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Tuesday, 24 April 2018  
7. Sha'aban 1439

We extend our condolences to the Imam of our time, Al Hujjah Al Mahdi (ATFS) and to you all as we commemorate the great martyrdom of Imam Hussain (AS), his family and the faithful companions who sacrificed their lives to save Islam.

Please see below Safety guidance for Shia Communities in the UK.

  Additional guidance can be found here.

RE: SAFETY GUIDANCE FOR SHIA COMMUNITIES
  • Travelling to Iraq (Ziyaraat)
  • Local Commemoration
  • Safeguarding

Various Shia Muslim community organisations have come together this year to develop guidance for our local communities, to ensure that the British Shia Muslim community is able to commemorate the events of Karbala in a safe and secure manner. With the current political climate of Islamophobia and Shiaphobia, coupled with the threat of Daesh, it is essential that we remain attuned to the sensitivities of our local areas.

Having met and briefed representatives from the National Counter Terrorism and Policing Centre, as well as the Borders Agencies, we have produced the following guidelines for our communities. This also includes updates in relation to developments that have occurred this Muharram. Please do share with other centres and your respective membership.

1.Travelling to Iraq (Ziyaraat)

Summary:

  • Build in extra time when travelling
  • Please be patient and be ready to answer questions if needed.
  • See guidance on children travelling and carrying large amounts of money.

There is currently increased security monitoring those who are travelling to Syria and Iraq (including those travelling via Turkey) to ensure supporters are not going to join the Daesh forces, and similarly others are not going to join the various militias. We are working alongside the National Counter Terrorism and Policing Centre, as well as the Borders Agencies to try and ensure smooth journeys to and from Iraq this year for Ziyaarat.

Please ensure you read the FCO Travel Advice (which is regularly updated) before travelling.https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/iraq

Iraq Travel Advice - www.gov.uk

May Allah (SWT) make our reward and your reward great, at our grief for Imam Husayn (as).

Our condolences to the Imam of our time, Imam al-Mahdi (at), and to all of the lovers of the Ahl al-Bayt (a) worldwide, on these nights of the month of Muharram.

Upcoming Programs

The Jamaat’s next scheduled program will take place tomorrow Friday 21st October being the tenth of Shuhada e Karbala. The program will commence at 8pm with Marshiyya followed by Majlis, Matam and ending with Ziyarat Waritha. The Urdu Majlis will be delivered by Maulana Safi Haider and the English Majlis will be my Syed Zafar Abbas in the Syeda Zainab Building.

 

Gents Majlis

Shabir Hirji & Muslim Dharamshi invite you to attend Majlis e Aza for gents on Saturday 22nd October at 7.30pm at SAM Auto Centre 292 Upper Balsall Heath Rd, Balsall Heath, B12 9DR. Niyaz will be served. Gents are requested to attend.

Secretariat Announcements
 
Announcements and Sponsoring Majlis

Mu’mineen are kindly requested to note the following protocol for having announcements made. All announcements, including Marhumeen names for sponsoring a majlis, should be emailed to the email address, which is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., at least, 24 hours in advance. Please do not send emails to any other personal email addresses or send announcements via text message. Those without access to email can contact the Jamaat Office during office hours who will take down your request.

Sub-committee Announcements
Interfaith Committee

Our Interfaith Committee has organised a talk by Reverend Andrew Ashdown from Southampton, who has been visiting the Middle East for over 20 years, to come and talk to us about Syria. He visited Syria several times prior to the conflict and has traveled extensively in the country four times in the last two years. He has spent time with ordinary Sunni, Shia, Alawi, Christian, Druze and Kurds; met with faith and community leaders in Damascus, Homs, Tartous, Lattakia and met with reconciliation committees in Homs and elsewhere. He has also met with government and internal opposition figures; and visited refugee camps at Yarmouk, and in Lebanon and Iraq. In November, he spent a few days at a monastery just a few kilometers from ‘ISIS’ lines, and he was most recently in Syria last month. This program will be held on Saturday 22nd October here in the Imambargah commencing with Maghribain Salaat at 6pm & ending with a Q&A session.  

 
Muhammadi Nursery Free places

Muhammadi Nursery is offering free places for 2-5 year olds. For more information, please see leaflets which are available from the treasurer's desks in both the ladies and gents.

Special Needs

As a community we need to identify the facilities & requirements of the Special Needs the disabled members of our community require. Safiya Kanani, Haider & Shabnum Hudda are keen to hear from carers of such members with a view to gaining ideas, views, and feedback so we can help these members actively participate in our community effectively. Please do contact them to register your names in person or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please see the screens for more details.

Imam Husayn (a) Blood Campaign

The Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign's session this Muharram will be taking place on Saturday 29th October & Tuesday 11th October. The National Blood Service staff will have stalls outside both the ladies' and gents' entrances. Those who wish to donate blood this year can book an appointment today with the National Blood service staff or can visit ius.org.uk/giveblood/sign-up to book an appointment online.

Secretariat

May Allah (SWT) make our reward and your reward great, at our grief for Imam Husayn (as).

Our condolences to the Imam of our time, Imam al-Mahdi (at), and to all of the lovers of the Ahl al-Bayt (a) worldwide, on these nights of the month of Muharram.

Upcoming Programs

Fajr Jamaat Salaat this weekend, the 23rd & 24th October will take place at 6.45am followed by Nyaz.

The Jamaat’s next scheduled program will take place on Wednesday 26th October being the Shahadat of our 4th Holy Imam, Imam Ali Zaynal Abideen (as). The program will commence at 8pm with Marshiyya followed by Majlis, Matam and ending with Ziyarat Waritha. The Urdu Majlis will be delivered by Maulana Safi Haider and the English Majlis will be by Brother Ali Raza in the Syeda Zainab Building.

Gents Majlis

Shabir Hirji & Muslim Dharamshi invite you to attend Majlis e Aza for gents on Saturday 22nd October at 7.30pm at SAM Auto Centre 292 Upper Balsall Heath Rd, Balsall Heath, B12 9DR. Niyaz will be served. Gents are requested to attend.

Secretariat Announcements
Announcements and Sponsoring Majlis

Mu’mineen are kindly requested to note the following protocol for having announcements made. All announcements, including Marhumeen names for sponsoring a majlis, should be emailed to the email address, which is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., at least, 24 hours in advance. Please do not send emails to any other personal email addresses or send announcements via text message. Those without access to email can contact the Jamaat Office during office hours who will take down your request.

Sub-committee Announcements
Interfaith Committee

Our Interfaith Committee has organised a talk by Reverend Andrew Ashdown from Southampton, who has been visiting the Middle East for over 20 years, to come and talk to us about Syria. He visited Syria several times prior to the conflict and has traveled extensively in the country four times in the last two years. He has spent time with ordinary Sunni, Shia, Alawi, Christian, Druze and Kurds; met with faith and community leaders in Damascus, Homs, Tartous, Lattakia and met with reconciliation committees in Homs and elsewhere. He has also met with government and internal opposition figures; and visited refugee camps at Yarmouk, and in Lebanon and Iraq. In November, he spent a few days at a monastery just a few kilometers from ‘ISIS’ lines, and he was most recently in Syria last month. This program will be held on Saturday 22nd October here in the Imambargah commencing with Maghribain Salaat at 6pm & ending with a Q&A session.  

Muhammadi Nursery Free places

Muhammadi Nursery is offering free places for 2-5 year olds. For more information, please see leaflets which are available from the treasurer's desks in both the ladies and gents.

Special Needs

As a community we need to identify the facilities & requirements of the Special Needs the disabled members of our community require. Safiya Kanani, Haider & Shabnum Hudda are keen to hear from carers of such members with a view to gaining ideas, views, and feedback so we can help these members actively participate in our community effectively. Please do contact them to register your names in person or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please see the screens for more details.

General Announcements
Evening of Grief & Sorrow

The Nationwide all English Majlis, Evening of Grief & Sorrow, is set for its ninth year taking place on Saturday 29th October commencing at 7pm at the Manchester Islamic Centre. The Majlis welcomes lovers of the Ahlulbayt (as) from across the United Kingdom, with renowned English reciters preparing to create an emotionally capturing night as always. Featuring Ammar al Nashed, Nouri Sardar, The Tejani Brothers, Mohammed Abbas Karim, Imran Datoo and Sadiq Damani. Transport is being organised across the UK, and for more information please contact your local youth group.

Imam Husayn (a) Blood Campaign

The Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign's session this Muharram will be taking place on Saturday 29th October & Tuesday 11th October. The National Blood Service staff will have stalls outside both the ladies' and gents' entrances. Those who wish to donate blood this year can book an appointment today with the National Blood service staff or can visit ius.org.uk/giveblood/sign-up to book an appointment online.

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