Rabi-ul-Awwal Mubarak

Rabi-ul-Awwal Mubarak

The blessed month of Rabi-ul-Awwal has arrived which is the month the Mawlid or the birth of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). We have a few announcements for you.

IHRC Bookshop are offering 20% discount off all books. The discount code is MAWLID2023.

The discount is valid until 15 October 2023.

Author Evening with Sandew Hira

Join us for an author evening with Sandew Hira for his latest work, Decolonizing The Mind.

Purchase Decolonizing The Mind from the IHRC Bookshop

WHEN: Thursday, 12 October, 2023, 6.30pm BST
WHERE: IHRC Bookshop (202 Preston Road, Wembley, HA9 8PA) or watch live on Facebook, YouTube and IHRC.TV

Contact: events@ihrc.org

About the author:

Sandew Hira, penname of Dew Baboeram, is secretary of the Decolonial International Network Foundation (DIN). Hira studied economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in Holland. He has written 25 books on different topics among them colonial history.

Author Evening with Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan

Join us for an author evening with Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan to discuss her latest book, Seeing for Ourselves And Even Stranger Possibilities (available soon from the IHRC Bookshop). This event will be chaired by Anika Wadood.

WHEN: Friday, 20 October, 2023, 6.30pm BST
WHERE: IHRC Bookshop (202 Preston Road, Wembley, HA9 8PA) or watch live on Facebook, YouTube and IHRC.TV

Free event
Prayer and wudu facilities available

Contact: events@ihrc.org

About the author:

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan is a poet and writer whose work disrupts assumptions about history, race, violence and knowledge. She is the author of Tangled in Terror and the poetry collection Postcolonial Banter; a co-author of A FLY Girl’s Guide to University; and a contributor to the anthologies Cut from the Same Cloth? and I Refuse to Condemn. She is based in Leeds and is currently writing for theatre.

Palestine Appeal 

Through our projects in Palestine (West Bank and Gaza), IHRC work with trusted and experienced local partners to deliver programmes that provide Palestinians access to essential health services and food aid. We work throughout the year and respond as quickly as possible in times of humanitarian emergency.

2.1 million people need humanitarian assistance

579,000 school-aged children need access to education.

7,600 internally displaced people after the escalation in Gaza in May 2021.


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WATCH: Islamic Chivalry & Toxic Masculinity: An Author Evening with Imam Dawud Walid

On 28 April 2023, IHRC hosted Imam Dawud Walid and guest speaker, Shaykh Thaqib Mahmood, to discuss Futuwwah and Raising Males into Sacred Manhood. This event took place at SOAS University of London and was chaired by Muhammad Jalal, host of The Thinking Muslim podcast. Click below to view the event.

Imam Dawud Walid is the Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) and member of the Imams Council of Michigan. He is also the author of the books Towards Sacred Activism, and Blackness and Islam.

Shaykh Thaqib Mahmood is a traditionally-trained Muslim scholar and instructor in Arabic. He has studied the traditional Islamic disciplines in Yemen, Syria, the UK, Mauritania, and Turkey. He currently teaches Arabic at the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford. He holds a PGDIP in Arabic teaching from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Below are books from the sirah which are available at IHRC Bookshop: 

On Celebrating the Birth of the Prophet – Sayyid Muhammad bin Alawi

A definitive book on the subject of the Mawlid by one of the foremost Islamic scholars and Hadith authorities of our age. Featuring many Hadiths and Quranic evidence, the author successfully explains almost everything on the mawlid. Helpful to anyone trying to understand this topic.


People of the Book: Prophet Muhammad’s Encounter With Christians – Craig Considine

The Christians that lived around the Arabian Peninsula during Muhammad’s lifetime are shrouded in mystery. Some of the stories of the Prophet’s interactions with them are based on legends and myths, while others are more authentic and plausible. But who exactly were these Christians? Why did Muhammad interact with them as he reportedly did? And what lessons can today’s Christians and Muslims learn from these encounters?

Scholar Craig Considine, one of the most powerful global voices speaking in admiration of the prophet of Islam, provides answers to these questions. Through a careful study of works by historians and theologians, he highlights an idea central to Muhammad’s vision: an inclusive Ummah, or Muslim nation, rooted in citizenship rights, interfaith dialogue, and freedom of conscience, religion and speech. In this unprecedented sociological analysis of one of history’s most influential human beings, Considine offers groundbreaking insight that could redefine Christian and Muslim relations.

Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World – Jonathan A.C. Brown

Contrary to popular opinion, the bulk of Islamic law does not come from the Qur’an but rather from hadith, first-hand reports of the prophet Muhammad’s words and deeds, passed from generation to generation. However, with varying accounts often only committed to paper a century after the death of Muhammad, Islamic scholars, past and present, have been faced with complex questions of historical authenticity.

Informative and accessible, this wide-ranging introduction provides a detailed exploration of the collection and criticism of hadith and examines the controversy surrounding its role in modern Islam. Complete with a glossary, extensive bibliography, and helpful diagrams, Hadith: An Introduction is perfectly suited to students, scholars, and the general reader interested in this critical element of Islam.

Meeting Muhammad – Omar Suleiman

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to be in the presence of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, as his companions were? What would it be like to see him, to host him in your home, pray behind him, and have him as a teacher and friend? Through 30 beautifully detailed chapters with narrations from companions, take a journey from only knowing about him to knowing him and loving him and feel what it was like to be a companion of his in this life and strive to be companions of his in the next.

The Prophet’s Pond ﷺ 

Zayd is meeting someone by a special pond, but knowing it will be rather hard to find, he enlists the help of his mother before setting off on this journey.

With each pond they encounter, Zayd’s description of the special pond becomes even more elaborate than the last, until his mother finally discovers what her son is actually in search for. Will Zayd ever find the special pond? And who does Zayd hope to meet if he finds it? You’ll have to join mother and son at the peak of their magnificent trek to find out…

Power Manifestations of the Sirah – Zafar Bangash

Power Manifestations of the Sirah examines the just exercise of soft and hard power by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in the form of letters, treaties, the development of new social conventions, and warfare in order to consolidate the first Islamic State in Madinah. The author, Zafar Bangash, examines the norms of the society, contrasting the historical conditions in Makkah and Madinah, in which the Prophet (pbuh) conducted his numerous correspondences and treaty obligations.

In particular the book looks at the Prophet’s (pbuh) power prerogatives as they pertain to the Muslim migration to Abyssinia; the significance of the Pacts of Aqabah; the Covenant of Madinah; treaties with Arabian tribes outside of Madinah; the Treaty of Hudaybiyah; letters to rulers, kings, and governors outside of Arabia; and the Farewell Khutbah at Mt. Arafat.

Islam: The Covenants Fulfilled – Syed Muhammad Naquib Al-Attas

The title of this book refers to the fulfillment of the two Covenants: the Covenant of the Children of Adam and their descendants with God acknowledging His Lordship over them; and the Covenant of the Prophets, i.e. of Nūh, of Ibrahim, of Musa, and of Isā with God. They were asked to acknowledge the coming of a Messenger after them who would confirm whatever was with them of the Scripture and the wisdom that God gave them, and to believe in him and give him their support. They acknowledged it.

Then the Messenger who would come after them, i.e. the Prophet Muhammad, would come in time and take his turn to confirm for himself whatever was with the Prophets by incorporating them with what was with him, i.e. the Quran, into the universal religion of Islam that he brought. Thus the Prophet Muhammad fulfilled both primordial Covenants.

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