Evolution – The Islamic Perspective

Live Stream Link | 6 PM GMT | 20 Feb 2014

In recent years, the creationism versus evolution controversy has received much attention. Christian fundamentalists have denied the validity of the theory of evolution, attempted to change school syllabi, and even taken the debate to civil courts. Atheists, in their own way, have used the theory to discredit Christianity and other religions. This controversy appears to be a classic case of conflict between science and religion.

The Promised Messiah (‘alayhi al-salam), the founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, however, always maintained that there is never a conflict between the Act of God and the Word of God. In other words, nature, and Islam’s Holy Scripture, the Qur’an, do not contradict each other. If they both come from the same God there can’t be any conflict. Any apparent conflict arises because of the misunderstanding of scripture or nature. So what is the source of misunderstanding in this controversy? First, let us see what the two points of view are.

Creationism refers to the view that God created the universe out of nothing and then placed on earth different species of plants, animals and human beings. There is, of course, a wide range of opinions among creationists as to how this happened and the time scales involved. However, the central idea is the same, which is that a super natural being has brought into existence all life on earth through super natural processes.

Evolution, on the other hand, is the theory stating that the diverse life forms we see around us have all emerged as a result of natural processes. It asserts that complex organisms like human beings and other animals have evolved from simpler organisms through small modifications over a long period of time. Evolution, a scientific theory first expressed by Charles Darwin in 1859, is considered to be on par with Newton’s laws of motions, Einstein’s theory of relativity and quantum mechanics.

This lecture will provide the Islamic perspective on the theory of evolution as explained by the Holy Qur’an and expounded by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Speaker: Dr. Adeel Bajwa from Ahmadiyya Muslim Research Association (AMRA)

Chair: Dr Naveed Malik | Chairman of Ahmadiyya Muslim Research Association (AMRA)

Please note registration is essential for this event: Please send an email for your registration by Tuesday (20. Feb 2014). Contact email: londonmet.amsa@khuddam.org.uk

Location: London Metropolitan University, North Campus, Tower Building, Holloway Road, N7 8DB | Google Map Link | Nearest tube station: Holloway Road (Piccadilly Line)

Time: Thursday, February 20, 2014 | 18:00 hours

Twitter: @amsa_uk

Live Stream Link | 6 PM GMT | 20 Feb 2014

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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)
http://www.muslimresearchers.org

Revelation and Rationality- in the words of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as)

“It is true that God has endowed man with the faculty of reason, which, like a lamp, shows him the right path and dispels his doubts and misconceptions. It is an extremely useful and essential faculty and a great blessing. Nonetheless, it has one major flaw: it cannot, on its own, take us to the level of absolute certainty with respect to the true nature of things, for absolute certainty consists in knowing things as they actually are. The best that reason can do is to postulate the need for something to exist, but it cannot go further and confirm that it does indeed exist. Perfect certainty, whereby we rise from the level of ‘should be’ to that of ‘is’ is only achieved when reason finds an ally that is capable of confirming its speculative reasoning and bringing it into the realm of perceptible facts; and where reason says, ‘it should be,’ this ally is able to confirm, ‘it is.’ (more…)