20
Sep
08

Welcome to the New Student Year : 2008/9

Asalamu Alaikum,

A new year brings new challenges, new ambitions, and new faces.

This is what GKT Isoc is all about this year!

Our goals have been highlighted, our intentions refreshed, and our determination increased. Many of our dedicated GKT Isoc brothers and sisters graduated in the summer; however, this is not the end of the road, but rather, it is only a new beginning. For this year brings with it fresh opportunities and a greater resolve to spread knowledge. With this in mind, GKT Isoc is striving to organise some of the most varied and unique events ever witnessed in London Isocs to students capital-wide. We aim to inspire, unite, and bring benefit to all – aims that we hope will be reflected in our events and courses inshaAllah.

Some of the upcoming events, in date order (from most recent) are outlined below. We hope that you can attend all of these and take immense benefit from them.

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1) Freshers’ Party

Date: Tues 23rd Sept
Time: 5pm
Location: Guy’s Prayer Room
Many graduates will tell you that University years are the best of your life – years in which you will meet many unique individuals and make friends for life! We hope that our Freshers’ Party will be your first stepping stone to making some amazing friends. Although taking place at Guy’s campus, this event is open to all new and current students at KCL.
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2) Talk: Reaping the Fruits of Ramadhan
An inspirational talk by Imam Shakeel Begg, followed by a charity iftar (£5 – all proceeds go to charity)
Date/ Time/ Venue: 25th September, 5.15pm, Harris Lecture Theatre (Guys campus)
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3) Hidayatun Nisa
A Gift for every Muslimah, weekly circles by Ustadha Safiyya covering all the essential Islamic knowledge one should know insha’Allah 
Starting October 6th at Guy’s Prayer Room

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4) Inter-campus Eid Party

Our annual inter-campus Eid Party takes place at Clifton’s restaurant in a fully segregated environment. Proceeds and money raised from the Auction will go to charity inshaAllah.
Date/ Time: October 7th at 5pm
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5) Course: Shaykh Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah’s Min Adabil Islam (every Tuesday)

Fortnightly Class on Tuesday (alternates with Ismail’s Fiqh Class – see below for info on this class) working through the masterpiece Min Adabil Islam by Shaykh Abdul Fattah Abu Ghudah.

Instructor:

Shaykh Sufyaan ibn Muhammad Iqbal ibn Ahmad ArRawaasi (‘Ufiya ‘anh) (South Africa)

Alim, Hafidh and Qari, Well renowned for his excellent recitation and public performances. Sheikh is the founder and teacher of the first Quran School Dedicated for the blind in Uk. He extensively travels nationally and internationally promoting the works of Deen.

Date/ Time/ Venue: Starting 0ct 7th, 5-6pm, Guy’s Prayer Room

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5) KCL Charity Week 2008
Taking place in October 2008, this event truly is one of the highlights of the Student year!
Charity Week is a time for all students on campus to unite and make a difference to orphans worldwide. Isocs in Universities throughout London (and outside of London) take part in Charity Week & compete against each other to raise the highest amount of money. At the end of Charity Week there is an annual dinner, where the fundraising totals are announced and the winners crowned!
Last year KCL Isoc were the winners of Charity Week, raising almost £40,000. In total, Isoc’s throughout London raised over £240,000 during Charity Week, Alhamdulillah!
Contact mamnoon.ditta@kcl.ac.uk for more information on how you can get involved in this rewarding project.
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6) Talk: The Sweetness of Imaan

Imaan is the most fundamental aspect of our identity as Muslims. Join us for an enlightening talk by Shaykh Mujahid Ali on ways of increasing and tasting the beautiful sweetness of Imaan.

Imaan is the most fundamental aspect of our identity as Muslims. Join us for an enlightening talk by Shaykh Mujahid Ali on ways of increasing and tasting the beautiful sweetness of Imaan.
Date/ Time/ Venue: Oct 30th, 5pm, Guys campus (exact room TBC)
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7) Talk Series: Preparing for Parenthood Week
Often an area overlooked by many, parenthood is a hugely important topic. In a society where peer pressure, gang culture, & social problems are rife, it is becoming increasingly difficult to give children a safe and uncorrupted upbringing. Attend these series of talks to gain an insight into how one can prepare for one of the most important roles in their life, and, more importantly, how Islam demands that one must treat their own parents.
Date/ Time:
Talk 1: Being a dutiful Father in Islam and Child’s Obligations to a Parent; Tuesday 11th November, 5pm
Talk 2: Being a good Mother In Islam (inc rights of Mothers & Women), Thursday 13th November, 5pm

Venue: TBC

 

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Fortnightly Fiqh Classes (Every Tuesday 5pm)

Fiqh classes with Ustadh Isma’il will be running this year inshaAllah, keep checking the GKT Isoc website for updates!
 

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It is said that knowledge is like a garden: if it is not cultivated, it cannot grow.

We pray that all of our courses and events will give you the opportunity to cultivate your knowledge, increase it’s depth, and utilise it to bring benefit to both your own selves as well as to others around you.

May Allah accept our efforts and grant us success in our endeavours.

Please remember us in your Du’as.

Wasalam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10
Jun
08

Seekers of Knowledge

A man came to Abu Darda’ while he was in Damascus. Abu Darda’ asked him “What has brought you here, my brother?” He replied, “A hadith which you relate from the Prophet (saw). Abu Darda’ asked, “Have you come for some worldly need?” He replied, “No.” “Have you come for business?” He said, “No.” “You have come only to seek this hadith?” He said, “Yes.”

Abu Darda’ then said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah (saw) say:

‘Whoever travels a path seeking sacred knowledge, Allah will place him on a path leading to Paradise. The angels lower their wings for the student of sacred knowledge, pleased with what he is doing. The creatures in the heavens and earth seek forgiveness for the student of sacred knowledge, even the fish in the water. The superiority of the religious scholar over the devout worshipper is like the superiority of the full moon over the other heavenly bodies. The religious scholars are the heirs of the prophets. The prophets leave no money as a bequest, rather they leave knowledge. Whoever seizes it has taken a bountiful share.

(Imam Ahmad, Abu Dawood, at-Tirmidhi, ibn Majah

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Imam Hasan al-Basri greeted his students:

Welcome, may Allah extend your life in peace, and may He enter us all into paradise. Your seeking knowledge is a good act, if you persevere, are truthful and are absolutely certain of the reward Allah has prepared for you. May Allah have mercy on you! Do not let your share of this good be such that it enters one ear and passes out the other. One who hasn’t seen Muhammad (salAllahu ‘aleyhi wa sallam) should know that the Prophet (salAllahu ‘aleyhi wa sallam) has seen him moving to and fro. The Prophet (salAllahu ‘aleyhi wa sallam) did not erect tall buildings, rather, knowledge was given to him and he dedicated himself to it. Do not procrastinate, salvation is at stake. What will make you heed? Are you hesitant? I swear by the Lord of the Ka’ba, it is as if Judgement Day is imminent.

(Imam Ahmad, Kitab az-Zuhd, 2:242)

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When those believing in our signs come to you, say, “Peace be unto you. Your Lord has made mercy incumbent upon Himself!

(Quran, 6:54)

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Excerpts taken from ‘The Heirs of the Prophets’ by Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali

May Allah grant us the ability, opportunity and will to become of the heirs of the prophets.

02
Jun
08

The Divine Gift of Faith

“Whoever supposes that faith is realised through speculative theology, abstract proofs, or academic divisions is an innovator. On the contrary, faith is a light that God, the Sublime and Exalted, casts into the hearts of His servants with bounty and grace from His presence. Sometimes faith is evidenced internally and it is impossible to express; sometimes through a vision while asleep; other times by witnessing the state of a pious man and receiving the emanation of his light as a result of his companionship and presence; and then there are times when faith comes by the concurrence of circumstance.

Indeed, a bedouin came to the prophet (s) denying and disavowing him. But when his eyes fell upon his radiant aspect – may God increase its dignity and nobility – he saw in it the light of prophethood and exclaimed, ‘By God! This is not the face of a liar!’ He then implored the Prophet (s) to explain Islam to him and immediately embraced it.”

(IMAM ABU HAMID AL-GHAZZALI)

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And so, we say Alhamdulillah.

Unceasingly.

01
Jun
08

Life as a Muslim Medic

Life as a Muslim Medic

 

A Transcript of a Lecture Delivered by Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam Al-Kawthari:

 
http://daruliftaa.com/Life%20as%20a%20Muslim%20Medic.html

29
May
08

All the way through…

By appointment it’s here
And not a moment too soon
Gone are the comforts, gone is the falsehood
Gone are the smiles, the glitter, the coccoon.

Fear trembling the earth
Records showering down arsenic laced
Flesh sprawled across the plains
It rots and how eager I was to taste.

Spread me out a fortress
On the head of a pin
Your Mercy, Your Refuge- all the way through
Oh As Salam, As Salam help me to You.

28
May
08

thrown in the air

Was listening to Sheikh Hamza Yusuf:

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“If you take a child and you throw the child up, there’s a point where they go into this state of complete panic. And then when they come back to your arms they’re laughing. THAT is Dunya. I guarantee you. That moment, that is your life. You came from God and you’re going back to God. And there’s just a moment where you’re in a complete state of panic. But just relax, you’re in good hands. You’re in good hands.

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SubhanAllah.

“You’re in good hands”

I don’t know about you, but the profound beauty and truth of that statement (and metaphor) struck me.

27
May
08

Calamity is the test of Integrity

A Native American grandfather was speaking to his grandson on how he felt about a tragedy. He said:

“I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is the vengeful, angry, violent one. The other wolf is the loving, compassionate, peaceful one.”

The grandson asked him, Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?”

The grandfather replied: ‘The one I feed’.

[Native American Story]

How wonderful is the affair of the believer, for his affairs are all good, and this applies to no one but the believer. If something good happens to him, he is thankful for it and that is good for him. If something bad happens to him, he bears it with patience and that is good for him.” (Narrated by Muslim).

~ Amatullah