What previous participants said...

"I have learned that if you have no peace within yourself, you can"t make peace."

"I learned how to acknowledge and appreciate others for what and how they are, without requiring them to change as I want."

"It was only when I met people from all over Europe who held me in their hearts, that I came to hold Europe in my heart."

"I have learned the importance of being a good citizen from an Islamic viewpoint and that it is important to serve your community where you live."

"The session on Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) the Peacemaker was the most valuable lesson. Following and understanding his actions, would definitely make one a better peacemaker."

"As a non-Muslim, whilst my knowledge of Islam grew, conversations with friends from France, Sweden and the UK widened my understanding of what it means to be a Muslim today in a sometimes hostile society."

"Through the two programmes, I have seen the world better through the prism of Islam as a Muslim trained in peacemaking, and through the eyes of non-Muslim Europeans and how they see the challenges we face with immigration, identity and multiculturalism in the future."

Learning to be a Peacemaker

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Learning to be a Peacemaker-online
21 October - 23 December 2020


If you are aged 18-30 and passionate about global change and Muslims' contribution to it, then the Learning to be a Peacemaker course is for you!

About Learning to be a Peacemaker-online


Learning to be a Peacemaker (LPM) is a course

Its aim is to offer:

Peace and justice are the two most sacred principles which underpin every aspect of a Muslim's life. Therefore becoming a peacemaker is the most important role a Muslim can play. Learning about peace and justice is the first step towards this goal. This programme believes that learning to be a peacemaker is key to developing a confident global Muslim identity and contributing towards global change.

 

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Context

Young European Muslims were either born or brought up here. Their parents straddle ethnic and European cultures and often have an expectation that their children will be culturally more ethnic. However, many young Muslims are more familiar and at home with European culture, and Europe is 'home'. This experience of young Muslims is not only limited to young European Muslims, but is experienced globally.

This programme defuses that tension and helps make young Muslims' local and Islamic identities symbiotic. In the current environment of increasing hostility towards Islam, Muslims are often viewed with suspicion. It is imperative to help young Muslims form a confident Muslim identity. Islam requires Muslims to be at peace with themselves and others.

We are currently witnessing the proliferation of terrorism, extremism, death and destruction all over the world. Many cities across the world have suffered terrible attacks and many lives have been lost. Most of these attacks have been attributed to terrorism inspired by Islam. However, terrorism has no religion, race or colour. It is simply evil. The most serious consequence has been the fissure that has developed between communities.

This course will help young Muslims to understand that they can play an important role in
bringing communities together. It will help them engage in honest conversation which brings root causes of conflict to light, builds trust and heals. In the same way, those who are not Muslims will gain a better understanding of their friends and neighbours who are Muslims, build better relationships and friendships, and consequently create a more cohesive society.

Duration

The online course in 10 x 1½ hour modules will be delivered by Imam Ajmal Masroor on
Wednesday evenings October-December:

Content


1. Jurisprudence of Peacemaking - Ethics of Disagreement
2. Introduction to Islamic Law - the Objectives (Maqasid) of Islamic Law
3. War and Peace - Jihad: Concept and Practice
4. Overview of Peacemaking - Global context
5. Prophet and Peacemaking - Treaty of Hudaibiya
6. Violence and Extremism - The concept of reconciliation (Islah)
7. Loyalty and Citizenship - Understanding Citizenship
8. Inner Peace - The Contentment of the Heart
9. The Characteristics of Peacemakers - Makarim al-Akhlaq
10. Project Design & Implementation - Design your own project

Delivery

The course will be delivered by zoom, and the link will be included in the message of acceptance of applications (see below).

The training style is interactive, with introductions to the subject-matter by Imam Ajmal, followed by Q&A and small-group discussions.

The online Course Handbook, including references and exercises, will be made available online to participants at the beginning of the course.

At the end of the course, participants will plan a practical project to undertake at home to demonstrate learning and commitment to peacemaking. There will be a follow-up session after two months to report on progress regarding the project.

All the participants will be expected to complete the evaluation form.

Certificates of Completion will be awarded to those who attend all modules and carry out the project.

What previous participants said...


Reports and videos from previous programmes

LPM 2019 news item 

LPM 2018 video - see above

LPM 2011 video

LPM 2009 video

BBC World Service news item 2009

Report From last year

 

Cost

This course costs approximately GBP 300 per participant, however we are offering it free of charge for now. 


Applications

Applicants for the programme are expected to:


 

The Team


Ajmal Masroor
Lead Trainer
UK

Masroor

Ajmal Masroor is one of the Imams at four London mosques, leading Friday prayers (Jummah) on a monthly rota. Through the Barefoot Institute, he provides counselling for relationships between husband and wife, parents and children, siblings and relatives. He writes on marriage and relationship issues, and also on political, social and community matters. He is regularly invited by the media to commentate on current affairs, and to be a public speaker at conferences and seminars nationally and internationally.


Peter Riddell
Programme Coordinator
UK

Peter Riddell

Peter Riddell has spent many years with IofC organising trust-building programmes between people of different faiths based on shared moral and spiritual values. He was coordinator of conferences at Caux between 1994 and 2003 on the theme of peace-making. He has helped found several organisations, including British-Arab Exchanges, Somali Initiative for Dialogue and Democracy and the Balfour Project. He is currently Convenor of IofC UK's Agenda for Reconciliation programme, whose main training course is 'Refugees as Re-Builders', focusing on Dialogue Facilitation, Ethical Leadership and Sustainable Livelihood, for refugees who wish to contribute to rebuilding their country of origin.


Omayma Soltani
Assistant Coordinator
Tunisia / France

Omayma Soltani

Omayma Soltani is a 4th year Pharmacy student, living in Paris and whose parents were originally from Tunisia. She took part in the Learning to be a Peacemaker (LPM) programme in 2018. She writes: 'I learnt a tremendous amount during the programme. It happened at a critical point in my life when I was starting to consider my role as a citizen, how my cultural background fits into that, and what strengths it gives me. To be a Muslim, hijabi, Tunisian woman in France is not easy, especially with the recurrence of terrorism that Europe has had to deal with over the last decades. LPM helped me gain more knowledge about my religion, and skills in how I can apply my ethical principles in my everyday life. Peace and justice are extremely important values for our societies and in Islam too, and this programme does a brilliant job at helping us, individually as well as collectively,
find out how we can all change to bring these positive changes in our countries. To be an Assistant Coordinator for this programme is an incredible opportunity for me to give back, and I am looking forward to being a facilitator for this session in the best way possible.'