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- Ramadan Question Time: Riots and Our Youth - Saturday 20th Aug @ 10:00pm | Cheadle Royal
- IUS Ramadhan Majaalis - Starting Wednesday 17th Aug @ 7:45pm | Cheadle Royal
Special Ramadan Question Time: Riots and Our Youth
In the name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful.
The riots in England last week shocked everyone. Images of kids as young as 11, looting in broad daylight have raised serious questions about young people in British society. Is this really what a few broken shop windows and absence of police officers can turn us into?
With the Month of Ramadan being a time of reflection both internally and for our communities, we should ask ourselves: is the young generation in our communities also going astray, albeit in different ways? Do they not waste large periods of their life on Facebook, games consoles, and other recreational activities? At a time when many Muslim youth groups working for the blessing of the Ahlul Bayt (as) complain of a “lack of volunteers” or “shortage of manpower”.
Join us for a special Question Time-style panel discussion immediately after Saturday’s Ramadan majaalis, featuring BOTH majaalis speakers Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hilli and Sayed Hussain Qazwini. We will explore the nature of youth in our own Shia Muslim communities and seek practical solutions for improvement.
THE QUESTION TIME PANEL
- Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hilli - Speaker for remaining 7 nights of the Ramadan Majalis.
- Sayed Hussain Qazwini - Renowned international speaker & scholar studying in Hawza in Karbala.
- Musa Naqvi - IUS Chairman
- Hassan Joudi - Volunteer with IUS for the last three years in London.
- Chairing - Marwan AlDawoud - Founder of the national Imam Hussain (as) Blood Donation Campaign.
Date: Saturday 20th August
Time: 10.00 – 11.30pm
Contact: 077 925 888 19
The panel discussion will be broadcasted LIVE from 10pm
Open to: All are welcome. Both young and old members of the communities are encouraged to attend.
Notes: The Question Time panel will start immediately after futur, following the Ramadan Majlis.
BACKGROUND ON TOPICS TO EXPLORE
The riots in England last week shocked everyone. Soul-searching questions are being asked on why looting erupted so quickly and why it was so widespread among teenagers and those in their twenties. And why seemingly innocent passers-by helped themselves to mobile phones, Sony LCD screens, clothing items, shoes and more. Is this really what a few broken shop windows and absence of police officers can turn us into?
The Month of Ramadan is surely a blessing from Allah (swt) and is a time for real reflection both internally within our own souls and externally with our families, local and wider communities.
We should not think we are immune from this problem spreading to our communities. Arguably our youth are already going astray in other ways that place their short-term worldly desires ahead of longer-term akhira (hereafter) concerns.
Is it fair to say our younger siblings, or our sons & daughters, “waste” large periods of their life on Facebook, games consoles, and other recreational and amusement past times? Does not the famous “use-5-before-5” hadith of Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) say to take advantage of “your youth, before you become old”?
Are today's youth making use of the blessing of the Ahlulbayt (AS) to make a real difference to our communities? For example why did no Muslim youth groups jump on the opportunities to help the cleanup operations after the riots? Why do many Muslim organisations in Britain often complain of a “lack of volunteers” or “shortage of manpower”? Is it that the youth period of our lives, when we are most energetic and zealous, is passing us by?
While the riots have thrown up huge question marks about the wider young people of Britain, it is also an opportunity to explore the nature of youth in our own Shia Muslim communities. Only by reflecting on ourselves and answering such difficult questions can our communities come together and move forward, for a beautiful narration of Imam Ali (as) says that one hour of reflection is better than 70 years of worship.
Join us for a special Question Time-style panel discussion immediately after Saturday’s Ramadan majaalis, featuring BOTH majaalis speakers Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hilli and Sayed Hussain Qazwini together for the first and only time. We hope to discuss these issues and seek practical solutions & actions in order to make the next generation – that will ultimately consist of our younger siblings, sons and daughters - a stronger one.
Salams and Duaas
IUS Majalis Team.
IUS Ramadhan Majaalis 2011
Sayed Hussain Qazwini & Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hilli
In the name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful.
Once again we are approaching the blessed month of Ramadhan and we are happy to announce the IUS Majaalis programme will be starting on Wednesday 17th August for 3 nights with Sayed Hussain Qazwini followed immediately by Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hilli for 7 Nights, who will both be sharing their knowledge with us through lectures, Q&A sessions and amaals during the holy nights of al-Qadr.
We will begin the program with quran recitation followed by a lecture then iftar. May Allah reward you for all your efforts and grant you success in this life and the next. We very much look forward to meeting you all in Ramathan and having Iftar with you.
Speakers: Sayed Hussain Qazwini & Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hilli
Wed 17th - 19th Aug (3 Nights)
Sat 20th - 26th Aug (7 Nights)
For further information, please contact us:
Mobile: 077 925 888 19 (Brother Hassan)
Salaams and Duas
IUS Majalis Team
Salams & Duas