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STATEMENT ON OUR WITHDRAWAL FROM COEJ
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Further to the message of 20th October, we wish to inform you of the reasons and history behind the Executive Committee’s decision.

HISTORY
The matter of our fair and equitable representation in Council of European Jamaats has been an issue since the new Constitution was formulated in 2007. Under the new Constitution, the London Jamaat’s representation was reduced to one seat in the Council of thirty.

As a consequence of this, our influence on policies and in decision making within CoEJ has been completely curtailed. This unfortunate matter has been recognised and debated by successive London Jamaat Executive Committees. In 2010, the then President of London Jamaat, Sheikh Mustafa Jaffer presented a fair resolution requesting four additional Council seats, but this was totally rejected. The motion was defeated in spite of Mustafabhai and members of his committee visiting and talking to some individual Jamaats explaining the rationale.

It is crucial to appreciate that requesting additional representation is not for reasons of power or veto, but is a reasonable, fair and an equitable request. If we were to demand proportional representation, then we would expect to have at least fifty percent of the Council seats, if not more, due to our large population which makes up close to fifty percent of our Community in Europe. Four additional seats can hardly be construed as unreasonable. If one looks at Africa Federation, the oldest established Federation within our Community, it will be noted that Dar es Salaam Jamaat has a much bigger share of the seats and votes than any other Jamaat. One cannot argue that the system in Africa is different to that in the West, since NASIMCO too has a similar structure where Toronto Jamaat likewise has a bigger representation.

ACTION PLAN
When the current EC came into office a few months ago, the President Shabirbhai Mamdani met with Alhaj Ahmedbhai Dungersi and Dr Husein Jiwa the CoEJ President, to discuss London Jamaat’s representation in CoEJ. It was suggested by Dr Jiwa and Ahmedbhai that as the previous request by Sheikh Mustafa Jaffer for four additional seats had been defeated in the Council, on this occasion London Jamaat applies for two additional seats, which if successful would result in our representation becoming three seats out of thirty two, as opposed to the current one seat out of thirty. Again, it should be noted that such a request would be extremely modest and reasonable.

On this basis, the London Jamaat submitted three Constitutional amendments. Dr Jiwa and Shabirbhai embarked on consultation with other Jamaats seeking support for the London Jamaat resolutions. They visited Hyderi and Peterborough Jamaats, had a conference call with Birmingham Jamaat, Dr Jiwa telephoned Leicester and Milton Keynes Jamaats, and Shabirbhai spoke on telephone with Milton Keynes Jamaat. All the Jamaats showed strong support for the Resolutions, except that the Birmingham Jamaat did not agree on one of the three Resolutions, and asked for time to consider.

THE CONFERENCE
At the Conference on 6th October 2012, it was unfortunate that except for Hyderi and Peterborough Jamaats, all the other Jamaats reneged on the agreement reached previously. All the three Resolutions were defeated. This was rather disappointing, especially as the Jamaats had been consulted not only by Shabirbhai, but by Dr Jiwa as well, the President of CoEJ.

We were disconsolate that once again our application to have fairer representation had failed, a sentiment that was also echoed by Alhaj Ahmedbhai Dungersi. The Hyderi delegation felt the same way. It was agreed both our ECs would discuss the situation and take appropriate joint action. Soon after the meeting, the leadership of CoEJ issued a statement stating that the outcome of the conference was, in the long term, not in the best interest of CoEJ, yet nothing was done to prevent this unjust outcome during the conference.

AFTERMATH
On 8th October, Shabirbhai received a telephone call from Dr Liaket Dewji, President of Hyderi informing him that Hyderi EC had resolved unanimously to withdraw from CoEJ until such time as there is a Constitutional Conference of CoEJ and a new Constitution based on fair representation is adopted. Our office bearers met to discuss the situation and agreed we should follow the same course, but only if approved by the EC.  Years of talking and proposing constitutional amendments had not yielded any fair or equitable results. A special EC meeting, which requires a 10 day notice, was then convened for 19th October. At that meeting, after careful consideration and robust deliberation, the EC decided unanimously to withdraw from CoEJ. Unfortunately after the meeting concluded, we had a text from Dr Dewji saying due to pressure from CoEJ and World Federation officials, they had rescinded their decision to withdraw, which was surprising, considering that just an hour before our EC meeting commenced, Dr Dewji had confirmed that Hyderi Jamaat was awaiting Hujjat Jamaat’s decision and both Jamaats would withdraw membership simultaneously. Our decision, in any case, was independent to that of Hyderi.

WAY FORWARD
We believe that a meeting of all European Jamaats is scheduled for some time in December, although we are not certain under what Constitutional Clause, what the agenda is likely to be or for that matter how binding would the decision of such a meeting be.

We strongly believe in the unity and structures of our communal institutions and are fully committed to a future both within CoEJ and WF. We sincerely hope that common sense, fairness and equality prevail at the CoEJ deliberations in December and decisions made which would be conducive for us to once again join CoEJ, and play our rightful role.

We trust that this gives you a much better picture of the unfortunate events. We will keep you informed of any further developments in this matter

With salaams and duas

Lyakat Jaffer
Hon Secretary
For and on behalf of the Executive Committee

25 October 2012

 
Hilal Statement: Dhul Hijjah 1433AH
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hilalThe next new moon occurs on Monday 15th October, 2012, at 13:02 BST. On this day it cannot be seen with the unaided eye in any part of the world.

On Tuesday, 16th October, 2012, it can easily be seen with the unaided eye in Australia, Africa and the Americas. On Wednesday, 17th October, 2012, it can easily be seen with the unaided eye in the UK and Europe.

For the Muqallideen of Ayatullah ul Uzama Syed Sistani (May Allah Protect him) expect 1st Dhul Hijjah, 1433AH, to be on Thursday, 18th October, 2012.

For the Muqallideen of Marhum Ayatullah Al-Khoei (May Allah Elevate his status), 1st Dhul Hijjah, 1433AH, will be on Wednesday, 17th October, 2012

 
Management Accounts: Period Ended Aug 2012
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THE KSIMC OF LONDON UNAUDITED MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTS FOR THE PERIOD ENDED 31 AUG 12 is now available to view by clicking the tab "Management Accounts" on the top menu bar.

The information contained in the management accounts are solely for the members of the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslim Community of London (“KSIMC of London”). If you are not a member of the KSIMC of London we hereby notified you that any disclosure, copying, distribution or taking any action in reliance on the contents of these management accounts is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful.

Neither the unaudited management accounts nor its contents may be distributed, published, reproduced or disclosed by any person (including the members of KSIMC of London) or used for any other purpose without the prior permission of KSIMC of London.

The management accounts are unaudited and are for information purpose only and should be treated as such by the members of KSIMC of London. A detailed version of unaudited management accounts can be sent to the members by e-mail upon request to the Hujjat office.         

 
‘Introduction to Principles of Jurisprudence’
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The course is being run by Sheikh Abbas Ismail.
An introductory session started on Fri, 21/9 and four more sessions will commence on Fri, 5/10.
The lecture starts at 8.00pm for an hour and allows for 15 mins Q & A.
We have a few more places remaining.

The course will briefly look into the history and development of Usul al-Fiqh, and will provide an introduction to:
The types of religious rulings
The types of evidences encountered by a Faqih
How the Arabic language is key to a Faqih’s work
The importance of the apparent meaning of texts
Some of the important general rules of the science of Usul

Please click here to download the registration form.

 
KSIMC OF LONDON CONSTITUTION REVIEW (Deadline extended)
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We are in the process of reviewing the Jamaat's Constitution and would like to invite the members to send in their proposals for consideration. These should be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The proposals should be properly drafted in correct English showing clearly the section and the sub-section under which the amendments are proposed and should be accompanied by the rationale.  These will be then incorporated in the Constitutional Review Paper for deliberation and if thought fit, adoption at a General Meeting in the near future.

The closing date for submissions has been extended to 30 November 2012.

The present Constitution can be perused in the latest Jamaat directory.

 
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