Invite to Seminar to mark Prophet Mohammad’s Birth Anniversary

Any chance you would be interested in and could attend this significant event, described below? It’s outcome might well help in the harnessing of the Muslim and Christian shared understanding of the exploitative role of Riba/Interest in contemporary financial practices. We need a common front that reaches far deeper into the remedying of financial exploitation across the world. Any thoughts on achieving a deeper dialogue and a commitment to a shared message would serve us all.

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Date: Tue, 5 Nov 2019 at 09:50
Subject: Invitation to a seminar to mark Prophet Mohammad’s Birth anniversary

Open Discussions in association with Gulf Cultural Club invites you to a Discussion titled: Prophet Mohammad: Leadership, spirituality and human reform

*Samina Akram (Islamic Finance specialist)
** Karen Dabrowska (journalist, political analyst and author)
***Mariam Bakir (lawyer and social activist)

Mohammad was born in a community that had lived in spiritual, moral and political darkness. Within decades he would transmit God’s eternal message to mankind, filling the void in the souls of many.  He is the seal of prophets and Islam is the last divine religion. Marking his birth anniversary is an opportunity to promote harmonious religious, social and political order in a troubled world. It is also time for reflection by the followers of Mohammad to see how much of the prophet’s legacy is being adopted as a way to promote divinity, spirituality, fraternity, tolerance and love. How relevant is Mohammad’s message to modern day’s world and what can Muslims do to popularise the values of Mohammad, the prophet of mercy, compassion and love?

Monday 11th November 2019 –  6.30pm
Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, W1H 4LP

*Samina Akram is Managing Partner, Samak Ethical Finance,  and founder of Women in Islamic & Ethical Finance Forum (WIEFF). She has a degree in Philosophy and holds a Masters degree in Psychology of Religion from Heythrop College, University of London. Samina has a wealth of experience in the banking industry specialising in the field of Islamic and Ethical finance. For the past decade, she has worked for investment, private and commercial banks across a range of disciplines. From 2005-2009, Samina was at Merrill Lynch International Bank where she was instrumental in heading up the growth and expansion of their Islamic finance business. She is a recipient of the United Nation’s Women’s Federation for World Peace award. Most recently she has been recognised by Islamic finance review ISFIRE as being among the 20 most distinguished women in Islamic finance globally; with a number five ranking’.

Karen Dabrowska was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1956.  She holds a BA from Victoria University, Wellington in sociology and politics, MA (hons) in International Journalism from The City University, London in 1986.  She worked for six years with the Evening Post as a business and court reporter. In 1987 she was appointed features editor of New Horizon, a Middle Eastern/ Islamic publication dealing mainly with the politics and culture of the Islamic world. She became editor of New Horizon in 1988.  From 1991 to August 2011 Ms Dabrowska worked as London correspondent for Jana News Agency. In 2002 she edited “Iraq: The Bradt Travel Guide”, Bahrain Briefing: The Struggle for Democracy (1996). She has recently completed three books: The Libyan Revolution: Diary of Qadhafi’s Newsgirl in London, Into the Abyss: Human Rights Violations and the suppression of the popular movement for change and a collection of short stories: Melancholy memories: foreign dreams.

Mariam Bakir is a lawyer and community activist. She holds a LLB Honour degree from Brunel University (2010). She also did postgraduate Diploma after completing Legal Practice course. She completed Notary practice course and qualified as a solicitor in 2016. Mariam fulfils her social role working with the Iraqi Welfare Association in UK.

Admission is Free. Please register for catering purposes – email: or text 07795 660 438

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