Tuesday 16th January 2018
Tue 16 Jan
No events for today
Wed 17 Jan
11:00 - 12:00 Mother and Baby Group
Mahfil Mother and Toddler sessions are back on! Join us on Wednesday mornings for play, activities and rhymes.
18:15 - 19:15 Martial Arts
Karate & Taekwondo classes for children aged 7-15. Only £4 a session. To register, please e-mail sports@sicm.org.uk
Thu 18 Jan
20:00 - 21:00 Thursday Programme
Salaat followed by Du'a Kumayl
Fri 19 Jan
20:00 - 22:00 Monthly Personalities
Celebrating the life of Lady Zaynab (AS)

Dinner will be served

8.00pm Salaat
8.20pm Dinner
8:55pm Qasida
9:00pm Qur'an
9.05pm Main talk by Shaykh Mohammed Ali Ismail
9.40pm Questions and Answers

Shaykh Mohammed Ali Ismail, from Peterborough, graduated in Law. He then went to Qum, Iran where he studied in the Hawza for ten years, specialising in Qur'an and Hadith Studies. While in Qum, he regularly taught on short courses and was Manager of the World Federation Islamic Education Board's Qum Office for three years. Having graduated from the Hawza in 2007, he went on to qualify as a professional teacher by completing the Post Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of Portsmouth. He then moved to Damascus, Syria where for two years he taught and trained future Ministers of Religion at the Islamic Institute for Post Graduate Studies. Shaykh Mohammed Ali resettled in the UK in 2010 and is currently Director of Research and Publications and a lecturer and editor at The Islamic College. He also conducts Personal Development Courses in Islamic fields of study and lectures in Islamic centres.
Sat 20 Jan
No events for today
Sun 21 Jan
06:30 - 08:00 Salaam Centre Meeting
Fajr salaat followed by discussing issues relating to The Salaam Centre. All are welcome. Breakfast will be served.
Mon 22 Jan
No events for today



 Says the Shaykh, may the mercy of Allah be on him: Our belief regarding souls (nafs, p1. nufus) is that they are the spirits (ruh, pl. arwah) by which life (hayat) is maintained, and they were the first of created things. This follows from the saying of the Prophet, the blessings of Allah be upon him: The first things which Allah created out of nothing (abdaa) were the blessed and pure souls (al-muqaddasa, al-mutahhara) and compelled them to affirm His unity. Thereafter He created (the rest of creation).

 And concerning the souls, we believe that they were created for eternal existence (baqa), and not for extinction (fana). For the Prophet has said: You were not created for extinction, but for eternal existence and you will only be transferred from one abode to another. Verily the souls are strangers in the earth and imprisoned in the bodies. And our belief concerning them is that after their separation from the bodies, they survive, some of them in happiness, others in torment, until Allah, in His power, causes them to return to their bodies.

 (Once upon a time) Jesus, the son of Mary, said to his disciples: I tell you, forsooth, nothing rises up to heaven except what has come down from it. And Allah, glorious be His praise, says: "And had We willed We would have raised him by their means (that is, by signs), but he clung to the earth and followed his own lust" [7, 175]. Therefore that soul among them which is not raised to the Divine Kingdom remains for ever hurled down in the burning fire (hawiya). And this is because both in Paradise and in Hell, there are stages.

 And the Mighty and Glorious says: "The angels and the Spirit ascend unto Him" [70, 4], and He says: "Lo! the righteous will dwell among gardens and rivers, firmly established in the favour of a Mighty King" [54, 54-55], and He says: "Think not of those who are slain in the way of Allah, as dead. Nay, they are living. With their Lord they provision. Jubilant (are they)" [3, 163-l64]. And He says: "And call not those who are slain in the way of Allah dead" [2, 149]. And the Prophet said: The souls are like a collection of armed forces (junudun mujannadatun) ; those among them that are well acquainted with one another are united; while those who are not, are disunited. And Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq has said: Verily, Allah has inculcated fraternity between souls in the World of Shadows two thousand years prior to the creation of bodies. If our Steadfast Ones (qa'imuna), the People of the House, had been present (at that time), verily the brother who had fraternized in the World of Shadows would have inherited in preference to the real brother.

 And as-Sadiq has said: Verily the souls meet one another in the ethereal world (al-hawa') and make inquiries - about one another. When a soul from the earth approaches them, the souls (in the ethereal world) say: Leave it! for it has come from an awful place. Then they ask it: What did so and so do? Whenever the returned soul said, "He is alive", they hoped to meet him. And whenever the returned soul said that he had died, they said: He has perished, he has perished! And He, Who is Exalted above all, says: "And he on whom my wrath cometh is lost indeed" [20, 83], and He says: "As for him whose balances are light, his mother is hawiya! And knowest thou what that is? A raging fire!" [101,6-8].

The story of the world and its inhabitants is the story of the ocean, the sailor and the ship. Luqman said to his son: 0 my little one, verily the world is a deep sea, in which many people have perished. So make faith (iman) in Allah, the Mighty and Glorious, your ship in it; and the fear of Allah, your provision; and trust in Allah, your sail. And if you are saved, it will be by the mercy of Allah; and if you perish, it will be by your own sins, not because of Allah.

 The most trying moments for the sons of Adam are three: the day of birth, the day of death and the day of resurrection. And Allah has greeted the Prophet Yahya (John) with peace in these moments and said: "Peace on him the day he was born, and the day he dieth, and the day he shall be raised alive!" [19, 15]. And Jesus has greeted himself on these occasions and said: "Peace on me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall he raised alive!" [19, 34].

 And the belief concerning the spirit is that it is not a kind of body, but is a different creation, on account of His word: "And then (We) produced it as another creation" [23, 14].

 And our belief concerning the prophets (ambiya'), the apostles (rusul) and the Imams is that there were five spirits within them: the Holy Spirit (ruhu'l-qudus), the spirit of faith (iman), the spirit of strength (quwwa), the spirit of appetite (shahwa) and the spirit of motion (mudraj). True believers (mu'minin) possess four spirits: the spirit of faith (iman), of strength (quwwa), of appetite (shahwa), and of motion (mudraj). The unbelievers and beasts possess three spirits: the, spirits of strength, appetite and motion. And as for His saying, Exalted is He above all: "They wi1l ask thee concerning the Spirit (ruh). Say: the Spirit is an affair of my Lord" [17, 87]. For verily it is a creation greater than Gabriel and Michael. It always accompanies the Messenger of Allah and the angels and the Imams, and it belongs to the celestial world (malakut). I shall compose a work concerning this subject in which I shall fully comment on the significance of these propositions.

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