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make things easy and don’t make things difficult, give good tidings and don’t push people away.

– Prophet Muhammad ﷺ
Source: Muslim, 1732; Al-Bukhari, 69

WHO WE ARE

our story

New Beginnings was formed in 2020 and launched officially on the 1st of Ramadan (23rd April) 2020 (1441) after recognising the need to provide support, companionship and education for those who have adopted the religion of Islam after having no faith or a previous faith and those who are not Muslims but exploring Islam for the first time.

New Beginnings aims to create welcoming, non-judgemental environments and spaces that nurture a sound and authentic experience of Islam. We strive to meet these needs in a way that genuinely appreciates a person’s circumstances whilst understanding the importance of preserving one’s individual and cultural identity.

what we do

Hajj

Hajj

The last of the core pillars of Islam is the obligation to perform pilgrimage to Mecca, known as hajj, once in a lifetime if one is financially and physically able to do so. The Quran says, “To Allah is an obligation on people to perform pilgrimage to the House, whoever is able to find a way to do so.”

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Fasting Ramadan

Fasting Ramadan

One of the core pillars of Islam is the obligation to fast during the month of Ramadan based on the Quranic injunction: “You who believe, fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may become righteous.”

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Understanding Zakah

Understanding Zakah

A 3-part course, for converts, new or old, and those exploring Islam. The course details the correct method of paying one’s zakah and its spiritual dimensions.

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Zakah

Zakah

The third of the five core pillars of Islam is to pay an amount of one’s wealth to charitable causes, known as zakah in Arabic. The Quran commands Muslims to pay the zakah in several places in the Quran and praises those who “give out from what they have been provided with”

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Salah

Salah

One of the five core pillars of Islam is to establish five daily prayers, known as salah in Arabic. God instructs Muslims to establish salah 16 times directly and highlights its importance several other times throughout the Quran.

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Shahadah

Shahadah

The shahadah means “testification” or “witnessing” in Arabic. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “Islam is based on five things: Testification that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad is His slave and messenger, establishing the prayer, giving zakah, fasting Ramadan, and pilgrimage to the House”

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Bridging Faith

Bridging Faith

Bridging Faith is an exclusive and intimate opportunity to discuss how we can make our faith relevant in modern times. We will be joined by special guests Ta’leef from the USA who will share their experience and anecdotes with us.

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Eid al-Adha 2024

Eid al-Adha 2024

Join us for our annual Eid Party. An exciting opportunity for converts to Islam to network, socialise, over a buffet lunch and interactive fun and games to celebrate the blessed day of Eid al-Adha.

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Heart to Heart

Heart to Heart

We are honoured to welcome Dr. Asad Tarsin, the renowned author of ‘Being Muslim’ from the USA, to be part of this special evening. Dr. Asad will share uplifting reminders and provide valuable advice and guidance for those new to their journey in Islam.

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our mission
& approach

The concern for converts to Islam is an area that has been much neglected for decades. The number of converts to Islam in the UK, and abroad, is growing exponentially, with two-thirds of them being women. Despite the noble efforts of a few small organisations, this need has not been fully met as of yet. We aim to fill the gap via a combination of innovative methods with a strong basis in the Islamic tradition and the way of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. People who convert to Islam generally have a whole myriad of needs. We aim to fulfil and serve the needs of those new and old to Islam in a holistic manner.

meet the people

Sh. Bilal Brown

Co-founder &
Managing Director

Imran Rahim

Co-founder &
Director of Education

Rumela Bandyopadhyay

Co-founder &
Media and Events Manager

Sh. Hasan Shire

Imam and Teacher

Sh. Amin Buxton

Imam and Teacher

Dr. Mumina Begum

Course Teacher

Mohammad Razak

Course Teacher &
Trustee

Tazreen Chowdhry

Qualified Counsellor

Idris Watts

Qualified Counsellor

Farrah Farooq

Qualified Counsellor

Jodie Wozencroft-Reay

Psychotherapist

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