France to Host “Status of Islam in the West”

A forum on the status of Islam in the West will be held by Cultural-Social Center of Paris on June 25.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – The program has been organized in the form of three sessions. The first session will be held with the presence of Al-‘Arabi Kashat, head of the center and Imam of Al-Dawa Mosque, Mostafa Barahami, lecturer of Islamic sciences in Lausanne, Switzerland, Catherine Lumière, President of the “Europe House” in France, Hadi bin Mansur, lecturer of history at Sorbonne University and Umar Abdul Kafi, member of the intellectuals committee of the World Union of Muslim Scholars and head of the Quranic Studies Center affiliated to the International Holy Quran Award Institute in Dubai.

General views on Islam’s achievements in Europe in the 17th century, human soul and body, and Islam in today’s Europe will be the themes of the first session of the program.

Luke Babulsku, university lecturer and researcher from Paris, Nahla Chahal, sociologist and columnist at Al-Hayat Newspaper from London, Norman Palma, lecturer of Sorbonne University and Christophe Rochus, who is in charge of national relations with Islam in France will attend the second session of the forum.

The participants will discuss victory and defeat of Islam in Spain, Islamic horizons following the previous centuries’ events, and Islam in Spain and France as well.

The third part of the program will start with a speech to be delivered by Christian Kanoyer, lecturer of the Faculty of Catholic Thoughts in Lille, who will talk about the West’s statements about the Christians residing in Islamic-Arab countries.

It will be followed by Dr. Kamal Halbawi, counselor of Civilizations Studies Center in London giving a lecture on Islam and the West relations in the past up to the moment.

Atallah Hanna, Archbishop of Quds will be another speaker of the forum who discussing the situation of Muslims and Christians in Palestine from the past to present day. see here

Categories: France, Islam, Muslim Heritage

5 replies

  1. It would be worth while for the Forum to look at Islam as understood by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, rather than confuse themseleves with some militant groups among the Muslims.

    Additionally it will be helpful for them to benefit from the analysis of the legendary British historian Arnold Toynbee.

    Here I link a chapter of a book by Arnold J Toynbee, Civilization on Trial, published
    by Oxford University Press 1948. Toynbee’s chapter is reproduced in its entirety
    below. The introduction to the author, the headings and accentuation of some
    text into bold letters has been added by Alislam-eGazette editor.

    In this information age as the world has been reduced to or evolved into a global village, it is not possible to package or crib Islam into a box and isolate it from the West or Judeo-Christian understanding. Free and uncensored yet friendly exchange of ideas has become a necessity and call of our times. Here is the link to Toynbee’s chapter:

    https://www.alislam.org/egazette/articles/Islam-the-West-and-the-Future-200911.pdf

    The essence of Toynbee meta-history is that civilizations thrive and survive
    on the basis of their ideas. As Muslims polish their ideas and their pens
    and realize that they do not have a sword suitable to this day and age, they
    will inherit the future, and be able to peacefully influence the West and unite mankind in a universal brotherhood.

  2. I believe any honest discussion on these issues will ultimately lead us to the paramount importance of the thirty articles of the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights.

  3. As Mr Shah quoted, “The essence of Toynbee meta-history is that civilizations thrive and survive on the basis of their ideas. As Muslims polish their ideas and their pens
    and realize that they do not have a sword suitable to this day and age, they
    will inherit the future, and be able to peacefully influence the West and unite mankind in a universal brotherhood”. It sounds almost similar what Ahmadiyyat propagates. However the crux of problem in such conferences remains the absence of true interpreter of islamic teachings as they are never givne a chance to present the real picture of Islam.Oft such conferences took place in Germany also but proved merely to be intellect pleasantries rather than giving any benefit to listeners or to socieity. Let us see what comes out of this conference.

  4. Right, that is the point. Many Muslims – from all corners of the world – in conversation mentioned that ‘we can see that Muslims are arising all over the world, but we have no leader’. That is the point. As long as they cannot see the leader that Allah has appointed at this time, they will remain ‘lost’ ….

  5. Indeed I know any discussion will ultimately lead to the victory of Ahmadiyyat. However, to imagine a conference on ” The Status of Judaism in Germany” in the 1930’s does feel a little eerie.

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