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[LONDON EVENT] ISLAMIC PHILANTHROPY: The Art of Giving with Shaykh Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah (Chicago, USA)

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SA’ADAH السعادة & National Zakat Foundation Present



The Art of Giving

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

Shaykh Ahmed Babiker (UK)

Dr. Kareem Lahham (UK)

Faraz Yousafzai (UK)

DATE: SUNDAY 22nd MAY 2016

VENUE: The Atrium, 124-126 Cheshire Road

Shoreditch, London, E2 6EJ

TIME: 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Doors Open for Registration at 1:00 PM)




Program Synopsis

This program will aim 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.

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.

Program Objectives

  1. Zakat – The Islamic Pillar
    1. To discuss the Islamic obligation of Zakat in a deeper way
    2. The inward meaning of Zakat and the spiritual wisdoms of this Islamic injunction
  2. Zakat – Individual & Collective Community Obligation
    1. To present the individual responsibility of Zakat as a pillar of Islam
    2. The role of Zakat as an art of giving to enhance community development in the west
    3. To provide an overview of the societal aspects, political elements and the spiritual ethos of Zakat
    4. How organisations in the west should distribute their Zakat and work on building communities locally within the UK
  3. Historical Context of Islamic Philanthropy
    1. To discuss the historical context on how Philanthropy developed institutions of learning and education throughout Islamic history
    2. The vision of Zakat and explore the practical aspects of the injunction
    3. To explain the difference between Zakat, Sadaqah & Awqaaf
  4. Contemporary Advice for the West
    1. How do we meet the needs of Zakat distribution in the west?
    2. Contextualising historical and traditional lessons for the application of Zakat
    3. Building sustainable communities and thriving societies through Zakat distribution
    4. Advice of how to collaborative with Philanthropic networks and knowing how to give Zakat
    5. Encouraging the impetus to give Zakat and what protocols to follow


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.

Shaykh Ahmed Babiker


Shaykh Ahmed Babikir is a descendent of the renowned companion of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, Abu Bakr al-Siddiq, from whom he takes his name. He is a classically trained Islamic scholar, teacher and public speaker.

Shaykh Babikir was born in Sudan. He completed the full course of traditional Islamic Sciences – including Maliki fiqh (jurisprudence), tafsir (exegesis), aqida (theology), hadith (prophetic tradition), ta’wil-ahadith (dream interpretation) and tasawwuf (sufism) – under the tutelage of some of the greatest scholars and highest-ranking grandsages of Africa and the Middle East. As a young man he was initiated into the Sammaniya tariqa (order). A sign of his rare pedigree, he was granted ijaza (authorisation) as a spiritual guide by the grandsage Shaykh Fatih Qaribullah. He later received ijazas from other spiritual luminaries such as Shaykh Salih al -Jaʿfari and Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani.

Upon instruction from his own teacher, Shaykh Babikir moved to London in the 1970s to serve as a teacher and guide. He completed a degree in Mathematics and a Masters in Management at the University of London. Loved by many for his warm manner and wise counsel, he continues to spread his message of compassion and mercy with an unmistakable charm across the UK and abroad.

Shaykh Babikir is the Director and Founder of Rumi’s Cave, a vibrant community hub in West London, as well as Ulfa Aid, a global humanitarian relief charity. He is the former Religious Director of Islamia Primary School, one of the first Islamic Schools in the UK, founded by Cat Stevens.

Dr Kareem Lahham

Barrister at Law of The Inner Temple and Senior Research Fellow, Tabah Foundation, UAE

Faraz Yousafzai – Poet & Musician