In the Caribbean island of Trinidad
December 25th 2021 to January 1st 2022
Summary of Retreat
The distinguished Islamic scholar, Maulānā Dr. Muhammad Fazlur Rahmān Ansārī (رحمه الله), described the state of the Muslim world, more than 50 years ago, as pathetic; today, 50 years later, when Muslims, as well as much of the rest of mankind, are being imprisoned in political and economic slavery, the situation is far worse. Maulānā was of the firm conviction that “Muslims rose to greatness through the Qur’ān, which built them up into a World-Force dedicated to the service of Humanity, and they led Humanity for a long time in every phase of human activity; spiritual, moral, intellectual, aesthetical, economic and political.” He therefore concluded, logically so, that only the Qur’ān could extricate Muslims from the present sorry plight. He expressed these views in his historic magnum opus ‘The Quranic Foundations and Structure of Muslim Society’.
This Retreat is organized by those who believe that Maulānā Dr. Ansārī was correct in his view concerning the supreme importance of the Qur’ān for Muslim survival and salvation.
The Qur’ān directed the blessed Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) in Sūrah al-Qiyāmah, to first recite it the way that Allah Most High recited it, and only then would Allah Most High explain the Qur’ān to him. The implication of the above was that study of the Qur’ān was dependent on correct prior recitation of the book:
إِنَّ عَلَيْنَا جَمْعَهُ وَقُرْآنَهُ
Behold! Oh Muhammad, it is for Us to gather as a whole (i.e., all the revelations being sent down to you), and it is also for Us to then recite it (i.e., to you).
فَإِذَا قَرَأْنَاهُ فَاتَّبِعْ قُرْآنَهُ
Then when We have recited it (i.e., recited that whole Qur’ān to you), you must follow that way of recitation.
ثُمَّ إِنَّ عَلَيْنَا بَيَانَهُ
And then, (i.e., after you are reciting the whole Qur’ān the way We have recited it), it would be for Us to explain it (i.e., explain the whole Qur’ān to you).
The first day of this Retreat, conducted by Islamic scholar, Imran N. Hosein, would be devoted entirely to teaching the way that Allah Most High recited the Qur’ān to Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم). Participants should prepare themselves for this day-long session by reading in advance, his book on the subject entitled: The Qur’an and the Moon – Methodology for Monthly Recitation of the Qur’ān. Participants in the Retreat would all receive complementary copies of this book Insha’ Allah.
Following this first day, Maulānā Siddiq Ahmed Nāsir, who is one of the distinguished students of Maulānā Dr. Ansari, would offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for participants to study Dr. Ansari’s magnificent 2-Vol work: The Quranic Foundations and Structure of Muslim Society. Vol 1 of the book will be taught on the 2nd day of the Retreat, and Vol.2 on the 3rd day. Participants should prepare themselves for these two important days of the Retreat by making themselves at least acquainted with this great book which can be downloaded free of charge from the internet. Copies can be purchased from the Online Bookstore www.imranhosein.com
In succeeding two days of the Retreat participants would not only be taught the methodology for the study of the Qur’ān, as explained by Maulānā Dr. Ansārī, but also the application of that methodology for penetrating at least some the Quranic explanations of the reality of modern age. Participants should prepare for these sessions by reading Imran Hosein’s book entitled: Methodology for Study of the Qur’ān. This book, also, can be downloaded free of charge from the internet, or purchased from the Online Bookstore.
Before the concluding session Imran N. Hosein will spend one complete day teaching the subject of his new book, still being written at this time, entitled: From Jesus the True Messiah to Dajjāl the False Messiah – A Journey in Islamic Eschatology.
Finally, this Retreat will conclude with two days devoted entirely to sessions in which participants can request discussions on contemporary issues which they may choose to raise, and for which they seek guidance from the Qur’ān. Such an issue can be the mysterious universal virus that just would not go away until it has so transformed the world as to facilitate the passage from Pax Americana to Pax Judaica.
The organizers of the Retreat will make the best effort to invite to those concluding sessions Insha’ Allah, distinguished scholars with several different areas of expertise in the Qur’ān, as well as in contemporary affairs.
Those interested in participating in this Retreat should contact the organizers at: [email protected]
This will allow us to provide you with more information about the Retreat as such information becomes available.