Announcement posted on Monday, December 23rd, 2013
Rooted in Faith
A Weekly Discussion Series | Every Thursday at 7:30pm
Too often are we distracted by topics in life that do not concern God. Such seemingly meaningless distractions can, overtime, become destructive to one’s spiritual health. This weekly discussion series aims to orient one’s internal compass towards God. Covering a variety of topics (including current events, day to day fiqh questions, hadith, etc), Imam Tahir Anwar will discuss the primary goal of a Muslim: How to become rooted in faith in order to become closer to God.
Quranic Tafsir (Sisters Only)
A Weekly Tafsir of Selected Surahs | Every Thursday at 11am
An introductory course on Qur’anic exegesis (tafsir) of selected chapters. Taught by Imam Tahir Anwar, this course will cover the meanings along with general themes of the selected chapter. It will also guide one to appreciate the depths of the Holy Qur’an and its deep rooted connections to our daily lives. This course also aims to ground one’s understanding of certain Qur’anic chapters as understood by traditional Islamic scholars.
Speaker: Dr. Saiful Islam, Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Stanford University Genetics Dept
Abstract: This presentation will try to answer some of the following interesting questions: Why some children look very similar to their father or mother? Why most children are born as normal and healthy while many children are born with diseases? A tiny cell, which is not even visible with our naked eyes, contains 23 pairs of chromosomes. Each chromosome consists of a long string joining 4 chemicals with each other randomly which code everything in our lives. It controls our ability to work, our health & disease and even our blinking of eyes at every moment. It carries the inheritance from parent to offspring. Genetics is the branch of science which is concerned with chromosome, genes, heredity, and variation in all-living organisms. Genes are the instruction manual of our body and give instructions to produce what we need at every single moment. In this presentation, you will know that you are living in a daily life with a super complex mechanism inside a single cell of your body in every second of your life. A Microscope will be available at the end of this presentation for the attendees to see some actual Human cells through the Microscope.
Dr. Saiful Islam is currently a postdoctoral research scholar in the Department of Genetics at Stanford University. Dr. Saiful graduated from Dhaka University and then he did his Doctorate in Sweden in 2013. He has also taught Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at a public University in Bangladesh. He is the author of articles in several international world-leading journals in a very special field, single cell Genetics. For his very special research in science, he got invitation from several leading universities for his lecture including Harvard University, Cambridge University, and Caltech etc. Outside of his academics position, he was also involved in the mosque-based activities in Stockholm. He served as secretary of Bangladesh Central mosque in Sweden during 2009-2013. He was also involved in different social activities in Bangladesh and Sweden. He is currently living near Stanford University campus in Palo Alto with his family and two kids.