InshaAllah by the grace of Allah (swt) and our beloved fourteen Masomeen (as) you are all well. Following the announcement from the Executive Committee tonight calling for a Presidential Election to be held on Sunday 5th December the Electoral Commission has convened and wishes to advise members and prospect candidates of the following important dates:
Sunday 5th December 2021 – Election Day (10:30am – 7:30pm)
Friday 3rd December 2021 – Hustings (in the event that there are two or more candidates)
Saturday 27th November – Final list of candidates will be shared to Members
Saturday 20th November – Final date for nominations to be received – (no later than 11:59pm)
As these elections are reserved for the post of President, kindly see below the required three documents:
Clause 7.3 – A completed nomination paper (inc. in this communique) – We advise that candidates are aware of the eligibility criteria and procedural constitutional requirements before submitting.
Clause “7.3.6 a statement of no more than 250 words by the candidate, setting out his or her skills and qualifications and what contribution he or she can make to the Jamaat (the “CV”)” and
Clause “7.3.7 mandatory for candidates for President and optional for other candidates, a manifesto for circulation to the members.”
For candidates wishing to stand for the post kindly ensure all required documents are received no later than Saturday 20th November 11:59pm. Further details of the upcoming Election will be made available in due course. May Allah (swt) guide us towards him through the divine status that vests with our Ahlul bayt (as) With Duas, The Electoral Commission of KSIMC of London
Respected Scholars, Dear Elders, Brothers and Sisters
As per the Executive Committee commitment of providing the community with a monthly update, we are pleased to provide you the latest position in relation to the works at our Beloved Centre.
Centre Restoration – Surveyors Update
Our Surveyors’ Northwood Carter have been working with the various specialists and consultants to get their final reports, which are all required by the Insurers before we can commence with restoration works. Many of our members will have seen multiple consultants in attendance on behalf of the insurers, and we have been informed that our members and staff have been very accommodating, may Allah SWT reward you all. Alhamdulillah we are now nearing completion of the surveys – with the final ones taking place over the coming days.
As indicated in our previous updates, this whole process was due to take up-to 6 months and Alhamdulillah we are within this target time. Northwood Carter have confirmed they are confident that all the reports will be with the Insurers by the end of October, which will allow us to move to the next stage of discussions with the Insurers.
For the purpose of explaining further to our members, when Northwood Carter talk about specialist reports, these are reports to create detailed scope of works to allow competitive tendering to ensure any scope of work created provides information to the insurer and contractors about what works are necessary to restore the building. This would apply for each discipline – thereby giving the insurers confidence that the restoration meets current building regulations and standards.
The Insurers will not progress any discussions until all these reports are submitted and we have been informed that some of these reports have already been submitted and the remainder are due to be submitted to the Insurers by the end of October.
The next stage would be finalising the scope of work for competitive tendering to contractors. These prices from contractors will be used as a platform for discussions to move forward towards a restoration value, and more over the insurers working with the selected contractor to restore the centre. The insurers will be tendering to 5 contractors, 2 from their internal framework and 3 provided by Northwood Carter. This would give them a good baseline for moving to contract award.
Centre Restoration – Architect Update
The architects appointed by Hujjat are working diligently with the various stakeholders including our Surveyors, Heritage Teams, the Council and the Hujjat Property Team to work out the potential options for the community.
There are currently three options which are being presented to the executive committee, which we will present to the entire membership to make a decision on the potential options to include time and cost. These include (a) a restoration solely done by the insurer, (b) an enhanced restoration of the centre and (c) pursuing the wider development plan to include extensions of the building.
We have been assured by the Architects that we should receive options b&c, the visuals and the costings by the end of October.
This will tie in well with having some indication on the level of works required from an insurance restoration perspective, along with the wider development plan, it is our intention to call a General Body Meeting around end November/beginning December time to provide the membership with comprehensive options to decide on the best option forward.
Temporary Steel Structure within the Centre
As updated to the community, the Executive Committee was exploring temporary structures to be erected at the Centre whilst the restoration work was being done. A pre planning application was submitted to Harrow Council and we are still waiting to get a formal update from the council in respect of our application.
In the meantime, the Executive Committee are exploring alternative options within the existing premises. These are dependent on a number of factors, including Health and Safety clearance, Insurance Clearance and also the various reports that are being submitted to the Insurers.
As your Executive Committee, we are making you aware of the options we are exploring, some of these may not materialise due to multiple reasons. This is just to assure you that we are undertaking various options and modalities to see how best we can reopen our centre as soon as its possible.
We expect to have a more concrete and practical plan of reopening our centre by the end of October when we will update the community. If we are able to obtain approval prior to this time, we will naturally update the community earlier.
The team is working very hard and diligently to plan and prepare for Ashra Zainabiya at our beloved Hujjat Centre. The works for this are at final stages and like the first Ashra, we are working on having Marquees and have the majlises face to face in our centre. We are extremely grateful for the support from our members and volunteers throughout this period. InshAllah we can be all together once more at our beloved centre to commemorate the Chehlum of Aba Abdillah (A.S), his family and companions and mourn the atrocities faced by Imam Sajjad (A.S), Bibi Zainab (S.A) and the families of the Martyrs of Kerbala.
Adhamaalahu Ujuruna Waujurakum Bimusabina Be Abi Abillah Al Hussain (A.S)
Respected Scholars, My dear Elders, Brothers and Sisters
Following our last monthly update in July 2021 on our beloved Hujjat Centre, on the property front, the past month has been very busy Alhamdulillah.
Centre Restoration – Northwood Carter, the RICS surveyor working with the insurers on the restoration of the building, in their latest update meeting have mentioned that the specifications are being compiled for the tendering of restoration works.
Centre Pre Application – Studio Downie, the architect working on the wider development plans, have been working closely with all the specialist stakeholders to compile a thorough pre application pack, including the heritage consultants who are looking at a comprehensive approach to the enhanced listing.
With regard to the temporary steel structure – TSS, following last month’s update we have now had a site visit and have had subsequent meetings with Harrow Planning and Heritage department discussing the details of our proposal.
We now await a formal report from the council, expected to give us a “detail” guidance, allowing us to be in a position such that we can get an indicative green light from them on this before submitting the formal planning application.
Insha’Allah we continually strive to do our best to speed up the above processes as much as possible and are grateful for everyone’s well wishes and support – many of whom have recently come forward to offer help in multiple ways, Insha’Allah your reward is with
As we mourn the tragedy of Kerbala and remember our King of Martyrs (A.S), his family and companions, we pray to Allah SWT with the Wasilah of Syedus Shuhadaa (A.S.) and Bibi Zainab (S.A) Insha’Allah for speedy progress for the works to start soon at our beloved Centre. Ameen.
We pray you are well and staying safe during these difficult times.
We are honoured to present our programme for the upcoming Ashra Muharram 1443. We will insha’Allah be blessed with the following reciters –
The English Lecture at our Hujjat Centre will be delivered by Shaykh Abbas Jaffer
The Ladies Morning Majlis Lecture will be delivered by Zakira Anjum Mukadam
An Urdu Lecture will be streamed online (hujj.at/live) and will be live at Al Zahra Centre, Watford. The lecture will be delivered by Maulana Syed Fida Hussain Bukhari. This event will be solely managed by Al Zahra Centre, Watford.
It is every attendees personal responsibility to ensure that they adhere to the Hujjat guidelines and follow the direction of our dedicated volunteers. We have implemented a variety of measures to reduce the risk of transmission, however, all attendees must also be aware that COVID-19 is ever present, and no event is risk free.
If your circumstances change, it is your moral and religious duty to inform the team to ensure the safety of other community members. Failure to do so may affect your ability to attend future events, and you risk putting other community member’s lives at risk. Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8954 6247
We wish to take this opportunity to remember many of our community members that we have sadly lost since last Muharram with a Sura al Fateha.
Location & Logistics
English programme – Hujjat Centre, Stanmore, HA7 4LQ in two separate marquees (1 for Ladies, 1 for Gents).
Please wrap up warm! Marquee flaps will be open for natural ventilation and there will be no heaters.
Where possible, please do car pool with your immediate bubble to reduce the numbers of cars attending our centre.
As always, we must ensure that we are cognizant of our local neighbours. To this end, we humbly request that all attendees ensure that they follow the guidance of volunteers at all times, and actively work to reduce any potential disruption.
No registration (registration details below) – No Entry.
Masks are mandatory throughout the programme and whilst using Hujjat facilities e.g. toilets.
Social distancing will be in place throughout the programme
To continue to ensure the safety of all attendees, we recommend that you are double vaccinated before attending the programme
To continue to ensure the safety of all attendees, we recommend that you take a Lateral Flow Test before attending the programme
Contact tracing measures will be in place.
Smoking will not be permitted in the vicinity of non-smokers. A designated smokers area will be outlined during Hujjat programmes at the centre.
Full detailed Hujjat COVID – 19 guidelines can be found here
Links to go live at 8am the day before the programme. Please visit hujj.at/register for more details.
Tickets will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
Registration will close once capacity has been reached.
Registration to the Al Zahra Centre programme can be found directly on the Al Zahra Centre EventBrite page.
We have made the necessary provisions for a limited number of spaces for Mother and Toddlers to participate and attend the programmes throughout the upcoming Ashra.
Programme timings and live stream
All evening English programmes will begin at 8:30pm from Monday 9th August 2021 with the recitation of the Holy Qur’an (Thursday programmes to begin at 8:10pm).
Ladies morning majlis will begin at 10:15 am from Tuesday the 10th of August 2021.
Programme details can be found on our Hujjat website. Programmes will also be streamed on our Hujjat YouTube page
I have written O my master (A.S) seeking help, and I complain (to you) about what has descended upon me – seeking refuge with Allah (S.W.T) and then with you, from the affair that has taken me by surprise and occupied my heart, and made me think a lot, and has stripped away from me some of my core, and has changed the great blessings of God that is with me, my close friend has left me when it came to me and he dissociated from me when he saw it advancing towards me, my plans have been unable to push it away, and my patience and strength haven’t been able to bear it. So I have taken refuge with you in this (problem), and with regard to the request for Allah – I have placed my trust in Allah (S.W.T) and in you, seeking protection from (that which bothers me) – (requesting) about your whereabouts from Allah, the one who brings close, and is the owner of all affairs. I trust you with regards to the speedy intercession (you have) with Him in my affairs and I have certainty in Him answering you with respect to my needs. O my master you are worthy of actualising (what’s in) my thoughts, and honouring the hopes I have in you (with regard to) my affairs/matters.
[mention your wants]:
In this (the wants) I have no strength in bearing it and no patience, while you are able to (solve it) although it (the situation) is because of my own ugly acts and my negligence of the obligatory acts which are for Allah (S.W.T), So help me O my master (A.S) in my worries and present my wants in front of Allah, before the starting of the calamities, and the mocking of the enemies (of me), for with you (lies) the spreading of the bounties upon me. And I ask Allah (S.W.T) for an honourable victory for me, and a close success which entails me reaching – my hopes, good principles,completion of my acts, and safety from all forms of fearful things in all states. Surely He(Allah) does what He pleases, and He suffices me – the best of those upon whom trust can be placed in the beginning and at the end.
We have received a message that World Federation President Al Hajj Safder Bhai has received from Agha Syed Kashmiri, representative of His Eminence Syed al Sistani (DZ). He has requested everyone to observe tomorrow , Friday the 25th of December as the day of Prayer. The excerpt of his message is as follows :
‘’The Islamic Centres in the UK have an important role within faith, in these sensitive circumstances, which is to direct the hearts and minds of people to the merciful Lord who is able to save the country from this scourge represented by the Coronavirus.
Therefore, I call upon the imams of mosques, informants, and supervisors of Islamic Centres to make the noon of Friday, that falls on December 25, a day of prayer and Du’a to alleviate the scourge, lift the epidemic from the people, and heal the sick.
I also call on them to intensify the media campaign amongst our community, so that the largest number of people possible can participate in the prayer ceremony, as well as calling on the media to report the event so that the people of this country turn to the Lord of the servants to save them from the hardship and calamity they are in.
And Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, called us to supplication, so he said: ((Call upon me, I will answer you)).
I ask Allah the almighty to answer everyone’s supplication and relieve them of their hardship and affliction. He is the Hearer and Answerer.’’