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9th July 2013


Ramadan Mubarak


Congratulation on the start of Ramandan.


15th November 2012


Lecture - Agreeing to Disagree


An event not to be missed! We have teamed up with another Newport based organisation to bring this timely talk to you...


There is a great need in this age to understand the importance of the manners of disagreement and difference of opinion within Islam.

What qualifies a valid difference of opinion and what matters are agreed upon by the scholars?

These are just a couple of areas that will be examined in this lecture.


For more information, please visit the events page: www.facebook.com/events/560176783999372/


You can also find us on:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nmnwales

Twitter: @NewMuslimWales


Open to all. Limited Spaces, so come early to get your seat.


22d September 2012


New Muslims Network Wales (NMN) AND Young Muslim Community Organisation (YMCO) present:


Al-Muhaddithat

An Introduction to the Female Scholars of Islam

By Shaykh Dr. Mohammad Akram Nadwi


Thursday 11th October 2012, 6:30pm, Newport University (City Campus)

Limited Spaces


Shaykh Akram presents an introductory talk on female scholarship in Islam. Based on 10 years of research, his monumental work, Al-Muhaddithat, looks at 8,000 female scholars of hadith who played a key role in teaching, researching, transmitting and issuing fatwas in major mosques and madrasas all across the Muslim world. These great women not only educated many of the greatest male and female scholars of our tradition, but were highly respected in their societies for their knowledge and upright character.

This talk will aim to examine some of the following areas:

The status of female scholarship in Islam

Who these female scholars were; where they were from; what, how, and who they taught

Has female scholarship declined?

Why have we forgotten their legacy?

The future of female scholarship and its implications

Q&A

OPEN TO ALL


Tickets are priced at £2.50*. Spaces are limited, so buy now to avoid disappointment.

For tickets and further information visit:


www.female-scholars.eventbrite.co.uk


Speaker bio:

'Shaykh Dr. Mohammad Akram Nadwi is from the Indian city of Lucknow and a graduate of the world renowned Nadwatul Ulama (India) where he studied and taught Shariah. Shaykh Akram is a Muhaddith of the highest calibre who has specialised in Ilm ul Rijal [the study of the narrators of Hadith]. He has Ijaza (licenses) from many of the most renowned scholars of our time including Shaykh Abul Hasan Ali Al-Nadwi, and Shaykh Abdul-Fattah Abu Ghuddah. Shaykh Akram Nadwi has a doctorate in Arabic Language and has authored and translated over 25 titles on Language, Jurisprudence, Qur'an and Hadith. In May 2010, he completed a monumental 57-volume work on the lives of female scholars of Hadith in Islamic History. Steeped in traditional Islamic learning and in modern academia Shaykh Nadwi is the recipient of the Allama Iqbal prize for contribution to Islamic thought. He is currently a Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford University and is widely recognised as one of Western Europe’s leading Islamic scholars. His al-Fiqh al-Islami vol1 is an original compilation of the fiqh (the codified legal rulings) of Imam Abu Hanifah and his school.'

*A small booking fee will be charged when tickets are purchased online. All proceeds will go towards the fundraising appeal for the English language publication of Shaykh Akram’s monumental work on female scholars in Islam, and to provide further events of this nature.


18th September 2012


New Muslim Network Wales is looking forward to hosting some events in the near future, inshallah (God Willing.)

Our last event was sold out. So please email us to add your name to the mailing list at:


info@newmuslimnetworkwales.org.uk


6th September 2012


Over the summer, some members of our group visited:


Alqueria de Rosales -Village of the Roses; Islamic Centre in Granada, Spain.


For more information on the centre visit www.alqaria.org.


28th July 2012


Proud to be British. !Come on Team GB!


31th May 2012


Salaam


Today we have added the interesting ‘Abdur Rahman's Corner’ blog to our opinion page.


'The beauty and grandeur of God belong to Him; the beauty and grandeur of the world of creation are borrowed from Him' (Masnavi 2.1103)


24th May 2012


Planning a picnic for all on: Saturday 14th July 2012, Inshallah.

Watch this space…..


13th March 2012


Time passes's so fast and spring is in the air, mashallah.

So with that in mind, the NMNWales committee is looking for a couple more members, with fresh ideas and energy.

If you are interested in becoming an active member of the group, please contact us at the usual

email address, inshallah.


15th February 2012


Hope you are well inshallah. Please take time to read the blog written by Abdul Azim.


31st December 2011


NMNW members had a spiritual New Years Eve attending Circles of Remembrance - Cardiffs Spiritual Night in the Yemeni Community Centre. We listened to talks, recited Quran, the Burdah & finished listening to some nasheeds by Talib al Habib.


27th December 2011


Thank to all that organised and attended our winter dinner. A great time was had by all.


20th December 2011


Wishing  non Muslim family and friends a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

Contact us for more Information on the work of New Muslim Network Wales.


28th August 2011


Some short Ramadan videos can be viewed here


24th August 2011


Hope your Ramadan is going very well. Try to get the full benefit during the last week and enjoy Eid.


1st August 2011


New Muslim Network Wales would like to congratulate the Muslim community on the start of the Holy Month of Ramadan may Allah Accept all our fasts.


On Saturday 9th of April 2011 members of the New Muslim Network Wales attended :


‘Islam in Welsh Society’


Nearly 100 non Muslim attended to hear an inspirational talk by Brother Manwar Ali from the Jimas organisation. There was a tour of the building and a nice meal had by all. More information about this event to follow In God wills. Please visit the gallery to view some sample pictures.


New Muslim Network Wales were quoted in the local Echo


On Saturday 2nd April 2011 members of The New Muslim Network Wales attended the National Convert Organisers conference at the Islamic Foundation in Leicestershire, topics included: Presentations by Sheffield New Muslims Project; Leeds New Muslims; NMP Leicester, Embrace Foundation & Turning Point. Muslim Convert Community research with presentations by: Kevin Brice,Ruqaiyah & Batool, Leon Mousavi & Monica Debrovska.

A presentation by Reunite and the wider implications of International Parental Child Abduction for the convert community. I would advise all converts looking for marriage to look at this site first....

Ben Bowler introduced the new ‘Muslim for a Month,’ initiative between the Turkish community and the Blood Foundation and after a long day Ibrahim Hewitt provided an overview of ‘Engaging with the media’


We learnt a lot and made a lot of friends and contacts in the Convert community.


Editor




News Articles

Article in The Western Mail 14th April 2011

Mosque event ‘a success’

by Graham Henry, South Wales Echo



A COMMUNITY event at a Cardiff mosque which aimed to bring together Muslims and non-Muslims has been hailed a success by organisers.

More than 150 people came to the event held at Darul Isra mosque in Cathays.


The crowds were addressed by guest speaker Muhammad Manwar Ali, who gave a talk on the contribution of Welsh Muslims to the overall good of society.


Visitors, who included invited guests such as doctors, NHS staff, representatives from different faith groups and social agencies and neighbours, were also given a tour of the mosque, which has just undergone an extensive refurbishment.


Umar Seddon, of the New Muslim Network Wales, said: “I could easily sense that people were overwhelmed by the honesty and openness of the guest speaker, who had gained the respect of guests and hence wanted to stay longer and enjoy their conversations with other participants.”


Article in The Western Mail 5th Jan 2011

Growing numbers in Britain convert to Islam

by Aled Blake, Western Mail


THOUSANDS of Britons are converting to Islam every year – with more women becoming Muslims than men, a Welsh study has found.

The research suggests that the numbers converting to the religion may have nearly doubled by 2010 from the 60,669 converts in 2001. A detailed study by Swansea University for inter-faith think-tank Faith Matters, suggests that despite an often negative portrayal of Islam in the media, more people are adopting the religion each year.
Kevin Brice of the Centre for Migration Policy Research at Swansea University suggested that 56% of converts to Islam were white British, with 62% being female.

The average age at conversion is 27.5, with 5,200 people becoming Muslims in the last 12 months.

“These numbers should be put into perspective,” the report states. “Even at the highest estimate (100,000) this remains a small minority group (at most 4% of the Muslim population and less than 0.2% of the total population of the UK).

“There is no evidence of a mass conversion of the population and this is hardly the beginning of the ‘Islamification’ of the UK as is suggested by some groups (both pro and anti-Islam).”

Among the report’s findings is evidence that many converts experience difficulties because of the negative attitudes of their families, with complaints that there is a lack of support networks available for converts.

To counter that problem, an organisation has been established in Wales to provide support for people converting to Islam.

The New Muslim Network Wales was set up to act as that bridge between communities.

Edward Charles and Matthew McDonald from the network, which was established in 2001, said the findings of the report backed up experiences of its volunteers. They said their work was not only in supporting converts, but also trying to dispel myths about conversion, such as having to change one’s name or lose one’s cultural identity.

Mr Charles said: “We have a spread of individuals who measure their conversions in weeks and others in decades.
“We are able to help the new Muslim to settle into their new faith gently and help them sort out the cultural stuff from the actual faith. “Having people to talk to who have been through it all before and treat the individual in a non-judgmental way is something most of us lacked and are keen to provide to others.”

The pair were keen to stress that converting to Islam was not about being brainwashed.

Mr McDonald said: “Most of us have kept our original names and we encourage new Muslims to do the same – but ultimately it’s a personal choice. “There is a feeling that we need to absorb everything all at once, whereas in reality even those converts who have been around for decades freely admit they are still learning and will do so throughout their life, as will all Muslims.”

The report by Faith Matters also studied the way converts were portrayed by the media and found that while 32% of articles on Islam published since 2001 were linked to terrorism or extremism, the figure jumped to 62% with converts.

It also describes the “persistent myth” of converting to Islam for marriage – with many relationships forming only after someone has converted to the religion. The report adds: “The findings... help dispel some of the persistent myths and misconceptions about Islam and Muslims as well as about converts themselves.

“Converts do not represent a devious fifth column determined to undermine the Western way of life – this is a group of normal people united in their adherence to a religion which they, for the most part, see as perfectly compatible with Western life. “Converts are generally at ease living in the UK and do not feel that British people are essentially hostile to Islam.”

Fiyaz Mughal, director of Faith Matters, said the media needed to take a more tolerant stance towards converts.

He said: “New Muslims are not a security threat, nor are they a population that should be at the mercy of those within Muslim communities who want to push obsolete and unethical cultural practices. “They are a community that have very much to offer to our country and to both Muslims and non-Muslims, and no doubt they will play an increasing role around integration for communities in the future.”