POSTPONEMENT OF AGM AND ELECTIONS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – UPDATE
29 July 2020
I pray this finds you well InshAllah.
Further to my previous communication to members regarding the postponement of our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and elections this year in light of the coronavirus pandemic (which can be found here), the EC (together with the Electoral Commission) have revisited the AGM and election decisions in light of (1) current government guidance and an expected coronavirus second wave towards the end of the year; and (2) the resignation of the President following his election to the post of interim vice president of the WF.
We wish to inform you of the following decisions with respect to the AGM and elections:
• AGM will take place on 20 September 2020 • Elections will take place on 6 September 2020
By holding the AGM and elections earlier than previously advised, our aim is (a) to conduct these key events in the spirit of our Constitution and in a manner which is both safe for members and in accordance with government health guidance; (b) avoid the need for multiple elections (as our Constitution prescribes that, following the resignation of a President, an election for the post of President is also required within 6 weeks of such resignation).
The EC (together with the Electoral Commission, as appropriate) will revisit the AGM and election decisions and arrangements periodically. Should it become necessary to alter the arrangements (set out above) we will inform members accordingly.
I am writing to inform you that following the election of Dr Munir Datoo to interim vice president of WF, he has (as required by the WF) resigned from his position as President of Hujjat with immediate effect.
Until Hujjat elections are held (for which details will be provided in a separate communication) the post of President will be assumed by Br. Altaf Daya (our current Vice President).
I am sure you will join me in wishing both Dr Munir Datoo and Br Altaf Daya success in their new roles and thanking them for the continued service to our community.
The next new moon occurs on Monday, 20th July, 2020, at 18:33 BST.
On Tuesday, 21st July, 2020, it can easily be seen with the unaided eye in Africa, Canada, and the Americas
On Wednesday, 22nd July, 2020, it can easily be seen with the unaided eye in the rest of the World. For the Muqallideen of Ayatullah ul Uzama Syed Sistani (May Allah Protect him) expect 1st Dhul Hijjah, 1441AH, to be on Thursday, 23rd July, 2020.
Important dates for this month: Wednesday 29 July – 7th Dhul Hijjah Shahadat Day Imam Muhammad Baqir (A) Friday 31 July – 9th Dhul Hiijjah Shahadat Day Hazrat Muslim ibn Aqeel (A) Saturday 1 August – 10th Dhul Hijjah Eid ul Adha Day Thursday 6 August – 15th Dhul Hijjah Wiladat Day Imam Ali un Naqi (A) Sunday 9 August – 18th Dhul Hijjah Eid e Ghadeer Day Thursday 13 August – 22nd Dhul Hijjah Shahadat Day Sons of Hazrat Muslim (A) Saturday 15 August – 24th Dhul Hijjah Eid e Mubahila Day
As we approach the very blessed occasion of the birth of Imam Redha a.s. Darul Qur’an wal Itrah is pleased to launch it’s ‘ Understanding the Qur’an ‘ course in collaboration with an international institute of Qur’anic learning.
The course was designed by Syed Mehdi Tabatabai as an easy, step by step way of understanding the Qur’an. The course is available online.
THE BREAKDOWN EP. 16 – BLACK LIVES MATTER & BLACK HISTORY IN ISLAM
Which of the Twelve Shia Imams were of African origin? Why should Muslims support the Black Lives Matter movement? What real steps can youth bodies and individuals take to remove microaggressions from mosques?
Ahmed and Aliya cohost this unmissable discussion, joined by Sheikh Nuru Mohammed, resident Imam in Birmingham, and Ibrahim Sincere, artist and social activities.
A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the shadow of the Earth. For this to happen the Sun, Earth, and Moon must be closely aligned with the Moon and the Moon located furthest from the Sun. There are a few different types of Lunar Eclipse that are determined by where the moon is in relationship to the shadow of the Earth.
A Penumbra Eclipse occurs when the moon only enters the Penumbra area of the Earth’s shadow. The Penumbra is a region of the shadow that is not completely obsured from the rays of the sun. This lighter shadow is a result of the relative size of the Sun to the Earth.
This type of Eclipse causes the moon to only darken slightly when viewed from earth and is one of the less dramatic Lunar eclipse.
The next Penumbral Eclipse will occur on Friday 5th June 2020.
Penumbral Eclipse begins on 5th June at 21.02 (UK Time)
Penumbral Eclipse ends at 22.04 (UK Time)
According to the rulings of Ayatullah Sistani (May Almighty Grant him a long life) Namaz e Ayat is not wajib during a penumbral lunar eclipse.