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UPDATE: God and Science / friends or foes – University of Birmingham

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Is there a contradiction between science and religion? Is belief in God irrational in the light of our scientific age? If there is found to be a conflict between religion and rationality, one of the two must be deeply flawed.

It is often claimed that in the light of the considerable technological and scientific advancements of the modern age, rationality in itself is sufficient to totally guide man in all aspects of life, and sincere belief in God has become not only unnecessary, but also illogical due to the apparent discrepancies between the worlds of valid scientific study and the acceptance of faith.

Are God and science, therefore, friends or foes?

Speaker: Maulana Jahangeer Khan, Scholar of Comparative Religion

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Programme:

18.00 – 18.15- Registration + Refreshments
18.15 – 18.45 – Talk by Maulana Jahangeer Khan
18.45 – 20.00 – Q&A session / Informal discussion

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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ADMISSION TO JAMIA AHMADIYYA UK

Jamia Ahmadiyya UK will be holding entry test and interview on 21st and 22nd July 2014 for this year’s intake of students.

The following conditions apply:

Qualifications:

Minimum qualifications for the candidates are six GCSE, three A-Level or equivalent with C grades or 60% marks.

Age on Entry:

Maximum age of 17 years for students with GCSE or 19 years with A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.

Medical Report:

The applicants MUST submit a detailed medical report from the GP with whom they have been registered.

Written Test and Interview:

The applicants will take a written test and will appear before a Selection Board for interview. Only those who pass the written test will be invited for interview.

The written test and interview will be based on the recitation of the Holy Quran, the Waqfe Nau Syllabus, and proficiency in reading, writing and spoken English and Urdu languages. However, candidates will be judged for their inclination towards learning and reading the translation of the Holy Quran and the books of the Promised Messiah (‘alayhi al-salam).

Procedure:

Application will ONLY be accepted on the prescribed Admission Form available from the Jamia UK office. It must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • Application must be endorsed by the National Ameer.
  • A detailed medical report from the GP.
  • Photocopies of the GCSE or A-Level results. If the results are awaited, the candidate must include a letter from his school/sixth Form tutor about his projected grades.
  • Copy of applicant’s passport.
  • 2 passport size photographs.
  • The spellings of the name must be the same as in the passport. Any change must be accompanied by the certification for
    that change.

LAST DATE:

The application for the 2014 entry MUST arrive by 30th June 2014. Applications received after that will not be considered.

Applications should be addressed to:

THE PRINCIPAL
Jamia Ahmadiyya UK
Branksome Place
Hindhead Road
Haslemere
GU27 3PN


For any further help or clarification, please contact below:
Tel: +44(0)1428647170 or +44(0)1428647173 | Fax: +44(0)1428647188
Jamia is open from Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm.
Visitors are welcome ONLY by prior appointments.

Oxford University trip for GCSE and A-level students – Don’t miss out!

Dear Students

Assalamu ‘Alaikum

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Research Association (AMRA) invites you to a tour of Oxford University on Tuesday the 18th of February (during school half-term). This trip will be officially hosted by the University at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford (pictured above).

The plan for the day includes:

  • Talk by the University about life at Oxford and how to gain admission
  • Discussion and Q&A with University staff and current Oxford students
  • Lunch in college hall hosted by the University
  • Punting (traditional boating on the river)

It goes without saying that this is a fantastic opportunity for our students to visit one of the top universities in the world and learn about the application process.

Places are limited to 15 and the cost of the trip (including transport and boating) will be £12 for under 16’s and £17 for over 16 students (excluding Oyster Card Travel within London).

Priority will be given to A-level and GCSE students.

To apply

Please apply as soon as possible, as places are expected to go quickly. Email (research@khuddam.org.uk) or call/text (0788-642-5859) stating your:

  • Name
  • Year at school/college
  • Name of school/college
  • AIMS ID
  • Qiadat

Please also note that AMRA will provide bursaries for students who have difficulty in covering the cost of the trip (please state “applying for bursary”) in your email.

Transport arrangements

We will be leaving from Fazl mosque on early Tuesday morning and using the Oxford Tube for our journey. Further details will be provided to the applicants closer to the time.

Wassalamu ‘Alaikum,

Ghalib Khan | Outreach officer
Ahmadiyya Muslim Research Association (AMRA)
www.muslimresearchers.org

Eternity and God

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Allah – The Ever Living – Part of our New Existence of God Series

Article by Umar Nasser

“The God of Islam is the same God Who is visible in the mirror of the law of nature and is discernible in the book of nature. Islam has not presented a new God but has presented the same God Who is presented by the light of man’s heart, by the conscience of man, and by heaven and earth.” 1Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (pbuh)

“Are you in doubt concerning Allah, the Originator of the Heavens and the Earth?” (Holy Qur’an; 14:11)

‘God.’

No other word has quite as much power, majesty, fear, love, hope or controversy attached to it. The question of His existence needs little introduction- it is a question that is asked by the heart and mind of every human being, from whichever walk of life they may hail. It’s importance is paramount, since the existence of a Creator, if decided upon, throws one’s mind into a storm of further questions- what was the purpose of God creating us?; how did He create us?; should I care if He is there?; what happens if I don’t?, and so forth. It is a question that every responsible individual must deliberate upon, for the consequences of God’s existence are too immense to ignore out of apathy. Deciding that God exists on a purely rational basis is the first step for many in the journey towards God. As will be explored at the end of this piece, it is certainly not sufficient for true belief in God- however for many of this age the mind must be satisfied before the heart will even incline towards anything less cerebral and more spiritual- and it is that first step which this short piece seeks to help bridge. The aim therefore will be to explain why God must exist, with reference to Islamic sources, whilst also addressing common objections such as the multiverse theory, and the question of what came before God. Following this we will present some extracts on the spiritual search for God. May Allah guide us in our task. Ameen. Continue reading

Who is Allah?

By the Promised Messiah Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian (as)

”Listen, O those who can, to what God desires from you. And what He desires is only that you become solely His and do not associate any partners with Him, neither in the heavens nor on the earth. Our God is that God who is alive even now as He was alive before. He speaks even now as He used to speak before. And even now He hears as He used to hear earlier. It is a false notion that in these times He does hear but does not speak. But He hears and speaks, too. All His Attributes are eternal and everlasting. None of His Attributes is in abeyance, nor will it ever be. He is the One without any associate Who has no son, nor has He any wife. He alone is the peerless Who has no one like Him. And He is the One Who is unique in that none of His Attributes are exclusively possessed by anyone besides Him. He is the One Who has no equal. He is the One Who has no one to share with Him His Attributes. And He is the One no Power of Whose is less than perfect. He is near, though He is far and He is far, though He is near. Continue reading

Salam – The forgotten genius

by  from Dawn.com 

On a hot summer afternoon in 1940, a boy of 14 was rushing on his bicycle to his hometown near Jhang, part of present day Pakistan. He covered his head under a heavy turban because the barber had accidentally shaved off his hair.

When he reached the town, he saw people lined up on either side of the road, greeting him with loud cheers. The boy had earned a distinction in his matriculation examinations; the young genius had broken all previous records within the province, he was Abdus Salam. Continue reading

Ahmadiyya Muslim Students in West – Beacon of Truth – 27th January 2013

Please see this excellent Beacon of Truth Programme that was shown on MTA recently. Jonathan Butterworth (AMRA member), Tahir Nasser (President AMSA UK and member AMRA), and Naveed Malik (Chairman AMRA UK) were on the panel.

Very pertinent advice for Students in UK was given alongside information regarding AMSA and AMRA. Please watch and support.

AMRA Presents the Research Cafe

Its exciting news. Ahmadiyya Muslim Research Association (AMRA) is starting a monthly Research Cafe at Baitul Futuh, where the members get to meet, eat together and discuss the latest research developments and questions about science and the existence of God.

Held first Friday of every month, it will be an event like no other, where you can come and discuss your ideas in a receptive and engaged audience. This is an open and informal event for all Khuddam where we share food, have some tea and delve in to intellectual and spiritual discussions with no time limit! So free up your evenings on the first Friday of the month and come and join us after Ishaa prayers.

The first cafe is coming to you this Friday on the 1st of February at 8pm (After Isha at 7:45pm) in the guest room (one with the sofas) in Baitulfutuh. Dinner would be provided.

We encourage all who are interested to attend. We also suggest that you try read up a bit on the attached papers and suggested reading material. If you wish to attend, kindly email us at research@khuddam.org.uk

Wassalam

Naveed Malik (07886425859)
Serving as Chairman AMRA (Ahmadiyya Muslim Research Association)
www.muslimresearchers.org

Programme for Research Cafe Friday 1st of February 2013

Cafe Journal Club Talk

“Combating Malaria in the Developing World” – Naveed Malik

I will be presenting on a 2009 paper entitled “Harmonic Convergence in the Love Songs of the Dengue Vector Mosquito” (please see link), which reports on flight tone behavior between mating mosquitoes. This remarkable behaviour consists of nearby mosquitoes changing the frequencies of their wing beatings and matching them to initiate mating. In this context I will talk about the devastating impact that malaria has in the sub-saharan Africa and other parts of the world, and initiate an interactive discussion with the audience inviting them to come up with biological, chemical or engineering based solution ideas to this problem. With the Ahmadiyya Muslim engineering teams already working in Africa on energy and water based projects, this could be an opportune time for us to come up with low-tech, “out of the box” solutions which could save lives.

Cafe discussion topic – Led by Muddassar Rashid

Does our study of the Cosmos guide us towards the probable existence of a Designer God? What about the science based arguments (from lack of order, zero energy etc.) which astronomers and physicists present to refute the existence of God? Where is the mark of the Designer?

Suggested reading: Part IV of “Revelation Rationality Knowledge and Truth” by Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rt), “God the failed hypothesis” by V. Stenger.