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Join Dr. Zoheir for Module 9 of the ICRA Advanced Course next weekend!

Don't forget to join us for Module 9, Philosophy taught by Dr. Zoheir Ali Esmail. 

Dr Zoheir began his Islamic education studying Arabic at the University of Damascus while studying introductory hawza studies at the Hazwa of Imam Kumayni in the Sayyida Zaynab (as) area. He then continued his hawza studies in London and also gained an MA in the Islamic sciences from Middlesex University. He then moved to Iran to pursue his studies at a deeper level gaining an MA in Islamic Mysticism from the hawza of Imam al-Khumayni in Qum and a doctorate from the University of Exeter with the thesis title: Between Philosophy and Irfan: Interpreting Mulla Sadra from the Qajars to Post-Revolutionary Iran. He currently spends most of his time teaching at various institutions including ICAS and the Hawza in London.

Registration for live lectures closes at 4pm GMT SHARP on 26 March 2021, however, you can sign up to access all previous lectures and interact with the class and lecturers through our MS Teams portal.

Each course module is made up of three lectures which will take place between 8pm-9pm GMT from Friday to Sunday, on successive weekends. 

Registrations for live lectures close at 4pm GMT SHARP on Friday, 26 March 2021.

Click here to find out more and register.


N'oubliez pas de vous joindre à nous pour le module 9, Philosophie enseignée par le Dr Zoheir Ali Esmail.

Le Dr Zoheir a commencé son éducation islamique en étudiant l'arabe à l'Université de Damas tout en étudiant les études d'introduction au hawza au Hazwa de l'imam Kumayni dans la région de Sayyida Zaynab (as). Il a ensuite poursuivi ses études hawza à Londres et a également obtenu une maîtrise en sciences islamiques de l'Université de Middlesex. Il a ensuite déménagé en Iran pour poursuivre ses études à un niveau plus profond, obtenant une maîtrise en mysticisme islamique du hawza de l'imam al-Khumayni à Qum et un doctorat de l'Université d'Exeter avec le titre de thèse: Entre la philosophie et l'Irfan: interpréter Mulla Sadra des Qajars à l'Iran post-révolutionnaire. Il passe actuellement la plupart de son temps à enseigner dans diverses institutions, notamment ICAS et le Hawza à Londres.

L'inscription aux conférences en direct se termine à 16h00 GMT SHARP le 26 mars 2021, cependant, vous pouvez vous inscrire pour accéder à toutes les conférences précédentes et interagir avec la classe et les conférenciers via notre portail MS Teams.

Le module est composé de trois conférences qui auront lieu entre 20h00 et 21h00 GMT du vendredi au dimanche.

Chaque module de cours est composé de trois conférences qui auront lieu entre 20h00 et 21h00 GMT du vendredi au dimanche, les week-ends successifs.

Les inscriptions pour les conférences en direct se clôturent à 16h GMT SHARP le vendredi 26 mars 2021.

Cliquez ici pour en savoir plus et vous inscrire.

Last chance to join the Online Ladies' Retreat

Don't forget to join us at the Connections through Conversations Online Ladies Retreat with special guest Sr. Tahera Kassamali, for a fun evening of self-development, games, quizzes, and a raffle with prizes!

Registration closes at 8pm GMT Sharp on Saturday, 20 March 2021.

Limited spaces. For details and registration click here.

Enter the Children's Gujarati Speech Competition by 23 March!

The Khoja Heritage Festival 2021 will have presentations from Jamaats, a heritage exhibition, a quiz with prizes for the winner and runner up, and a children's Gujarati speech competition!

The Children's Gujarati Speech Competition is open to children aged between 7 and 12 years. To apply to enter, please 
click here and fill in your child's details. The deadline to send in your entries is Tuesday, 23 March 2021.

The theme for the competition is twofold:
1. Describe what our heritage is as a Khoja today (traditional food, traditional clothes, our language, our mosques, etc.)
2. What are the goals of the Khoja Heritage Project (maintain our culture, spread our culture, or just talk about it sometime around an event?)
See you soon!


Le Khoja Heritage Festival 2021 propose des présentations de Jamaats, une exposition sur le patrimoine, un quiz avec des prix pour le gagnant et le finaliste, et un concours de discours gujarati pour enfants!

Le concours de discours pour enfants gujarati est ouvert aux enfants âgés de 7 à 12 ans. Pour postuler, veuillez
cliquer ici et remplir les coordonnées de votre enfant et le nom de Jamaat, en nous indiquant pourquoi il aimerait participer au concours. Seuls 5 candidats seront sélectionnés pour participer! La date limite pour envoyer vos candidatures est le mardi 23 mars 2021.

Le thème du concours est double:
1. Décrivez ce qu'est notre héritage en tant que Khoja aujourd'hui (cuisine traditionnelle, vêtements traditionnels, notre langue, nos mosquées, etc.)
2. Quels sont les objectifs du projet du patrimoine Khoja (maintenir notre culture, diffuser notre culture ou simplement en parler à l'occasion d'un événement?)

À bientôt!

The Need to Process and Support

Loss is a part of life, but suffering alone does not have to be. The Ahlulbayt (a.s.) have emphasised the importance of grieving and processing loss, but not everyone is able to do so effectively. Join us for this workshop where we will breakdown the stages in which one can help a loved one, a friend, a community member, or oneself cope with grief and navigate the bereavement process.

Please note that for the purposes of supervision as well as self-reflective work on your new-found skills, there will be a follow-up reflection circle that you will be required to attend. 

LIMITED SPACES. Click here for registration.

NB: Due to the high demand and limited spaces, your registration indicates your commitment to attend this session. Last-minute cancellations and no shows are a waste of community resources.

Feedback on ICRA Module 7

Module 7 of the ICRA Course on Theology that took place last weekend was a extremely detailed and thought provoking!⠀

Thank you to all our wonderful participants, and especially to Sheikh Jaffer Ladak for his deep analyses and for taking the extra time to answer all the questions!

Participants were asked what the most valuable and enjoyable aspects of the Theology module were. Some of the responses received included:

"The most valuable part of the course was the Sheikh’s dissection of the main arguments for what constitutes aqeedah in the usulul madhab vs usulul deen debate, furthermore the course was good for the layman in showing the importance of just a single proof for God."
"The lecturer presented an outstanding introduction to theological studies that has wet the appetite for going beyond maybe into Hawza itlsef."

"The sessions were excellent as always with COEJ. This class gave a lot to reflect on when it came to my own beliefs and how Islam should be used. I also grasped many different opinions of scholars on the same issue which shows how diverse and interesting our ulema can be and allowed me to associate myself to an extent with an opinion."

The next module is Philosophy taught by Dr. Zoheir Ali Esmail and will take place from 26 March to 28 March 2021. Click here to find out more and sign up.

Census Day is this weekend on 21 March 2021!

You will have received the Census letter from the UK Government in your post this week. This is the first time this is an online form and each household in England and Wales must complete it. Please do take the time to fill out the online form and make sure to include your religion.

3 reasons why we as Muslims must fill out the Census:

1️⃣ 💰 Funding is allocated to communities and areas according to this, so if only 70% fill it out in an area - they will likely only get 70% of the funding they were entitled to.

2️⃣ 📈 Resources are allocated according to census - if less people fill it out, there will be less access to schools, healthcare, services in your area.

3️⃣ 📣 Voice - The more Muslims that fill out the Census, the stronger our voice as a community when we speak to the government and other communities.

For statistics on British Muslims from the last census, click here.

All households should complete the census on Sunday, 21 March 2021, or as soon as possible after.

You must complete the census by law, or you could be fined up to £1,000.

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