A community reconnected to God, guided by the teachings of His Messenger Muhammad (ﷺ) and inspired by the understanding of the early generations of Muslims.
The essence of our vision is: successful and fulfilling lives for all, in this world and in the Hereafter.
The endeavour of our vision is to realise positive transformation of lives through the spread of authentic knowledge and correct teachings. Using knowledge as a driving force to challenge misconceived beliefs and impart the true message of Islam.
We are committed to meeting the ever-changing needs of our local and wider community and believe the realisation of our vision will benefit the wider society leading to peaceful co-existence.
Al Furqan takes its name from the 25th chapter of the Holy Quran called Surah Al-Furqan which translates as “The Criterion”. More generally, Al-Furqan means evidence or proof and thus the name fittingly represents our vision and methodology born out of the sources of Islam.
The advancement of the Islamic faith for the benefit of the public in England through the provision of education facilities, holding of prayer meetings and Eid celebrations.
Al Furqan is a non-profit organisation dedicated to calling to the Islamic Faith. It was founded in 2015 by a group of Muslims based in St Albans and has since grown to include 100 supporters and volunteers. The purpose of Al Furqan is to educate the community about living Islam according to the Quran and Sunnah upon the understanding of the early generation of Muslims. Importantly, it aims to provides a space for worship, learning and social interaction that is accessible to all members of the community including both women and men, new Muslims, the youth and non-Muslims interested in learning more about Islam.
WHAT WE DO
Al Furqan runs structured weekly classes for men and women of all abilities and backgrounds to learn the fundamentals of Islam. We also organise the Jummah Khutbah (sermon) which is delivered in English. In the month of Ramadan, Al Furqan organises nightly prayers (Taraweeh), as well the Eid prayer. We also run a Saturday School to provide high quality Islamic teaching for 6–16 year olds. The school currently has 65 students.
The core values that guide our behaviours, decisions and actions are based upon the teaching of the Prophet (ﷺ)
The Prophet (ﷺ) said:
“Allah has one hundred (degrees of) mercy, of which He has shared one between all of creation, by virtue of which you show mercy and compassion towards one another and the wild animals show compassion towards their young. And He has kept back ninety-nine (degrees of) mercy by virtue of which He will show mercy to His slaves on the Day of Resurrection.”
“Do not mix truth with falsehood or hide the truth knowingly”
Patience and Forbearance
“And whoever is patient and forgiving, these most surely are actions due to courage”
“O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even though it be against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, be he rich or poor.”
Respect for the scholars
The Prophet (ﷺ) said:
“Whoever follows a path to seek knowledge, Allaah will make easy for him the path to Paradise. The angels beat their wings in approval of the seeker of knowledge, and those who are in the heavens and on earth pray for forgiveness for the scholar, even the fish in the water. The superiority of the scholar over the worshipper is like the superiority of the moon over all other heavenly bodies. The scholars are the heirs of the Prophets, for the Prophets did not leave behind dinars or dirhams, rather they left behind knowledge, so whoever gains knowledge has gained great good fortune”
Wisdom in dealing with the community
“Call to the way of your Lord with wisdom and fair preaching and reason with them in the better way.”