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
 

CHAPTER 15

THE BELIEF CONCERNING SOULS (nufus) AND SPIRITS (arwah)

 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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