Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Shaykh Alaeddin Elbakri: Love Retreat, 2012 Lecture Series

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

When I was still at Darul Arqam Singapore, in February 2012, we hosted Shaykh Alaeddin Elbakri.  The programme was named the “Love Retreat 2012 Lecture Series”.  Shaykh Alaeddin Elbakri served the Muslim community in the United States in numerous capacities, serving as imam at several Islamic centres and establishing full-time and weekend Islamic schools.  He has also served as a founding board member of IMAN (Inner City Muslim Action Network) in Chicago, as a book editor for IQRA and also is an advisory board member in many Islamic organisations.

Shaykh Alaeddin El-Bakri began his study of Islam at a young age in North Africa and continued his education in the Islamic sciences in Jordan, learning from pre-eminent scholars in the Muslim world.

The event was well-received.  In our discussion with Shaykh Alaeddin El-Bakri, he was very forthcoming about his ministry with the LGBT Muslim community in San Francisco, and that should serve as a model for Muslim communities around the world.  This idea that we should simply ostracise them does not work and does not help anybody.

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