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Welcome to New Beginnings

 

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New Beginnings aims to create welcoming, non-judgemental environments and spaces, online and in-person, that nurture a sound and authentic experience of Islam for those that are either converts to Islam, including their families, or interested in converting.

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Convert Care is a Neglected Duty and We’re Doing Something About It

Every day in the UK, at least one person converts to Islam. The conversion is usually met with elation from the Muslim community but there is often little done to take care of the complex needs that they may have or at times, a lack of understanding of what those needs are. That’s where we come in. With a diverse team, made up mostly of converts from diverse backgrounds, we have the knowledge and experience to offer a holistic package in order to ensure the smooth transition of the convert into the wider Muslim community. We strive to meet these needs in a way that truly appreciates a person’s circumstances, whilst understanding the importance of preserving one’s individual and cultural identity.

Social Events

Regular social events where converts can network with other converts and share their experiences.

Learning

Regular classes and access to sound Islamic scholarship with guidelines for the most appropriate course of study.

Support and well-being

Ongoing encouragement and counselling, if need be, from qualified counsellors.

Expression

We offer safe platforms for converts to express themselves, free of criticism and judgements.

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Ramadan Special

New Beginnings are excited to present Ramadan Special - an exciting month filled with various activities to keep us connected at this blessed time. We have a range of daily & weekly activities you can choose from. 💭For many converts, Ramadan can be a challenging time and we hope this program...

Preparing for Ramadan

A two-part course, for converts and new Muslims only, detailing the correct method of observing the fast of Ramadan and the spiritual dimensions related to it. "Oh you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may develop God-consciousness" Is...

Firm Foundations Level 1

Firm Foundations is a free 10-week online course in order for converts, especially those who are new, to learn the very fundamental aspects of Islam. Whether you’re a new Muslim or a convert of many years, New Beginnings is delighted to present to you the opportunity to make your foundations firm....

Firm Foundations Level 2

Firm Foundations is a free 10-week online course in order for converts, especially those who are new, to learn the very fundamental aspects of Islam. Level 2 builds on the previous level and covers more topics in greater detail. Classes are taught in a welcoming environment so you can learn and...

Converts Unplugged

Subscribe via the RSS feed or relevant subscription service by clicking the "box-arrow" icon in the player below or alternatively use this website link. New episodes are released every 2nd Thursday of the month. Message us with your thoughts and comments at unplugged@beginnings.org.uk

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The time you gave to help someone, the suppport you gave someone during a difficult time, a smile at a stranger. Big or small, Allah Most Generous never forgets what you do.

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Mustafa Davis shares a funny anecdote of his first time fasting as a new Muslim.

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Building FaithExcerpt from 'Discovering The Quran' series where Imran talks about the prophetic blueprint and the importance of building and strengthening faith.#lessons #wisdom #strengthenheart #faith #CULTIVATE #nuture #journey #convertcare #convert #revert #islam #propheticblueprint ... See MoreSee Less

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What is counselling?Counselling falls under the umbrella term ‘talking therapies’ and allows people to discuss their problems and any difficult feelings they encounter in a safe, confidential environment. The term can mean different things to different people, but in general, it is a process people seek when they want to change something in their lives, or simply explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth.A counsellor is not there to sit you down and tell you what to do. Instead, they will encourage you to talk about what's bothering you in order to uncover any root causes and identify your specific ways of thinking. The counsellor may then look to create a plan of action to either help you reconcile your issues, or help you to find ways of coping.Counselling does not come in a cookie-cutter format and each session is generally tailored to the individual."counsellingdirectory " ... See MoreSee Less

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Allah forgives many people and frees them from the Hellfire in the last 10 nights of Ramadan. It is recommended to repeatedly ask Allah for forgiveness with a heart that is present and focused on Him, Exalted is He. A supplication that Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him encouraged to read in the last 10 nights of Ramadan.'Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun, tuhibbul-‘afwa, fa’fu ‘anni'.Oh Allah, You are Most Forgiving, You love to forgive, so forgive me. #last10nights #ramadan #dua #supplicate #reflection #heart #blessings #special #remembrance #dhikr #narration #hadith #prophetmuhammadﷺ ... See MoreSee Less

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Join us tomorrow for the last session of the series, Women's Hour. 'More than hunger and thirst' talk by Farhana Munshi.Farhana Munshi began her education in Singapore, completing a degree in engineering in the National University of Singapore under the Scholars program, before an incident while on hajj changed her perspective on life.She then embarked on her journey in the Islamic studies full time, studying first in the established Zaytuna Institute summer program for Arabic Studies, then continuing in Syria, before spending 4 years in Dar az-Zahra, Tarim, Yemen learning the foundations of the Deen at the feet of male and female scholars, and later translating for them.She currently resides in Singapore teaching women various Islamic sciences, delivers talks at universities and mentors new Muslims. Registration is required if you haven't done already.🖋️ Beginnings.org.uk/womenshour#Womenshour #faith #discussions #reminders #Ramadan #convert #revert #consideringislam #ramadabspecial ... See MoreSee Less

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Ramadan Special

New Beginnings are excited to present Ramadan Special – an exciting month filled with various activities to keep us connected at this blessed time. We have a range of daily & weekly...

What’s My Name?

What’s My Name? “What’s my name?” Shouted Muhammad Ali as he delivered a powerful and swift left-right combination to an already hurt and demoralised Ernie Terrell. “What’s my name?” he spat...

Preparing for Ramadan

A two-part course, for converts and new Muslims only, detailing the correct method of observing the fast of Ramadan and the spiritual dimensions related to it. “Oh you who believe, fasting is...

Firm Foundations Level 1

Firm Foundations is a free 10-week online course in order for converts, especially those who are new, to learn the very fundamental aspects of Islam. Whether you’re a new Muslim or a convert of many...

Michelle’s Story

Michelle’s Story I have supported children and adults with additional needs most of my working life and it was work where my journey began. I was brought up in an Atheist family and lived in a...

Firm Foundations Level 2

Firm Foundations is a free 10-week online course in order for converts, especially those who are new, to learn the very fundamental aspects of Islam. Level 2 builds on the previous level and covers...

Testimonials

A very relaxed and welcoming atmosphere where I feel comfortable to discuss and ask questions. I love the holistic view of Islam and focus on spirituality. As a new Muslim, it feels like a safe space to open up.

- Sophie, Manchester

It is hard to sum up in just a few words how amazing New Beginnings is and how much it has changed my life in just 8 weeks… After almost 30 years since I first learned of Islam, due to the kindness and support of the New Beginnings team I took my shahada a week ago and, alhamdulillah, I will never look back.

- Monica, Belfast

Convert socials have been a confidence booster for me and a chance to meet other converts in similar and different situations to myself. It gives us all reassurance that we are loved and there is a community among us all and that we aren’t alone. The things we learn, the people we meet, and even the chats we have, all mean a lot and gives me good reminders and positive things to think about. Always makes me smile 🙂

- Anonymous

I have found a lot of benefit from the course, Sheikh Bilal is amazing and the prayer part of the course is very beneficial and answered a lot of questions I had, also finding out about ablution and the correct way to perform it. Thank you!
Imran, subhaan Allah, he does the spirituality side of the course and it is absolutely beautiful he beautifies it really well it touches your heart, the whole Firm Foundations is a fantastic course and I am very grateful and proud that I have been able to benefit from it. And I know it will carry on to benefit many more people. May you all be rewarded, Allah subhanallah wa tala bless you all.

- Marissa, Oldham

What I found in these sessions that I participated in this year is that it’s a great environment for nurturing new converts. The best I have come across in my
experience.

- Alan, Scotland

Friendly and informal atmosphere. I enjoy the interactive discussions. As a convert, I needed a space to learn in like this. Thank you so much!

- Anonymous

Embracing Islam is a beautiful but challenging journey. Every day comes with struggles, however, these difficulties are certainly eased when you have a strong faith and you discover strength in your difficulties. New Beginnings has truly provided me with high-quality and reassuring discussions, where I have been able to increase my knowledge of Islam but moreover, learn more about the beauty and spirituality of being a Muslim.

- Abigail

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