Discover Islam Week 2021
Learn about Discover Islam Week (DIW)
Discover Islam Week (DIW) is the overarching umbrella term for the annual campaigns run by Islamic Societies (ISocs) across the UK and Eire, aimed at educating, promoting and spreading the message of Islam to both Muslims and non-Muslims. ISocs use DIW to showcase the core message and teachings of Islam to their campus community. Islamic Societies tend to run DIW for a week (usually sometime between late January and March), however, spreading the campaign over a few weeks may be an idea as well.
The core purpose of Discover Islam Week is Tarbiyyah and Da’wah, thus ISocs run projects to educate their members and call others to the message of Islam. During this time, ISocs actively get involved on campus by generating meaningful discussions, imparting knowledge by distributing literature, inviting Islamic speakers who are experts in their field and by holding Da’wah stalls to educate their campus about Islam. Islamic Societies may choose to centre their DIW initiatives and projects around a specific theme in Islam chosen by them, for e.g; Imaan, Aqeedah, Qur’an, Seerah, Aakhirah, Trials and Tribulations of the Dunya etc.
As part of DIW, a major ISocs initiative entails inviting guest speakers to deliver lectures and talks on a topic of their choice to their campus community . FOSIS provides Islamic Societies speakers to book for their DIW events, allowing ISocs to easily hold talks to remind, educate and call people to Islam. These speakers are experts within their field and well known community leaders, Imams, teachers and scholars. Whilst ISocs may not be able to hold any in-person talks with guest speakers this year, FOSIS are still here to provide speakers for a virtual DIW. This year, our DIW Speaker Tour consists of speakers from a wide range of backgrounds and areas of expertise, so ISocs will be sure to find speakers that fit into their theme and vision for DIW. Our DIW21 Speakers fall within three main strands: ‘Fundamentals of Islam’, ‘Qur’an’ and ‘Da’wah’, and are available for booking between the 25th January – 2nd April. Scroll down to find out more! (we are able to fulfill speaker requests outside of this timeframe as well)
Da’wah, in essence, was the call of all the prophets and messengers to worship Allah swt alone and the act of calling people to the ultimate and only truth, Islam. Giving Dawah is a responsibility on all of us and does not require you to be a profound expert on all aspects of Islam, however, having clear and correct knowledge on core elements is key for having the confidence to give Da’wah. This year FOSIS will be organising a national Da’wah Training for all ISoc committee members and volunteers on how to give effective and meaningful Da’wah. This will also enable ISocs to address some common challenges and pitfalls faced by students while giving Da’wah in a university context.
“Invite to the Way of your Lord (i.e. Islam) with wisdom and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better. Truly, your Lord knows best who has gone astray from His Path, and He is the Best Aware of those who are guided.” (Qur’an, an-Nahl: 125) Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr (may Allah be pleased with him), according to which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said “Convey from me, even if it is one verse. (al-Bukhaari- 3461)
Book a Speaker
For this year’s DIW, the speakers fall under 3 strands:
- Fundamentals of Islam