Almost total holidays are observed in Denmark during the months of June and July. Hence there was no Study Group session for the two previous months.
On the 13th August 2009 the Iqbal Study Group held one of its regular ‘Study Group’ sessions. The topic of this session was the third lecture from Iqbal’s ‘The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam’ titled ‘The Conception of God and the Meaning of Prayer’.
The meeting room was full to the capacity with the participants far exceeding expectation. The majority of the participants were young men and women interested in progressing their understanding of Iqbal’s philosophy and Islam.
Quite a good time ahead of the day of session all of the members of the group were sent material pertaining to the topic for prior study and consideration. The session itself began with an interesting talk given by Hadi Khan which summarised the main points from Iqbal’s third lecture. Hadi. Khan raised a few points in his talk which inspired some lively and interesting discussion from the rest of the group. In this discussion there was a lot of participation from young members, the most active in participating were Sarosh Alamgir, a member of IAS Executive Body, Faisal Badar, life member of IAS and Bashy Quraishy. Questions from the participants were answered by Sarosh Alamgir, an active member of the Executive board of Iqbal Academy Scandinavia..
The discussion centred around two topics:
- Man’s perception of God and His existence, and how God is perceived as individual.
- The origin of Man and questions around the creation of Adam.
These subjects captured the imaginations of all present to such an extent, that the group unfortunately ran out of time and were unable to discuss the ‘Meaning of Prayer’.