Monday 20th August 2018
Mon 20 Aug
19:00 - 20:00 Martial Arts
Ladies Soft Karate Tai Chi

SICM is offering a unique blend of exercise and wellbeing classes, run by Junjokai. The class is suitable for ladies aged 9 to 65+ years, all fitness levels and various disabilities.

- Health & Fitneess
- Self Discipline
- Mindful Meditation
- Mind, Body & Spirit Exercise

Cost is £20 for 5 sessions or £5 for a one off session.

Please register or contact for more information
Tue 21 Aug
No events for today
Wed 22 Aug
06:45 - 08:15 Eid
6.45am Dua Nudba
7.15am Eid prayers led by Shaykh Zoheir Esmail
7.40am Eid Khutbas
8.00am Refreshments
18:15 - 19:15 Martial Arts
Karate & Taekwondo classes for children aged 7-15. Only £4 a session. To register, please e-mail
21:00 - 22:00 Bouldering
Bouldering sessions at HarrowWall

The sessions are run on a pay as you go basis and the cost includes entry/climbing, shoe and chalk bag hire. Cost per session is £5.

To register your interest in joining the bouldering club, click here to complete this form .
Thu 23 Aug
20:10 - 21:20 Thursday Programme
Du'a Kumayl followed by Salaat, Ziyarat and Refreshments.
Fri 24 Aug
20:09 - 21:30 Friday Programme
Salaat followed by Quran recitation and the main talk by Sibtain Panjwani on The Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Community Diaspora: An Exploratory Overview.

This exploratory talk will provide some reflection about the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Community diaspora which is part of the global Indian community. It will begin by providing a rationale and conceptual framework used for the study and delve briefly into the circumstances under which the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheries had to migrate from India and then emigrate to East-Africa, Europe, Canada, United States of America and elsewhere. It will explore the extent of acculturation and transformation that affected the community, its current challenges and whether it is able to overcome them.

Dr. Sibtain Panjwani, former Secretary General of the World Federation of KSIMC (1996 to 2003) is the founder of The Awakening Project For KSI Muslim Community. It is a worldwide grassroots-orientated initiative that seeks participation and reform from community members themselves. Having qualified as a dentist from the University of Manchester and obtained his MA in Medical Law and Ethics from Kings College London and a PhD in Law from the University of Essex, he went on to work closely with the late President - Marhum Mulla Asgherali M M Jaffer at the World Federation. After his death, Dr. Sibtain Panjwani continued to be active in Shii and wider Muslim community affairs. He also has a special interest in bioethics in Islam having taught undergraduate student at The Islamic College, London. He has published journal articles on bioethics as well as on dental legal issues. He currently operates on a freelance basis in both Muslim community life and the wider academic environment.
Sat 25 Aug
09:00 - 11:00 Bouldering
Bouldering sessions at HarrowWall

The sessions are run on a pay as you go basis and the cost includes entry/climbing, shoe and chalk bag hire. Cost per session is £5.

To register your interest in joining the bouldering club, click here to complete this form .
Sun 26 Aug
07:00 - 08:00 Salaam Centre Meeting
Issues relating to The Salaam Centre. All are welcome. Breakfast will be served.
08:00 - 09:00 Tafsir classes
Tafsir classes are on hold this week.



  Says the Shaykh: The Prince of Believers, 'Ali, on whom be peace, was asked: Describe death to us. He said: You have, indeed, accidentally come to one who is well informed! It (death) brings to the person dying one of three things - either tidings of perpetual bliss, or of everlasting misery, or fear and dread. Or an uncertainty (amrun mubhamun), if he (the dying person) does not know to which section he belongs. Now as for our friend and the follower of our command, he will be the recipient of the good tidings of perpetual bliss; and as for our enemy and one who opposed our claim, he will be given tidings of eternal misery: but one whose affair is doubtful, that is one who does not know his own mind, he is a believer who is prodigal regarding his own affairs (al-muamin al-musrif ala nafsihi), not knowing what his condition will be. Good comes to him after doubt and dread. Then Allah will never mingle him with our enemies, but will take him out of the Fire by our intercession. So act (righteously) and obey (Allah) and do not rely solely upon yourselves, and do not belittle the punishment of Allah. For verily, he, who does not obtain our intercession except after 300,000 years of Allah's chastisement, is to be counted amongst the wasteful (musrifin)

 Imam Hasan b. Ali b. Abi Talib was asked: What is this death, concerning which people are ignorant ? He said: It is the greatest joy which comes upon the believers when they go from this house of affliction to eternal bliss. And it is the greatest tribulation which comes upon the infidels when they go from their paradise (the earth) to a Fire which abates not, nor is it extinguished.

 When Imam Husayn b. Ali b. Abi Talib was hard pressed, those who were with him looked at him, and behold ! he was totally different from them. Because when in great difficulty their colour changed and they trembled with fear, and their hearts were filled with trepidation, and their sides began to throb, Imam Husayn and some of his particular companions had bright faces, restful limbs and complete peace of mind. Then some of them said to others: Look at him, he does not care for death. Then Husayn said to them: Patience, O scions of nobility! For what is death, but a bridge by which you cross over from misfortune and harm to spacious gardens and eternal favours ? Now which of you would dislike to proceed from a prison to a palace? And as for these, your enemies, they are like people who go from a palace to a prison and to a painful torment. Verily, concerning this my father (Ali) related to me from my grandfather, the Messenger of Allah: Forsooth the world is a prison for the believer and a paradise for the unbeliever, and death is the bridge for the former to their gardens, and for the latter, to their hell-fire. And he did not lie nor do I.

 Imam 'Ali (Zaynu'l 'Abidin) b. al-Husayn was asked: What is death ? He said: For the believer it is like taking off clothes which arc dirty and lousy; or breaking heavy shackles and fetters, and changing into the most gorgeous and perfumed of apparel, and (riding on) well-trained mounts, and (alighting in) familiar resting-places. And for the unbeliever, it is the pulling off of gorgeous apparel and changing into the most filthy and coarse clothing ; and the transportation from familiar places to the wildest resting-places and the greatest torment.

 Imam Muhammad al-Baqir was asked: What is death? He said: It is the sleep which comes to you every night, except that it is of long duration. The sleeper does not awake from it except on the day of Resurrection. Some see in their sleep certain kinds of joy the worth whereof cannot be estimated; others, certain kinds of terrors, which are beyond the pale of estimation. How then can his condition (be described) who may be happy or fearful in death? This then is death, so be prepared for it.


Imam Jafar as-Sadiq was asked: Describe death to us. He said: To the believer it is like the most perfumed breeze, which he inhales and then doses off on account of the perfume, and his weariness and pain disappear from him. To the unbeliever it is like the biting of vipers and the stinging of scorpions; nay, it is even more painful. He was then told: There are some people who say that it is more painful than being sawed (with a saw), or being cut by scissors, or being crushed (to death) by stones, or the circular motion by the pivots of hand-mills in the pupils of the eye. He, on whom be peace, said: such is the travail of death on some of the unbelievers and sinners. Do you not see that among them are those who have witnessed such calamities ? Now that death is more painful than this and is more painful than all the worldly torments.


He was asked: Why is it that we see (occasionally) an unbeliever, who at the moment of death is not in pain. and who dies while he is relating (stories) or laughing or talking; and the same is the case with some believers. Again both among the believers and unbelievers there are some who endure hardships during the pangs of death. He said: Whatever happiness the believer enjoys is part of his early reward; and whatever pain he suffers is the forgiveness of his sins. so that he may arrive in the next world in a state of cleanliness, purity and spotlessness, fit for the reward of Allah. and without there being anything to keep him from it. And whatever of ease is to be found in the case of some unbeliever is the compensation for his good actions in this world, so that when he arrives in the next world, there remains naught to him save that which brings torment on him. And whatever of distress comes upon an unbeliever there (at the moment of death) is the commencement of the punishment of Allah, inasmuch as (the reward) of his good actions is at an end. That is because Allah, the Mighty and Glorious, is just and does not act wrongfully.


Imam Musa b. Jafar al-Kazim visited a person while he was perspiring during the pangs of death and unable to answer anyone who called him. (Seeing this the persons round about) said: 0 son of the Messenger of Allah, we wish to know what the condition of our friend is and what death is. He said: Verily death is a purifier, it purifies the believers from sins; and it is the last pain which afflicts them, and the atonement of the last sin (or burden) upon them; whereas death separates the unbelievers from their good actions, and is the last delight or favour or comfort which reaches them. It is the last reward in respect of their good acts. As for your companion, he is completely purged from sins, and completely purified from crimes. He is cleansed so that he is pure - pure as a garment purified of its filth - and is made fit to associate with us, the People of the House, in our house, the Abode of Eternity.


One of the companions of the Imam Ali ar-Rida, on whom be peace, fell ill. Imam ar-Rida went to visit him and said to him:

How do you find yourself? He said: I met death after you (left me), meaning the severity of the pain which befell him. The Imam said: how did you find it ? He said: (It was) a severe pain. The Imam said: You did not meet death, but what befell you was something to warn and acquaint you with some of its aspects. Verily, mankind may be divided into two classes: those who find rest in death (mustarih bi'l-mawt), and those who give rest (to others) by it (mustarh bi'l-mawt). So renew your faith in Allah, in the Prophethood (of Muhammad) and in the walaya (of the Imams) and you will be among those who find rest in it (death). The man acted accordingly - and this story is long and we have taken from it what was necessary.


Imam Muhammad b. Ali b. Musa ar-Rida was asked: What is the matter with these Muslims that they dislike death? He said: They are ignorant of it an therefore they dislike it. If they possessed knowledge of it and were true friends (awliya) of Allah, they would love it, and would surely know that the other world is better for them than this.


Then he (the Imam) said: 0 slave of God Why does a child or a mad man refuse to take the medicine which cleanses his body and removes his pain? The questioner said: Because they are ignorant of the benefits of the medicine.


He (Imam ar-Rida) said: I swear by Him Who sent Muhammad as a prophet of truth, may the peace and blessings of Allah be on him, verily as for those who prepare themselves for death as they really should, death will be more beneficial to them for curing themselves than this medicine. Lo! if only they knew what blessings death wouldl bring them. they would call out for it and desire it even more than the wise and resolute man (hazim) desires his medicine for the removal of his calamities and the recovery of his well-being.


Imam Ali b. Muhammad (b. All b. Musa ar-Rida) once visited one of his companions who was weeping and wailing for fear of death. Thereupon he, peace be on him, said: O slave of Allah, you fear death because you do not possess any knowledge about it. What say you ? -When you find your clothes filthy and loathsome and you suffer from excess of filth and dirt, and are full of wounds and scabs, and you know that a bath in a public bath (hammam) will remove all these from you, would you not wish to enter it and bathe so that all that filth may disappear? And would you not like to enter it and bathe so that the wounds and scabs should disappear from you? The man said: Yea, 0 son of the Messenger of Allah. The Imam said: This death is the hammam and it is the last portion of what remains against you of the forgiveness of your sins and your purification from your evil actions. For when you will enter upon it (death) and cross over it you will be saved from all grief and anxiety and injury and you will have attained complete joy and gladness. Then the man became quiet and cheerful and resigned himself, and closed his eyes and went on his way.


And Imam Hasan b. Ali was asked concerning death and he said: It is the verification of things that have not yet happened. My father has reported a tradition to mc concerning it. He (my father) related from his father (who related in turn) from his grandfather, (who related in turn) froin Imam Jafar as-Sadiq, that he said: Verily the true believer, when he dies, dies not in fact; it is the unbeliever who really dies, for Allah the Mighty and Glorious says: "Thou bringest the living out of the dead and Thou bringest the dead out of the living " {3, 26; cp. 6, 95; 10, 32; 30, 18]; that is, the true believer from the unbeliever and the unbeliever from the true believer. And he (Imam Ja'far) said: There came a man to the Prophet and said, "I do not know what has happened to me that I do not like death". The Prophet said: Have you any property? The man replied, "Yes". The Prophet said: Have you ever made offerings in charity? He said: "No". The Prophet said: It is on this account that you dislike death.


And he (Imam Ja'far) said: A man went to Abu Dharr (al-Ghifari) and asked: Why is it that we dislike death? He said: Because you have built for this a world and ruined (your prospects for) the next, and men dislike to shift from a settled habitation to a ruin.


And he (Abu Dharr) was asked: What do you think of our return to Allah, Who is Exalted above all? He said: As for the virtuous, he will be like one who being absent returns to his own people. And as for the wicked, he will be like a runaway slave returning to his master in fear and dread. He was asked: What think you of our plight before Allah? He said: judge of your actions in terms of the Book of Allah when it says: "Surely amid delights shall the righteous dwell, and verily the impure in Hell-fire" [86, 13-14]. Said a man: Then where is the mercy of Allah? He said: "Verily the mercy of Allah is nigh unto the righteous '' [7, 54].

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