Make The Best of Ramadhan – Free Resources & Seminar This Saturday

Assalaamu ‘Alaykum Warahmathullahi Wabarakaathuh

Please find below 4 articles by Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi relating to Ramadhan, Charity and Unity of Muslims. These are invaluable resources to make the best use of Ramadhan InshaAllah.

Don’t Waste Ramadhan:

Purpose of Ramadhan:

Charity in Islam:

Unity and Solidarity:

This is also a quick reminder for the the upcoming seminar this Saturday on three of the most powerful surahs in the Qur’an – Surah Al-Qadr, Al-Bayyinah and Al-Zalzalah. This would make the perfect start for this Ramadhan especially with Surah Al-Qadr which describe the revelation of the Qur’an in the month of Ramadhan on the Night of Qadr (laylat al-qadr).

We are also pleased to extend up to 50% discount for both attendance onsite in Cambridge and online worldwide. So please make use of this rare opportunity to deeply connect with the Qur’an right from the beginning of Ramadhan.

Surah Al-Qadr, Al-Bayyinah and Al-Zalzalah

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

Date: Saturday 28th June 2014   Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm (BST)

Venue: Lady Mitchell Hall, Cambridge University
Sidgwick Site, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA

Free parking and crèche facilities

Online Worldwide: Live & Recorded Access

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The Football World Cup is Fixed – Muslims Claim

World Cup fever is all over the world. Everyone is glued to their TV and computer screens, watching with so much passion and enthusiasm. Every goal scored or opportunity missed evokes strong emotions among the spectators, although they know they have no control or influence whatsoever over the proceedings. They believe that the players and referees are running the game. However, do the players and referees really run and control the game? The Football Word Cup is a performance by actors just like in any theatrical performance. It is fixed and the outcome is pre-determined!

This may sound like some conspiracy theory but it is not. Similarly many of the things we think we have control over are not controlled by us.

<<Indeed, We sent the Qur’an down during the Night of Decree. And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree? The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter. Peace it is until the emergence of dawn.>> [Surah Al-Qadr 97:1-5]

So if every matter is already determined, then what do we have to do?

Coming up this Saturday is the seminar on Surah Al-Qadr, Al-Bayyinah and Al-Zalzalah which explains in great detail about

  • the revelation of the Qur’an, Allah’s Power and Decree [Surah Al-Qadr]
  • the state of people who believe in this (“best of creation”) and those who disbelieve in this (“the worst of creation”) [Surah Al-Bayyinah] and
  • the last day when everyone will be shown what they have earned. [Surah Al-Zalzalah]

<<So whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it. And whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it.>> [Surah Al-Zalzalah 99:7-8]

As we approach the month of Ramadhan, could there be anything more special than to study these surahs with one of the best teachers of the Qur’an? Please enrol now with up to 50% Ramadhan discount.

Surah Al-Qadr, Al-Bayyinah & Al-Zalzalah

Magnificent Journey Juz’ Amma – The Core of The Qur’an

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

Date: Saturday 28th June 2014      Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm

Lady Mitchell Hall, Cambridge University, Sidgwick Site
Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA

Free Onsite Parking and Creche Facilities

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Ramadhan Special: Up to 50% Discount



“Jazakumullahu khayran. I can’t thank you enough for the opportunity. I am so impressed by the Sheikh, subhanallah, mashaAllah. A very rare example of tradition fused with awareness of the environment and reality while not compromising God consciousness. If only there were more like him. Questions, I’m so glad we can ask them even if it’s not about the sura. Yes, how else are we to learn from his wisdom and experience if we don’t ask? The issues facing Muslims in the West are so many and so confusing and I just love the fact that he does not have an inferiority complex about Islam. It’s really sad to see psychologically defeated scholars start throwing away tradition in the name of progress and fitting in. Sheikh Akram Nadwi gives you the sense that the real life is in the hereafter so don’t have to get so tied up with the philosophies and controversies that sometimes take away our attention from the real purpose. The onus is on us, are we being pious?” – Aisha Barkatulla, Cambridge

“I recently attended the Tafsir of Surah Nuh. Whilst I had heard much about Shaykh Akram, this was my first class with him. The first thing that you cannot help but appreciate is how the Shaykh hooks you with his connection to knowledge, in a pure sense, there was no need to employ any speaking tactics to keep the attendees engrossed. The Shaykh, made every point relevant, to connect the text with our lives today and our response to get closer to our Creator. Indeed the Shaykh mentioned countless gems that he mentioned offhand but when contemplated on, really struck a chord in the heart. It was also great that the Shaykh was very open to questions, however sensitive, and tackled them head on, without compromising the principles of our faith, exemplifying that Allah azza wa jal has not only blessed him with knowledge, but also wisdom. I don’t say this lightly, I genuinely believe, if you have the opportunity to study with the Shaykh, and you don’t take it, then you have missed out on tasting the fruits of the knowledge of the Scholarship of our time and land” – Umer Suleman, South London

Surah Al-Rahman – Special Ramadhan Seminar


Surah Al-Rahman

“So which of the favours of your Lord would you deny?”

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi [Dean of Cambridge Islamic College]

Special Ramadhan Weekend Seminar in London and Online Worldwide

A unique opportunity to study this amazing surah with an extraordinary teacher

Ijaza/Certificate of Attendance for the seminar

Date: Saturday 12th July 2014 – Sunday 13th July 2014

Time: 10:00AM – 7:00PM (BST – British Summer Time)

Course Details

Surah Ar-Rahman takes its name from the surah’s opening words: “It is Ar-Rahman (the Lord of Mercy) who taught the Qur’an. He created man and taught him to communicate”. Surah Ar-Rahman is a majestic surah, breath-taking in its vivid imagery and striking in its reminders. All of creation is in obedience and worship of Allah. We could never measure the mercy and blessings of Allah. Most significantly, this surah clearly demonstrates that Allah sending the Qur’an is a manifestation of His Divine Mercy and Favour to mankind. Ramadhan is coming to us. It is the month of mercy. It is the month of Qur’an. It was this blessed month that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala chose for the beginning of revelation. What better time to study Surah Ar-Rahman than during Ramadhan?

This seminar will cover the following:

  • The reason behind the revelation of this fascinating surah
  • The beautiful relationship between Allah’s name ‘Ar-Rahman’, the revelation of the Qur’an, the creation of man and human speech
  • The mystery of all of Allah’s creation worshipping Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala
  • The perfect balance in nature and its implications for mankind
  • The manifestation of Allah’s Mercy in creation
  • The reasons for mankind’s denial of Allah’s favours and blessings
  • Science in the Qur’an – Is it true or is it all made up?
  • Jinn and Mankind – what is their relationship?
  • The “Face of Your Lord” – How to understand Allah’s names and attributes
  • Free will and divine destiny – How do they link together?
  • A description of the Last Day and it’s signs
  • A detailed explanation of Hellfire and Paradise and their people.

Standard Ticket Prices

London Onsite Ticket £75.00
Live Online Ticket £75.00
Live Online + 30-Day Recorded Access Ticket £99.00


Special Discount Ticket Prices

40% Discount – Tickets from £45 – Ends 22/06/2014 (Extended)
30% Discount - Tickets from £52.50 – Ends 29/06/2014 (Extended)
20% Discount - Tickets from £60 – Ends 09/07/2014
10% Discount - Tickets from £67.50 – Ends 11/07/2014


Hidden Treasures of Sahih Muslim – This Saturday


Sahih Al-Bukhari is well known as the most authentic book after the Qur’an and it has some of the most comprehensive and brilliant commentaries written in the history of Islamic scholarship.

Sadly Sahih Muslim has always been in the shadows of Sahih Al-Bukhari, although in some respects it surpasses the superiority of Sahih Al-Bukhari. Therefore the scholarly attention it has attracted is not adequate in comparison. This is one reason why Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Dean of Cambridge Islamic College) has embarked on an ambitious project to write a comprehensive commentary on Sahih Muslim (in the Arabic language) in par with the best commentaries of Sahih Al-Bukhari, bringing out the many hidden treasures that have not been discussed in most popular commentaries.

“The Sahih of Muslim has been served by several commentaries, notably those of Qadi `Iyad and Imam al-Nawawi. However, these commentaries are mainly concerned with matn (text) not isnad (chain), and in important respects they failed to understand the methodology and technical critique deployed by Muslim in his selection and arrangement of hadiths. Accordingly, neither was able to defend Muslim’s work against criticisms of what he included or excluded. Also, both commentaries added chapter divisions and headings– something that Muslim himself did not do – and, in doing so, they preferred an argument that suits the thinking (and needs) of jurists rather than hadith specialists and, secondly, altered the priorities that Muslim accorded to certain narrations over others. Our presentation will show the wisdom of Muslim’s own ordering of the material and its methodology.” - Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

Coming up this Saturday is a one day semimar (in English) on Sahih Muslim by none other than Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi himself. This is part of the year long historic ‘Diploma in Classical Islamic Texts’ programme. Students can either register for these seminars individually or join the full programme and receive a 50% discount.

Date: Saturday 14th June 2014

Diploma in Introduction to Classical Islamic Texts

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

Historic One-Year Diploma Programme

16 Classical Islamic Texts Covered in 20 Classes

from April 2014 to March 2015


Primary Location: Queen Mary University of London

Satellite Locations: Cambridge, Manchester, Birmingham,

and Dallas (Texas, USA)

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Muslim Women, “Honour Killing” and Islam

It is sad and shocking to hear recent reports from Pakistan of the cold-blooded killing of a Muslim woman in broad-daylight, in front of the high court, by her own family for marrying someone against their wishes. It is even more shocking to hear that there are many Muslims who actually approve of such killings. This certainly is not an isolated incident. It stems from a problem that is deep rooted in Muslim societies. The problem is much worse than what we can hear and see. Many more Muslim women are dying in spirit and are being “buried alive” by their families.

<<When the baby girl buried alive is asked for what sin she was killed>> [Qur'an 81:8-9]

“God has given girls qualities and potential. If they are not allowed to develop them, if they are not provided with opportunities to study and learn, it is basically a live burial.” – Shaykh Dr Mohammed Akram Nadwi

Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi, the Dean of Cambridge Islamic College, explains the root causes of this behaviour, its manifestations and possible solutions in a short but profound talk discussing the legacy of female scholarship in Islam.

Surah Al-’Alaq (‘Iqra), Cambridge University and Muslims (50% Discount Offer)


There is nothing more significant in the history of mankind than the first revelation of the Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) on Mount Hira. It began with the command: “Read in the name of your Lord who created” and ended, “Read! Your Lord Is the Most Bountiful One, who taught by pen, who taught man what he did not know”. Of course all of us are very familiar with these verses and the circumstances behind their revelation. But do we really understand what is meant by this command to ‘Read!’ ‘Iqra!’ - and what is it that Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) ‘taught man by the pen’ that he did not know before?Cambridge University

We would like to think that this marked the dawn of a new era in learning and education; scientific, philosophical and technological progress - as epitomised in the present day by Cambridge University for example. But this seems contrary to how the Prophet (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) himself followed these verses. Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi, former research fellow at Oxford University and Islamic scholar, asks, “Did the Prophet salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam build schools, colleges and universities when he received this revelation?”. From his research he explains that these verses mean something much more significant and very different to what we – modern Muslims – have become accustomed to hearing and are aspiring to achieve – i.e. to have our equivalent of Cambridge University.

The First Revelation

So what is it that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala revealed to the Prophet salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam and what did the Prophet actually understand from these words?

Coming up this Saturday 24th May is the mind-blowing explanation of three short surahs that are connected to the first revelation - Surah Al-’Alaq, Surah Al-Tin and Surah Al-Qadr. This will be truly unlike any explanation you would have heard before as Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi has had the opportunity to carry out some ground-breaking research into these surahs.

Magnificent Journey Intoduction Video

Please have a look at the introduction video for the Magnificent Journey Tafsir Series of 29th and 30th Juz’ of the Qur’an at:

This Saturday with 50% Discount

Surah Al-’Alaq, Surah Al-Tin and Surah Al-Qadr

It is happening this Saturday so don’t miss out on this opportunity to understand what the first revelation truly is about. Please click on the link below for more information and registration for attendance in Cambridge or Online Worldwide with a special 50% discount offer [Code: SURAHIQRA].

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“Qur’an is for People who Think” – Dr Akram Nadwi


The above quote from Shaykh Akram is from the introduction to ‘The Magnificent Journey’ series of tafsir of the 29th and 30th juz’ of the Qur’an. After 20 sessions over 20 months, we have now reached the last 20 surahs of the Qur’an.

These last 20 surahs are the shortest in the qur’an, yet they are the most powerful. Almost like a summary of the most important and essential teachings of the Qur’an, these surahs include surah al-’alaq - the first revelation to the Prophet salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam – and surah al-ikhlas - equal to 1/3 of the Qur’an.

The depth and weight of these concise surahs is unimaginable. You will see this saturday – insha allah – why the Qur’an can truly benefit only people who think and act, not lazy people.

Coming up this saturday 25th may is the explanation of surah at-tinal-’alaq (the first revelation) and al-qadr (the night of the first revelation).

Could there be any better surahs to study than these as we approach the month of Ramadan?

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