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 37

THE BELIEF CONCERNING THE DENIAL OF EXCESS (ghuluww) AND DELEGATION (tafwid)

Says the Shaykh Abu Ja'far: Our belief concerning those who exceed the bounds of belief (ghal, pl. ghulat) and those who believe in delegation (al-mufawwida) is that they are deniers (kuffar) of Allah, Glory be to His name. They are more wicked than the Jews, the Christians, the Fire-Worshippers, the Qadarites or the Kharijites (Haruriya), or any of the heretics (ahlu'1-bid'a) or those who hold views which lead astray (al ahwa'u 'l-madilla). None have belittled Allah more, Glory be to Him; as Allah says: "It is not possible for any human being unto whom Allah has given the scripture and wisdom and the prophethood that he should afterwards have said unto mankind: Be slaves of me instead of Allah; but (what he said was): Be ye faithful servants of the Lord by virtue of your constant teaching of the Scripture and of your constant study thereof" [3, 79]. "And he commanded you not that ye should take the angels and the prophets for lords. Would he command you to disbelieve after ye had become Muslims?" [ibid., 80].

And He said, Mighty and Glorious is He: "Do not be excessive in your belief" (4,171; 5,77].

Our belief concerning the Prophet is that he was poisoned during the expedition of Khaybar. The poison continued to be noxious to him until it cut his aorta and then he died from its effects.

And the Prince of Believers, on whom be peace, was murdered by 'Abdu'r-Rahman b. Muljam al-Murad, may Allah curse him, and he was buried in Ghari. [I IMAM]

And Hasan b. 'Ali, on both of whom be peace, he was poisoned by his wife Ja'da bint Ash'ath of Kinda, may Allah curse them both, and he died on account of that. [II IMAM]

And Husayn b. 'Ali was slain at Karbala. His murderer was Sinan b. Anas an-Nakha'i, the curse of Allah on them both. [III IMAM]

And 'Ali b. Husayn, the Sayyid Zaynu'1-'Abidin, was poisoned by al-Walid b. 'Abdu'l-Malik, may Allah curse him. [IV IMAM]

And Muhammad al-Baqir b. 'Ali was poisoned by Ibrahim b. al-Walid, may Allah curse him. [V IMAM]

And Ja'far as-Sadiq was poisoned by Abu Ja'far al-Mansur ad-Dawaniqi, may Allah curse him. [VI IMAM]

And Musa al-Kazim b. Ja'far was poisoned by Harun ar-Rashid, may Allah curse him. [VII IMAM]

And 'Ali ar-Rida b. Musa was poisoned by Ma'mun, may Allah curse him. [VIII IMAM]

And Abu Ja'far Muhammad at-Taqi b. 'Ali was poisoned by al-Mu'tasim, may Allah curse him. [IX IMAM]

And 'Ali an-Naqi b. Muhammad was poisoned by al'Mutawakkil, may Allah curse him. [X IMAM]

And Hasan al-'Askari b. 'Ali was poisoned by al-Mu'tamid, may Allah curse him. [lXI IMAM]

And our belief is that these events actually occurred, and that there was no doubt in the minds of the people regarding the Imams' affairs, as some of those who exceed the bounds (of belief) allege. On the contrary the people witnessed their murder really and truly, and not by conjecture (hisban) or fancy (khaylula) or doubt (shakk) or false allegation (tuhma). He who asserts that some person or persons were substituted for one of the Irnams, or some of them, is not of our religion and we have nothing in common with him.

And verily the Prophet and Imams, on whom be peace, had informed (people) that they would all be murdered. He who says that they were not murdered has verily given them the lie. And he who declares them to be false has imputed falsehood to Allah, the Mighty and Glorious, and denied Him and goes out of Islam. "And whoso seeketh religion other than al-Islam, it shall not be accepted from him, and he will be a loser in the Hereafter." [3, 85]

And Imam 'Ali ar-Rida, on whom be peace, used to say in his prayer: 0 God, I seek absolution from Thee in respect of Thy Strength and Power. There is neither strength nor power save in Thee. 0 God, I declare myself before Thee as having nothing to do with those who assert in respect of us things which we ourselves do not know. O God, to Thee belongs creation and Thou possessest the power of command; "Thee (alone) do we worship and from Thee do we seek help" [1, 4]. 0 God, Thou art our Creator, and the Creator of our ancestors, near and remote. 0 God, none deserves lordship save Thee; and divinity befits none except to Thee. So do Thou curse the Christians who belittled Thy greatness, and do Thou curse those who declare Thee to resemble Thy Creature. O God, verily we are Thy slaves and the sons of Thy slaves. We have no power over ourselves in respect of profit, loss, death, life or resurrection (nushur).

0 God, he who asserts that we (the Imams) have the power of creation and providing (for mankind), - we (Imams) seek absolution from Thee in respect of him, an absolution similar to that of Jesus, son of Mary, in respect of the Christians. 0 God, we have never called upon them to assert what they do assert; so do not punish us for what they say and forgive us for what they allege. "My Lord! leave not one of the disbelievers in the land" [71, 26]. "If Thou shouldst leave them, they will mislead Thy slaves and will beget none save lewd ingrates" [ibid., 27].

And it is related from Zurara that he said: I said to Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq that a man from among the descendants of 'Abdu'l-lah b. Saba' is a believer in (the doctrine of) delegation (tafwid). And he said: And what is tafwid? I (Zurara) said: According to him Allah, the Mighty and Glorious, (in the first instance) created Muhammad and 'Ali, and then delegated the matter (of creation) to them, and these two created and gave sustenance, and caused life and death. The Imam said: He, the enemy of Allah, has lied. When you return to him recite to him the verse of the Chapter of The Thunder: "Or assign they unto Allah partners who created the like of His creation so that the creation (which they made and His creation) seemed alike to them? Say: Allah is the Creator of all things, and He is the One, the Al-mighty" [13, 16]. Then I went to the man and informed him of what Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq had said: And he became as if I had forced him to swallow stones or as though he were struck dumb.

Now. (undoubtedly) Allah has delegated matters concernmg religion to His Prophet and He, the Mighty and Glorious, says: "And whatsoever the Messenger giveth you, take it. And whatsoever he forbiddeth, abstain (from it)" [59, 7]. And this (that is, religjous authority) has also been delegated to the Imams.

The sign of the Delegators (al-mufawwida) and the Extremists (al-ghulat) and their likes is the belief that their Shaykhs and ulema have attributed less than their due (to the Imams). And the sign of the Hallajites among the Extremists is the claim of Manifestation (tajalli ) in their devotion, in spite of their doctrinal belief in the abandonment of prayer and all the obligatory acts (fara'id) and (also) their claim of knowing the Most High Names of Allah and their claim of the incarnation (intiba') of the Divine Being in bodily shape for them. For according to them the saint (wali), when he is purified and knows their religion, becomes more excellent than the Prophets. Their distinguishing characteristic is the claim that they know alchemy. They know nothing of it, except the counterfeiting and silvering of brass and lead (for deceiving) Muslims. 0 God, do not include us among them and curse them.

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