The history of Majalis in English at our centre dates back to 1985, when they were held regularly in the Annexe building. However, at this time only gents were able to benefit from the programmes. It was then decided to have a centre, which served both ladies and gents – this led to the creation of the English Listening Centre. Alhamdulillah, the English Listening Centre has now been running for many years. It was opened during Ashra-e-Zainabiyya 1419 (June 1999) and has been primarily created to facilitate Majalis in the English Language when the programme in the Main Hall is in Urdu or Gujarati. The ELC programmes usually run on the first floor of Hujjat Imambara parallel to the programme in the main hall and are open to both ladies and gents. They are coordinated by the ELC Committee, whose vision it is to offer first class and highly effective programmes in English that make a real difference to the lives of all attendees. The ELC committee also endeavours to provide other forms of religious programmes in affiliation with Stanmore Jafferys including specialised seminars and debates to stimulate the intellectual mind.Please note that the letters ‘ELC’ in the Hujjat calendar denotes a parallel programme in the English Listening Centre. For more information please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Chairman: Kassam JafferVice Chairman: Fazleabbas Kanji
The Hujjat ELC will be marking the remembrance of Ashra-e-Muharram 1437 from Wednesday 14th October 2015. During the first Ashra, our guest speaker will be our very own Sheikh Abbas Jaffer. Sheikh Abbas Jaffer is world renowned, having delivered lectures and Majalis and recited in various cities around the world in English. His topic for the series will be “Characteristics of the community of Imam Mahdi (atf).” He will be referencing his lectures to the Prayer of the 12th Imam. Click here for the link.
During the ELC Ashra-e-Muharram series this year, the ELC will be introducing a new approach to make lectures more interactive and engaging. Thanks to the support of the Hujjat AV/IT team, we have set up system that will allow attendees to vote on questions posed by Sheikh Abbas during the lecture each night, using their smart phones; with the results appearing in real time, live on a screen in both the gents and ladies sides. The Programme Managers will provide instructions to attendees each night during their announcements, in order to ensure maximum participation by all present.
This is a new approach being introduced by the ELC and if successful, we can build on this moving forward inshAllah. Furthermore this is not to take away from the sombreness of the Ashra-e-Muharram commemorations and on that basis there will only be one question posed each night half way through the lecture and as usual, each lecture will conclude with Masa’eb and lead to Nawha.
Finally we look forward to welcoming all attendees to the ELC during the upcoming series inshAllah.
May Allah (SWT) accept all of our A’amals and ensure that we remain motivated and inspired to keep the Azadari of Imam Husayn (AS) alive and ongoing forever.