Members of the Derby community organised a seminar on the significance of ‘Bilad ash-Sham: Past, Present, and Future’. The Seminar was chaired by Basharat Ahmed and the talks were delivered by Ustadh Kamal Abu Zahra and Dr Yousaf Abu Harith. The event was attended by around 120 people from a cross section of the community including community leaders, professionals and youth.
Ustadh Kamal Abu Zahra highlighted the Islamic significance Bilad ash-Sham. He stressed the Islamic obligation of being concerned about the Muslims of Syria and that we are one Ummah. He explained that the solutions presented by the West were only for their own advantage and that Muslims globally should be calling for the reestablishment of the Islamic Khilafah state. He warned Muslims not to fall into the trap of divisive sectarianism and urged them to join Islamic political activism for real change in the Muslim World.
Dr Yousaf Abu Harith gave a personal account of the brutal nature of the Syrian regime and the nature of the uprising. He made it clear that the people were calling to reject all offers of help from the West and are solely relying on help from Allah (swt). He also encouraged the audience to engage in the vital work of calling for the reestablishment of the Islamic Khilafah state.
After the second talk there was a lively question and answer session between the audience and the panel. Members of the audience were particularly interested in knowing how they could support this global work.
The event was concluded with dua and the audience were requested to spread this message of unity and support the work for the reestablishment of the Islamic Khilafah state.