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Is There a Place for Culture in Islam?

Friday, 17 March 2017 from 19:30 to 22:00 (Singapore Standard Time Singapore Time)

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Prophet Muhammad (peace & blessings be upon him) led the way in respecting non-Arabs' ethnic and cultural differences. He did so as long as they did not contravene his teaching. With different calls and campaigns to boycott this or ban that in order to "stay true to Islam", how does one navigate our modern Singapore lifestyle and multi-ethnic culture with what the Prophet (peace & blessings be upon him) brought?

Dr Umar Faruq Abd-Allah writes: "Like a crystal clear river, Islam and sacred law are pure but colorless, until they reflect the Chinese, African, & other bedrock over which they flow."
  • Is Islam and Culture at odds?
  • Did Islam come to do away with cultural traditions?
  • When Islam co-existed with different communities in various lands, what remained and what was removed?

Join us as Dr Umar explains in more detail with solid examples from Islam's past, and walk away with a greater appreciation of your religion, culture and identity.

WHAT: Lecture: "Is there place for Culture in Islam?"
WHEN: Friday, 17 March 2017, 730pm
WHERE: The Ballroom @ East Coast. 86 East Coast Road 
TIX: $15 only



Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah (Wymann-Landgraf) is an American Muslim, born in 1948 to a Protestant family in Columbus, Nebraska. He grew up in Athens, Georgia, where both parents taught at the University of Georgia. Dr. Abd-Allah did his undergraduate work at the University of Missouri with dual majors in History and English Literature. He made the Dean’s list all semesters and was nominated to the Phi Beta Kappa Honorary Society. In 1969, he won a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and entrance to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York to pursue a Ph.D. program in English literature. Shortly after coming to Cornell, Dr. Abd-Allah read The Autobiography of Malcolm X, which inspired him to embrace Islam in early 1970. In 1972, he altered his field of study and transferred to the University of Chicago, where he studied Arabic and Islamic Studies under Dr. Fazlur Rahman.

Dr. Abd-Allah received his doctorate with honors in 1978 for a dissertation on the origins of Islamic LawMalik’s Concept of ‘Amal in the Light of Maliki Legal Theory. From 1977 until 1982, he taught at the Universities of Windsor (Ontario), Temple, and Michigan. In 1982, he left America to teach Arabic in Spain. Two years later, he was appointed to the Department of Islamic Studies at King Abdul-Aziz University in Jeddah, where he taught (in Arabic) Islamic studies and comparative religions until 2000.

During his years abroad, Dr. Abd-Allah had the privilege of studying with a number of traditional Islamic scholars. He returned to Chicago in August 2000 to work as chair and scholar-in-residence of the newly founded Nawawi Foundation, a non-profit educational foundation. In conjunction with this position, he is now teaching and lecturing in and around Chicago and various parts of the United States and Canada, while conducting research and writing in Islamic studies and related fields. He recently completed a biography of Mohammed Webb (d. 1916), who was one of the most significant early American converts to Islam. The book was released September 2006 under the title A Muslim in Victorian America: The Life of Alexander Russell Webb (Oxford University Press). Dr. Abd-Allah is presently completing a second work entitled Roots of Islam in America: A Survey of Muslim Presence in the New World from Earliest Evidence until 1965 and is also updating his dissertation for publication.



Dr Umar's Schedule:

Friday, 17 March 2017 Lecture: Is there a place for Culture in Islam? Details:

Saturday, 18 March 2017 Workshop: Submission in Love: Selections from the Hikam

Saturday, 18 March 2017 Lecture: Embracing Destiny: Finding Hidden Wisdom in Trials

Sunday, 19 March 2017 Spiritual Jamming + Short Talk on Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wasallam. 10am to 1pm @ SimplyIslam, 152 Still Road. Free admission!

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Friday, 17 March 2017 from 19:30 to 22:00 (Singapore Standard Time Singapore Time)

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