Islam Actuel Summer School
Islam actuel summer school
Helping Muslim Students Grow
The Idea That Inspires Us
When we observe the world, we realize that everything is connected, everything has its rightful place, and everything has a purpose: the sun, the moon, the sky, the earth and the sea work together to give the human family something to live on, to eat, to drink, to warm up, to shelter, to roam around, to enjoy the beautiful things of life...
O you people! Serve your Lord, who created you and those before you. Thus will you attain piety. It is He Who has made for you a bed from the earth and a roof from the sky, and Who sends down rain from the sky, and by it brings forth all kinds of fruits to feed you. So do not associate God with partners knowingly.
Quran 2: 21-22
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اعْبُدُوا رَبَّكُمُ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُمْ وَالَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ الَّذِي جَعَلَ لَكُمُ الْأَرْضَ فِرَاشًا وَالسَّمَاءَ بِنَاءً وَأَنزَلَ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ مَاءً فَأَخْرَجَ بِهِ مِنَ الثَّمَرَاتِ رِزْقًا لَّكُمْ ۖ فَلَا تَجْعَلُوا لِلَّهِ أَندَادًا وَأَنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ
But what is the place of human beings in this world? What is their purpose?
Unlike other living beings, humans have the power to be free, to do good and evil on earth, thus to make the earth better and to destroy it. To make the earth better is to respond to God's invitation to enjoy all good things while doing good around us, while resisting injustice:
Eat and drink of what God offers you; and do not sow corruption on the earth.
Quran 2 : 60
كُلُوا وَاشْرَبُوا مِن رِّزْقِ اللَّهِ وَلَا تَعْثَوْا فِي الْأَرْضِ مُفْسِدِينَ
Indeed, We have made the Quran easy for meditation. Is there anyone to ponder?
Quran 54 : 17
وَلَقَدْ يَسَّرْنَا الْقُرْآنَ لِلذِّكْرِ فَهَلْ مِن مُّدَّكِرٍ
Both good and evil are part of the nature of each of us. Injustice can be hidden everywhere, in our way of seeing the world (in knowledge which can be instrumentalized to dominate, colonize and destroy the world...), in our way of being (in individualism, communitarianism and nationalism which are all forms of individual and collective egoism... ), in our way of living as a family (through a permanent quest for love and personal fulfillment that makes the couple disposable...), in our way of distributing common wealth (through corruption, liberal neo-colonialism...). Injustice can be hidden everywhere, in ourselves and around us, in our intentions, our ideas, our projects, our actions, our organizations, our institutions, our culture, and our vision of religion...
The world has been moving since its beginning. From Adam to Muhammad, through Abraham, Moses or Jesus... (peace be upon them all), Islam remains one universal and ever-present wisdom: its purpose is to make every person better and to form a human civilization capable of enjoying good things, offering goodness and justice, and resisting injustice:
Verily, I [Muhammad] have not been sent except to perfect the characters.
Hadith reported by Imâm Mâlik in al-Muwattâ
The world is on the move. In the 21st century, it is still the same challenge that our era has to face, thanks to an Alliance of all good wills: to form better persons and a better human civilization. We need to face together the different forms of injustice: political, socio-economic, cultural and religious divisions; the unbridled liberalism that establishes an unjust distribution of wealth on a global scale; freedom of conscience that is threatened by the media and digital media industry; the political instrumentalization of fear and religion; the weakening of the family and of social solidarities...
Our Islam Actuel Summer School is addressed to researchers, professors, students, and actors who wish to change their outlook and make the world a better place.
The Muslim testifies that "There is no god but God the One and Muhammad is his prophet". But what does this imply in the way we see the world, think, act and live with others? How can we understand globalization and the major trends that influence our ways of thinking and living? What does Islam have to say to our time to make the world better? If the Quran is "a Guide for people", how can the Muslim make it work to orient themselves in the big questions of daily life? If the Prophet Muhammad, like all the others (peace be upon them all), is a model, how can the Muslim be inspired by him to help shape a better person and human civilization? How can we critically look at past and modern traditions to distinguish what is worth cultivating and what needs to be changed and improved? What is my place and my personal vocation? These are the questions that inspire the reflections, the debates and the teachings shared within our Islam Actuel Summer School...
The Summer School is a moment of collective reflection, training and mutual listening. It is a moment of meeting and fraternity. It is a moment of moral and spiritual renewal. It is a time of openness and discovery, of outdoors, and of leisure. Welcome to all those who wish to make this moment a unique experience of joy and optimism, thanks to which everyone will be able to return home energized to face the challenges that await us.