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Hilal Statement: Sha’baan, 1435 AH
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hilalThe next new moon occurs on Wednesday, 28th May, 2014, at 19:40 BST. On this day it cannot be seen with the unaided eye in any part of the world. On Thursday, 29th May, 2014, it can easily be seen with the unaided eye in South and Central America, and with some difficulty in Africa and North America. On Friday, 30th May, 2014, it can easily be seen with the unaided eye in the United Kingdom and the rest of the world.
 
For the Muqallideen of Ayatullah ul Uzama Syed Sistani (May Allah Protect him) expect 1st Sha’baan, 1435AH, to be on Saturday, 31st May, 2014.
For the Muqallideen of Marhum Ayatullah Al-Khoei (May Allah Elevate his status), 1st Sha’baan, 1435AH, will be on Friday, 30th May, 2014.

Important Dates for the month:
Monday 2nd June = 3rd Sha’baan: Wiladat Day - Imam Husain (A)
Tuesday 3rd June = 4th Sha’baan: Wiladat Day – Hazrat Abbas (A)
Wednesday 4th June = 5th Sha’baan: Wiladat Day – Imam Zain ul Abedin (A)
Friday 13th June = 14th Sha’baan: Shab e Baraat
Saturday 14th June = 15th Sha’baan: Wiladat Day – Imam Muhammad Mahdi (A)

 
Constitution Consultation Meetings
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Dear Members, Salaamun Alaykum

Further to the news bulletin regarding the new constitution, the KSIMC of London have arranged consultation meetings with different sections of our community to attend and discuss the proposed draft. The meetings will be held at the Husaini Islamic Centre, Wood Lane, on the following dates:

Wednesday 18th June 2014 at 7pm for LADIES only.

Friday 20th June 2014 at 7pm for YOUTH (Men and Women) only.

Saturday 28th June 2014 at 6pm for GENTS only.

So that we know the total numbers attending for catering purposes, please submit your confirmation via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or telephone the Jamat office to book your place. A draft copy of the constitution can be downloaded by clicking here.

Thank you

With Salaams and Duas
Secretariat, KSIMC of London

 
Shahr Ramadhan 1435 Update
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Dear Members, Salaamun Alaykum

Following on from feedback received over the past few years, the EC of KSIMC of London is pleased to announce that, Insha'Allah, Al-hajj Dr Usama Ulatar, will be gracing us with his presence during the last 12 nights of Shahr-Ramadhan 1435AH. He will lead various recitations of Duas, A'maals, Qu'ran, Muna'jaat as well as lecturing in English during the Nights of Laylatul Qadr. Full information of his recitations will be published on our website nearer the time.

Al-Hajj Dr. Usama Ulatar, a native of the holy city of Karbala, is well known for his beautiful recitations of the Holy Qur’an, Anasheed, Qasida and Latmiyyat. He has lectured at various centers around the world. Dr. Ulatar has a PhD in Chemistry from the Simon Fraser University (in Vancouver, Canada) and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Alberta, Canada.  He has published numerous papers on diabetes, cancer research and recently on kidney stones.

We hope his recitations will lift the spirituality of the whole community during the last 12 nights of Shahr-Ramadhan.

With Salaams and Duas

Secretariat, KSIMC of London

 
Our Own School?
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Dear Members, Salaamun Alaykum

A community school has always been an ambition aspired by every community and more so ours wherever we have been stationed. Back in East Africa, it was the lack of quality education in government run schools that motivated us to have our own schools which we, as a community, successfully run in Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar and even in Pakistan and India.

Moving to the West, whilst we found reasonable quality of education available in government run schools, we faced different challenges. Now, the challenges that motivate us to have our own schools are determined by our dedication to maintain our core values as taught to us by both our religion and our culture. Thus, Canada and the US have both flourished in having our own schools.

The concept was ot have a similar quality of education as regulated by the governments of the countries we reside in and to simultaneously provide an environment conducive to maintaining our core values.

In the UK, the government has now initiated a drive in which they will support efforts made by local communities to set up their own schools – within certain parameters governed by them.

Instead of relying on private funding for a private school, the current EC of the KSIMC believe we have to exploit the opportunities granted to us by the government to set up our own school.

To this end, we invited members of the community in the field of education to join hands with us to embark on this task of establishing our own school. We have had two meetings in the past to decide a roadmap on moving forward and are now proceeding to apply to the government for a free school by appointing a professional consultancy firm to handle our application. This firm will be assisted by members of our community determined to establish our own school.

We would like to invite your thoughts as we progress.

If you are a parent – we would like to welcome your opinion on our own free school

If you are an ex Student – how do you think a school that belongs ot he community can help other growing students?

If you are a teacher – do let us know how you can assist and how you think our own free school can be different?

We would like to welcome all your opinions. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your feedback.

For further articles on schools, please click here.

With Salaams and Duas

Secretariat, KSIMC of London

 
Property Steering Committee
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Dear Members, Salaamun Alaykum

For more than 5 years now, our community has been unsuccessfully trying for a new site and location in order to accommodate our widening breadth of activities as well as growing size of the community.

The onus of exploring opportunities has always laid on the elected Executive Committees that have been changing every two years.

Over the past two years, there has been considerable progress in charting out our needs assessment and the community is now in a comfortable position to proactively search for properties that would suit our requirement rather than retrofitting what becomes available in the market.

The current EC therefore proposes to appoint a committee that will not only survive the changes of the ECs, but also actively search for suitable alternative sites for our centre. Such a committee will comprise primarily of members who have expertise and experience in Project Management.

We are looking for a group of three to five members of the community who can display the following:
1)    Interest and passion for community affairs
2)    Background, profession, expertise and/or experience in project management
3)    Dedication – Estimated time would be running to several hours a week

If you feel you are capable and willing to do this, please send your CV as well as a personal statement explaining how you think you are suited for this task to our specially created email for the purpose: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The EC will Inshallah appoint an independent person to review the applications and form a team which will be announced to the General Body at the next AGM.

With Salaams and Duas

Secretariat, KSIMC of London

 
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