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I’ve been invited to be a panelist at a Radical Middle Way event tonight. The subject up for discussion is Islam and the Internet… so at least I’ll be familiar with the subject matter – insha’Allah!

I’ll be representing MuslimMatters, so please make dua that I don’t let the side down, as it’ll be my first time doing anything like this (I’m trying to minimize your expectations; remember, blogging and public speaking are two different animals!).

Welcome to Muslim 2.0 – a wired generation whose members would rather pose their tough questions to Shaykh Google than their local Imam and who feel more connected to the Facebook ummah than the congregation at the local mosque. Never has Muslim conversation buzzed with so many divergent, combative and off-the-wall perspectives.

But is more Muslim chatter really better?

Has Web 2.0 democratised Muslim debate, and if so at what cost?

Are we talking to each other or at each other?

With so many blogs, websites and forums to choose from, are we actually engaging with other points of view or are we comfortable staying in our intellectual (and spiritual) ghettos?

Join us for Divan 2.0, as we bring together some of British Islam’s most (in)famous bloggers, web pioneers and online warriors for some face-to-face debate. They will be taking your questions in this special “Question Time” style event.

Challenge and be challenged – submit your questions in advance and come ready to jump into fray!

For those who can’t make the free event in London, you can watch live via the little video box below. It’ll start approx. 7.15pm BST (GMT+1), insha’Allah.

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Dr Mehzabeen b. Ibrahim joined MuslimMatters as a blogger in late 2007 under the handle 'iMuslim', whilst still a struggling grad student. Since then, she has attained a PhD in Molecular Biology and a subsequent Masters in Bioinformatics, and now works as a specialist in this field for a well-known British, medical charity, masha'Allah. Somewhere in between she found the time to get married, alhamdulillah. She likes to dabble in photo and videography, a sample of which can be found on her personal blog: iMuslim.tv.

14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Amad

    May 22, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Good luck… give ’em all you got!

  2. Zainab (AnonyMouse)

    May 22, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    I’ll be standing behind the computer screen cheering for you! :D

  3. Umm Fulaanah

    May 22, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    IM HAVING PROBSSS!!!!

  4. Zainab (AnonyMouse)

    May 22, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    The sound quality sucks :(
    Any chance they’re recording this on vid for later viewing?

    • Amatullah

      May 22, 2009 at 2:33 PM

      Yea the audio is really bad :(

    • iMuslim

      May 22, 2009 at 7:52 PM

      I just watched a clip of the streamed video, and you’re right… the sound was really bad! I am not sure what went wrong. There should be a properly edited version uploaded soon, insha’Allah. I’ll post the link when it becomes available.

  5. Umm Fulaanah

    May 22, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    Alhamdullillaah…. now i kina hear voices….

  6. London Muslim

    May 22, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    agree terrible sound quality

  7. amad

    May 22, 2009 at 5:03 PM

    Despite the poor quality, I heard you better than others… you seem to have handled this quite well mashallah.

    Good job!

    How many ppl were in the audience? Any special moments? Pls share…

    • iMuslim

      May 22, 2009 at 8:01 PM

      The audience was quite small, as it’s exam time right now… maybe about 50 peeps. Another 100 odd watching online, though I am amazed they did, considering the audio quality. I imagine we would have had a far greater following if the discussion was audible. But Alhamdulillah, it was meant to be.

      Special moments… me managing to string a sentence together! I was actually expecting more ‘fireworks’ considering the range of the panel, and how heated things get online. But we were all rather civil… actually, more than that: quite chummy actually! Masha’Allah. :)

  8. Sadaf

    May 23, 2009 at 2:19 AM

    Please post the link to the video, if any. I can’t wait to watch it!
    Jazakillahu Khairan iMuslim, for being there to represent MM/online Muslims.

  9. Sadaf

    May 24, 2009 at 8:44 AM

    iMuslim, were you the second one from the viewers’ left? With Shelina next to you?

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