North London community event: Annual Ijtimah 2011
Over 350 people attended the North London annual Ijtimah, which has taken place every year for the last decade.
The event organized by local community activists saw young, old, men and women spend the evening listening to 3 speeches.
The first of three speeches was delivered by Reda Pankhurst on the noble Sahabah of Islam, Umar ibn al khattab. The speech highlighted the lifestyle that he abandoned for Islam. It detailed his life pre-Islam and compared it to what he changed into. It also focused on him as the second khaleefah of the Muslims and contrasted him to the current corrupt crop of rulers in the Muslim lands.
The second speech, delivered by Dr Abdul Wahid, was about the Arab Spring one year on. He reminded the audience about the achievements of the Ummah in removing the oppressive rulers. He reiterated that change was possible and that everyone had a role to play in this. He highlighted the practical actions that the audience could undertake to help the ongoing struggle to remove the corrupt tyrants who rule over this glorious Ummah.
The third talk was by Taji Mustapha on the role of the youth. He highlighted that the youth are the future of the Ummah and should be those who carry the Islamic dawah. Taji offered advice to both the youth and elders in the audience and people found practical advice and actions which they can use in order to move forward.
The event was concluded with a lively discussion which allowed the audience to probe the speakers on their presentations and to discuss the speeches in detail. The event ended with a dua (supplication) and a meal for the attendees.