And Say: O my Lord! Advance me in knolwedge
The rise of Muslims to the Islamic civilization in a period of four decades was based on lslam’s emphasis on learning. This is obvious when one looks at the Qur’an and the traditions of Prophet Muhammad which are filled with references to learning, education, observation, and the use of reason. The very first verse of the Qur’an revealed to the Prophet of Islam on the night of 27th of Ramadan in 611 AD reads: “Recite: In the name of thy Lord who created man from a clot. Recite: And thy Lord is the Most Generous Who taught by the pen, taught man that which he knew not.” (Quran, 96:1-5) Acquiring knowledge is a tool that is a necessity to our survival in this world and the next, as Allah reminds us, “And they shall say had we but listened or used reason, we would not be among the inmates of the burning fire.” (Quran, 67:10) As Muslims, our aim is to better ourselves through knowledge so we may become men of understanding who are mindful. (Quran, 39:9)
This year's convention aims to touch our hearts, awaken our minds and equipping ourselves with the tools [knowledge] necessary to live the comprehensive meaning of worship, and embody the qualities of sincere Muslims. Islam calls for a constant struggle and strive for knowledge. Only when we strive for knowledge can we become closer to The Creator, and achieve tools to make this world a better place. It all begins with knowledge, and that is why every Muslim raises their hands and pleads, “O my Lord! Advance me in Knowledge.”
The program will also delve heavily into cultural and societal challenges that Muslim Americans endure. Finally, the program will also include topics covering controlling one’s self/desires, civic engagement, and history and justice for all.