بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Tuesday, 23rd January 2018


Annual Prize Distribution Day for 2015

Annual Prize Distribution Day For Year 2015

Annual Prize distribution day for academic year 2015 and enrolment for academic year 2016 were held on Saturday 9th January 2016. This was a great day to recognise the great efforts of our children in the Madressa. The ceremony was held at Madressa usual premises Chancellor Park Primary School, Chelmsford.

The programme started by the recitation of Quran by ZainMohammed Valji (Imam Ali class). The entire program was chaired by Ammar Abbas (Imam Hussain class and last year's students representative). It was followed by a beautiful speech by Sister Akila Manji (Deputy Principal) who shared her experience of receiving a letter from a colleague who had expressed her admiration for practising of Islamic faith. She stated that in this day and age, there are examples that we can still set for our peers to see and appreciate our peaceful faith. This inspirational talk was followed by Sheikh Abbas Ismail (Fiqh Lead and Resident Aalim), who delivered words of wisdom including tips to practice.

Parents Representative Syed Hussain delivered a brief speech to thank Madressa team. It was followed by a talk from Madressa Principal Dr Syed Qamar Abbas, who presented the annual report and summarised the achievements of Madressa students last year and thanked all involved in making the Madressa a successful learning institution for our children. He particularly thanked teachers for all their hard work and appreciated the Essex Jamaat for their moral and financial support. He announced new members of Madressa team. Annual Madressa magazine was distributed as well. He announced that next year classes will be named:

Imam Hussain AS Class

Abbas Class

Hur Class

Zuhair Class

Habib Ibn Mazahir Class

John Class

Muslim Ibn Aqeel Class

Last but not least, all children of the Madressa where recognised for their hard work and exam results in the award presentation ceremony which was conducted by the principal and awards were given by guest speakers and Madressa teachers to the children. The children were presented with Al-Mustafa, Al-Murtaza and Az-Zehra award as per their achievements as well as their conduct and participation throughout the year.

The ceremony was concluded by Jamaat President Fayyaz Haji's speech who thanked all Madressa volunteers, parents and students for their ongoing involvement. Salaat-e-Dhuhrain was offered to complete the ceremony.


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“Visitation and Veneration of Saints, Holy Personalities, and Shrines”

“With the grace and blessing of the Almighty, MSI Jamat of Essex was able to open its doors yet again on Saturday 23rd January for another interfaith event, which gave an opportunity for all to ask questions and offer comment and observations with the ultimate goal to learn from one another and to be able to appreciate each other through faith.

This event’s theme was “Visitation and Veneration of Saints, Holy Personalities, and Shrines”.


The proceedings commenced with the MC, Sister Farwa Jeddy, who began by welcoming the guests and outlining the event.

Following a beautiful recitation of the Holy Qu’ran in Arabic and English by Sayyid Abbas Hussein and Zain Mohammed Valji, there was a short introduction from Al Hajj Fayyazbhai Haji, MSI Jamaat of Essex’s President, who welcomed the guest speakers and visitors to the event and prayed for its success.


This led onto the speeches by the expert guests. The speakers were chosen to represent a number of local faiths: Christianity, Judaism, Brahma Kumaris, and Sunni Islam, including a speech from MSI Jamaat of Essex’s resident alim, Shaykh Abbas Ismail.


Each speaker was given an opportunity to talk about the topic and this was followed by questions from the floor. Alhamdulillah all speakers, speeches and discussions were lively and interactive.


The Jamaat laid on an exhibition of posters, books and model shrines to show the way Shia Ithna Asheri Islam venerates our Holy personalities and shrines.


The day ended as usual with a sumptuous buffer dinner giving all 100 plus guests an opportunity to mingle, network and discuss relevant issues around the general interfaith theme.


The President and Executive Committee of MSI Jamaat of Essex are grateful to all guest speakers for taking time out of their busy schedules to attend and speak on the day, and also to the volunteers, particularly the youth volunteers who offered their services to make this event such a great success.

Al Hajj Fayyazbhai Haji, said “By the grace of Allah, we were able to hold another successful event. My thanks and appreciation to our resident alim Shaykh Abbas Ismail and all the team here at MSI Jamaat of Essex. Indeed we have a vision to make MSI Jamaat of Essex a vibrant part of the local interfaith dialogue, and to participate in faith discussions with the intellectual and rational outlook of the school of the Ahlul Bayt”.


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News of Death: Marhum Raza Gulamhussein Esmail Dossa

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

inna lillah

Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Rajeoon - "To Allah we belong, and to Him is our return". (Al-Baqarah 2:156)

Marhum Raza Gulamhussein Esmail Dossa on 25 January 2016 - 14 Rabi al Thaani 1437

We regret to inform you of the sad demise of Marhum Raza Gulamhussein Esmail Dossa, who passed away in London. Marhum was the father of Mehboob and Azeem Dossa. 

Salaatul Mayyit will be prayed after Salaatul Dhuhrayn (12.20pm) on Tuesday 26 January 2016. Burial thereafter at Carpenders Park Cemetry.

Al Fateha

I Donate Blood for Imam Hussain [as]


10th Muharram 61 AH will always be remembered in history as the day of greatest sacrifice a human can make to make sure that God's message of justice, freedom, truth and humanity survives. This is the day which was coloured red by Imam Hussain (AS)'s family and companions' blood but it provided a glorious way to follow for the rest of time.

Every year, Shia Muslims gather to remember that sacrifice and use different ways to pay their homage. This year, members of Essex Jamaat (like before) liaised with Blood (UK) and wore special T-shirts to donate blood in the name of Imam Hussain (AS). The day was coordinated by Essex Jamaat’s youth committee member Hamza Abbas who donated blood for the first time to pay tribute to Imam Hussain (AS).

Hamza said, 'It is a great service to donate blood to fellow human beings but it was a special and honourable feeling that I was donating blood for Imam Hussain (AS), who is a great inspiration for all of us.'

Members of Essex Jamaat donated blood on 20th December 2015 at Mildmay Junior and Infants School, Chelmsford. Members from the local community were impressed by the T-shirts and asked questions about Essex Jamaat's motivation to donate blood.

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Imam Hasan Al-Askari [as]

The Shrine Imam Hassan Al-Askari


Birth 10th Rabi-ul Aakher 232 AH in Madina
Titles Al-Askari
Death 8th Rabi-ul Awwal 260 AH  Samarrah, Iraq

“Generosity has a limit, which when crossed becomes extravagance; caution has a limit which when crossed becomes cowardice; thriftiness has a limit, which when crossed becomes miserliness; courage has a limit, which when crossed becomes fool-hardiness. Let this moral lesson suffice: refrain from doing anything which you would disapprove of if done by someone else.”
(as quoted in A Brief History of The Fourteen Infallibles p. 155-157)

Samarra is a garrison town about 60 miles north of Baghdad. River Euphrates flows in the middle of the town, and because of the surrounding hills a cool breeze keeps the area cooler in comparison to Baghdad. The word ‘Asker’ in arabic is used for army. Our 11th Imam’s title became known as Askari, the one who lived all his life in a garrison town

There is another story related with this name by many historians. Once the Caliph called him in his palace and ordered his army to march past before him. The Caliph wanted to boast or to impress the Imam of his power or to dissuade the Imam from any thoughts of revolution against the Abbasid Caliphate. When the march past was over, Imam asked the Caliph to gaze between two of his fingers. What the Caliph saw was a huge army of lancers and swords men marching past, a much bigger crowd than the Caliphs army. He was astonished at this miracle and named him Askari, i.e. the man with a big army.

Imam Hasan al-Askari’s (AS) life from childhood to adulthood was spent in this house where his father Imam Ali an-Naqi (AS) was to remain under house arrest. But despite this close guard on the Imam, he conducted his duties as Imam from inside the house. He taught people Qur’an and instructed his followers the true teachings of Islam as taught by the Prophet of Islam and his Ahlulbayt. In fact Imam Hasan al-Askari (AS) wrote a complete Tafseer of the Qur’an which was mentioned by many scholars, historians and exegetes, including Kulaini and Saduq.

Imam Hasan al-Askari (AS) lived a short life, only 28 years and in this short life he had to endure great sufferings by the hands of the Abbasid caliphs. But in spite of all that suffering and confinement under house arrest in Samarrah, many students of Islam benefited from his God-gifted knowledge and later became scholars in their fields. He discussed with agnostics of that age many times about the existence of God and the reasons for the necessity of the Prophets and Imams and many atheists changed their minds and converted to Islam. One of those was Ishaq al-kindi who was writing a book about contradictions in Qur’an. Imam invited some of his students and taught them lessons from the Qur’an.

These students of Al-kindi confronted their teacher and rejected his arguments about the contradictions in the Holy Book. Al-Kindi realised that these arguments could not have come from the brains of these young students. He asked them about the secret of their extensive knowledge of the Qur’an. In the end they confessed that Imam Hasan al-Askari taught them. Kindi himself became the disciple of our Imam, burnt his own writings on atheism and later wrote many treatises on Islam.

In spite of the fact that the Imam had never given any cause for concern to the Caliphs of his time, their guilt in this matter was so great that they did not leave these pious personalities in peace. If they had no fear of their throne they were afraid of the excellence and knowledge of the Imams. In the case of Imam Hasan al-Askari (AS), the same type of jealousy led to the poisoning of the Imam to end this life of a saint whose only activity was to teach Qur’an as the Prophet and his Ahlulbayt taught before him. During the rule of Al-Mu’tamid poison was given to the Imam mixed in some fruit and he died on 8th Rabi-al-Awwal 260AH. He left only one son, whose name was Muhammad who was only five years old when his father died.

Story of the Holy Ka’aba And its People; By S.M.R. Shabbar; published by Muhammadi Trust of Great Britain

SOURCE: ww.hujjat.org


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