JIMAS Leicester Islamic Conference 2007

By somayya | September 4, 2007
September 2007

JIMAS Leicester Islamic Conference 2007

by Somayya Gefori

JIMAS Islamic conference posterI have just recently returned home from the annual JIMAS (Jam’iat Ihyaa Minhaaj al-Sunnah) conference, which is held every year on the August British Bank Holiday weekend. It lasts from a Friday through to the Bank Holiday Monday morning. This year’s topic was “Healing the Fragile Earth. Fulfilling our Heavenly Trust”. Many lectures were given on the topics of being environmentally aware and looking after the environment, which is something we should do as Muslims.

A Popular Event

Speakers are invited to the conference, which is held at Leicester University’s Residential site in Oadby, Leicester.

It contains student accommodation, lecture halls and some people have their own stalls whilst the conference is on, selling mainly Islamic clothing and products. It is a very popular event. This year alone around 2,500 people attended. In my personal opinion, the lectures are fulfilling and you always come away knowing something new. As Muslims we are constantly learning and improving our Islamic knowledge. Going to a conference such as this one can only help broaden that knowledge.

Meet Old Friends

The conference is also a chance to meet up with old friends and meet other Muslims. It is a very diverse environment, with Muslims all living in the UK, but with many nationalities represented. From the people who I met, there were Arabs, English, Pakistanis, Malaysians, Africans, etc.

Of course it is possible that some Muslims are racists, and I had the unfortunate experience of meeting someone who did not enjoy mixing with “white people”. The person commented that where she lives in the UK, “You never see a white face”, and that was how she liked it. This kind of behaviour worries me. Aren’t we supposed to be going to conferences like this and mixing with Muslims of other nationalities and enjoying the experience, instead of feeling angry towards those who are not the same as them? I truly believe that myself being mixed-race has helped me know that it is a good thing for people of different nationalities to mix not only as friends, but also in the form of inter-racial marriage.

9th annual JIMAS Islamic conference in 2002Interesting Lectures

The lectures this year that I found most interesting included a talk about Islamic wills and inheritance, and “From the Green Dome to the Green Home”, which was a talk about what we can do as Muslims to look after our planet.

The lecture about wills and inheritance was particularly interesting because so many people put off writing a will because it reminds them of death. Perhaps the lecture will spur some of the listeners into action because not writing a will could possibly leave their relatives without an inheritance.

The Green Dome to the Green Home was also interesting because the woman doing the talk was telling us that we should recycle, not use the car if we can help it and try not to go on long-haul flights unless absolutely necessary because aeroplanes give off so much pollution. I did agree with what she was trying to say, but perhaps she could have suggested alternatives to these modern-day ways of getting around. She also said we should have more gardens, so if you are green-fingered, get those seeds out and start planting!

Recommendation: Attend if You Can

Sellers stalls at the JIMAS Islamic conference

I would like to end this article on a recommendation. I have been to seven of the JIMAS conferences starting from when I was a young child, and I have always had the best time there, to the point where it feels a little sad to leave it all and return home. The atmosphere is amazing, the lectures are beneficial, and you can also have a little “retail therapy” at the stalls! They sell everything from jilbabs and perfume to Islamic children’s toys. Many real shops, most based in the south of the UK, are represented. There is also plenty going on for the kids, including a crèche, bouncy castles and a full weekend youth programme.

I would suggest to anyone reading this article to attend this conference if you can, you will have a nice little holiday and further your knowledge, a two-in-one if you like.

You can get in touch with JIMAS charity organisation about further details on the conferences by going to their website www.jimas.org.

17 Responses to “JIMAS Leicester Islamic Conference 2007”

  1. Laylz Says:
    September 5th, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    Salams,

    having personaly attented the Jimas conferences i think your article is very well written. It provides a very fair and acurate view of what it is like.

    on a more friendly note – keep it up s! u did gr8

  2. Ebrahim Says:
    September 5th, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    nice writeup. I notice that the pictures of the stalls and the lecture hall is from a conference 5 years ago! (9th Annual conference -this year was the 14th). I particularly liked Tarek El Diwany seminar and lecture regarding Finance/ Islamic Finance.
    JIMAS seems to have metamorphosised into a mainstream muslim organisations relative to the conferences they used to hold many years ago.

  3. emal Says:
    September 6th, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    oh my there was a woman talking usually its men thats good i havnt been there in 2 yrs its a lovely feeling ina place full of muslims

  4. Abdurrahman Says:
    September 6th, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    Nice article sis, keep it up! I wud definitely recommond jimas aswell, very beneficial for all the family

  5. Saba Says:
    September 19th, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    Great article somayya, a good insight into the event. Hope to go to the event in the near future.

    sabah

  6. saoudi Says:
    October 18th, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    salam

  7. amin Says:
    March 15th, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    salam

  8. nashriff nalim Says:
    May 21st, 2008 at 11:53 am

    this is are good religion website

  9. Tasmia Ashraf Says:
    May 28th, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    Assalamualaykum sister
    I came on to your website by mistake and couldnt understand y u have got a women half naked on your site if your promoting Islam then at least follow its guide lines. sis I’m pleased with ur postive outlooks that agree with the Islamic prespective and im also proud that ur a sis with an islamic site but please change the picture to a more suitable 1.
    As 4 jimas its an excellent place to go 2 4 increasing THE EMAAN I been goin there 4 a few years now and have always benefited.

  10. wael Says:
    May 28th, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    As-salamu alaykum. I am the webmaster. The advertisements are served up dynamically by Google. They are different every time the website loads and I do not control which ads appear on the site. When I notice an un-Islamic ad I do request that that particular advertiser be blocked. Jazak Allah khayr for your comments.

  11. miss Says:
    December 26th, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    salam does anybody know if it will be happening in 2009 i heard that its not is tht true?? hope not cos i havent been yet

  12. Chelsea M Heffner Says:
    February 20th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Interesting event. This definitely provides a nice insight into the event. Perhaps I should go to the next one.

  13. Moin Says:
    February 27th, 2009 at 9:00 am

    being a Muslim, i would love to attend JIMAS conference. The best part about such conference is that you learn loads of good things which is not only good for you but for the ISLAM.

  14. Kalim Says:
    March 14th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    salams. . .does anyone kno if it going to happen this year? if you could let me no i would be very gratefull. just send me a quick email – kalimali2008@hotmail.co.uk. jazakallahu khairan

  15. somayya Says:
    March 17th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    The JIMAS conference will not be happening in 2009, as it falls exactly the same time as Ramadan, which is a busy time for everyone. According to an accouncement made at the 2008 conference, it will next be held around Easter time next year, April 2010. That info isn’t exact yet though, keep an ear out for news closer to the time.

  16. tasavvuf Says:
    April 6th, 2009 at 1:35 am

    Nice article. thanks sister

  17. Sri Says:
    May 31st, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    This looks like a great event. 2,500 people turning out for it shows just how popular it really is. Has attendance picked up in recent times?

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