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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: email@example.com
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
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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:
Minimum qualifications for the candidates are six GCSE, three A-Level or equivalent with C grades or 60% marks.
Maximum age of 17 years for students with GCSE or 19 years with A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.
The applicants MUST submit a detailed medical report from the GP with whom they have been registered.
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).
Application will ONLY be accepted on the prescribed Admission Form available from the Jamia UK office. It must be accompanied by the following documents:
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:
Jamia Ahmadiyya UK
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.
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).
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.
Please apply as soon as possible, as places are expected to go quickly. Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call/text (0788-642-5859) stating your:
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.
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.
Ghalib Khan | Outreach officer
Ahmadiyya Muslim Research Association (AMRA)
“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.” 1 – Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (pbuh)
“Are you in doubt concerning Allah, the Originator of the Heavens and the Earth?” (Holy Qur’an; 14:11)
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. (more…)