Friday 22nd September 2017
 
 
Fri 22 Sep
20:00 - 22:00 Muharram
Dramatic presentation and discussion about Imam Husayn in the Eye of Intimacy, Conversation and Divine Love

We welcome Shaykh Luqman Ali and Eleanor Martin from Khayaal Theatre as they present about Imam Husayn in the Eye of Intimacy, Conversation and Divine Love.

As a founding members of Khayaal, Eleanor and Luqman have researched, produced, devised, directed, and performed for the Company since its inception.

20:00 Salaat
20:25 Qur'an recitation
20:30 Introduction by Luqman Ali
20:40 Dramatic Story Telling by Eleanor Martin
21:05 Reflections by Luqman Ali
21:15 Conversations of Karbala

For more on the Muharram programme, click here
Sat 23 Sep
20:00 - 22:00 Muharram
Dramatic presentation and discussion about Imam Husayn in the Eye of Intimacy, Conversation and Divine Love

We welcome Shaykh Luqman Ali and Eleanor Martin from Khayaal Theatre as they present about Imam Husayn in the Eye of Intimacy, Conversation and Divine Love.

As a founding members of Khayaal, Eleanor and Luqman have researched, produced, devised, directed, and performed for the Company since its inception.

20:00 Salaat
20:25 Qur'an recitation
20:30 Introduction by Luqman Ali
20:40 Dramatic Story Telling by Eleanor Martin
21:05 Reflections by Luqman Ali
21:15 Conversations of Karbala

For more on the Muharram programme, click here
Sun 24 Sep
07:00 - 08:00 Salaam Centre Meeting
Join us as we discuss issues relating to The Salaam Centre. All are welcome. Breakfast will be served.
09:30 - 12:30 Tuition Classes
Tuition classes
Every Sunday, Tuition classes for Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology will be taking place for years 9-13.

For more details, visit http://www.sicm.org.uk/tuition - or email tuition@sicm.org.uk
09:45 - 13:00 Husayni Madrasah
Classes in Quran, Arabic, Fiqh, Islamic History and Current Affairs for children aged 3 and over.


For more information, visit http://www.husaynimadrasah.co.uk
20:00 - 22:00 Muharram
Dramatic presentation and discussion about Imam Husayn in the Eye of Intimacy, Conversation and Divine Love

We welcome Shaykh Luqman Ali and Eleanor Martin from Khayaal Theatre as they present about Imam Husayn in the Eye of Intimacy, Conversation and Divine Love.

As a founding members of Khayaal, Eleanor and Luqman have researched, produced, devised, directed, and performed for the Company since its inception.

20:00 Salaat
20:25 Qur'an recitation
20:30 Introduction by Luqman Ali
20:40 Dramatic Story Telling by Eleanor Martin
21:05 Reflections by Luqman Ali
21:15 Conversations of Karbala

For more on the Muharram programme, click here
Mon 25 Sep
20:00 - 22:00 Muharram
Reflections on the sacrifices of Imam Al Husayn and the Noble House of the Messenger; lessons in faith, selflessness and hope in darkness for our lives and times

We welcome Shaykh Shafi Chowdhury from the Sunni community.

Sheikh Shafi Chowdhury graduated from one of the UK's oldest Islamic seminaries where he read classical disciplines including Shariah studies, Tafsir, and Hadith, with associated usul. Since graduating in 2002 he has worked extensively within a wide range of Muslim communities as an imam and educator. He has served as a Muslim Chaplain in the Prison Service and currently serves as a consultant to the Home Office and HMPPS on the development and delivery of programmes for Islamic spiritual learning and countering extremist narratives.

20:00 Salaat
20:25 Qur'an recitation
20:30 Lecture by Shaykh Shafi Chowdhury
21:10 Questions and Answers
21:15 Conversations of Karbala
For more on the Muharram programme, click here
Tue 26 Sep
20:00 - 22:00 Muharram
Title TBC

We welcome Shaykh Fazl e Mohammed, who studied Islamic sciences at Jamia Al Karam and completed the darse nizami at Dar al-Uloom Qadria Jilania, London. He also holds a LLB (Hons) degree. He undertook hadith studies at Dar al-Uloom Jamia Hanafia Sialkot, Pakistan.

Currently he is the Head of Faith and Pastoral Care at HMP Nottingham and delivers lectures/classes on Islamic studies across the country.


20:00 Salaat
20:25 Qur'an recitation
20:30 Talk by Shaykh Fazl e Mohammed
21:15 Conversations of Karbala

For more on the Muharram programme, click here
Wed 27 Sep
20:00 - 22:00 Muharram
The Historical legacy of Imam Husayn

We welcome Dr. Arzina Lalani, from the Ismaili community, who will be talking to us about the Historical Legacy of Imam Husayn (AS).

Dr. Arzina R Lalani received her doctorate in 1988 from the Department of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Edinburgh. Formerly a recipient of the Institute's Visiting Research Fellowship (1999-2000) she is currently a Research Associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. A specialist in early and medieval Arabic Literature, she focuses on multi-dimensional aspects of Shii thought. Her work Early Shii Thought: The Teachings of Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (London, 2000) won prestigious literary awards in London and Iran.

he has previously taught Hadith literature at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Cambridge, served as a mentor in Arabic at DeMontfort University and lectures on Shii Studies at The Institute of Ismaili Studies.

20:00 Salaat
20:25 Qur'an recitation
20:30 Lecture by Dr. Arzina Lalani
21:10 Questions and Answers
21:15 Conversations of Karbala

For more on the Muharram programme, click here
Thu 28 Sep
19:30 - 22:00 Muharram
Three approaches to understanding Islamic teachings: Deontic, Purposive and Virtue Sharia

We welcome Professor Seyed Mohammad Ghari Fatemi for a series of talks looking at Three approaches to understanding Islamic teachings: Deontic, Purposive and Virtue Sharia

Seyed Fatemi spent thirteen years studying to the highest level in the traditional educational seminaries of Qum under the direct instruction of some of the leading scholars of the present day. Alongside his traditional education Seyed Fatemi was also trained in Public Law at Tehran University.

Seyed Fatemi's teaching and research interests include; the Philsophical foundations of human rights, International and comparative Human rights, Islam and Human Rights, Usul al-Fiqh and Hermeneutics, the History and Development of Fiqh, and Muslim Theology. He has written various publications on these matters as well as two volumes on human rights in the contemporary world.

19:00 Salat
20:00 Dua Kumayl
20:25 Qur'an recitation
20:30 Lecture by Professor Fatemi
21:10 Questions and Answers
21:15 Conversations of Karbala

For more on the Muharram programme, click here
 

TRACT ON THE BELIEFS OF THE SHIA IMAMIYA

In the name of Allah, Thc Merciful, The Compassionate. All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the worlds, Single is He and without associate; and may the blessings of Allah and His greetings be upon Muhammad and his excellent and pure progeny. Sufficient for us is Allah, and He is the best of Agents and the best of those on whom we rely.

CHAPTER 1

ON THE NATURE OF THE BELIEF OF THE IMAMIYA CONCERNING tawhid (THE UNITY OF GOD)

Says the learned Abu Ja'far Muhammad b. 'Ali b. Husayn b. Musa Ibn Babawayhi al-Qummi, the jurist, the author of this book: Know that our belief concerning tawhid is that Allah, exalted is He, is one (wahid) and absolutely unique (ahad). There is naught like unto Him; He is Prior (qadim); He never was non-existent and never will be; He is the Hearing and the Seeing One; the Omniscient ('alim), the Wise; the Living, the Everlasting, the Mighty ('aziz), the Holy (quddus), the Knowing One ('aalim), the Powerful, the Self-Sufficient (ghani). He cannot be described by His Essence (jawhar); His Body (jism); His Form (sura), or by His Accidental Qualities ('arad). Nor in terms of length (khatt), breadth ('ard), surface (sath), weight (thiqal), lightness (khiffa), quiescence (sukun), motion (haraka), place (makdn) or time (zarnan). He, exalted is He, transcends all the attributes of His creatures; He is beyond both the limitations (hadd) of transcendence (ibtal) and of immanence (tashbih). He is a Thing (shay'), but not like other things. He is Unique (ahad), Eternal Refuge (samad), He begets not, lest He may be inherited; nor is He begotten, lest He may be associated (with others). There is no one like unto Him; He has no equal (nidd) or opponent (didd), compeer (shibh) or consort (sahibah). Nothing can be compared with Him (mithl); He has no rival (nazir), no partner (sharik). "Human eyes cannot behold Him; while He discerns (the power of) eyes." The thoughts of men cannot compass Him; while He is aware of them. "Slumber overtakes Him not, nor sleep" [2, 255]; and He is the Gracious {latif) and the Knowing One (khabir), the Creator (khaliq) of all things. There is no diety (ilah) other than Him; to Him (alone) belongs (the power of) creation (khalq) and authority (amr). Blessed (tabaraka) is Allah, the Lord of the worlds. And he who believes in tashbih (immanence) is a polytheist (mushrik). And he, who attributes to the Imamis (beliefs) other than those that have been stated concerning the Unity of Allah (tawhid), is a liar. And every report (khabar) contrary to what I have stated concerning tawhid is an invention (mawdu'/mukhtara'). Every tradition (hadith) which does not accord with the Book of Allah is null and void (batil), and if it is to be found in the books of our doctors, it is apocryphal (mudallas).

As for the reports (akhbar) which lead ignorant persons to imagine that Allah is comparable to His creatures, their meanings can be understood by the significance of similar passages in the Qur'an. For example, in the Qur'an (we have): "Everything is perishable except His Face (wajh)" [28,88]. Now the meaning of wajh, in this context, is din (religion). And wajh is that whereby Allah is attained and wherewith one can turn to Him .

And in the Qur'an (we have): "On the day when the leg shall be bared and they shall be summoned to prostrate themselves, but they cannot; humbled shall be their eyes, and abasement shall overspread them for they had been summoned to prostrate themselves while they were yet unhurt" [68,42-43]. Now saq (leg) means the result or consummation of the affair and its intensity.

And (there occurs) in the Qur'an: "Lest a soul should say: Oh woe to me! for what I neglected in my duty (janb) towards Allah!" [39, 56]. Here janb means obedience.

And (we have) in the Qur'an: "And I breathed into it of My spirit" [15, 29]. Now that spirit (ruh) was created by Him, and Allah had breathed of it into Adam and Jesus. He only said: "My ruh" and He said: "My house"; "My slave", "My garden", "My fire", and "My earth".

And in the Qur'an (we have): " Nay both His hands are outspread " [5, 69]; by which is meant " the good of this world and the good of the next world".

And in the Qur'an (we have): "And the sky, We built it by (Our) hands" [51, 47]. Now ayd (hand) means "strength". And similarly, His Word, exalted is He: "And remember Our slave David, possessed of ayd" [38, 18] - that is, possessed of strength (quwwa). And in the Qur'an (we have): "0! Iblis, what prevents thee from adoring, what I have created with my two Hands" [38,75]. (By two hands), He means "My power and My strength (qudra, quwwa)." And in the Qur'an (we have): ''And on the Day of Resurrection the whole of the earth (will be) in His possession (qabda)" [39,67]; that is to say, it will be His property and no one will share the earth with Him. And in the Qur'an (we have): "And the Heavens shall be rolled up, in His right hand (yamin)" [39, 67]. (By "right hand") is meant "His power" (qudra).

And in the Qur'an (we have): "And Thy Lord shall come, while the angels shall be arranged rank on rank" [89, 23]. This means that "the command" of Thy Lord shall come.

And in the Qur'an (we have): "Faces on that day shall be bright (nadira), gazing (nazira) on their Lord" [75, 22-23] That means (the faces) will be lighted up (mushriqa), looking at their Lord's reward.

And in the Qur'an (we have): "And he on whom my wrath descends is lost" [20,83]. Now the wrath of Allah is His punishment and His pleasure is His reward.

And (we have) in the Qur'an: "Thou knowest what is in my soul, but I know not what is in Thy soul" [5, 116]; that is, Thou hast knowledge of my inermost secrets, but I have no knowledge of Thy secrets.

And in the Qur'an (we have): Allah biddeth you beware of Himself (nafs)" [3,27]; by nafs He means His revenge.

And (we have) in the Qur'an: "Verily Allah and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet" [33, 56], and also: "He it is who blesseth you, and His angels (bless you)" [33,42]. Now salat from Allah means His mercy; and (salat) from angels is (their) asking for (your) pardon and purification; and (salat) from men is prayer (du'a).

We have in the Qur'an: "And they (the unbelievers or Jews) schemed, and Allah schemed (against them), and Allah is the best of schemers" [3, 47]; and also: "Verily the hypocrites seek to beguile Allah, but it is ,Allah Who beguileth them" [4,141]; and: " Allah doth mock them " [2, 14]; and we have: "Allah will deride at (sakhira) them " [9, 80]; and we have: "They have forgotten Allah, so He hath forgotten them" [9, 68]. And the meaning of all this is that He, the Glorious and Mighty, shall requite them for their scheming (makr), beguiling (mukhada'a) mockery (istihza'), and forgetfulness (nisyan); and that is, He will make them forget themselves, as He, the Mighty and Glorious, has said: "And be not ye as those who forgot Allah, therefore He caused them to forget their souls " [59,19]. For in reality Allah, the Glorious and Mighty, does not scheme, nor does He beguile, deride, or forget. Exalted is Allah beyond all this by His Greatness and Glory.

In our traditions which are attacked by our opponents and heretics, there do not occur any words except similar to these, and their meaning is the meaning of the words of the Qur'an.

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