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Upcoming AMSA Events – March 2014



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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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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

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.

AMRA Symposium

IMG_4378On Saturday 19th of January 2013, members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Research Association (AMRA) met to discuss natural selection and the existence of God. It was part of an ongoing series, the aim of the event was to prepare our students and non-student Khuddam to counter the atheistic arguments currently prevalent in academic and scientific circles. The particular proposition under discussion was: (more…)

MKA Astronomy Club comes to Al-Mahdi Mosque

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The newly formed MKA Astronomy Club is coming to Al-Mahdi Mosque this Saturday (29th December) night! This is your chance to learn about amateur astronomy and to try it out for yourself with a telescope-building and a stargazing session with our brand new Celestron telescope (capable of observing planets and nebulae!). For those wondering about the meaning of the universe we even have a discussion forum to satisfy your curiosity.

So don’t miss out on this wonder-filled event coming to your region this Saturday. Please note, hot drinks will be provided!

Preliminary Programme

7:30 Isha prayer
8.00 Tilawaat
8.05 Welcome Address (Muddassar Rashid – Astronomy Club President)
8.20 Gravity and Keplers Law (Foaad Tahir – Club Committee Member)
8.40 Practical session: Building Telescopes and Spectroscopes
9.15 Star-Gazing (weather permitting)
9:45 Discussion Forum: Does the universe have a purpose?

Please also note that on Sunday 10 am we have the Majlis Ansar Sultanul Qalam and Amoor-e-Tuluba workshop for all the northern regions at Al-Mahdi Mosque. http://theartofmisinformation.wordpress.com/masq-conference/

Insha’Allah it will be a productive weekend.

For further information please email research@khuddam.org.uk or contact your Regional Qaid.

MKA Astronomy Club
research@khuddam.org.uk