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
 

Background and Profile

The Organisation

The organisation is known as Shia Ithna'ashari Community of Middlesex (SICM) and its centre in North Harrow is known as Mahfil Ali. SICM also has a registered charity operating under the name of Battlers Well Foundation (BWF).

Background

The origins of SICM can be traced to the arrival in the UK of a number of students from East Africa in the mid sixties. Soon, These students got aquainted with other Shi'a students from Pakistan, India, Iran, Iraq and Gulf countries. There was already a resident Pakistani community and the students participated enthusiastically in organisations like the Idara-e-Ja'aferiyya. In the universities and colleges the Shi'i students formed an organisation called the Muslim Youth Association (MYA). These activities resulted in the formation of close bonds between Shi'a students and communities from all over the world. The small community of Khoja Shi'as from East Africa had an organisation called the East African Union, but for religious functions particiapted with the Muslim Youth Association or the Idara-e-Ja'aferiyya.

With the events in East Africa forcing many families to leave their countries and settle in the UK, the early seventies saw a large influx of people into the UK. Many of the East African Muslim students also stayed on in the UK on a more or less permanent basis. As the needs for holding religious and other community functions became more regular and the community became larger, the requirement for "permanent" places became urgent. SICM was one of the many organisations which was established to meet this growing need.

The Founding of SICM

With a sizeable settled community in Middlesex, there emerged the practice of having regular Iftar in Ramadhan, initially in individual houses and later in hired halls in the vicinity of Harrow. There were already over 100 Shi'i Muslim families living within 2/3 miles of the centre of Harrow and the gatherings were well attended.

Gradually, the activities evolved and an organisation called the Shia Ithna'ashari Community of Middlesex (SICM) was formed to provide an institutional framework for arranging the meetings and gatnerings. In addition to Ramadhan, gatherings began to be held on every Friday evening and on the occasion of the birth or death anniversry of the a'aimmas. Local community/assembly halls were hired for this purpose. For the last twenty years on every Friday evening SICM has had a meeting in which a wide variety of issues relating to Islam and the Muslim World have been discussed. Learned and competent people from all walks of life have contributed to the discussions on many occassions.

SICM, after a long process of lobbying of the local authority was able to secure the rental of the West Harrow school premises on a 12 monthly basis. With the rental of premises, the activities increased manifold. In addition to regular Friday functions, SICM started daily Qur'an classes for young children, daily evening congregational prayer (salaat), morning salaat on weekends, regular sports sessions and many other specialised meetings and seminars. There was a major seminar on the Nahj al Balagah and one on the Concept of Vilayat-e-Faqih. Muharram majalis were also held for the first time.

As the rental of the West Harrow school came up for renewal SICM was fortunate enough to persuade the Harrow borough to let the North Harrow Assembly Hall (NHAH) to the organisation. The NHAH was by then under the threat of closure because of cuts in local authority budgets. As expected within a year the Hall came up for sale. SICM, with the help of its Councillors, well wishers, and supporting bankers was able to acquire the Hall as its permanent worship, meeting and gathering place.


Inside North Harrow Assembly Hall

With the purchase of the premises, the activities of SICM have become much more consistent. Presently the following are regularly held:

  • D'ua programme on Thursday evenings
  • Friday lectures
  • Daily Qur'an reading, Children's programme and Iftar, during the month of Ramadan
  • Majalis in English on birth and death anniversaries of Ma'sumin and during Muharram
  • Occasional seminars and other programmes
  • Weekly Tafsir classes
  • Sunday morning children's school under an independent organisation, Husayni Madrasah
  • Weekly sports club at a local leisure centre
  • Sports session for children on weekends
  • 'Id Prayers
  • GCSE and A/S level tuition classes
  • Daily Salaat
  • Ghusl, Kafan and Burial facilities
  • Regular Youth trips and functions

In addition, SICM through the Battlers Well Foundation (BWF) has secured a vital facility. A dedicated graveyard with over five hundred burial spaces has been reserved at the Woodcock Hill Cemetery in Harefield. The cemetery already houses over two hundred graves.

Future Plans

The SICM centre is now well established. The main hall has been extensively refurbished. Within 10 years, it is intended to build a new purpose-built structure at the existing site which will incorporate:

  • Library and information centre for Muslims and those seeking sources on Islam
  • Internet access provision for the community
  • Seminar rooms and lecture theatres
  • Educational coaching classes
  • Cafe and Restaurant
  • Sports centre

Throughout its 30 years of activity SICM has remained true to its objectives of bringing a diverse group of Shi'as together and also develop mutually re-inforcing and respectful relations with the Muslim community at large. This will continue to be its mission as it develops its activities further and becomes a focal point for Muslims in the North West of London.

SICM Constitution
SICM Details and Standing order form

To apply to become an Associate Member of SICM, you need to fill in the Associate Application Form and submit it to a member of the Executive Committee. You can submit the form by e-mail to info@sicm.org.uk.