Shaykh Arif Responds to Shaykh Alidina’s WF Exco presentation
‘Quran and Religious Pluralism’ delivered by Shaykh Arif at the Organisation for Islamic Learning, Toronto in Muharrum 2018 has been Summarised by Arsheen Devji
Shaykh Arif argues, using Quranic verses, that the din- religion of Allah through which salvation is attained does not refer to ‘Islam’ as a formal religion but rather it refers to submission to God and His teachings, which are designed to bring about human flourishing. The specific formulations and rulings can change in accordance with context as they are not what is essential. The essence is shared equally within humanity at large, and in particular, by the monotheistic faiths, especially the Abrahamic faiths, who in one way or another, concur upon the notion of God-centricity and spiritual morality.
Devji concludes by sharing her own critical reflections on the lectures and suggestions on how to move forward.
The summary can be downloaded here
Shaykh Arif presents on the “Muslim Perceptions of the People of the Book from the Perspective of the Quran and Prophetic Teachings” at the Markfield Institute of Higher Education, Leicestershire.
According to Shaykh Arif, the Quranic verses revealed before the hijra speak favourably of the people of the book, affording them a high status and salvation. The later verses, post-hijra, describing the regulations pertaining to Jews and Christians are context bound and relate to specific historic instances, for example the plots against the Prophet. Any negative Muslim attitudes at present towards the people of the book are a consequence of factors such the hadith literature, jurisprudential rulings and tense socio-political relations. However, the Muslim outlook ought to be shaped in accordance with the earlier verses, which delivered the essential message.
With his strong commitment to inter-faith dialogue Shaykh Arif was able to illuminate new ways of considering Muslim relationships with people of the Jewish and Christian faiths based on the care and consideration devoted to them by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).Markfield Institute of Higher Education
The Tafsīr of Sūrat al-Zumar (The Throngs) by Shaykh Arif Abdulhussain:
On the 18th of March, the Imamia Medics UK organised a seminar on Organ Donation and Organ Harvesting from an Islamic Perspective. Shaykh Arif spoke on the religious perspective on the topic by referring to the Qur’an, the ahadith, and looking at the various opinions of the jurists. The full talk can be seen below:
Shaykh Arif speaks at Aston University on Religion and it’s role in the environment on the 15th of March 2018. He went on to emphasise that religion in all its forms has encouraged us to be environmentally aware and friendly, and that it is our duty to be kind to this earth and its inhabitants. Full talk can be viewed below:
Shaykh Arif sits on panel at University of Edinburgh Islamic Society Discover Islam week where participants have the opportunity to ask any question to the panellists. Other panellists included
• Dr Khadijah Elshayyal – Dr Elshayyal completed her PhD in History at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2013. Khadijah has experience working in the Muslim media sector and has also conducted research on varies aspects of ethnic minority political engagement. Her PhD thesis looked at the development of identity politics among UK Muslims between the years 1960 -2010, with a specific focus on issues relating to freedom of expression.
• Dr Sohaib Saeed – Dr Saeed is a Scottish-raised Qur’an scholar who serves as honorary Muslim chaplain at the University of Edinburgh. He graduated from Edinburgh then Al-Azhar University, and took his PhD in Quranic Studies from SOAS, University of London. He is an affiliate lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow, and head of research for Bayyinah Institute, USA.