Contemporary Struggles Book Recommendations 

Contemporary Struggles Book Recommendations 

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Author Evening with Aliyah Umm Raiyaan: The Power of Du’a

Join us for an intimate and exclusive author evening with Aliyah Umm Raiyaan to discuss her new book, The Power of Du’a.

This event will be chaired by Kosser Abdul Aziz.

WHEN: Tuesday, 27 February 2024, 18:30 GMT
WHERE: IHRC Bookshop (202 Preston Road, Wembley, Ha9 8PA) or watch live on YouTube, Facebook, and IHRC.TV

About the book: 
What seems impossible can become possible through du’a

In The Power of Du’a, Sunday Times bestselling author and revert, Aliyah Umm Raiyaan takes you on a journey that shows how faith and practising du’a (a personal supplication) can transform your life.

Featuring inspirational real-life stories from those who have experienced miraculous results from living with du’a, this book is a comforting guide to revive and develop a close relationship with Al Mujeeb – The One Who Responds. Through life’s challenges and struggles, with tools from the Qur’an and Sunnah, you will learn how to:

  • Sincerely prepare your heart before du’a
  • Ask of Allah from a place of certainty, during du’a
  • Move forward in faithful trust after He responds

You will learn how to prepare your heart and then ask of Allah from a place of sincerity and certainty. This book provides tools to navigate the response to your du’a, developing a close and trusting relationship with The Most High.

Deeply moving and uplifting, The Power of Du’a is for anyone looking to reflect, reshape their dialogue with the Divine and walk in complete faith – embracing the perfect plans Allah has for each and every one of us.

About the author: 

Aliyah Umm Raiyaan converted to Islam 23 years ago and has been involved in UK dawah for over 20 years. In 2010, she founded Solace UK, a charity that helps women who have converted to Islam and find themselves in difficulty. In 2019 she launched a YouTube show called Honest Tea Talk which brought unscripted conversations to the table about raw unspoken topics related to the Muslim community. She continues to devote her time to helping women achieve their full potential whilst emphasising the importance of developing a personal and close relationship with Allah.  She was recently approached by the publisher Penguin to write and a publish a book, Ramadan Reflections. She lives in East London where she home educates her children.

Genocide Memorial Day 2024

Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) is pleased to announce its 15th annual Genocide Memorial Day, which will be held on Sunday, January 21st, 2024!

Genocide Memorial Day (GMD) is a day given to remember man’s inhumanity to man in the perpetration of genocides and genocidal acts.

IHRC has been holding GMD commemorations since 2010 and has attracted a variety of speakers, diverse audiences and activists of all political, religious and ethnic backgrounds in highlighting the genocidal acts that are given insufficient exposure by the mainstream media.

About the GMD event 

The topic of this year’s event will be Gaza: A Case Study of Genocide.

There is a dark irony in the fact that IHRC is addressing an unfolding genocide in the same place that was the focus of attention for the first-ever GMD in 2010.

Then, as now, a besieged, occupied people were subjected to indiscriminate bombardment by one of the world’s most powerful armies seeking to extinguish its physical presence as well as its spirit of resistance.

At the start of the Israeli bombardment, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu invoked a biblical passage that talks of slaying “every man and woman, child and infant”. One Israeli minister even recommended “nuking” Gaza. Others Israeli politicians and pundits have publicly talked about expelling the Palestinian population from Gaza. In their pursuit of these ends, Israeli jets have repeatedly bombed and attacked hospitals, ambulances, schools, mosques, churches, residential buildings and roads full of fleeing civilians.

After 15 years, we have come full circle. While Israel continues to prosecute its genocidal attack on Gaza with the approval and support of many international powers, we are left asking why the lessons of history are being ignored, not only in Gaza but elsewhere, too.

Genocide Memorial Day event, London

Date: 21st January 2024

Time: 1 pm to 4 pm, GMT. Free lunch at 12 noon

Venue: P21 Gallery, 21-27 Chalton St, London NW1 1JD

Confirmed speakers

Prof Richard Falk, Prof Haim Bresheeth, Rabbi Ahron Cohen, Sara Russel and Mizan the Poet.

Watch Live: YouTubeFacebook, and IHRC TV

Palestine Appeal

Our partners are on the ground in the Gaza Strip responding right now ensuring Gazans have access to essential needs such as food and have the medical supplies they need to cope with the unprecedented influx of casualties.

Our partners will continue to respond, ensuring the well-being of Palestinians who are desperate for aid.

Residents in Gaza have flocked to hospitals and United Nations schools for safety, hoping that Israel will abide by international law and not attack those coordinates.

However, places of shelter and medical care have also not been free from Israeli attacks. With your support, IHRC Trust will provide a lifeline for desperate Palestinian families. Please give generously to our Palestine Appeal now.

Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) said, “If a person relieves a Muslim of his trouble, Allah will relieve him of his troubles on the Day of Resurrection”.

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THROWBACK: GMD 2018 – Dr Maung Zarni

GMD 2018 focused on the situations in Myanmar and Bosnia, the conference looked at the Failure of International Institutions to Prevent Genocide or Protect the Victims. Click below to watch Dr Maung Zarni who discussed the 2017 Rohingya Genocide.

Maung Zarni is a Burmese educator, academic, and human rights activist. He is noted for his opposition to the violence in Rakhine State and Rohingya refugee crisis.

Below are some books regarding contemporary struggles that are currently available at IHRC Bookshop:

Dirty Hands and Vicious Deeds: The U.S. Government’s Complicity in Crimes against Humanity and Genocide – Samuel Totten

This collection of original essays, edited by renowned genocide scholar Samuel Totten, shows how the United States government repeatedly aided certain regimes as they planned and then carried out crimes against humanity and genocide. Totten discusses the differences between these two terms and offers a critical assessment of U.S. foreign policy.

Each chapter then explores a specific case of crimes against humanity or genocide. Cases include Indonesia, Bangladesh, Chile, East Timor, Argentina, Guatemala, and Rwanda.

What makes the book unique-and chilling-is the inclusion of actual declassified government documents such as memoranda, telegrams, letters, talking points, cables, reports, discussion papers, and situation reports. These documents provide very real insight into how the fate of human lives has been discussed at the highest levels of government.

The Burmese Labyrinth – Carlos Sardina Galache

In 2011, Burma/Myanmar embarked in a democratic transition from a brutal military rule that culminated four years later, when the first free election in decades saw a landslide for the party of celebrated Nobel prize-winner Aung San Suu Kyi. Yet, even as the international community was celebrating a new dawn, old wars were raging in the northern borderlands and a crisis was emerging in western Arakan State, as the regime intensified its oppression of the vulnerable Muslim Rohingya community.

The trigger of the latter was a series of episodes of intercommunal violence between Muslims and Buddhists in 2012, in which the army and police took sides attacking the former. By 2017, the conflict had escalated into a military onslaught against the Rohingya that provoked the most desperate refugee crisis of our times, as over 750,000 of them fled their homes to neighbouring Bangladesh.

In The Burmese Labyrinth, journalist Carlos Sardiña Galache, gives the in depth story of the country, combining reportage and history. Burma has always been an uneasy balance between multiple ethnic groups and religions. He examines the deep roots behind the ethnic divisions that go back prior to the colonial period, and so shockingly exploded in recent times. This is a powerful portrait of a nation in perpetual conflict with itself.

My War Criminal: Personal Encounters with an Architect of Genocide – Jessica Stern

An investigation into the nature of violence, terror, and trauma through conversations with a notorious war criminal by Jessica Stern, one of the world’s foremost experts on terrorism.

Between October 2014 and November 2016, global terrorism expert Jessica Stern held a series of conversations in a prison cell in The Hague with Radovan Karadzic, a Bosnian Serb former politician who had been indicted for genocide and other war crimes during the Bosnian War and who became an inspiration for white nationalists.

Though Stern was used to interviewing terrorists in the field in an effort to understand their hidden motives, the conversations she had with Karadzic would profoundly alter her understanding of the mechanics of fear, the motivations of violence, and the psychology of those who perpetrate mass atrocities at a state level and who like the terrorists she had previously studied target noncombatants, in violation of ethical norms and international law.

How do leaders persuade ordinary people to kill their neighbors? What is the ecosystem that creates and nurtures genocidal leaders? Could anything about their personal histories, personalities, or exposure to historical trauma shed light on the formation of a war criminal s identity in opposition to a targeted Other?

In My War Criminal, Jessica Stern brings to bear her incisive analysis and her own deeply considered reactions to her interactions with Karadzic, a brilliant and often shockingly charming psychiatrist and poet who spent twelve years in hiding, disguising himself as an energy healer, while also offering a deeply insightful and sometimes chilling account of the complex and even seductive powers of a magnetic leader and what can happen when you spend many, many hours with that person.

The Palestine Nakba: Decolonising History, Narrating the Subaltern, Reclaiming Memory – Nur Masalha

This book explores ways of remembering and commemorating the Nakba, dealing with the issue within the context of Palestinian oral history, ‘social history from below’, narratives of memory and the formation of collective identity. Masalha argues that to write more truthfully about the Nakba is not just to practice a professional historiography but a moral imperative.

The struggles of the ordinary refugees to publicise the truth about the Nakba is a vital way of protecting the refugees’ rights and keeping the hope for peace with justice alive.

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