By “Ummatic,” we mean that which pertains to the Umma of the Final Messenger of God, Muhammad, upon him be the peace and blessing; more specifically, to the collective welfare of all those who testify to the Two Testimonies of Faith. “Ummatics,” then, is the set of discourses, beliefs, and practices, or the problem space, if you will, in which the affairs of the Umma are envisioned, felt, addressed, and managed. Methodologically, the Ummatic includes numerous aspects of aqīda (Islamic creed), and chapters of fiqh (jurisprudence) and akhlāq (ethics), and all Islamic discourses that pertain to the collective affairs of Muslims qua Muslims (shu’ūn al-muslimīn) addressed in classical genres such as, al-aḥkām al-sulṭāniyya, al-siyāsa al-sharʿiyya, and in modern disciplines such as politics, social sciences, and the humanities.
About Ummatics Colloquium:
The Ummatics Colloquium is a series of ongoing seminars that bring together scholars, experts, thought leaders, and leaders of Muslim communities and movements to facilitate ernest and critical conversation. It aims to provide a platform for those with a commitment to and interest in ummatic thought and practice. It brings together scholars and students—as well as leaders and influentials in various spaces such as advocacy, education, and da’wah—from various fields across Islamic and secular disciplines to present and discuss topics of relevance.
The objective of these discursive engagements is to facilitate requisite and higher-quality knowledge production, and elevate the discourse about the collective flourishing of the Muslim umma. These colloquia feed into a larger Ummatics Institute which aims, most basically, at making prevalent in the umma globally a consciousness that is ummatic—thinking in umma-terms as opposed to national, ethnic, or madhhabi/firqi terms—and political—directed towards action and change, on the basis of Islam.
About Ummatics Institute:
Ummatics is a research institute that brings together scholars, experts, and thought leaders to facilitate critical conversations and quality knowledge production on ummatic thought and practice. The mission of Ummatics is to empower Muslims everywhere to envision bold solutions for the umma, and ultimately inspire a unified Islamic civilization for the benefit of Muslims and humanity at large.
Committed to the highest standards of Islamic scholarship as well as contemporary social and human sciences, the Ummatics Institute aims to provide a platform for Muslim ulama, academics, visionaries, and sociopolitical movements as well as non-Muslim scholars and interlocutors to offer a path toward the reintegration of Muslim regions into a prosperous and stable civilization. Particularly in the Muslim world, the Ummatics Institute bridges the gap between the madrasa, the mosque, the university, the public sphere, and policy think tanks. We believe that apart from a religious and moral imperative, the quest for comprehensive unity among Muslim societies that respects diversity is the prerequisite for confident spiritual renewal, intellectual reform, and economic prosperity. In its best moments, the Islamic caliphates of the past were uncompromisingly Islamic yet also tolerant, diverse, and open to the vastness of human experience and knowledge. The rapidly evolving global order and the challenges threatening humanity present unique opportunities and beckon us to the need and possibility of this bold vision.
Ummatics’ Core Values:
- Islam: Our motivation and methods for this project are grounded in the Quran, Sunnah and mainstream Islamic tradition.
- Intellectual Rigor and Openness: We believe that the best ideas are the fruit of exacting/thorough scholarship that is open to learning/benefit from all sides/sources.
- Bold Thinking: We believe that challenging the status quo requires courageous thinking.
- Collaboration: We believe that a Muslim unity project requires multiple, mutually reinforcing efforts in various domains.
- Practicality: We believe that real problems require concrete solutions that take the world into consideration as it is.
Transparency: We believe in openness and accountability in all aspects of our work.
Indeed, this ummah of yours is one ummah, and I am your Lord, so serve Me ˹alone˺.Surat al-Anbiya 92