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Statement by The WF condemning the execution of Sheikh Nimr
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The following is a statement by The World Federation of KSIMC condemning the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr

The World Federation of KSIMC and its Regional Members stand together with rest of the world to mourn and condemn the execution Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a leading Shia Muslim cleric in Saudi Arabia. He was among 47 people executed by the authorities, some of whom were Shias. Sheikh al-Nimr was a sentenced to death in October 2014 after a deeply flawed trial.

Sheikh al-Nimr was sentenced by the Specialized Criminal Court in Saudi Arabia for “seeking ‘foreign meddling’ in Saudi Arabia, ‘disobeying’ its rulers and taking up arms against the security forces”, allegations which he vehemently denied and protested his innocence since his arrest by the Saudi Arabian authorities. Sheikh al-Nimr led peaceful protests and and all his activities were peaceful in nature, as confirmed by a number of human right groups.  The Guardian newspaper is quoted as “Crucially, according to his supporters, the cleric was careful to avoid calling for violence, his advocates insisting he eschewed all but peaceful opposition to the government. On one occasion, Nimr urged protestors to resist police bullets using only “the roar of the word”.

Amnesty International Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director Said Boumedouha said: “The death sentence against Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr is part of a campaign by the authorities in Saudi Arabia to crush all dissent, including those defending the rights of the Kingdom’s Shi’a Muslim community.

Sheikh al-Nimr’s trial has been seriously flawed. Eyewitnesses, whose testimonies were the only evidence used against him, were not brought to court to testify. This violates the country’s own laws. The Sheikh was denied the most basic means to prepare for his defence and was not represented by legal counsel for some of the proceedings because the authorities did not inform his lawyer of some dates of the hearings.”  

We support and concur with the statement of Amnesty International in this regard. The intimidation of Muslims on any basis, let alone on sectarian grounds is unacceptable and is indeed in violation of international human rights laws. This ongoing oppression of individuals, which is a clear violation of human rights law, must not be tolerated by International Governments which claims to stand for justice.

We call upon the world leaders, the United Nations and the International Community to condemn the execution of Sheikh al-Nimr and hold to account the Saudi Arabian authorities for breaches of human rights violations and upholding the basic legal rights of it's citizens.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, in particular the family of Sheikh al-Nimr and the Muslim communities who supported his peaceful stance for human rights and democracy.

In remembrance of Shaheed Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, The KSIMC of London has organised a Fateha-Khani on Thursday 7 January 2016 at 7.45pm at the Husaini Islamic Centre, Stanmore. All are requested to attend.

 
New HIS Module
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The next Hujjat Islamic Studies (HIS) module is scheduled to start on Tuesday 12 January 2016 at 7.45pm. The topic is “Muslims and Europe: Past, Present and Future” and will be delivered over 6 lectures by Brother Iqbal Asaria. For further information on the module please contact Br Suhail Valji or Ali Asghar Sheriff. You can download the application form here.

 
Guidelines: "In case of a Death" [updated]
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Dear Members

Salaamun Alaykum

Please find an updated Guidelines of what to do "in case of a death" in your family. Information on the "minimally invasive autopsy" (MIA) is also included.

With Salaams and Duas
Secretariat
The KSIMC of London

 
Hilal Statement: Rabi ul Awwal 1437AH for UK
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The next new moon occurs on Friday, 11th December, 2015, at 10:29 GMT. On this day it will not be visible with the unaided eye anywhere in the world.

On Saturday, 12th December, 2015, it can easily be seen with the unaided eye in most of the world, including Europe

For the Muqallideen of Ayatullah ul Uzama Syed Sistani (May Allah Protect him) expect 1st Rabi ul Awwal, 1437AH, to be on Sunday, 13th December, 2015.
 
Important dates for this month:
 
DAY
Date
EVENT
Tuesday
15th December
Shahadat Eve – Bibi Masuma e Qum (A)
Saturday
19th December
Shahadat Eve – Imam Hassan Askari (A)
Sunday
20th December
Eve of Eid e Zahra
Monday
28th December
Wiladat Eve – Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and Imam Jaffer Sadiq (A)
 
Statement from The KSIMC of London: 14 Nov 2015
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The Khoja Shi'a Ithna'Asheri Muslim Community (KSIMC) of London is deeply saddened to learn of the loss of innocent lives in Paris last night.  We wish to convey our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victims.

We condemn these atrocities in the strongest terms.  The Holy Qur'an teaches us that the taking of one life is equivalent to the murder of all of humanity.  There is no justification for this barbarism and the KSIMC of London stands firmly opposed to the perpetrators of this violence.

Our thoughts, too, are with the victims of violence in Beirut and Baghdad, where yet more lives have been claimed this past week.

Wherever malice exists in the world, we must counter it through unity, compassion and an unbreakable resolve.

Our hearts are in Paris, Beirut and Baghdad tonight.

On behalf of the Executive Committee and Trustees
The KSIMC of London
14 November 2015

 
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