Al Balagh Academy’s 1st International Online Conference on

Islam and Western Ideologies

Sunday 13th February 2022

9:00 AM – 7:00 PM (UK Time)

For Muslim intellectuals, academics, professionals, teachers, Ulama, Community leaders and all other interested parties

Virtual Event

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#WHAT’S THE AIM

Programme Aims

Awareness

To increase awareness of contemporary trends of scientism, feminism and modern science from the Islamic perspective, its challenges and proposed future direction.

Research and Intelligence

To promote and advance a multidisciplinary approach to research and intelligence in producers and more engagement with consumers of Western ideologies.

Network Support and Resources

To provide a forum and interpersonal contact between Intellectuals Academics and Islamic Scholars (Ulema) to build a network of support and resources for the future.

Introduction

Ever since the age of Enlightenment, human civilization has witnessed profound philosophical, academic and ideological advances in the past few centuries. This has impacted the way we understand and practice Islam in today’s contemporary world. Modern beliefs have challenged our understanding of existence, religion, the origins of mankind, women’s rights and different socio-political systems. It has brought some serious ethical, philosophical, theological and legal dilemmas to the table.

The Enlightenment saw the rise of numerous intellectuals who spoke and wrote on many topics. They explored new scientific discoveries, laws, started wars, and revolutions, rooted from Europe and spreading worldwide. Most renowned Western revolutions and colonization of the past were directly and indirectly motivated by Enlightenment ideals.

As the fields of social sciences are developing at an ever-increasing rate, and the world has become a global village, we find ourselves in an information age where the public turns to online sources and multimedia to be informed about their worldview and the moral stance to many challenging questions. This has changed hearts, beliefs, culture, passions, motivations and sense of belonging.

These discussions and practices have a significant impact on the way Muslims think, act and perceive the world today. It has awaken Muslim scholars and thinkers to question how these ideas and ideologies reconcile or challenge fundamental Islamic principles. What does Islam have to say about the post-modern world and its future direction. Is it conducive to aspects of Islam or is there conflict. 

Muslim leaders, the public, and stakeholder bodies need to be equipped, not only to effectively navigate the world of contemporary ideologies and norms but to help others make sense of these essential ethical questions through a good understanding of scripture, informed expert guidance and an ability to present their work in a way which is impactful and useful for consumers, i.e. Muslim public, intellectuals, researchers, professionals and organizations.

#ABOUT

About The Conference

In our 1st International conference on Islam and Western Idealogies’, Al Balagh Academy will begin by presenting certificates to graduates who have successfully completed our online courses on Atheism, Evolution and Women in Western Society. The conference focus, however, will be on presenting and exploring some of the most important areas which have impacted Muslims over the last few decades. These areas are our faith, knowledge, and current socio-politics. The conference day will be divided into three, focusing on one important specific area within each of these 3 domains:

  1. Western Ideological Impact on Faith-  “Atheism and Islam”
  2. Western Ideological Impact on Knowledge – “Islam and Evolution”
  3. Western Ideological Impact on Socio-Politics – “Islam and Feminism”
  • Atheism and Islam: The first part of the day will be about Atheism and Islam, and will start by describing the social impact of new atheism on the faith of Muslims, how societal trends have impacted faith in Muslims and what factors have contributed to this. This will follow with a discussion on “Fitra”, the Islamic term for  natural human disposition and innate human nature that God has given to all humans and how our fitra, something which is common to all humans, plays an important role in accepting and rejecting postmodern trends and norms of society. The final speaker will discuss reason and revelation and how these two important sources of knowledge should be revisited as tools of guidance in today’s complex society. The session will finish with a panel discussion where the audience can engage with the expert speakers. 
  • Islam and Evolution: The middle of the day will begin with the subject of evolutionary theory and how it has challenged Muslim thought about the origins of man. The session will begin by understanding how our theology intersects with Modern Science and how one is influenced by the other. Then, there will be a discussion on methodology and how the Qur’an should be approached in answering such challenging questions, without deviating from the spirit of Islam. The final speaker will summarise current opinions and describe what Islam can and cannot say about evolution. The session will finish with a panel discussion where the audience can engage with the expert speakers.
  • Islam and Feminism: The final part of the day will relate to women and westernism. It will begin with the discussion of women’s rights and whether feminism is an important route to achieve this. How dependent have women’s rights become on feminism? This will then follow with a discussion on how Muslim women should take a lead in changing the narrative to one which is conducive to Islamic values. The final speaker will discuss current trends and responses, that Muslim women are likely to be challenged with, in the postmodern world of feminism. The session will finish with a panel discussion where the audience can engage with the expert speakers.

    #CAN I ATTEND

    Who Should Attend?

    The conference is intended to cater for Muslim intellectuals, academics, professionals, parents, Imams, those engaged in the educational sector, Ulama as well as Community leaders who feel the need for an opportunity to review and update their thinking about Westernism and its relation with Islam, and the contemporary issues. All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the conference.

    #AGENDA

    Agenda Of The Day

    The conference is divided into three main sections. These sections will begin with a graduation ceremony of all graduates of the Al Balagh Academy Atheism and Islam course, Islam and Evolution course, and Fiqh of Women course, respectively. 

    The day will then proceed with three sets of presentations on each topic, followed by their respective panel discussions, focusing on ethical issues pertaining to contemporary matters and Islamic fiqh and its development in current times.

    The day will close with closing remarks from guest speakers.

    Al Balagh Academy

    8.45 – 9.00 AM

    Registration

    9.00 – 9.10 Introduction to Al Balagh Academy
    Dr-Rafaqt-Rashid

    Shaykh Dr Rafaqat Rashid

    Academic Director, Al Balagh Academy, UK

    09.10 – 09.35

    Can Muslims Think Critically?

    Dr Ismail Adam Patel

    Dr Ismail Adam Patel

    Writer, Founder and Chair of Friends of Al-Aqsa, UK

    09.35 – 10.00

    Key Note Speech

    Ustadh Ovamir Anjum

    Ustadh Ovamir Anjum

    Professor, University of Toledo, USA

    10.00 – 10.30 Introduction to Al Balagh Academy & Award Certificates

    Dr-Rafaqt-Rashid

    Shaykh Dr Rafaqat Rashid

    Academic Director, Al Balagh Academy, UK

    10.30 – 11.00

    Presentation – Social Impact Of Atheism On Muslims

    Ustadh Asadullah Ali Al-Andalusi

    Ustadh Asadullah Ali Al-Andalusi

    University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    11.00 – 11.30

    Presentation – A Return to Fitra as Source of Guidance

    Ustadh Hamza Tzortzis

    Ustadh Hamza Tzortzis

    Sapience Institute, UK

    11.30 – 12.00

    Presentation – Revisiting Reason and Revelation

    Shaykh Hamza Wal Maqbul

    Shaykh Hamza Wald Maqbul

    HFSAA Shariah Advisor, USA

    12.00 – 12.30

    Panel Discussion

    Dr-Rafaqt-Rashid
    Ustadh Hamza Tzortzis
    Ustadh Asadullah Ali Al-Andalusi
    Shaykh Hamza Wal Maqbul
    12.30 – 13.20

    Dhuhr Salah Break + Lunch

    13.20 – 13.50

    Presentation – Quantum Mechanics and Islamic Theology

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    Dr Ramon Harvey

    Lecturer of Islamic Studies, Ebrahim College- Muslim Seminary, London, UK

    13.50 – 14.30

    Presentation – Science, the Way to truth and Life?

    Subboor Ahmad

    Subboor Ahmad

    Sapience Institute, UK
    14.30 – 15.00

    Presentation – Qur’ān, Ḥadīth and Science: Some Guiding Hermeneutical Canons

    Ustadh Safaruk Chowhary

    Ustadh Safaruk Chowdhary

    Author, Project researcher, Cambridge Muslim College, UK

    15.00 – 15.30

    Panel Discussion

    Dr. Shoaib Malik
    Dr. Ramon Harvey
    Subboor Ahmad
    Ustadh Safaruk Chowhary
    15.30 – 16.00

    Asr Salah Break

    16.00 – 16.25

    Presentation – Women’s Rights without Feminism

    Ustadah Zara Faris

    Ustadah Zaara Faris

    Researcher, Writer, International Speaker, London, UK

    16.25 – 16.50

    Presentation – Muslim Women Changing the Narrative

    16.50 – 17.15

    Presentation – An Islamic Response to Feminism

    Ustadh Abdullah Al Andalusi

    Ustadh Abdullah Andalusi

    International Muslim Thinker, Speaker and Debater, London, UK

    17.15 – 17.35

    Maghrib Salah Break

    17.35 – 18.00

    Panel Discussion

    Dr Hina J Shahid
    Ustadah Zara Faris
    Ustadh Abdullah Al Andalusi
    18.10 – 18.45

    Guest Speaker – Key Note Speech

    Shaykh Amin Kholwadia

    Shaykh Amin Kholwadia

    Founder of Darul Qasim, Chicago, USA

    18.45 – 19.00

    Closing Remarks – Thanks and Close

    Dr-Rafaqt-Rashid

    Shaykh Dr Rafaqat Rashid

    Academic Director, Al Balagh Academy, UK

    #LIMITED PLACES

    Reserve Your Place

    STANDARD-PASS

    £9.99

    Live Access Only
    • Q&A session with speakers
    • Online Networking
    • Digital Certificate of Attendance
    • Access to Presentation Slides
    • Access to Recorded Video Sessions(HD)
    • Free Enrolment in  Decoding Liberalism, Feminism & Secularism Online Course

    STANDARD PLUS-PASS

    £19.99

    Live Access + Recordings
    • Q&A session with speakers
    • Online Networking
    • Digital Certificate of Attendance
    • Access to Presentation Slides
    • Access to Recorded Video Sessions(HD)
    • Free Enrolment in Decoding Liberalism, Feminism & Secularism Online Course

    PREMIUM-PASS

    £59.99

    Live Access + Recordings + Course Access
    • Q&A session with speakers
    • Online Networking
    • Digital Certificate of Attendance
    • Access to Presentation Slides
    • Access to Recorded Video Sessions(HD)
    • Free Enrolment in Decoding Liberalism, Feminism & Secularism Online Course

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    Event Speakers

    Shaykh Amin Kholwadia

    Founder of Darul Qasim, Chicago, USA

    Ustadh Hamza Tzortzis

    Sapience Institute, UK

    Shaykh Hamza Wald Maqbul

    HFSAA Shariah Advisor, USA

    Dr Rafaqat Rashid

    Academic Director, Al Balagh Academy,
    UK

    Dr Ramon Harvey

    Lecturer of Islamic Studies, Ebrahim College- Muslim Seminary, London

    Ustadh Abdullah Andalusi

    International Muslim Thinker, Speaker and Debater, London, UK

    Ustadh Safaruk Chowdhary

    Project researcher, Cambridge Muslim College, UK

    Dr Hina J Shahid

    Chair, Muslim Doctors Association, London, UK

    Ustadh Asadullah Ali Al-Andalusi

    University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Subboor Ahmad

    Sapience Institute

    London, UK

    Ustadah Zara Faris

    Researcher, Writer, International Speaker, London, UK

    Dr Ismail Adam Patel

    Writer, Founder and Chair of Friends of Al-Aqsa, UK

    Ustadh Ovamir Anjum

    Professor, University of Toledo, USA

    Dr Shoaib Malik

    Assistant Professor, Zayed University, Dubai

    Dr Ismail Adam Patel

    Writer, Founder and Chair of Friends of Al-Aqsa, UK

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    1st International Al Balagh Academy Online Conference on Islam and Western Ideologies

    1st International Al Balagh Academy Online Conference on Islam and Western Ideologies - For Muslim intellectuals, academics, professionals, teachers, Ulama, Community leaders and all other interested parties

    Event Type: Event

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    Performer Name: Al Balagh Academy

    Performer URL: https://www.albalaghacademy.org/

    Start Date: 2022-02-13 09:00

    End Date: 2022-02-13 17:00

    Availability Starts: 2022-02-13T09:00:00