigate the tides and challenges of modernity. During the five weeks, Aftab examines Muslim political history, Shariah, ethics, the development of western political history and Islamophobia.

Dr. Muhammad Isa Waley 

image1 (1)Curator for Persian & Turkish, Asian and African Studies at British Library
Expertise: Persian, Turkish and Arabic manuscripts: palaeography, codicology, illumination, illustration, cataloguing etc.

Dr. Waley is a Member of the Islamic Manuscript Association. Dr. Waley co-authored a recent (2014) publication The Mughals: Life, Art and Culture: Mughal Manuscripts and Paintings in the British Library. The publication showcases an extensive collection of illustrated manuscripts and paintings that depict the splendour and vibrant colour of Mughal life. From scenes of country life, including lively hunting parties and formal portraits of emperors, to illustrations of works of literature which manage to convey complex storylines in a single image, many of these works have never been published.