Muharram / SAFAR 1424 H
Volume 16-04 No : 196
Camps \ Workshops
Maulana Baqri's love for Islam and his own adherence to the principles of the religion make him an excellent teacher, a counsellor and a spiritual guide!
Maulana Baqri combines his thorough religious knowledge of Islam and uses it as a guide to show everyone how to lead a balanced life. His approach is very practical and realistic.
Y. M. Syed Mohd Zaki Baqri was born in Alipur, in a religious family and received training from his father.
After his basic education, he left to Hyderabad to study at the Osmania University, completed his Diploma in Oriental Language (Persian & Arabic). He then proceeded to Iran and studied Theology from Azuzia Elim Min a Quran University. He visited Canada in 1979, and has settled since then in Toronto, Canada. Maulana Baqri has written several books and course curriculum ranging from learning the Quran to questions about pre-destiny and free will. He combines his acute sensitivity to human nature, in order to understand and explain the complexities of human experiences and explains them all in simple terms, which everyone can follow.
In 1984, Maulana Baqri helped establish The Council of Islamic Guidance and in 1995, he opened the Al-Mahdi Islamic Center. In 1992, he started the Al-Baqri Association. Being aware of the social needs of the Muslim boys and girls living in the Western culture, he felt that there should be an organization, which helps the young ones find their partner for life without having to deviate from the Islamic principles.
Maulana Baqri’s credentials are quite impressive, but what gives him a special place in our community is his unique awareness of both the Eastern and Western cultures and their value systems. His love of Islam as a philosophy of life and his own adherence to the simple yet profound principles of their lives make him an excellent teacher, a counsellor and a spiritual guide. He has been involved in Dawah work since 23 years and has given lecturers throughout the world for over 15 years now. He has visited places like London, Pakistan, South Africa, Canada and the European Countries. Maulana Baqri will be conducting workshops on the complex issues of social interaction in the West from an Islamic perspective. He will also be publishing a monthly newsletter “The Guide” which will be distributed throughout the world and will be designed for timely and helpful advice for the Muslim youth and their parents.
Maulana Baqri visited Bangalore recently and delivered a soul-stirring lecture on the current situation in the world at the Reliance School, Neelsandra managed by Razas. Maulana Baqri stressed that today there was an immediate need for unity between Shias and Sunnis. The incident in Gujarat was extremely sad as those who died included Shias and Sunnis. It is admirable that his lecture was so down-to-earth, clear and to the point. The audience seemed mesmerized by his analysis of the events which was done in a balanced fashion. Maulana Baqri also covers subjects like challenges faced by Muslims in this world, human rights in Islam and social justice in Islam.. His speeches can be accessed at http://members.rogers.com/baqri/about.html
He has translated Hadith Al-Qudsi(A Word of Allah), and also Tafseer of Sura-e-Yusuf which he teaches at the Sunday Madrassa of Toronto. Currently he is translating a very simple and beautiful book called “Sherh-e Du`ae Sabah” (a short explanation of supplication of Moula Amirul Mu’meneen).
Unless there is individual transformation there will be no universal transformation. When you donot know how to keep your body, mind, emotions and energy Peaceful, where is the question of World Peace?
Now we need a revolution, not for changing someone else, but to change ourselves.
To be peaceful within and without is most fundamental to our lives. The most basic need for every Human Being Is Peace. Now it has become so unattainable that now we are seeking it like it is the ultimate goal.
When we don’t know who we are, we move through life on auto-pilot. We live by habit, reacting unconsciously to people and events around us. We generally let others tell us what to do.
When we discover who we really are, we take charge. We live with intention, focus and purpose. We wake up to the gifts in every moment. We uncover the wealth of creativity, talent and wisdom already inside us. As awareness increases, we see more clearly the choices before us, and claim our power to choose what’s best. We do life - life no longer does us.
What gives you meaning and purpose in life?
It’s been estimated that 80% of what we do, think and say is unconscious. Start to become GOD conscious of what is now unconscious and you will gain the awareness you need to make sense of your life.
“You are your own raw material. When you know what you consist of and what you want to make of it, then you can invent yourself.” Warren G. Bennis
At the inter-personal level, if we are able to recognise that another person can have an opinion different from ours and if we can acknowledge that both can exist - be with his opinion and I with mine.
Allah ta’ala says in the Quran: “Allah does not transform the condition of the people unless the transform their own selves.”
Let us all take a stand for the transformation of the Muslim community and the first step in this direction is the transformation of Muslim women.
As a great person has rightly said “ The hands that rock the cradle rules the world”.
Shaik Sa’di said: “ The religious way of life is non-existent without service to mankind, it is not with a rosary, prayer rug and a long gown”.