Al-Azhar Alumni UK is the UK Branch of the World Organisation for Al-Azhar Graduates situated at Eaton Hall, in Retford, Nottinghamshire. In order to further the mission and vision of Al-Azhar Al-Sharif, the UK Branch has started the process of a series of intellectual seminars under the auspice of the Grand Imam, Dr Ahmad al-Tayyeb Shaykh al-Azhar.
The first seminar was held at the head office of the UK Branch in Retford on Sunday 9 September 2018 and was delivered on the topic of ‘Islam between Reality and Challenges’. Four senior graduates of Al-Azhar University and members of the UK Branch delivered the seminar including Bakhtyar Pirzada al-Azhari (Vice-President of Al-Azhar Alumni UK), Imam Gul Muhammad al-Azhari, Hafiz Mahboob Hussain al-Azhari and Imam Zein Hud al-Azhari.
The format of the seminar was as follows: Two important essays from Al-Azhar Al-Sharif on the topic of ‘Islam between Reality and Challenges’ were thoroughly studied and examined by the panelists and the participants over three consecutive days. During the seminar, the participants delivered their feedback and remarks regarding the essays and the topic. This feedback was very beneficial and hearing the views of young British Muslims was significant.
After their participation, Imam Gul Muhammad al-Azhari and Imam Zein Hud al-Azhari delivered detailed presentations on the theme of the seminar in light of the issues raised by Al-Azhar Al-Sharif. The Vice-President of Al-Azhar Alumni UK, Bakhtyar Pirzada al-Azhari, introduced Al-Azhar Al-Sharif and its importance as well as welcomed everyone to the seminar. Hafiz Mahboob Hussain al-Azhari delivered the final remarks and closed the seminar with a prayer. After the presentations, the four panellists took questions from the audience further discussing this important topic.