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Islamic Centre hosts 5th annual Community Iftar

Posted on: May 16th, 2019 by shaykh No Comments

The Islamic Centre of Ireland hosted the 5th Annual Community Iftar under the auspices of the Irish Muslim Peace & Integration Council on Wednesday 15th May 2019.

Among the guests were the Ambassadors of Pakistan and Egypt, Gardai Superintendent, representatives of the Catholic Church and Church of Ireland, local councillors and members of the larger public.

More than 250 people attended the event this year despite the short notice of 5 days in which the Ramadan Community Iftar Dinner was advertised.

National Integration Debate & Conference by Metro Eirann & Irish Times

Posted on: June 8th, 2015 by shaykh No Comments

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A national integration debate held last month sponsored by Metro Éireann, An Post, and the Office of the Minister of Integration, invited the Head Imam of the Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre Ireland as panelist to represent the Muslim community.

The main event was the release of a research on integration by Amárach Research , according to which most participants of the research believed Muslims were among the least well integrated communities in Ireland.

“How well-integrated into Irish society is each group?” one of the questions had asked, followed by a list of ethnicities and religions found in Ireland today. The least integrated, the survey-takers thought, were Muslims.

Shaykh Umar Al-Qadri was surprised. From where he stands, Irish Muslims are integrating better than other communities. Part of the mismatch between his perceptions and the survey findings might be that, when it comes down to it, it’s never really that clear exactly what integration means according to Shaykh Al-Qadri.

Debate on Islam & Feminism in the National University of Galway

Posted on: March 22nd, 2014 by shaykh No Comments

The Literary and Debating society of the National University of Ireland (Galway) organised a debate on Islam and Feminism.

Shaykh Dr. Umar Al-Qadri was invited to participate in this debate as an Islamic Theologian. Prior to the debate the Literart and Debating Society had arranged dinner with the Shaykh in the local Moroccon Restaurant “High Cafe”.

Shaykh Dr. Umar Al-Qadri said in his opening statement of the debate that Islam is the most misunderstood religion today. Many western people have a narrative of Islam that is established through the biased Media. This narrative is that Islam oppresses woman and woman have no rights in Islam.

Shaykh Umar said that he challenges this narrative by now mentioning the actual facts about Feminism and Woman rights in Islam. Feminism is a movement that campaigned for the rights of woman in Western Countries from the 18th century. Some of the rights that feminists campaigned for was the right to vote, right to initiate divorce, right to earn property and the right to attend university.

Islam had given these rights to woman more than 1000 years prior to the first phase of feminism in the West. The Prophet of Islam, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) had laid down the foundations of Islam in which woman had the right to vote, woman had the right to choose a partner, right to initiate divorce, right to ear property and inheritance and not only did woman had the right to education in fact woman were along men obliged to acquire education.

Shaykh Umar Al-Qadri also highlighted that indeed in certain Muslim countries woman are being oppressed but this is due to culture and not religion. Any society that oppresses woman and limits the role of woman to domestic level can never be a true Islamic society.

The Shaykh gave various examples from the life of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) that woman were not confined to their homes, in fact they contributed to the society in social, political, cultural, economical and academic affairs.

The Shaykh also answered many questions from the floor on the role of woman in Islam.

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