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BARBADOS WARMLY RECEIVED VISITING SCHOLAR OF ISLAM

Bridgetown, Barbados, January 20, 2016: The warm reception of a leading Muslim scholar at Codrington College, a prestigious Christian seminary in Barbados, reinforced the idea that Islam and Christianity shared a core set of values.
Visiting Eritrean born Muslim scholar Shaykh Faid Muhammad Said was welcomed yesterday by the seminary's Principal, Reverend Dr. Michael Clarke along with other priests and theological students.   
Shaykh Faid was on his first ever visit to Barbados, his final stop on a three country tour of the Caribbean that took him first to Guyana then Trinidad. Shaykh Faid is a classical Islamic Scholar who have spent many years in the study of Islam and its related sciences and knowledge. He is based in London, United Kingdom.
 
Principal of Codrington College, Reverend Dr. Michael Clarke with Shaykh Faid
on college grounds
Reverend Dr. Clarke invited Shaykh Faid to deliver a lecture on the Spiritual Tradition in Islam. Codrington College located on very scenic surroundings made the perfect spot for the gathering of Christians and Muslims learning from each other’s faith-based traditions. 
Prior to the lecture a donation of park benches was made by the Barbados Muslim Association to be utilized by persons using the facilities at the College.  Additionally, author Sabir Nakhuda presented a gift of a 200 year old Bible from his private collection of books to the library of the College.
The tradition of cooperation between Christians and Muslims goes back many centuries but regrettably interrupted by periods of destructive behavior on both sides by individuals who take a narrow view of the world and an even narrower view of what their religious beliefs teach. 
Shaykh Faid put the question of spirituality in perspective and several in the audience, representing a cross-section of Christian denominations on the island observed that many of those spiritual principles intersect between Christianity and Islam.  Understanding the Creator, Almighty God and one’s faith better ensures that one would live a life in service not only to God but to the creation of God.  He said that human beings cannot claim to be in the service of God and at the same time be a harm to others and cause destruction on the earth.
The acts of prayers, fasting and charity all help to build one spirituality. Especially prayer that is done in solace with sincere devotion.  He noted that the action of Muslims and putting their faces on the ground in complete submission to the Almighty while in prayer serves as a practical lesson in humility.  He said he observed similar acts with some orthodox Christian groups in his country of Eritrea.  He mentioned that he had spent one year in a church in his country studying a very old sematic language.
In response to a question about those who say their act in the name of Islam but carry out brutal acts of murder, terrorism and other such deviant behaviours Shaykh Faid pointed out that there was a major disconnect with these people and their understanding of the faith and his and the majority of the Muslims and their understanding of the same faith.  He said these deviant persons are misinformed and have a wrong interpretation of the teachings.  He noted that scholars like himself are working to reverse these corrupt ideologies from spreading among the younger generation.
 
Principal of Codrington College, Reverend Dr. Michael Clarke being presented with a gift of a 200 year old Bible by author Sabir Nakhuda from his private collection of books to the library of the college.
On the issue of fear by some people of Muslims he said that fear was the worst enemy for human beings.  With fear, persons are capable of doing anything.  He said it was natural to have fear in light of all the negative portrayed about Islam and Muslims but he made the point that this issue concerns everyone, not only Muslims and we should all work hand in hand to combat extremism. Religion is being regarded as outdated and so today the focus is on Islam but tomorrow it will be another religion.
Shaykh Faid’s gave another lecture last night at the Grand Salle.  Here he reminded Muslims to go back to the teachings and examples of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) for in those teachings one would find the way to live a wholesome life even in today’s modern world.
The audience at both lectures represented a cross section of the Barbadian community.  From priests to professionals, Muslims and persons of other faith.  Shaykh Faid’s message of following the Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) true message resounded with all the audience.  An attendee commented that he was extremely happy to have attended and felt that Muslim should do more on the island to educate Barbadians to the teachings of Islam.  Another comment from the night lecture included one priest saying: “Totally enjoyed tonight.  The presentation represented true Islamic scholarship. Fantastic!”
Shaykh Faid was interviewed on the local television station which was well received by the viewing public. Nazim Baksh, a journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, who accompanied the Shaykh on his trip to the Caribbean, also did an interview on television and examined the role of the media in directing the narrative on Islam and Muslims.
The Shaykh’s visit came at a time when there have been much public discussion in Barbados on the issue of Muslim females wearing hijab for official photographs.  The local press covered the Shaykh’s visit and published several articles. Contributed by Suleiman Bulbulia


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IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD (SAS)

(Georgetown, Guyana, January 10th, 2016)

SERVING HUMANITY WITH LOVE, DECENCY AND KINDNESS:
Shaykh Faid Muhammad Said is on a tour of Guyana, Trinidad and Barbados to advise and remind the local Muslim communities of the real essence of the mission, message and example of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), during the commemoration of the 1,490H anniversary of his birth.  In Guyana, Shaykh Faid is being hosted by the Central Islamic Organization of Guyana (CIOG), Trinidad's host is the Ahl Sunnah wal Jamaah Institute while in Barbados - DawahBarbados will host the tour.  The tour began in Guyana from the 6th-13th January 2016, then Trinidad from January 14th to January 18th and finally in Barbados from January 19th to January 20th, 2016.

Shaykh Faid Muhammad Said was born in Asmara, Eritrea, and began his studies under Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir Hamid, (Grand Judge of the Islamic Court) as well as Shaykh al-Amin Usman al-Amin (Grand Mufti of Eritrea), and others. He went on to study at the Islamic University of Madinah where he received a BA Hons with the “Highest Degree of Excellence.” His studies were supervised by some of the greatest scholars of the Hijaz including Shaykh Muhammad Attiyya Salim (Student of Imam Muhammad al-Shintiqi), Shaykh Muhammad Ayun (Imam of the Prophet’s Mosque), and Professor P. Abdul Raheem (author of the famous Madinah Arabic books).

Shaykh Faid also has a Diploma in Computer Science and a Diploma in Media. He has a UK Certificate of Higher Education. He has been a lecturer at the King Fahad Academy London, Scholar at Qatari School London, Director of the School of the Islamic Cultural Centre London, Chairman of the Board of Southwark Arabic School and Dean of al-Madinah College London.

Shaykh Faid has been teaching at Larayb Institute for Education since 2013 and was appointed in August 2014 as a Resident Scholar at Harrow Mosque with responsibility for Friday sermons, teaching and counseling.

Shaykh Faid is accompanied by Nazim Baksh and international nasheed artiste Nader Khan.
 

Shaykh Faid presented the President of Guyana His Excellency with a Qur'an, Shaykh Moen ul Haq (left)

Muhammad  was born in Makkah in the year 570CE(-53H).  He is the last prophet sent by God to mankind to restore Islam,  the unaltered original monotheistic faith of Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other prophets.   As he grew up, he became known to be truthful, honest, trustworthy, generous, and sincere.  He was so trustworthy that they called him the Trustworthy. Muhammad  was very religious, and he had long detested the decadence and idolatry of his society.
 
At the age of forty, Muhammad  received his first revelation from God through the Angel Gabriel.  The revelations continued for twenty-three years, and they are collectively known as the Quran.

As soon as he began to recite the Quran and to preach the truth which God had revealed to him, he and his small group of followers suffered persecution from unbelievers.  The persecution grew so fierce that in the year 622 God gave them the command to emigrate.  This emigration from Makkah to the city of Madinah, some 260 miles to the north, marks the beginning of the Muslim calendar.

After several years, Muhammad and his followers were able to return to Makkah, where they forgave their enemies.  Before Muhammad died, at the age of sixty-three, the greater part of the Arabian Peninsula had become Muslim, and within a century of his death, Islam had spread to Spain in the West and as far East as China.  Among the reasons for the rapid and peaceful spread of Islam was the truth and clarity of its doctrine.  Islam calls for faith in only one God, Who is the only one worthy of worship.

The Prophet Muhammad  was a perfect example of an honest, just, merciful, compassionate, truthful, and brave human being.  Though he was a man, he was far removed from all evil characteristics and strove solely for the sake of God and His reward in the Hereafter.  Moreover, in all his actions and dealings, he was ever mindful and fearful of God.

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