Quran: Parables of Power Sessions

Date: Saturday 16 August 2014
Time: 2.30pm to 9pm
Location: MIC 81-83 Euston Street, London, NW1 2EZ (London Euston)


Parables are an important literary device employed by the Qur’an, and this years CEI Qur’an conference aims to explore five stories pertaining to the concept of ‘Power’. Five teachers will read five different passages of the Qur’an, to highlight five very different perceptions and manifestations of power. Each session will attempt to highlight the practical and relevant lessons these verses contain as well as drawing attention to the style in which the Qur’an presents its message. All attendees will be provided with the Arabic verses and their English translations.


Five sessions, Five teachers, Five parables, Five different passages of the Qur’an. Click on sessions for parables/topics to be covered.


  • Shaykh Samir al-Nass
  • Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam
  • Ustadh Haroon Hanif
  • Ustadh Thaqib Mehmood
  • Saquab Ashraf


  • Session 1: The Underdog (Q. 2:246-251)

Prophet David peace be upon him and Goliath; a reading of verses 246 to 251 in Sura al-Baqara by Ustadh Thaqib Mehmood

They said, ‘We have no power today against Goliath and his warriors.’ Q. 2:249

  • Session 2: The Just Ruler (Q. 18:82-102)

Dhu ‘l-Qarnayn; a reading of verses 82 to 102 in Sura Kahf by Saquab Ashraf

We established his power in the land, and gave him the means to achieve everything. Q.18:84

  • Session 3: Wealth (Q. 68:17-33)

The Story of the People of the Gardens; a reading of verses 17 to 33 in Sūra al-Qalam by Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam

They called each other at daybreak, ‘Go early to your field if you wish to gather all its fruits,’ and went off, whispering, ‘Make sure no poor person enters the garden today!’ Q. 68: 21-24

  • Session 4: The Oppressor (Q. 28:76-83)

Prophet Moses peace be upon him and Qarun; a reading of verses 76 to 83 in Sura al-Qasas by Ustadh Haroon Hanif

Qarun was one of Moses’ people, but he oppressed them. We had given him such treasures that even their keys would have weighed down a whole company of strong men. Q. 28:76

  • Session 5: The Tyrant (Q. 28:29-43)

Prophet Moses peace be upon him and Pharoah; a reading of verses 29 to 43 in Sura al-Qasas by Shaykh Samir al-Nass

We shall strengthen you through your brother; We shall give you both power so that they cannot touch you. Q. 28:35