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

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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

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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
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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

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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

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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

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THE AUTHOR

 Shaykh Saduq ibn Babawayhi is universally regarded among the Ithna 'Ashari Shi'a as one of their foremost doctors and traditionists. Professor E.G. Browne, in discussing the founders of the Shi'a theology, says "The most important of these earlier divines are 'the three Muhammads', al-Kulayni (Muhammad b. Ya'qub, d. 329/ 941), Ibn Babawayhi (Muhammad b. 'Ali b. Musa, d. 381/

991-2) and the already mentioned Tusi (Muhammad b. Hasan, d. 460/1067). Of these the first composed the Kafi, the second Man la Yahduruhu'l-faqih (a title which approximates in sense to our familiar 'Every man his own Lawyer'), and the third the Istibsar and the Tahdhibu'1-Ahkam, which are known collectively amongst the Shi'a as 'the Four Books' (al-Kutubu'1-arba 'a) and of which the full particulars will be found in the above-mentioned Kashfu'1-H ujub".

 Considering the high repute in which he is held, the early times in which he lived, the great influence he had on later theologians and traditionists, and the numerous works which are attributed to him, it is very unfortunate that the earliest works which give an account of his life are extremely brief and give us no indication whatever of his character, his studies, his travels and his life. Thus, at the end of our enquiry, we are faced with the problem of writing the account of a man, the whole of whose life is summarized by Tusi in about four lines (Tusy, List, 204) and by Najashi in three lines at the beginning and two lines at the end (Rijal. 276,279). Thus Browne is fully justified in observing that "The older 'Books of the Men' (Kutubu'r-Rijal), such as the works of at-Tusi and an-Najashi, are generally very jejune, and suited for reference rather than reading".

 The two earliest sources for the life of Ibn Babawayhi are Shaykhut-Ta'ifa Muhammad b. Hasan b. 'Ali at-Tusi, b. 385/995, d. 460/1067. His Fihrist was published by A. Sprenger in the Bibliotheca Indica, Calcutta, in 1853 - 1855, under the title of Tusy's List of Shy'ah Books and Alam al-Hoda 's Notes on Shy'ah Biography. It has always been considered an early and reliable authority.

 The second source is Ahmad b. 'Ali an-Najashi, b. 372/982, d. 450/1063. His Kitabu'r-Rijal (Bombay, 1317/1899-1900) is a very useful book of reference, and is particularly exhaustive as regards lists of works written by each author. On a comparison of these two, Najashi will be found to be the better and more detailed work, as has been pointed out by Sprenger. Najashi gives a very comprehensive list of the Shaykh's works.

 The later works of reference, like Qisasu'1-'Uluma', Amalu'1-Amil, Muntaha'1-Maqal and others repeat with certain additions the information given in the earlier works. It is therefore safe to treat Tusi and Najashi as the basic authorities.

 Of later works, I have made the fullest use of Rawdatu'l-Jannat by Muhammad Baqir b. Hajji Zaynu'l-Abidin al-Musawi al-Khwansari (lithographed Tehran, 1306/1888). This is the most scholarly and comprehensive of modem authorities, and as far as can be ascertained from the Imami scholars themselves, they place great reliance on it. The account of Shaykh Saduq, although it extends to four pages (557-560), consists mainly of a discussion of his views, opinions on his greatness as a doctor of theology, his soundness (being thiqa) as a traditionist, and various other matters, without giving us details of his life or glimpses of his character.

 With regard to his writings, according to Professor E.G. Browne, the Qisasu'1-'Ulama' attributes 189 (iv. 377,405) and Najashi 193 works to the Shaykh Saduq (EL, ji, 366). Tusi however mentions 43 and Rawdatu'1-Jannat, 17 only. In addition to these authorities, such manuscript catalogues as were available in Bombay have been consulted by me and, after dealing with his biography, the results carefully stated.

 Abu Ja'far Muhammad b. Ali b. al-Husayn b. Musa Ibn Babawayhi al-Qummi is generally known as ash-Shaykh as-Saduq. His place of birth is not mentioned either by Tusi or by Najashi, but Donaldson says that he was born at Khorasan. In 355/966 he went to Baghdad, apparently from Khorasan, and died at Rayy in 381/991. Ahlwardt in the Berlin Catalogue says that the date of death is 39l/l00l, and this is followed by some authors. There is however no sufficient authority for this date.

 Of his life and character we know nothing; but of his birth a most entertaining legend is preserved. According to Tusi and Najashi, when in Iraq, his father 'Alii b. al-Husayn Ibn Babawayhi al-Qummi (d. 329/940-941) met Abu'l-Qasim Husayn b. Ruh, who was the third of the four agents of the Hidden Imam during the period of 73 years, 256-339 A. H., and asked him several questions. Thereafter 'Ali wrote a letter to him through Ali b. Ja'far b. al-Aswad in order that the letter might be delivered to the Hidden Imam. In the letter 'Ali asked for a son, to which he received a reply from Husayn b. Ruh that "We have prayed to Allah for it on your behalf and you will be rewarded with two goodly sons". Afterwards two sons were born of a slave girl (min umm walad), Abu Ja'far Muhammad (the celebrated Shaykh Saduq) and Abu Abdi'l-lah Husayn. It is reported from his young brother Husayn that Muhammad used to pride himself on the circumstances of his birth.

 The same story is reported in Rawdatu'l-Jannat with certain variations in two different versions: (1) Abu Ja'far Md. b. 'Ali al-Aswad (not Ali b. Ja'far al-Aswad, as in Tusi and Najashi) was asked to request Ruh to ask the Imam, and no letter was written. (2) Abu Ja'far asked Ruh and was informed after three days that he had prayed for 'Ali and the prayer was accepted.

 'Ali had three sons, Muhammad (Sh. Saduq), Hasan and Husayn. 'Ali was a theologian and divine and taught Shaykh Saduq. Muhammad, the eldest son was the most famous of all. The second brother Hasan was devoted to piety and did not generally mix with the people. The third and youngest brother was Husayn, also a well-known jurist and theologian.

 Shaykh Saduq apparently taught at Baghdad and being a contemporary of the Buwayhid Ruknu'd-Dawla, entered into controversies at his behest. He was well known for his knowledge, memory, justice, intelligence and reliability; and he is universally regarded as a pillar of religion. His authority was accepted by Ibn Ta'us and Shaykh Sulayman among others. Muhammad Baqir-i-Majlisi (who according to E.G. Browne was "one of the greatest, most powerful and most fanatical multahids of the Safawi period", the well-known author of Biharu'1-Anwar, an encyclopaedic work in 25 volumes, d. 1111/ 1699-1700; see Pers. Lit., iv. 403, 409-410) says that his traditions were declared as reliable by a decision of a number of 'Ulama'.

 Strange to say, however, that some have doubted his authority and reliability. In reality this is not the correct view and the author of Rawdatul-Jannat refutes such errant opinions in very spirited language.

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