Muharram 1438 SpeakersIn: Latest News
The KSIMC of London wishes to announce the following Zakireen who will deliver discourses during the First Ashra Muharram series:
Urdu: Maulana Wasi Hasan Khan
Hujjat-ul-Islam Maulana Wasi Hasan Khan was born in Faizabad, India in 1969. After completing his initial education, he left for Qum in 1983. He graduated from the seminary in Qum in 1990. Since graduation, Maulana has been involved in various tableegh activities in different parts of the world. In addition to these, he has been teaching Arabic to college students. He is the current principal at Wasiqa College in Faizabad, India.
Topic: “Maqsade Qeyam-e-Imam Husayn aur Zindagi Guzarne Ka Islami Tariqa.“
English: Shaykh Amin Rastani
Shaykh Amin Rastani was born and raised in the United States of America. After finishing high school, he travelled to Qum in 1999 to pursue howzah studies in the Howzah Ilmiyyah of Qum and has been there ever since.
Due to references by scholars in the US, he was able to get into one of the top schools therein, and graduated from the six-year introductory level, which included years of Arabic syntax and grammar, logic (mantiq), Islamic theology (kalaam), Islamic rulings and law (ahkaam), Islamic history, jurisprudence (fiqh), principles of jurisprudence (usul al-fiqh), and other disciplines, after which, he began the intermediate level of fiqh and usul al-fiqh studies comprising of the valuable works of the late Shaykh Murtadhan al-Ansari, namely the ‘Makaasib’ and ‘Rasaa’il’ series, and the philosophy of the late Allamah Tabatabai, spending years on these studies as well. He is currently at an advanced level of fiqh and usul al-fiqh studies under His Eminence, Ayatullah Sayyid Mahmoud al-Hashimi al-Shahroudi. Sheikh Amin also has a master’s degree in Semitic religions from the University of Religions and Denominations of Qum, with a dissertation on the Code of Canon Law (Catholicism). In addition, Sheikh Amin is a teacher of the Howza and lectures internationally on various occasions of the Islamic year.
Topic: Reflections on Ziyarat-e-Ashura
Zakira Taherabai Ahmed Jaffer will deliver Majaalis in the Ladies Hall during the Morning sessions. Residing in Mombasa, Taherabai has been active in the sphere of tableegh for over 40 years. Her foremost passion is the madressa and the teaching of community children of all ages. Taherabai is also very actively involved with Bilal Muslim Mission and educating converts about Islam. Upon invitation, Taherabai also lectures around the world in Urdu, Gujarati, and English during the months of Muharram and Safar. Her particular area of speciality is Fiqh.
English topic: Five fundamental principles for success in dunya and aakhira.
Urdu topic: O human being! Recognise thyself!
Zakira Taherabai Kassamali from Toronto will deliver Majaalis during the Evening sessions in the ELC for Ladies Only. Originally from Kenya, Tahera Kassamali works as the Outreach coordinator and Instructor at the Academy for Learning Islam, in Toronto Canada. As part of her work, she conducts onsite and online Islamic courses, holds workshops, and conducts spiritual retreats for ladies and youth. Along with her husband she runs Tayyiba Publishers which has published children’s Islamic workbooks and Dua books for special occasions. Taherabai has a B.A. with honors in English literature from the University of Alberta and a B.Ed from the University of British Columbia. She has also studied in Qum. She brings many years of experience as a lecturer in the community and teacher at Islamic schools.
Topic for Muharram: Enhanced well-being through attachment to God – a discussion on Islamic concepts of closeness to God that promote spiritual and psychological well being.