2 years ago

24 March, 2016


Organised by:
Islamic Awareness Forum of UNSW

You sit in your lounge room as you watch the Channel 7 report blare out in front of you: government officials discussing whether they should ban the niqab or not. It makes you angry, but not for the reasons you thought.
You think, is this the way Islam is supposed to be? Why is it so different to everything else? Why do people, newspapers and governments keep saying Islam needs to change? Do we need to change?
Can we ever be compatible with the society we live in? Or will we remain forever strangers?

Assalamu ‘alaykum dearest brothers and sisters!

IAFUNSW invites you to our very first event of the semester, “Islam in the 21st Century: Outdated?” We will be speaking about how Islam is still relevant as a system, religion and way of life, regardless of the modern context.

Islam has flourished as a legal, social and economic system for approximately 1300 years. Which other civilisation can boast such great scientific endeavours? Which other army can proudly proclaim mass expansion in just a few hundred years? Which other society can claim to uphold such high principles of justice and morality?

Furthermore, how is Islam relevant to you and me today? Should we only refer to Islam when we’re trying to defend our religion? Or rather should we embrace it as a complete and comprehensive way of life? What legacy did the Prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) leave behind? Is it still relevant to us today, even though we aren’t living in desert-land Arabia?

And finally, how do we judge what is backward and regressive? Who defines progress? Islam, or the West?

If you’re seeking answers to any of these questions, then this discussion is for you!

When: Thursday 24th March, 5PM
Where: Central Lecture Block 5 (CLB5)
Who: Anyone and everyone!

Looking forward to seeing you all there, Insha’Allah!