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Dr. Pasha’s All-Day Islamic Camp and Community Clean-up at Oldham – 1

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Dr. Pasha’s All-Day Islamic Camp

& Community Clean-up

 

Saturday, September 6, 2003
Coppice Community Center, Oldham, UK

Dr. Pasha

 

Our goals are – in the words of Dr. Pasha – to help the Muslim and non-Muslim communities in and around Oldham, and throughout the world:

  1. To understand Islam as a complete and practical way of life in today’s complex and confusing world;

  2. To make Islamic knowledge more relevant to our daily life in our communities, homes and personal lives;

  3. To understand Islam in its proper social context in the West in general and in UK in particular;

  4. To use Islamic knowledge, heritage and culture for community education, training, revival, regeneration and redevelopment purposes in and around Oldham, in European societies and throughout the world;

  5. To use Islamic teachings and practices to alleviate the sense of alienation and confusion among Muslim and non-Muslim youth in the area;

  6. To foster and enhance among area Muslims and non-Muslims a clearer and stronger sense of identity, purpose, community and cooperation with others;
  7. To reduce social discontent, deviance, drugs and crime among Muslim and non-Muslim youth, using Islamic methods and teachings;

  8. To enhance education and achievement motivation and entrepreneurship among area Muslims and non-Muslims;

  9. To encourage personal responsibility, sense of excellence and job orientation among area Muslims and non-Muslims;

  10. To foster greater understanding and more positive communication and interaction between Muslims on the one hand and non-Muslims and the larger community and society on the other hand;

  11. To use Islam as an instrument and model to enhance among area Muslims and non-Muslims a greater sense of social, economic and political involvement, participation and empowerment;

  12. To create among area Muslims and non-Muslims a greater, stronger and more urgent sense of awareness, responsibility, caring and concern toward the neighbourhood, toward society as a whole and toward the environment in general;

  13. To foster among area Muslims and non-Muslims a greater and more pronounced sense of helpfulness and service orientation toward others in the neighbourhood, the community and the society at large;

  14. To enhance among area Muslims and non-Muslims the will, eagerness, confidence and skills to reach out to others in the neighbourhood, the community and the society as a whole;

  15. To perform neighbourhood clean-up as a fundamental human, civic and Islamic service to the Muslim and non-Muslim communities of the area, to the British and European societies in general, and to the world as a whole (Dr. Pasha, USA, 2003).

Different kinds of people among us – today and at other times:

  1. Those traditional Muslims who don’t really know much about Islam – and know it. That is, they are aware of their lack of knowledge and understanding.

    (a)   Among them, there are those who don’t care.

    They are not likely to be here today.

    (b)   And then there are those among them who do
    care – and want to learn.

    This program is for them.

  2. Those traditional Muslims who don’t know or understand Islam very well – but think they do.

    This program is also for them – if they are willing to take a deep breath, realize that there are holes in their knowledge and understanding of Islam and are willing to learn.

  3. Those traditional Muslims who know Islam in theory – but don’t know it in practice, beyond what people call the usual “rituals” of Islam such as Salaah and Siyaam.

    They don’t know or understand Islam as a matter of everyday living – covering the entire gamut of life.

    Most Muslims fall in this category – and this camp is especially for them. Its purpose is to show them how Islam is a practical way and method of living – a Deen – from Allah and not a religion – made up by human beings.

  4. Non-Muslims who are here out of curiosity – to see how Islam could possibly connect with clean and safe neighborhood and environment.

    This program is also respectful of their presence and curiosity.

  5. Those Muslims and non-Muslims who are here merely to lend support to the local community’s effort at clean up, regeneration and development.

    This program bids them a warm welcome and appreciates their support.

  6. Those leaders, activists and workers in the community – both Muslim and non-Muslim – who are here as part of their routine involvement with the affairs of the community.

    This program rejoices at their presence and involvement.

Islam – A Deen, not a Religion

Islam is a Deen from Allah. It is not a religion.

Islam is a complete set of instructions and models and methods on how people should their daily lives – as individuals; with their families; in their neighborhoods; in their communities; at the workplace; on their playgrounds; in their societies; and in the world at large.

That is why when you refer to Islam as “Religion” you are missing out on what it really is.

Islam Is about Relationships

Islam is about life. As a Deen, Islam teaches people about life – what it is and how to live it. And it is all about relationships in one’s life.

With God

Islam teaches that, more than anything else, life is about relationships.

And at the core of all possible relationships is the one with one’s creator, God Almighty.

When your relationship with God works well, everything else works well.

When this relationship goes bad, all other relationships go sour.

Then comes the relationship with people – at the top of which is the relationship of oneself with oneself.

Failure of most human beings to understand themselves as people lies at the root of their inability to live life to the fullest – and in the best possible way – the way life should be lived.

With People

With oneself; with one’s family; with one’s friends and acquaintances; with one’s neighbors; with one’s relatives; and with chance encounters and total strangers.

 

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