It’s so easy to become overwhelmed by what we see around us, and by what we experience, that it can push us into the position where faith becomes relegated to Friday prayers and fasting during Ramadan. It then becomes difficult for it to be anything more. Sometimes, we find ourselves in this position because we feel as though we are drowning, other times due to negligence, and others still, due to feeling alienated.
This lecture examines the current state of Muslims, from our addiction to social media to keeping abreast with scandals, and asks: “where are you?” Trapped by distractions and alienated by the moment, how can we change our condition when so many of us aren’t even aware of our mental and spiritual state? How do we preserve our faith and remain engaged in just causes without burning out? How do we take care of our souls during times of confusion?
About Ustadh Aftab Malik
Aftab Malik is currently Guest Lecturer at the Department of Law, at the University of Sydney, Australia and a permanent global expert on Islam for the United Nations' Alliance of Civilizations. Professor John L. Esposito, one of the world’s pre-eminent scholars on the Muslim World, has called him “a first-rate scholar,” and the academic journal, The Muslim World Book Review, has called him “a rising intellectual star.”
Aftab has taught at the annual Rihla summer retreats, and is currently preparing material for his new course on post-modernism and its impact on Muslim activism today.
His book, The Broken Chain: Reflection upon the Neglect of Tradition, explores the depth and breadth of Islamic scholasticism in regards to the veneration of the Prophet Muhammad, upon whom be blessings and peace.
Between 2013 and 2015, Aftab served as the Scholar-In-Residence at the Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) in Sydney. In addition to delivering public lectures, and overseeing youth-based projects, he created and taught the Positive Intellect Program; an intensive 5-week course that sought to provide the intellectual tools for young Muslims living in the West to navigate the tides and challenges of modernity.
La Trobe University
Date: Friday, 22 March 2019
Time: After Maghrib 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Address: Building TBC, Plenty Rd & Kingsbury Dr, Bundoora VIC 3086
Islamic Council of Victoria
Date: Saturday, 23 March 2019
Time: After Asr 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Address: 66-68 Jeffcott St, West Melbourne VIC 3003
Note: the same lecture is being held in both locations
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Event Supported by: LaTrobe University Islamic Society, Islamic Museum of Australia, Muslim Professionals Association, Bright Young Minds and Green Crescent Australia.
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