Around 150 people from all sections of the community attended an event in Nottingham addressing the issue of Bilad Ash Sham: Past, Present and Future. Ustaadh Kamal Abu Zahra highlighted the Islamic significance of the land of Ash Sham. He reminded the audience of the importance of Muslims standing with their brothers and sisters in Syria. 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 the Islamic political activism for real change in the Muslim World.
Dr. Yusuf Abul Haarith from Syria described what life was like living under the rule of the father of the current tyrant of Syria. He told how the authorities would encourage non-Islamic practices such as free mixing between the sexes at school and punish those who appeared Islamic or who spoke out against the regime. He described in detail the current situation and explained that it was only due to the strong imaan (belief) and tawakul (trust in Allah) that the people of Syria were able to continue in their struggle against the oppressor. He also encouraged the audience to engage in the vital work of calling for the reestablishment of the Islamic Khilafah state.
The audience were then invited to ask questions of the panel. There was a lively discussion, with many asking how they could support this important work. The gathering ended with a very powerful and moving dua by Dr. Yusuf.
Talk 1 – Ustaad Kamal Abu Zahra
Talk 2 – Dr Yousaf Abu Harith