We are pleased to send out this final update to our community members in Africa and overseas on the latest status of the construction of “Al Qa’eem” building. The last update with a progress report was issued in December 2013.
Updated on 12 March 2018
Ashura Day (Tuesday 4th November 2014, 10 Muharram 1436), is a very significant day in the Islamic calendar. It was on this day that Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussain (A.S.), together with his family and friends were brutally and barbarically martyred on the plains of Karbala in Iraq.
In addition to giving special prayers, Ashura is a day for us to reflect on the sacrifices made by the family of the Noble Prophet Muhammad (A.S.). To commemorate Imam Hussain (A.S.) on the anniversary of his death, the Baab ul Ilm Muslim community distributed free water in Leeds City Centre. In a gesture of cross community and religious solidarity, the event was supported by the Sinai Synagogue and St John's Church, who also had representatives attending on the day.
The day was a resounding success with over 1000 bottles of water and leaflets being gratefully received by shoppers and workers alike. There was a lot of curiosity over what this campaign was about and the motives behind it. Simply put, it was an effort to raise awareness of Hussain’s message and to build positive relations with the wider community.
Rabbi Ian Morris of Sinai Synagogue commented "We have, for over a decade now, had a wonderful working relationship with Baab Ul Ilm Centre. It’s a pleasure to be able to join another faith community in its outreach to general society, because this is what we have been working for so long; to be able to work together, lessen misunderstanding and increase co-operation. That’s what makes a functioning society and a better world. This is, I would like to think, a little taste of what the world could be like in the future; pleasant and co-operative rather than unpleasant and warlike”
One of the passers-by commented “It’s very symbolic that water is one of the most precious things on earth and corresponds with what you are trying to achieve here today; giving information and knowledge to people, I think, is very important."
Keith Ackerman, Sinai Synagogue said:
“What feels most important to me is that different religions can work together to make the world a better place. To do that, you have to understand the difference between different religions and for me that is absolutely fundamental”
On the day, this young Muslim girl 11-year-old Amena Khawaja, the youngest in the group, giving water to a thirsty dog, epitomises and symbolises the giving nature of Hussain and the Islam he stood for; it provides a small illustration of his message of goodness to all living things.
In this month of mourning, let us all join hands in prayers to Allah (S.W.T.) for His grace and mercy and in performing Azadari of Sayyidul Sh’uhada, Imam Hussain (A.S.) and the 72 martyrs of Kerbala in the most benefiting manner to bring about the spiritual awakening in our community.
The Opening Ceremony of the “Al Qa’eem Residency” – the Africa Federation Housing Project in Arusha was held on Sunday 7th September 2014 coinciding with the occasion of the birth anniversary of the 8th Imam (A.S.).