Front page of the June 07 edition ‘The Society – One Year On: Inspiring Muslim Civil Servants’ Edition

Highlights from this edition include…

Newsletter Survey Feedback
We report back on your thoughts and feedback on improving the Society.

An Evening with Mohammed Ali
The Society’s second in the series of ‘An Evening with …’ events – meet Mohammed Ali – most known for ‘AerosolArabic’. Mohammed gives an overview of his own personal journey into the arts, combining his unique style of graffiti art and Islamic calligraphy.

Cabinet Office Islam Awareness Day
Earlier this month, the Civil Service Islamic Society held an Islam Awareness Day at the Cabinet Office, in conjunction with the Cabinet Office Black and Asian Network, featuring Exhibition Islam.

Friends of Islam Forum
The Friends of Islam is a forum aimed at widening direct networks between government and the Muslim community. In April this year they held an event to celebrate the achievements of successful Muslim women across the world, including HH Shaikha Dr Hissah Saad Al Sabah.

Mentoring in the Civil Service *new feature*
In this edition we speak to Ahmed Bashir currently working at the Ministry of Justice about his experiences of being part of a departmental mentoring scheme.

In-Service Fast Stream
The In-service Fast Stream is a development programme aimed at current Civil Servants with the potential to rise to the highest level of management. Deadline for applications is 3 August 2007.

Journey into Islam
In this edition we interview Daniel Foster, from the Department for Work and Pensions who gave us an inspirational account of his journey into Islam; from his early impression of religion to his eventual conversion to Islam.

A Day in the Life of… an Intern at DfES *new feature*

Spend an afternoon with members. In this edition we meet Humma Nazir who is currently on work placement at the Department for Education and Skills as part of her degree. Humma shares her experiences about how working in a key government department has had an impact on her.

The Life and Times of Imam Abu Haneefah (RA)
The first in a series of “The Life and Times of a Scholar”, we explore the life of one of the first scholars in Islam, Imam Abu Haneefah (RA); from the challenges he faced, to the influence he has had on Islamic thought.

Your Thoughts: Family *new feature*
Share your thoughts and inspirations with others. Inside this edition, we feature a poem called ‘family’.

Book Reviews *new feature*
To start the first in this series of book reviews, Shabana Mazhar and Daniel Foster give their impressions of al-Ghazali’s ‘Stop Worrying, Relax and Be Happy’, and Fisk’s ‘The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East’.

Notices and Announcements

– JSB Board Veil Guidance
– Departmental Representatives required to join CSIS
– Sayed Farouk Shah Memorial Climb

CSIS AGM and Elections
Read details of The Civil Service Islamic Society’s Annual General Meeting and Elections on 31 January 2008 and the member’s forum on Tuesday 4 September 2007.

New events listings around the UK.

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