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Explore the True Fundamentals of Islam with Atique Miah

27/10/2020 @ 12:00 - 30/11/2021 @ 20:00

An online taster session for anyone who wants the basics on Islamic belief. Can be tailored for any person any age, any level

Have you ever wanted to find out more about Islam, but when you went online you were bombarded by information? Don’t know where to start and have many unanswered questions about Islam. Why not ask a Muslim Chaplain?

Introduction of the speaker: My name is Atique Miah. I work as the Muslim Chaplain at University of Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Now and again I get invited by community organisations with the objective of giving them a better idea of Muslim Life in the UK; and to explain the basics of Islamic Creed. You may already have a vague idea of Muslim Life, and probably seen Muslims in your community, but how much do you really know about them? Do you think there may be unconscious-bias in your workplace?

I have people asking me about Islam all the time and discussions typically feature:

  • Acts of Worship;
  • Fasting during Ramadan;
  • Festivals;
  • Cultural Differences;
  • and much more!

I have found that Muslims are often talked about, but not always heard from, so I am striving to change that by helping people break down barriers; combat negative stereotypes; and most importantly giving you an answer to your questions!

If you have colleagues within your organisation asking questions, and are searching for information about Islam, why not contact me see how I can help you? I will demonstrate Islam to you as a ‘lived experience’, including the practicalities of applying Islamic teachings in everyday life. I have delivered workshops and interactive presentations in schools, colleges and community organisations since 2005, and I can offer you something similar for your next Staff Development Event, Diversity Training or Team Away Day.

Who is this session for?:

This event is for you if you are a Muslim and want to explore your faith deep down to the roots. Or if you are not Muslim but have questions about the Islamic Faith and want to explore reasons behind some of the practices, then again your are more than welcome. You might be interested to join because you are a primary school religious education teacher and want to ground yourself in the basics before you tackle teaching the subject to your children. Or you simply are curious about Muslims and the way they sometimes lead their life. What drives Muslims to do teh things they do. This forum is a safe space for you to ask anything, absolutely anything you want.

How can we bring more Khushu into our Salah?

Have you ever completed your salah, and been left with no change in the way you feel, or cannot remember what you have just read, without much reflection on what you did or what your read within that salah? I am working on a very in-depth course of study to go back to the basics of salah and bring that much needed khushu and concentration within our salah. Join me on these sessions, and whether you start now or later, this free course will be tailored to you as an individual. You will be in your own personal journey to improve your salah and reconnect yourself with Allah through your salah.

I, for one certainly need this for myself. I am not an expert in khushu and this much ‘sought-after’ concentration is not something you can get from one day and it is not something that just remains. Khushu is something that we need to keep working on and even within one salah of two units, you may find yourself losing concentration several times and this is normal. I don’t know if there is anyone who starts salah with full concentration, and with that concentration continues through the motions and ends with that same level of concentration.

The search for khushu is a continuous struggle and so this free course will continue to run for the foreseeable future even through the pandemic- and while lockdown remains I feel there is a huge opportunity for us all to make improvements in our salah from this moment. You don’t need to wait for the next formal session. Feel free to make direct email contact via atiquemiah2@gmail.com. I am keen to support you and gain much needed reward! In many ways we need to get back to the fundamentals if salah.


Atique Miah – Muslim Chaplain Gloucestershire
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