The Islamic Society of Britain is a community based charity and not-for-profit company. Established in 1990, we were one of the first organisations that sought to evolve a uniquely British flavour to Islam. In order for this to happen we felt that Muslims would have to think seriously about understanding their faith in a British context.
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Leadership Development Muslim ChangeMakers

Exclusive Leadership Development Course for young Muslim Adults. Book your place now. ISB Campus presents a one day course in Manchester in conjunction with MADE (Muslim Action for Development & Environment. Why should Muslims develop their social concern? A campaigners guidebook including media training and leadership skills. An introduction to a selection of grassroots social action projects. The retail price of this course is over £500 but is subsidised for ISB campus from only £15 a person!!!! Fantastic opportunity, affordable price and only 15 places available! Do book early on http://buytickets.at/islamicsocietyofbritain/88953 For more details contact us on: Campus@ISB.ORG.UK

4/1/2017 10:00:00 AM +01:00

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The Ties That Bind Us: Initiative, Faith and Unity

Asalamu'alaykum, ISB are pleased to be organizing an inspiring and engaging families weekend retreat (15-17 April 2017) at Kingswood - Dearne Valley. This is in partnership with our event sponsor, Penny Appeal. The program includes panel discussions, seminars and spiritual reminders; alongside team activities, campfire and quiz night. We have arranged a parallel Young Muslims programme for 11 to 17 year olds and a scouts-age program for children aged 6 to 10 year olds. Younger children will have a playspace (not a crèche - parental supervision is required). VENUE This ISB Families Retreat is being held at the Kingswood Dearne Valley activity centre situated in the stunning rolling hills and valleys of South Yorkshire. The Activity Centre has been selected for its combination of adventurous activities for all age groups, its beautiful natural scenery and the high standard environmentally friendly facilities. The ticket prices include: A variety of exciting and fun team building activities (see further details below). Spiritually uplifting and motivational series of talks, reminders and panel discussions. Three hot meals per full day & complementary tea & coffee. A comfortable ensuite dorm room for families. Family-based evening activities to build long lasting holiday memories. CONFIRMED SPEAKERS Ajmal Masroor Farooq Murad Zahid Parvez Sh. Haytham Tamim Basil Mustafa Rabiha Hannan Ahtsham Ali Batool Al Toma Munir Ahmed Sara Saigol ACTIVITIES ADULT ACTIVITIES *Please note that all adults will be split into smaller groups to take part in the activities.* Archery Develop dexterity, control and precision through archery. The site has flexible target ranges that are geared to each age group, and GNAS trained Instructors. Students use bows and arrows to match their individual strength, size and age. Problem solving Work as a team through problems and puzzles. Show leadership, use initiative and strengthen communication skills. Jacob's ladder he site has several High Ropes elements and on this activity teams of two to three climbers have to navigate their way up a giant high ropes ladder of horizontally suspended logs, where the challenge comes with the ever-increasing gaps between the rungs. AGE 11-17 YM ACTIVITIES *Please note that all youth will be split into smaller groups to take part in the activities. They will be guided by site instructors.* Laser Zone A super fun Laser Zone where each participant wears laser body armour covered in laser sensors. Teams must work together developing their stealth and strategy techniques. Aeroball A competitive combination of trampolining and basketball. The trampoline is split in to four chambers, and two teams of two play against each other with one participant in each chamber. Improve fitness and skill development, while also developing tactical thinking and good group communication skills. Nightline Nightline is a sensory deprivation exercise in which participants are blindfolded throughout the activity and must navigate their way through a series of obstacles and mazes as a group. This activity builds team trust and better communication. Archery Develop dexterity, control and precision through archery. The site has flexible target ranges that are geared to each age group, and GNAS trained Instructors. Students use bows and arrows to match their individual strength, size and age. Abseiling Participants climb the stairs to the top of the abseiling tower. One by one, participants are helped into a harness by instructors and when they are ready they slowly step back over the edge and climb down the tower. Instructors carefully support and guide each participant to navigate their way slowly down the wall. It gives a great sense of achievement! AGE 6-10 ACTIVITIES *Please note that all youth will be split into smaller groups to take part in the activities. They will be guided by site instructors.* Fencing Coached by British Fencing Association qualified Instructors, participants will wear full protective clothing, learn the basic principles of attack and defence, including the en-garde stance and the lunge. Students develop strength, control and balance – as well as tactical awareness. Bushcraft Bushcraft teaches young people the wide range of bushcraft skills necessary to survive in a wilderness scenario. Young people are encouraged to think about their perception of the natural world and utilising resources around them - such as learning to construct a shelter, safely lighting a campfire using natural materials, and using campfire gadgets to cook a variety of meals outdoors. Climbing A purpose-built indoor climbing wall will be used to develop co-ordination, stamina and determination, whilst learning basic climbing skills and techniques. Archery Develop dexterity, control and precision through archery. The site has flexible target ranges that are geared to each age group, and GNAS trained Instructors. Students use bows and arrows to match their individual strength, size and age. Low ropes A purpose-built low ropes obstacle course encourages communication and cooperation and helps children build confidence, developing balance and coordination as they navigate their way through a series of bridges on the low ropes course. This is a great way to build agility and group communication. Orienteering This activity provides an introduction into basic map reading skills through the practical activity of orienteering. Children must navigate their way around the centre finding various checkpoints, working as a team and using only a map. Orienteering helps participants develop important initiative, leadership and teamwork skills. AGE 3-5 ACTIVITIES *This age group must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to all activities. These activities may be parent led, though equipment will be provided.* Low ropes A purpose-built low ropes obstacle course encourages communication and cooperation and helps children build confidence, developing balance and coordination as they navigate their way through a series of bridges on the low ropes course. This is a great way to build agility and group communication. Team Tech Construction challenges using award winning MTa learning equipment. Helps teach patience, following instructions and, working together. Circus Skills Playing with traditional circus props to learn how to juggle, balance and have fun in a relaxed environment. This activity encourages determination, persistence, hand-eye coordination and dexterity. Parachute Games FAMILY EVENING ACTIVITIES *At registration families will be asked to select one of the following options for Saturday night and one option for Sunday night. This would be for the whole family to engage in together.* Option 1: Campfire A relaxing way to unwind after a busy day of activities, discussions and networking. Spend quality family time together near the warm campfire, bring along marshmallows to toast if you’d like! Option 2: Mini Olympics Still have some energy to burn off? Feeling the competitive edge? Compete against other family members and friends in a variety of individual and team games. Be ready to laugh! Option 3: Scrapheap Challenge Family bonding over a competitive challenge – use your initiative, team work and strategic thinking (and a recycling!) to build an effective ‘shuttle’ to carry some very fragile cargo. Test it against other teams, will you triumph? Option 4: Movie Blitz Prefer to unwind comfortably as a family and watch a movie in the cinemas? The selected films will be family friendly. FURTHER INFORMATION For families staying for the full weekend, we will endeavor to allocate each family a dorm. All dormitories have an en-suite bathroom. Dormitories have either 1/4/6 or 8 single beds (including bunk-beds) in them. Sheets, duvets and pillows are provided for all guests. Meals and activities are inclusive of the price. TICKETS Prices will rise on April 1st (click on 'show info' under ticket price for price rise). Discounts are available for large family groups. Contact members@isb.org.uk for more information. We look forward to welcoming you at the event!

4/15/2017 10:00:00 PM +01:00

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Romeo and Juliet The Islamic Perspective on Love and Marriage

The theme of 'Marriage' has been chosen by our team of young campus representatives. Finding love and a spouse can be confusing terrain for young Muslims. Have traditional roles and responsibilities talks been off putting? How much can we see each other? What are the cultural expectations and the religious edicts? Am I allowed to date? To this end we will have workshops on getting to know yourself, what qualities to look for in a future partner, the do's and dont's of getting to know one another, marriage, consent, intimacy, compassion, the secrets of a successful marriage and when things go wrong. Our speakers will include Ajmal Masroor and Dilwar Hussain. We will have high adrenaline activities at the centre such as zip wire and high wire along with team building exercises, a bonfire and the wonderful opportunities for reflections, Dhikr and reminders!

3/5/2017 12:00:00 AM +00:00

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Today's Problems Prophetic Solutions

This course is designed to increase our knowledge of the life of the Prophet SAW, the challenges he faced and our love for him. Come and be inspired, have detailed discussions on some of the more tricky issues surrounding campus life such as friendships, anxiety, gender ethics and relating to people who may be very different from ourselves. We will discuss feminism in Islam, active engagement versus isolation, segregation and much more. You can debate, discuss, pray and make friends in a wholesome environment for only young people. We have scholars, activists and community workers leading interactive sessions where no question and no topic is off limits!!

11/20/2016 12:00:00 AM +00:00

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Leadership Development Programme: Catalyst for Change

Dear All Assalamalaikum Re: Youth Leadership Development Programme (Event 1) Limited places are now left for our Leadership Development Programme, uniquely fusing leadership, Islam and social conscience. The programme is the first in a series of events aimed at boys and girls aged 14--17yrs (Yr 9 and above) “Catalyst for Change” Date: 14/12/14 Venue: Manchester (TBC) Time: 4pm—8pm Closed event for 14—17 year olds only In conjunction with Islamic Society of Britain (Young Muslims) & Altrincham Muslim Association We are delighted to announce our speakers: Dr Munir Ahmed Butt A former President of the Islamic Society of Britain, Dr Munir has studied under one of Europe’s leading scholars of Hadith, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Judai, for almost twenty years, acquiring specialist knowledge of Uloom ul Quran, Usul ul Fiqh and Uloom ul Hadith. Presently studying comparative Fiqh, he lectures on Aqeeda, Usul ul Fiqh and Seerah. Darren Cheesman Darren is an England and Great Britain Hockey International. He has been a player in an elite International environment for 15 years, having represented England and GB at every level possible. He is a motivational Islamic speaker, specialising in how individuals, both adults and children can achieve excellence. Futures Leaders, is a leadership development programme based in the North West of England and aimed at helping develop the future leaders of tomorrow, by delivering a high quality, intensive programme that will integrate a wide variety of skills fused within an Islamic context. These future leaders will be our legacy for their roles leading civil society InshaAllah This is a closed programme and we would request that if you feel you know someone who would benefit from this programme, please contact the ISB office on: info@isb.org.uk

12/14/2014 4:00:00 PM +00:00

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'No Excuses! Live a better life'

Order tickets via Eventbrite: http://no-excuses-efbevent.eventbrite.co.uk In October 11th 13th 2013. like-minded 12-16 year olds will be coming together in the heart of beautiful Shropshire for a weekend of spirituality, learning, team building, fun and laughter. The much awaited Young Muslims Residential is back! 'No Excuses! Live a better life' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmhQNB2hUUA&feature=youtu.be Join in with discussions, debates, sports, climbing, abseiling, zip wire, archery, entertainment, campfire and much much more!! Price includes: 2 nights accommodation, all meals and desserts, on-site activities and unlimited hot drinks! Further Reductions: ISB members - extra 10% off ticket price (email info@isb.org.uk for a promotional code) Sibling discount - extra 5% extra off ticket price (email info@isb.org.uk for a promotional code) To become a 'young' member of Islamic Society of Britain, please request a membership form from info@isb.org.uk or complete the online form at http://www.isb.org.uk/join/. Membership forms must be completed and received by Central Office before 1st October 2013, to be entitled to membership discount. Young Muslim UK is a department of the Islamic Society of Britain. For more information or questions: email; info@isb.org.uk or call 0300 365 10 9 8 (24 hour answering service).

10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM +00:00

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Aim Even Higher (working title) - more to follow.

Young Muslims Residential Camp for 12-16 year olds More details to follow iA. Meanwhile watch this: http://youtu.be/zmhQNB2hUUA and this: http://www.actioncentres.co.uk/pioneer-centre Early bird discounted price £99 (available in first 3 weeks of tickets going public - watch this space) ISB members get 10% discount, siblings get extra 5% discount Subsidised Price £119. Standard Price £149 (on the door)

10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM +01:00

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Aim High! 'Be the best you can be!

12- 16 year old boys and girls welcome. Book your place at www.ymresidential.eventbrite.co.uk. The much awaited Young Muslims Residential has finally arrived!! Join us for a weekend of spirituality, learning, team building, fun and laughter. Includes: discussions, debates, sports, arts & crafts sessions, Wii games, music with Faraz Yousufzai, campfire and much more!! Only £49 per place for all the above and accommodation, food and unlimited hot drinks! To find out how to pay for your place and for any other questions, please contact: info@isb.org.uk, Telephone 0300 365 10 9 8. YMUK is a project of ISB.

12/30/2012 12:00:00 AM +00:00

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Your Country Needs You! (Reunion and Planning for the Future)

For those of you that attended the previous Student Leadership Weekends, this one-day get together is to get some inspiration, re-connect with each other, and plan for the year ahead! With sessions such as 'The importance of salaah for activists' and 'Working with members of the opposite sex' and an opportunity to plan for the coming year there is something for everyone. This is your chance to become campus Ambassadors, taking everything you have learnt to others. Following the day there will be an opportunity for people to go out for dinner at Fargo's Food Factory. To book click here: http://slw3.eventbrite.co.uk/ Limited spaces so book now to avoid disappointment.

9/29/2012 9:30:00 AM +01:00

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A Picture of Peace - poetry and art competition

The International Day of Peace, 21st September, was established by the United Nations in 1982. Each year people all over the World come together and organise special activities including concerts, festivals, community events and more. This year Peace Day falls on a Friday and all over the World including the UK, Muslims are organising activities with their friends and neighbours of all faiths and backgrounds and Mosques are dedicating their Friday sermons to messages of peace. The Islamic Society of Britain supported by partners from across the UK are pleased to launch a new competition to mark this special day: A Picture of Peace Open to all children - 7-14 years Closing date: Friday December 7th 2012 Prizes include 'Kindles' for the overall winners and books for their schools. More information to follow... What does 'Peace' mean to you? Entrants are encouraged to produce a piece of artwork or write a poem. Peace is precious and beautiful. What brings you peace or makes you think of peace? What kinds of things show us peace? Where do you go for peace? For more information on A Picture of Peace: t: 0300 365 10 9 8 e: schools@isb.org.uk w: isb.org.uk/schools Islamic Society of Britain, 26 York Street, London W1U 6PZ Good Luck and happy PeaceMaking!

9/21/2012 12:00:00 AM +00:00

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The Experience of Hajj

by Sabir Hussain This session will help individuals intending to go for hajj to prepare for their journey, focusing on both the rituals and spiritual aspects of Hajj. It will give an insight into key concepts and the philosophy behind hajj, whilst also looking at the different types of hajj that can be performed. In all, this session will leave you feeling better equipped for when that holiest of invitations arrives! About the teacher: Sabir Hussain currently works for a housing association as an Organisational Development Manager but his background is in Training and Development and he has taught at a variety of universities and colleges and managed a public sector learning and development function. Sabir joined the Islamic Society of Britain in 2001 and held the position of Branch President for Halifax. Having experienced an amazing hajj trip led by his spiritual mentor and scholar in 2004, Sabir learnt about many aspects of hajj, including fiqh dos and don’ts. In 2010 he completed an umrah with the same scholar but this time devised a programme to educate the travelling group before the journey. He shares this with us in this ecircle session.

9/18/2012 9:00:00 PM +01:00

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ISB e-Circle "A Life of Service"

TUESDAY 4th September 9pm (login from 8:50pm) A LIFE OF SERVICE by Julie Siddiqi * Are we known as a community that lives a life of service to others? * Should our money and time be spent only with ‘Muslim’ charities? * What would the impact be on social relations if Muslims were a lot more seen to be out there serving people? In this session we will reflect together on our lives and think about whether we really are living in service to others. The Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace, made time for everyone and despite being head of state and all of his other responsibilities, we hear stories of him constantly making time to help and be kind to others. Our country is said to be one of the most charitable in the world, let’s examine what we are doing as a faith community and how well we are fulfilling a core part of our faith, which is charity. We need to go beyond just giving money in charity, important as that is, and this session will explore practical ways we can do that. About the teacher: Julie became Muslim in 1995. In 1997 she was one of the founding members of local women’s charity, An Nisa Slough Muslim Women’s Group. Julie was a member of the National Muslim Women’s Advisory Group and has regularly been interviewed for magazines and newspapers including Woman magazine and The Big Issue. Other voluntary work has included leading various projects such as Islam Awareness Week and the Weekend for Women for the Islamic Society of Britain and she was the first female Vice President to be appointed. She worked in local government for two years and has appeared on the BBC programme, The Big Questions. Julie was recently asked to participate in two pieces of work with the University of Cambridge – Contextualising Islam in Britain and Narratives of Conversion. She also is a mentor for the Prince of Wales Charity, Mosaic and is a newly appointed member of Slough SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education). Currently the Executive Director of the Islamic Society of Britain, Julie spends a lot of time networking and has built many links and relationships all over the UK with Muslim organisations and individuals as well as with people of other faiths. She was the National Co-ordinator of this year’s Ramadan Festival (ramadanfestival.org). Julie is married with four children and lives in Berkshire.

9/4/2012 9:00:00 PM +01:00

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Do we really understand Hadith?

Based on the latest findings in hadith sciences, including the cutting edge research of Shaykh Abdullah al-Judai (a leading muhaddith of our time), this in-depth course will provide a detailed introduction to the science of hadith and address the issue of authenticity of hadith. As the second source of knowledge after the Qur’an, a clear understanding of ahadith is critical to understanding Islam. Modules will include: · Introduction to Ulum al-Hadith · Compilation and categorisation of hadith · Sunnah and hadith · How do we understand the Sunnah today? · Ten things you thought the Prophet (s) said, but he actually didn’t! The course will also have other spiritual activities, reminders and sessions designed to inspire and boost your knowledge and keep the Ramadan momentum going! Special feature: Scholars will stay on site so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask any questions. Wed 29th Aug (eve) – Sun 2nd Sep 2012 Venue: Markfield Conference Centre, Leicestershire, LE67 9SY Fee: £99 or £75 for students/unwaged only (with full board) – more discounts available for ISB/YM members. Book at: hadithcourse.isb.org.uk. Teachers will include: Dr Munir Ahmed has studied various topics (including Aqidah wa Firaq, Ulum al-Qur’an, Ulum al-Hadith and Usul al-Fiqh) for over 15 years with Shaykh Dr Abdullah Yusuf Al-Judai (a world authority in hadith and member of the European Council for Fatwa and Research). Ahtsham Ali has also studied with Shaykh Abdullah Al-Judai for the last 15 years and has an MA in Theology & Religious Studies. He currently serves as the national Muslim Adviser to HM Prison Service, a role through which he supervises 200+ Imams working in prisons. Imam Muhammad Abdul Latif Finch (USA) was one of the first students of the Zaytuna Institute where he earned his ijaza in Islamic Sciences. He is also a student ofShaykh Abdallah Bin Bayyah and Dr Umar Farooq Abdullah. He co-founded the Lighthouse Mosque in Oakland, California where he served as the Imam till 2012 Other tutors and scholars will also be present. For Further details contact: e: info@isb.org.uk t: 0300 365 10 9 8 KnowledgeSeekers Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave! w: www.ks-courses.com

9/2/2012 12:00:00 AM +01:00

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The Last 10 Days of Ramadan by Dr Munir Ahmed

*** Please note the new time for Ramadan*** What is so special about the last ten days and how can we best gain from the blessings contained within it? What do the Qur’an and Sunnah say about Laylatul Qadr and Itikaf? With so many myths about the Itikaf, who can perform it, where and indeed how? As the annual debate over ‘which day is Eid?’ rages, what about some of the more detailed teachings (fiqh) of Eid itself? This will also be an opportunity to ask any questions regarding the fiqh of fasting (http://britisl.am/ISBFiqhRamadan2012), following on from Dr Munir’s last e-circle, ‘Reaping the Rewards of Ramadan’.

8/7/2012 7:15:00 PM +01:00

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Reaping the rewards of Ramadan (Part 1/ 2) Dr Munir Ahmed Butt

With Ramadan fast approaching, we await it eagerly, like an old friend we know well. But in reality, how well do we know it? How much of what we believe about fasting is authentic, and how much has entered our folklore with little solid basis? Assessing some of the views commonly held by the four (Sunni) schools of thought, Dr Munir Ahmed explores the sources for a refreshingly new look at the subject. This re-analysis examines details of some of the regulations concerning fasting. Think you know Ramadan? Prepare to be amazed! About the teacher: Dr Munir Ahmed has studied under Europe’s leading scholar of Hadith (Sheikh Abdullah Yusuf Al-Judai) for fifteen years, acquiring specialist knowledge of Uloom ul Quran, Usul ul Fiqh and Uloom ul Hadith, Aqidah and Comparative Fiqh. His lectures over 3 years at the Knowledgeseekers summer courses have been produced in the 26 cd box set ‘Fiqh us Sirah – Lessons from the life of Muhammad (may God bless him and grant him peace)’. The former President of the Islamic Society of Britain and an Imam at his local masjid, Munir has experience spanning 25 years teaching Muslim youth, leading voluntary work in local communities, and delivering keynote speeches at events and conferences across the UK.

7/17/2012 9:00:00 PM +01:00

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Balance, Ease and Moderation in Islam

We all want to strive for excellence in our Deen. What is the best way to achieve this? Should you take the path of ease and comfort or that of difficulty and hardship? How hard should you be on yourself in matters of religion? Does taking the easy option diminish your reward? Does giving up your ease and comfort please God? How clear is the boundary between ease and laxness? Isn’t hardship and pain necessary for growth? Can you ever be excessive in acts of piety? Doesn’t Devotion to God require you to focus on Him alone? Isn’t abstinence (Zuhd) the key to spirituality? How can I get the balance right? This session will discuss the nature of moderation and balance as defined in the Quran and Sunnah. Some of the common misconceptions around the themes of ease and hardship will be tackled. Practical examples of excess and deficiency in our daily lives will be explored e.g in matters of dress, diet, worship, belief and relationships. Hafiz Naveed Idrees is married and lives in Halifax. He memorised the Quran at an early age and later completed his Arabic studies in the UK and Syria, where he also pursued introductory studies in the Sciences of the Shariah. He has regularly taught at the Knowledgeseekers summer and winter courses. Professionally he is a qualified teacher, holds an MA in religion and education in contemporary society, and has worked as an educational consultant. He is also quite skilled in the art of origami but not as adept at DIY. He is also one of the regular teachers at the ISB Halifax weekly family circle.

7/3/2012 9:00:00 PM +01:00

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Annual Members Conference

What do British Muslims Want? Saturday 23rd June 2012, 10am - 6pm Woodland Grange Conference Centre, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV32 6RN Instead of a just an internal discussion about the organisation, this year we are holding a conference, on the theme: What do British Muslims Want? This will bring in external speakers and allow us to discuss our role and purpose more concretely, connecting our work in the wider context of the Muslim community. It’s an exciting and pertinent time to have such a discussion, with so many important changes happening around us. This event is open to all. The Conference will consist of panel discussions and lectures and will incorporate the Annual Members Meeting, which will include a presentation of the activities over the last year, time for feedback from the audience. It will be a great day out for the family – the singer / songwriter Dawud Wharnsby will be joining us and there will be other fun activities for children as well. Venue: the beautiful Woodland Grange Conference Centre, a 4-star venue in a central location with state of the art conference facilities, set in a tranquil location and with quality catering. Cost: Free for ISB members (£5 contribution towards lunch and £3 towards children’s activities, if used); £15 for non-Members. DRAFT PROGRAMME - (More details to follow) 10am Registration and Coffee 10.45 Welcome and Introduction 11.00 Keynotes: What do British Muslims want? 11.45 Coffee break 12pm Community panel: What do British Muslims want? 1.00 Lunch and networking 2.00 Prayers 2:30 ISB Session: · Reports from President and Shura · Feedback from membership · Constitutional Amendments 3.45 Coffee break 4.00 Dawud Wharnsby 4:30 Panel discussion on the future: What do British Muslims need? 5.30 Conclusions, Dua and close 6.00 Departure There will also be a parallel programme for children throughout the day, including some time with Dawud Wharnsby, access to bouncy castles and other fun activities. If you require special assistance to attend this event please call our Central Office. We will do what we can to support.

6/23/2012 10:00:00 AM +01:00

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Ajmal Masroor presents "The Anatomy of Happiness"

The famous poet Hafiz once said, “Ever since you were created happiness has been looking for you”… yet we are scared of embracing happiness when it comes knocking on our door. Happiness is an unimaginable concept for some and the only reason for living for others. Happiness is not an illusion or a far-fetched dream – most people do not understand what happiness is, yet they chase it. Take a good look at your life and ask yourself the following questions: <> What is my definition of happiness? <> When was the last time I was truly happy and how did it actually feel for me? <> What do I need to be or have to achieve happiness? In this session we will explore happiness: what it means to be happy, barriers that prevent us from attaining happiness, and steps we need to take to find it. The blessed Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace, used to pray, “O my Lord, grant me happiness in this world and happiness in the hereafter.” So let us learn to become happy! Register at http://britisl.am/isbecircle for the interactive online presentation from 08:30pm Tues 19th June 2012 UK-time. Interactive presentation and discuission starts online 09:00pm

6/19/2012 9:00:00 PM +01:00

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ISB eCircle online: "Who is our Ummah?"

How should Muslims behave towards those who are not Muslims? This has become such a heated debate in recent times. Do Muslims have a responsibility to those around them regardless of their faith and background? At a time when the image of Islam is so negative and many look upon Muslims with fear and mistrust, what should their relationship with the rest of society be? How should they talk to, interact with those of other faiths and those of no faith? What did Islam have to say about these relationships 1400 years ago? Does the perception of 'the Ummah' impact on how Muslims should interact and deal with those around them and what does this mean for social cohesion today? This session will talk about our sense of purpose as human beings and how we can rise above communitarianism. Biography - Rabiha Hannan, A pharmacist by training, Rabiha holds an MA in Muslim Community Studies, with a specialisation on gender issues. She is co-editor of the book 'Islam and the Veil' (2011). She is co-Director of the Community Relations Initiative, a consultancy which works on research, educational and practical projects aiming to bring communities together. She has been Vice Chair and Chair of the Leicester SACRE (2007-2009) and was on the implementation team leading to the formation of the national Christian-Muslim Forum. She has previously been President of the Leicester Branch of the Islamic Society of Britain (2001-2005). She is currently member of the National Shura of The Islamic Society of Britain and leads on their work in schools. Rabiha is married, has four children and lives in Leicester.

5/29/2012 9:00:00 PM +01:00

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ISB eCircle online: "Building a Godly Foundation"

How do we know our Creator? How do we submit to God more completely, to earn God’s pleasure and avoid error? What can we learn from the Qur'an, and from the one person who best exemplifies what it truly means to submit? These are questions that the scholars of Islam have been helping answer since the passing of the Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace… and questions that continue to be asked. As we strive to understand what Islam stands for in our lives and in our world, addressing these questions remains as important as ever. This session will look at the role of reason and revelation and how the interaction of these two led to the development of the science of Usool, that is, the foundational principles that underpin the Islamic legal framework. Principles that help yield a Godly foundation, where our existence and purpose remain true to the Divine. Faraz Mir completed his Arabic studies in the UK and Egypt, where he pursued introductory studies in the Sciences of the Sharia. He is a member of the Islamic Society of Britain’s Shura Council and a teacher at its Knowledgeseekers residential course. A Project Manager in the retail e-commerce sector, he is also a Scouts Leader for a local scouts group. Faraz is married and lives in Luton.

5/15/2012 9:00:00 PM +01:00

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ISB eCircle online: "British or Muslim? Exploring Loyalty and Belonging"

This session will look at the question often posed to Muslims: "Are you British or Muslim?" and examine some of the issues and debates surrounding it. It will look at the subject of British Muslim identity and also related issues like loyalty, belonging, who are 'our people', where is 'our ummah' and how Muslims should see their role in the UK. The presentation will also consider some of the important fatawa in connection with the subject to see what different scholars have said. Biography ====== Dilwar Hussain is President of the Islamic Society of Britain. In his day job, he is Head of the Policy Research Centre, based at the Islamic Foundation; a Senior Programme Advisor to the Institute for Strategic Dialogue; and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Islamic Studies, Cambridge University. He lectures on Islam in contemporary society and has a number of published works in the field, including: British Muslims Between Assimilation and Segregation (co-authored, 2004) and British Muslims: Loyalty and Belonging, (co-edited, 2003). Dilwar is a Trustee of the Three Faiths Forum (3FF) and a Trustee of Maslaha. He was a Commissioner at the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) (2006-2007) and was a specialist adviser to the House of Commons Inquiry into the Prevent strategy (2010). His primary research interests are social policy, Muslim identity and Islamic reform in the modern world. Dilwar is on the steering group of the Contextualising Islam in Britain Project at Cambridge University and is a Fellow of the Royal Foundation of St. Katharine’s Contextual Theology Centre, London. He served on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Urban Life and Faith (2005 – 2006) and was co-chair of Alif-Aleph UK (2005), a network of young British Jews and Muslims. Dilwar is married, has four children and lives in Leicester.

5/1/2012 9:00:00 PM +00:00

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ISB eCircle online: "God and His Other Beautiful Names"

*** Register and join the circle here *** http://www.isb.org.uk/the-isb-e-circle/ http://britisl.am/isbecircle ******************************** For reference - articles for you to read one God, Many Names Shaykh 'Umar Faruq 'Abd-Allah http://www.nawawi.org/downloads/article2.pdf Balancing Arabization: Shaykh John Ederer http://www.suhaibwebb.com/society/dawah/declaration-of-faith/ Are you concerned about how Islam is misunderstood? Would you like to learn about the single most important message we are FAILING to communicate to the wider public? The ISB e-Circle this coming Tuesday will cover a crucial topic which impacts directly on how we understand the Creator and convey His essence to people. Part spiritual, part contemporary, a presentation of a thought-provoking paper by Shaykh Umar Faruq Abd-Allah called One God, Many Names - which will transform your understanding - offering lots of new knowledge and insights that you would not pick up from conventional talks or articles... This highly interactive presentation will also touch upon some NLP communication concepts as well as valuable perspectives from a paper by Shaykh John Ederer on balancing Arabisation in Islam. Biography of Speaker ==================== Dr Rizwan Syed has been studying and teaching Islam in a variety of settings since his early twenties. He has studied Usul al Fiqh with Dr Munir Ahmed. He has been involved in the development of a number of Islamic syllabuses used by ISB and Young Muslims and has been course organiser for numerous one day courses as well as the summer KnowledgeSeekers residential courses since 2007, notable among which was a ten-day Islam: Classical to Contemporary course. Rizwan has served in ISB and Young Muslims for over twenty years. Past responsibilities have included national tarbiyah in-charge as well as president of the Birmingham ISB branch. Rizwan is married with four children and is a GP serving a largely non-Muslim population on the edges of Birmingham. He is particularly interested in communicating Islamic teachings and Islam's relationship with mainstream society. In recent months Rizwan has concentrated his focus on establishing the Birmingham 'ISB Campus' - a welcoming, non-judgemental space where young Muslims, mainly graduates in their 20s, can meet, make friends, and culivate a critical consciousness - through discussion, sharing ideas, strengthening their faith and interactive seminars that explore Islam's relevance to our contemporary context.

4/17/2012 9:00:00 PM +00:00

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Your Country Needs You! (Part 2) Student Leadership Weekend

Book Now! At: http://slw2.eventbrite.co.uk/ Exciting news.....speakers confirmed so far: Saif Ahmad - CEO of MADE in Europe Ahtesham Ali - Muslim Advisor to HM Prison Service, former President of ISB Dilwar Hussain - President of ISB Julie Siddiqi - Executive Director of ISB Shahid Akmal - NLP Professional, Managing Director of Exquisitus Ltd. Jehangir Malik OBE - UK Director of Islamic Relief Mohammed Sadiq Mamdani - Founder of Muslim Youth Helpline Oussama Mezoui - Campaigns Manager, MADE in Europe Furqan Naeem - MYH Trustee and Labour Students National Committee Arzoo Ahmed - Oxford Graduate, Co-ordinator of 'Flashmob Iftars' Its back! The next step of the journey...this time with more skills sessions, less talk... Join us again for a weekend of leadership skills training, as well as spiritual reminders, to help you make a difference. Catch up with people you met back in October. But sadly, we have less room this time, so book early. £25 if you book in advance, or £35 at the door 10% off for ISB members and groups discounts available. The price is all inclusive of food and accommodation onsite.

3/25/2012 12:00:00 AM +00:00

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Your Country Needs You! Student Leadership Weekend

*** Book Now: http://britisl.am/isbsw1 *** Student weekend price: £18 if you book in advance, or £25 at the door 10% off for ISB members It may be possible to arrange transport from your locality - contact info@isb.org.uk so we can formulate lists (it would help if we can group people together to keep the costs down, iA). A weekend of debates, discussions, training, workshops, spirituality, entertainment, inspiring speakers, relaxed atmosphere and personal development... This weekend is all about YOU! Great sessions lined up: University and YOU Politics, Society and YOU Your Country Needs YOU Your Lord and YOU Knowing Yourself Come and meet our speakers and mentors: Weekend hosted by Furqan Naeem and Umamah Ahmed Dr Hany El-Banna, Founder of Islamic Relief, has confirmed that he will be joining us for the event! Other speakers include: Ajmal Masroor, Julie Siddiqi, Dilwar Hussain, Razwan Faraz, Sheikh Amer Jamil, Ikram Butt, Nabil Ahmed, Usman Ali... Hamza Fletcher will be wowing us with his BeatBox talents - a big hit at Living Islam! And Faraz Yousufzai (from Silk Road) will be there with his guitar performing some songs and telling us about his life of music so far. Team building, personal development, spiritual reminders, discussions and more. Online booking now available. What are you waiting for?! http://britisl.am/isbsw1

10/30/2011 12:00:00 AM +00:00

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