Wessex Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat hosted participants of the Diocesan Inspire Course at Al Mahdi Centre for a round table conversation. The Co-ordinator Marion Syms has penned the following report of this visit:
Posted on Mon, 2015-11-16 13:13
The World Federation of KSIMC, together with the Council of European Jamaats (CoEJ) has signed a joint statement with other organisations across the UK as a result of the attacks in Paris last night, Friday 13 November 2015.
We are profoundly saddened by the loss of innocent lives in Paris, and our deepest condolences are with the family and friends of the victims, and the French nation.
Britons of all backgrounds, of every faith, every denomination, and none, are horrified by what we have learned, and are determined that those who seek to divide our diverse and peaceful communities in Europe will not succeed.
There is no justification for murder, and all British faith communities agree that those who commit acts of violence cannot do so in the name of any faith. Any such claim is illegitimate.
British Muslim communities are equally appalled by the violence, and angered by those who commit abhorrent acts in the name of religion. The perpetrators do not represent us; their views are perverse and self-serving.
We urge all communities in Britain and France to stand firm with compassion and solidarity. We must not let these terrorists divide us, otherwise the terrorists will win. Let us not play into their divisive narrative, and instead show them that people of all faiths and none can live peacefully, together.
Like the terrorists who want to divide communities, there will be some in the days ahead who will try to use this atrocity to attack innocent people. We equally reject their intentions.
It is evil people who do evil things; such acts will only increase our resolve to remain united.
-Raheed Salam, Director, All Faiths and None
-Shaz Manir, CEO, Amirah Foundation
-Ayatullah Sayed Fadhel Milani, Al-Khoei Foundation
-Adil Mohammed Javed (British Muslim Actor), CEO & Artistic Director, Alchemy Arts
-Abdul Buhari, 2012 GB Olympic Athlete
-Iqbal Bhana OBE, DL
-Julie Siddiqi, The Big Iftar, Founder, Sadaqa Day, & Co-Founder, Nisa-Nashim
-Esmond Rosen, Chair of Barnet Multi-Faith Forum
-Dr. Imran Awan, Birmingham City University
-Dr. Chris Allen, University of Birmingham
-Khalid Mahmood MP, Member of Parliament for Birmingham Perry Barr
-Cllr. M Aslam Choudry, London Borough of Brent
-Naz Shah MP, Member of Parliament for Bradford West
-Yasmin Qureshi MP, Member of Parliament for Bolton South East
-Maulana Ahmed Nessar Beg, British Muslim Forum
-Aamer Naeem, Editor in Chief, British Muslim TV
-Muhbeen Hussain, Founder & Director, British Muslim Youth
-Yousef Dar, Chair, Community Safety Forum
-Chaudhary Shafique, Chairman, Council For Christian Muslim Relations, High Wycombe
- Dr Akber Mohamedali, President, Council of European Jamaats
-Iftikhar Awan, Chair, Independent Members, Cross-Government Working Group on Tackling Anti-Muslim Hatred
-Karim Sacoor, Community Activist & Independent Member, Cross-Government Working Group on Tackling Anti-Muslim Hatred
-Rimla Akhtar MBE, Equality Activist
-Akeela Ahmed, Equalities Campaigner
-Khurshid Drabu CBE
-Fiyaz Mughal OBE, Founder & Director, Faith Matters & Tell MAMA
-Mustafa Field, Faiths Forum for London
-Muddassar Ahmed, Patron, Faiths Forum for London
-Cllr Hashim Bhatti, Windsor, Executive Member of Conservative Muslim Forum, & Three Faiths Forum Alumni Board
-Nick Lowles, Hope Not Hate
-Esmat Jeraj, Hyderi Islamic Centre
-Imam Abdullah Hasan, Imams Against Domestic Abuse (IADA)
-Nasar Iqbal, Founder & Operations Director, Innovate Walsall
-Hayyan Ayaz Bhabha, Secretary, APPG on Islamophobia
-Henna Rai, Director of Counter Extremism, AOBM, Kaleidoscope Arts Faith & Culture, & Women Against Radicalisation
-Harris Iqbal, Head of Operations, Khadeejah Welfare Foundation
-Moulana Shahid Raza OBE, Head Imam, Leicester Central Mosque
-Yasmin Choudhury, Founder, Lovedesh & Amcariza Foundation
-Zafar Khan, Chairman, Luton Council of Faiths
-Shaykh Talat, MCEC, Palmers Green Mosque
-Qari Muhammad Asim, Senior Imam, Makkah Mosque Leeds
-Imam Irfan Chishti, Manchester Central Mosque
-Sayed Ali Reza Rizvi, Markaz Ahlul Bayt Islamic Centre
-Shaykh M Shabbir Sialvi, Executive Imam, Golden Mosque, Rochdale
-Imam Umar Hayat Qadri, Senior Imam, Ghousia Mosque Huddersfield
-Jahan Mahmood, Military Historian
-Moulana Shahid Reza, Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board
-Dr. Shuja Shafi, Secretary General, Muslim Council of Britain
-Saleha Islam, Director Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre
-Makhdoom Amjad Shah, Tv Anchor, Journalist & CEO, Overseas Pakistan Community
-Fahim Mazhary, Consultant, Al Manaar, British Muslim Heritage Centre
-Mohammed Shafiq, Chief Executive, Ramadhan Foundation
-Shaykh Muhammad Umar ibn Ramadhan, Chairman, Ramadhan Foundation
-Mohammed Mojibul Hoque, Redcar Cleveland Islamic & Cultural Organisation
-Dr. Waqar Azmi OBE, Chairman, Remembering Srebrenica
-Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, Director General, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society
-Peter Herbert, Chair, Society of Black Lawyers
-Dawood Masood, Quba Trust
-Usama Hasan, Quilliam Foundation
-Dr. Masood Yousef, Wales Institute for Muslim Affairs/Sefydliad Materion Mwslemaidd Cymru
- Dr Asgar Moledina, President, The World Federation of KSIMC
-Tamina Mir, Women Buzz Network
Around the world, the Muslim Ummah is celebrating Eid al Hajj which falls on Wednesday 16th October 2013 this year. The occasion of Eid al Hajj is as much spiritual as it is utilitarian. It is spiritual because it instills in all Muslims the concept of the spirit of sacrifice for the pleasure of the Almighty.
A summary written by Ammaar Habib Hussein, a student of the Higher Education Department (‘HED’) class at SI Madressa, Stanmore.