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KSIMC of London (Hujjat): Muharram 1435 Speakers and lecture topics
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.
Hujjat-ul-Islam Dr Mohammad Ali Shomali is a graduate of the Islamic Seminaries of Qum and has also both a BA and an MA in Western Philosophy from the University of Tehran. He has earned his Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Manchester. His doctoral thesis was on ethical relativism. He did his postdoctoral research on ethical issues related to life and death. He is the director of the International Institute for Islamic Studies and the Dean of Postgraduate Studies of the International Section of the Jami’at al-Zahra (a), Qum.
His publications include: Self-Knowledge (1996 & 2006, also translated into Malay, Spanish and Kiswahili), Ethical Relativism: An Analysis of the Foundations of Morality (2001, also translated into Malay), Discovering Shi‘a Islam (7th edition 2010; also translated into 12 languages), Shi‘a Islam: Origins, Faith & Practices (2003 & 2010; also translated into Spanish & Swedish), Principles of Jurisprudence: An Introduction to Methodology of Fiqh (2006). He is a co-editor of Catholics & Shi’a in Dialogue: Studies in Theology & Spirituality (2004 & 2011), Catholic-Shi’a Engagement: Reason & Faith in Theory and Practice (2006 & 2011), A Catholic-Shi‘a Dialogue: Ethics in Today’s Society (2008 & 2011) and Monks and Muslims: Monastic and Shi‘a Spirituality in Dialogue (2012). Dr Shomali is editor-in-chief of two journals: the Message of Thaqalayn: A Quarterly Journal of Islamic Studies and the Spiritual Quest: A Biannual Journal of Ethics and Spirituality.
Zakira has gained her Islamic knowledge through self study and has been reciting majalises since 1987. She has been the Principal of AZ Zahra Madressah, Minnesota for 14 years and has been actively teaching in the Madressah for approximately 30 years. Zakira has travelled to Canada, UK, and across the USA to recite majalis and speaks a range of languages.