Brother Naushad Mehrali has been serving as the head of Madressa Centre of Excellence (MCE) since 2011. Having served as a madressa Principal and teacher for several years, he feels very fortunate to be given the opportunity to take on this role.
Posted on Tue, 2015-05-12 12:48
Essex Jamaat held its annual Interfaith Day on Saturday 7th March at Galleywood Heritage Centre, Chelmsford. Invitations were warmly extended to many religious and secular organisations, including local churches, synagogues, temples and schools, as well as to local politicians and other notable community representatives.
The central theme for the event was ‘Spring and the Environment’. Appropriately, the event was blessed by mild and welcoming Spring sunshine, alhamdolillah.
An exhibition of books, leaflets and posters welcomed invitees, guests and Jamaat families approaching the entrance to the community hall. Seating was arranged around a large oval, thus encouraging all to participate equally and openly.
A member of the youth of Essex Jamaat acting as MC began by reminding visitors of a few housekeeping rules. The event started with a beautiful recitation of the Holy Qur’an, followed line-by-line with English translation by young members of the community. The MC went on to introduce the President of Essex Jamaat, Br Fayyaz Haji, who thanked all for attending and hoped and prayed for a successful event. This led to the main speaker of the day, Essex Jamaat’s resident alim, Shaykh Abbas Ismail.
Shaykh Abbas spoke around the main subject covering three angles; religious, spiritual and the physical environment. This was followed by a lively discussion around these themes, contributed to by many people representing many aspects of local society and religion and it was a wonderful opportunity for all to learn from one another and to better appreciate each other through mutual dialog, discussion and understanding.
The day ended with a sumptuous meal, allowing all attendees the opportunity to mingle and network.
Every year, barely a week after the celebration of Eid, Shias all over the world gather together to remember the tragedy of The Demolition of al-Baqi, a destruction from which this blessed cemetery has never recovered.
This Eid may your house be filled with loved ones, your table laden with delicious dishes and desserts, may your walls echo laughter and happiness; a day of celebration. However, this Eid will be one full of sadness and worry for our Muslim brothers and sisters from Syria, known as ‘refugees’ to the world; though they are like us, with hopes and dreams for their loved ones and family.