To Have A Centre – Idris Tawfiq

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British Muslim writer and broadcaster, Idris Tawfiq, has a degree in English language and Literature from the University of Manchester and a degree in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome. For many years he was Head of Religious Studies in different schools in England and Wales and has much experience of teaching, both in the UK and Egypt. Before embracing Islam, Idris was a Roman Catholic priest.

Idris Tawfiq is much in demand as a speaker. His style of speaking is both simple and very gentle, touching hearts, as well as causing people to think. Idris points out that he is not an Islamic scholar, but rather has a way of explaining things about Islam in a very simple way. He has considerable experience in leading retreats and In-Service training for both students and adults. He uses this vast experience of dealing with ordinary people and explaining matters of faith to them to enliven his writing and style of speaking, making them both interesting and easy to understand. He tries to explain Islam to those in the West who are not Muslim.

Because of his background, Idris Tawfiq is also heavily involved in the work of inter-faith dialogue. “We should never feel threatened by goodness,” he says, “wherever it comes from.” In his travels, Idris has met many religious and civic leaders, extending a hand of friendship on behalf of all Muslims.

As a writer, Idris Tawfiq has written for newspapers and periodicals in the United Kingdom and has been a regular contributor and Consultant to islamonline.net and readingislam.com. Idris has a weekly column in three Egyptian newspapers: every Friday in Sawt Al-Azhar, the newspaper of Al-Azhar University; every Tuesday in Egyptian Mail and every Saturday inEgyptian Gazette.

He is the author of the following books:

  • Gardens of Delight: a simple introduction to Islam
  • Talking to Young Muslims
  • Talking to New Muslims
  • Talking to Muslims in the West
  • Talking About Ramadan
  • Calling Others to Islam
  • Talking About Other faiths
  • Looking for Peace in the Land of the Prophets

Idris Tawfiq is a lecturer in the Faculty of Languages and Translation at Al-Azhar University.

Travelling all over the globe, Idris speaks about Islam both to Muslim and non-Muslim groups. He is very popular with Muslim youth and has spoken in over forty universities worldwide. Idris is also heavily involved as a speaker on television and radio, having made nearly a hundred tv programmes.

As a Muslim, Idris Tawfiq has a deep love for the Arab world. Stories and characters from Cairo and the Arab world often find their way into his writing. After a while as Director of the Post Graduate Research Centre at Al-Fatih Islamic Institute in Damascus, Idris Tawfiq now lives in Egypt. Often asked why he chooses the Middle East as a base from which to speak to people in the West about Islam, rather than living in London, Idris says that the culture and the people of that region  are a fertile source of inspiration for him. He now divides his time between his home in Egypt and his travels around the world.

Extracted from IdrisTawfiq.com

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