On 30th March 2011, Dr Qamar Abbas and Sister Sajeeda Shiraz Panjwani from MSI Jamaat of Essex visited Chelmsford's local Farleigh Hospice.
They were greeted by Hospice Chaplain Katy Hacker Hughes and Community Fundraising Manager Christine Hogben. They discussed in detail with them the aspects of functioning of Essex Jamaat and informed them that Essex Jamaat had raised £1,000 on the occasion of Muharram for the hospice.
They discussed that Shia Muslims regard Muharram as a month of reflection and personal development and growth. They commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain AS, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad PBUH. Imam Hussain AS was brutally killed along side his family and companions after 3 days of suffering and starvation on the plains of Karbala (current Iraq) in 680 AD. Imam Hussain AS stood for the principles of justice, human rights and free will and Shia Muslims regard his sacrifice as a significant event in history.
MSI Jamaat of Essex had selected Farleigh Hospice to remember the suffering of Imam Hussain AS as Hospice served to alleviate the suffering of patients with incurable diseases and support the bereaved carers.
They visited Hospice Sanctuary and presented a cheque for £1,000 on behalf of Essex Jamaat. Hospice team thanked them and said that they were impressed by a Shia community's efforts. They finished by agreeing to continue liaising in future.