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Sheikh Fazle Abbas Datoo of Wessex Jammat was awarded as the Nation's most impactful Imam at the Beacon Mosques Awards 2018
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Al-Mahdi Wessex Jamaat nominated Sheikh Fazle Abbas Datoo for the most impactful Imam 2018. We are proud to announce that on Saturday 8th September, Sheikh Fazle Abbas Datoo of Wessex Jammat was awarded as the Nation's most impactful Imam at the Beacon Mosques Awards 2018.
Read here to find out why he was nominated:
Most Impactful Imam Nomination
I would like to nominate Sheikh Fazle Abbas Datoo, Imam /Resident Alim of Wessex Jamaat (Al Mahdi Centre), for the above award due to the great impact he has had both within the community and in engaging other local communities, groups and services.
Further information on his various activities and their impact has been detailed below. As the Imam /Resident Alim of Al Mahdi Centre, Sheikh Fazle Abbas has passionately gone beyond the traditional role expected of an Imam serving the 3M’s of an Islamic Centre i.e. the Mihrab, Minbar and Madrasah. He radiates a powerful message that as citizens in Britain, our home, we are able to devotedly live the faith of Islam. Within the community Sheikh Fazle Abbas leads the various salah prayers including the Eidayn and weekly Salaatul Jumu’ah.
In addition to advising for taqwa and motivating towards living Islam, the sermons by Sheikh Fazle Abbas regularly address local events and contemporary issues affecting the Ummah. The sermon topics range from current affairs of Muslims globally, Islamophobia, participating in elections, government consultations such as same-sex marriage, introduction of Sexual and Relationship Education. A typical example is that the last Friday Jumah Khutba included remembrance of 23rd anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre, Beyond this, he delivers an average of one sermon every fortnight.
In this digital age Sheikh Fazle Abbas has maintained a significant presence on our homepage and social media platforms including Facebook. He has been able to sustain the fortnightly publication of Risalatul Jum’ah -the Friday Message-broadcast to the community. The latest issue No 131 for the month of Dhulq’adah dwelled on the sanctity of Ashhurul Hurum- the sacred months- and promoting peace. read the entire nomination here.
Advice to our community from Ayatullah Sayyid Ali al Sistani (may Allah (swt) prolong his life)
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