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02
APR
2020

Joint statement from Faith leaders: “we all pray for the health and unity of our nation”

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Joint statement from Faith leaders: “we all pray for the health and unity of our nation” April 2, 2020 Imam Sayed Razawi, Chief Imam and Director General of Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, joined faith leaders across Scotland in signing a joint statement calling on people of faith across the country to engage with, and pray for, the many community efforts that have sprung up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement reads: “We are living through unprecedented times and our local communities are finding ways of connecting and supporting each other. We are aware that COVID-19 is beginning to affect people we know and people are anxious. It is therefore important that we all keep to the government advice; it will help save lives. “These are also the moments when it is so important that we, the faith communities in Scotland, stand together. We all seek the wellbeing and peace of our people and we all also pray for the health and unity of our nation. “We commit ourselves to mutual respect and to seek together those opportunities when we can offer ourselves to the service of the people and institutions of Scotland. “We are praying for you and with you, may God be with us.” The signatories were: Imam Sayed Razawi, Chief Imam, Director General, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland The Most Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church The Most...
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25
MAR
2020

Statement of Condolence and Solidarity – Sikh temple in Kabul, Afghanistan

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Statement of Condolence and Solidarity; Following the tragic attack on a Sikh temple in Kabul, Afghanistan Date: 25th March 2020 We are shocked and distraught to learn of the tragic news of the killing of dozens of Sikh worshippers in Kabul, Afghanistan. Our prayers extend to the victims, the departed and their families during this trying time. As the world sees great trials and difficulties unfold, it is crucial that we ban together around common humanity, and condemn vicious acts of violence like these. Our hand extends to the Sikh community at this time, and all those people of faith and no-faith. The Prophet Muhammad and his Holy Household taught that life is inviolable and sacred, and that the places of worship of those of other faiths are not to be defiled or desecrated. We pray that our collective humanity prevails at a time where we see the devastation that division can cause.
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18
MAR
2020

Meeting with Mr Bruce Reidford the Deacon Convener of The Trades House of Glasgow

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10th March 2020 A very positive and encouraging meeting between Mr Bruce Reidford the Deacon Convener of The Trades House of Glasgow and our Chairman, Mr Shabir Beg OBE discussing civic engagement, diversity, community equality and well-being.
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12
MAR
2020

Joint statement from Faith Leaders in Scotland on Coronavirus

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12th March, 2020 Faith leaders in Scotland have made a joint statement on Coronavirus. Imam Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, Director General and Chief Imam of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, The Most Rev Mark Strange, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Most Rev Leo Cushley, Roman Catholic Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh; and The Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland issued the statement on 12 March. “As faith leaders in Scotland, along with others we are concerned about the spread of the Coronavirus. We therefore invite everyone in our society to be safe themselves, and respectfully remind everyone of their responsibility to others for their health and wellbeing. Society thrives when we look after each other, and so we urge everyone to follow guidelines from the health authorities and we invite people to look out for those who are especially vulnerable and those who are isolated at this time.”
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06
MAR
2020

Meeting with Mr Martin Johnson

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6th March 2020 A very positive and encouraging meeting with Mr Martin Johnson, Deputy Director Brussels, for the Scottish Government and our Chair, Mr Shabir Beg OBE discussing civic engagement, diversity, community equality and well-being this morning.
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06
MAR
2020

Faith leaders at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey where the Reverend Tricia Hillas was inaugurated as Chaplain to The Speaker of the House of Commons

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4th March 2020 Imam Razawi was delighted to have been a part of a delegation of faith leaders at the Service at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey where the Reverend Tricia Hillas was inaugurated as Chaplain to The Speaker of the House of Commons. The service, which was attended by parliamentary staff, representatives of the Diocese of London, family and friends, was conducted by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle. The Address was given by the Right Reverend and Right Honourable Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, Bishop of London. The Venerable Elizabeth Adekunle, Archdeacon of Hackney, gave a reading from Ephesians 3, and Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons, read from Matthew 5. Picture Credit: Westminster Abbey
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03
MAR
2020

Meeting with SABS, Church of Scotland and Scottish FA

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3rd March 2020 A very positive and encouraging meeting between the Church of Scotland, the Scottish Football Association and the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society discussing civic engagement, diversity, community equality and well-being.
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03
MAR
2020

SABS and Edinburgh Direct Aid 2020

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1st March 2020 The SABS Youth team, with the support of Jafaria Foundation, undertook another community-wide collection of items and donations for the next container to be shipped to Syrian refugees in the Middle East by Edinburgh Direct Aid. Thank you to all who dug deep and made donations!
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03
MAR
2020

Edinburgh Theological Seminary Class Discussion 2020

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3rd March 2020 SABS was honoured to have spoken to students of Ministry at the Edinburgh Theological Seminary upon the gracious invitation of the Reverend Duncan Peters. SABS members spoke to future Ministers of the Free Church of Scotland about Shi’a Islam in an engaging class discussion that touched upon important points concerning both Islam and Christianity. Our thanks extend to the Reverend Duncan Peters for facilitating this, fourth year running. Peace #Unity #Hope #Christianity #Shia #Islam #SABS
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03
MAR
2020

Meeting with Mr Sabir Zazai, CEO Scottish Refugee Council

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27th February 2020 Very positive and encouraging meeting between Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Chairman Mr Shabir Beg OBE and Mr Sabir Zazai, CEO of the Scottish Refugee Council discussing civic engagement and social cohesion and well-being yesterday.
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03
MAR
2020

EIFA Climate Emergency event

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1st March 2020 Members of the SABS Youth Committee were pleased to have participated in the Edinburgh Interfaith Association’s Community Meal on the theme of the Climate Emergency. Along with a meal, a talk was delivered by an energy and carbon saving advisor from Changeworks on their Heat Hero initiative. This was a significant event which provided food for thought and action as communities deliberate on ways to tackle the global climate crisis starting from home.
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28
FEB
2020

Meeting SFAR Co-ordination group

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27th February 2020 SABS was delighted to have participated in the meeting of the Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees co-ordination group. With thanks to the kind hospitality of the Scottish Refugee Council. We learnt of the inspiring work of Amma Birth Companions who provide support to refugee women before, during and after birth.
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26
FEB
2020

Alexander Downer, Global Leadership in the 20th Century

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19th February 2020 Our thanks extend to Roddy Gow OBE,  Chairman and Founder of the Asia Scotland Institute, for extending his invitation to SABS to a ground breaking event with Alexander Downer, Executive Chairman of King’s College International School for Government, on Global Leadership in the Twenty First Century – What it Takes to Succeed.  A very inspiring and educational talk. It was a privilege to have met with Alexander Downer. From 2014 to 2018, Mr Downer was Australian High Commissioner to the UK. Prior to this, he was Australia’s longest-serving Minister for Foreign Affairs, a role he held from 1996 to 2007. In addition to a range of other political and diplomatic roles, he was Executive Director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus. He is currently Chairman of the UK think tank Policy Exchange and a trustee of the International Crisis Group.
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25
FEB
2020

Meeting with Lord Provost Glasgow

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25th February 2020 Very positive and encouraging meeting between Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Chairman Mr Shabir Beg OBE and The Right Honourable, Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of Glasgow Philip Braat discussing civic engagement and social cohesion and well-being.
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24
FEB
2020

‘Connecting to GOD’ by Dr. Masuma Jaffer

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23rd February 2020 The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was delighted to have held a community workshop for sisters led by the learned speaker Dr. Masuma Jaffer on the topic of Connecting with God. Sister Masuma has helped nourish and nurture communities across the world, delivering practical Islamic wisdom in an effort to renew the connection between hearts and the Divine. We thank Sister Masuma for her work, and pray for her wellbeing. We hope to have her visit Scotland before long. Thanks to all those who attended, and also to the young sisters from the SABS Youth Committee who hosted and recited excellently at the gathering. We would also like to extend our thanks to the Leith Community Centre for their support!
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24
FEB
2020

Meeting with the Rt Hon. Lord Lyon

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13th February 2020 Very positive and encouraging meeting between Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s chairman Mr Shabir Beg OBE and The Right Honourable, the Lord Lyon King of Arms discussing civic engagement and social cohesion and well-being.
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14
FEB
2020

Dispelling Divides – Shi’a and Sunni Belief

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12th February 2020 The University of Edinburgh – Dispelling Divides A look at the differences and similarities of Shia and Sunni Belief with SABS Director General Imam Razawi and Shaykh Hassan Rabbani. With an increase in sectarian tensions across campuses in the United Kingdom, an event at the University of Edinburgh was held to bring harmony and dispel misinformation. The programme, organised by Islamic Society of Edinburgh University and Jafaria Foundation Mosque, began with a personal conversation between the two clerics. Many topics were touched on from the beginnings of Islam, to the development of sects after the death of the Prophet (PBUH). Jurisprudence and the intellectual heritage of Islam was also discussed. The event was a success, with a pledge of unity. This begins a potential journey across Scotland’s campuses to promote unity and peace.
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14
FEB
2020

Lady Fatima Zahra (SA) Birthday Celebrations Scotland 2020

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February 2020 We would like to thank the brothers and sisters from Alhuda Islamic Community Glasgow and Jafaria Foundation in Edinburgh for organising these educational and spiritual lectures in honor of the Lady of Light, Fatima Zahra (ع). SABS DG, Moulana Sayed Ali Abass Razawi, led the congregations; uplifting and sanctifying the gatherings with his sermons. Friendships deepened in the spiritual atmosphere.
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11
FEB
2020

Safer Internet Day 2020

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society is delighted to be celebrating Safer Internet Day. Find out how you can get involved in #SID2020 and see all the resources at saferinternetday.org.uk. “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you” www.saferinternet.org.uk www.facebook.com/SaferInternetDay/
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11
FEB
2020

SABS and SFA Meeting

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10th February 2020 Very positive and encouraging meeting between Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s chairman Mr Shabir Beg OBE and David McArdle from the Scottish Football Association (SFA) discussing civic engagement and social cohesion and well-being.
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08
FEB
2020

Requiem and Service of Dedication of Holy Cross Memorial Garden at the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway St Bride’s Scottish Episcopal Church, Hyndland

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8th February 2020 SABS attended the emotional Requiem and Service of Dedication of Holy Cross Memorial Garden at the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway St Bride’s Scottish Episcopal Church, Hyndland, along with the Primus, the Most Reverend Mark Strange. A thoughtful and sombre service was given, and we were grateful to have shared in the gathering.
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07
FEB
2020

SGF Crime Seminar 2020

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6th February 2020 SABS were delighted to have supported the Scottish Grocer’s Federation Crime Seminar held in Stirling. The seminar featured the launch of the Retail Crime Report, including the results of the Retail Crime Survey. Discussions were held on how new legislation can create a safer in-store environment and how key partnerships are being created to deliver safer and more resilient businesses in Scotland. Dr Aliakbar Jafari of the University of Strathclyde, with whom SABS works in partnership, attended the event in advancing his field research on hate crime and the Scottish dynamic. Our thanks extend to the SGF for their vision and delivering on this important project.
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07
FEB
2020

SABS Statement of Condolence Streatham London

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3rd February 2020 Statement of Condolence and Solidarity Following the tragic attack in London, UK Once again we find ourselves pained, once again our nation feels collective hurt for yet another unforgivable and horrific attack that has been carried out against innocent people in Streatham. We stand with all peoples in condemnation of this tragic, rouge and criminal act. At this time, we must seek solutions and work for peace together. Our prayers are with those affected and their families. Ishrat Hussnain – Vice-Chairwoman
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07
FEB
2020

Scottish Jewry 2020 Glasgow City Chambers

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4th February 2020 As we see changes in the ways in which the many faith families interact with each other, through dialogue and the enjoining of good works, it is important to recognise the history and impact of these communities, and their growing presence in Scotland. One such family, of the Abrahamic tradition, comprise the Scottish Jewish communities. In strengthening interfaith relations, it was great to have attended an event at the Glasgow City Chambers where the culture and contribution of Scottish Jewry was recalled.
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07
FEB
2020

Holocaust Memorial Day Scotland 2020 Service at the Scottish Parliament

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27th January 2020 The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society attended the solemn Holocaust Memorial Day Scotland 2020 Service organised by Interfaith Scotland at The Scottish Parliament. The Service rekindled the memory of the victims of the genocide, and those of all other genocides, and saw all participants come together in prayer and thought as members of the Human Family. Emotional, powerful, touching and empowering testimonies were heard from a survivor of the Holocaust, Janine Webber and Hasan Hasanović, a survivor of the Srebrenica Genocide. The First Minister, the Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP, said at the gathering: “We cannot be bystanders in the rise of bigotry and hatred.”
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07
FEB
2020

Meeting with First Minister of Scotland

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27th Janurary 2020 The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society took part in a round table discussion convened by the Scottish Government.
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07
FEB
2020

Holocaust Memorial Service at Cathcart Old Parish Church 2020

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26th January 2020 The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was humbled to have attended and lit candles at the solemn Holocaust Memorial Service at Cathcart Old Parish Church to remember the victims of the genocide, and those of all other genocides, and to come together in prayer and thought as members of the Human Family. Also in attendance, Interfaith Scotland, Glasgow Churches Together, and a very special guest Hasan Hasanović, a survivor of the Srebrenica Genocide. Picture credit: Alison D Loudon
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07
FEB
2020

Tackling Hate Together – Interfaith Dialogue 2020

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29th January 2020 The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society attended the Tackling Hate Together – Interfaith Dialogue which was hosted by Interfaith Scotland and The Scottish Jewish Archives Centre in collaboration with Remembering Srebrencia Scotland at the Garnethill Synagogue in Glasgow. Special guests include Janie Webber (Holocaust survivor) and Hasan Hasanovic (survivor of the Bosnian Genocide) Picture Credit: Interfaith Scotland
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07
FEB
2020

Lord Provost Edinburgh Burns Supper 2020

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It was a privilege for SABS to be supporting the One City trust at the Lord Provost of Edinburgh’s Burns Supper.
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07
FEB
2020

Wellbeing Economy Alliance Conference 2020

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23rd January 2020 Delighted for the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society to have been present at this seminal event orgainsed by Wellbeing Economy Alliance. Great theme, great presentations and thought provoking discussions.  
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07
FEB
2020

SABS and SPFL Trust Meeting

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22nd January 2020 Very positive and encouraging meeting between Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s chairman Mr Shabir Beg OBE and Nicky Reid, Chief Executive of the SPFL Trust discussing civic engagement and social cohesion and well-being.
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07
FEB
2020

Ayyam al-Fatimiyya 1441 / 2020

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26th Jan 2020 – Moulana Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi reciting on these sombre nights in North America in memory of Lady Fatimah (ع)
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07
FEB
2020

FFIT sessions with The SPFL Trust 2020

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Be your own hero in 2020! Still not to late to enroll in the new #FFIT sessions with The SPFL Trust ! Open to both men and women, #FFIT provides football fans with an opportunity to become healthier, lose weight, and become happier at the same time. In Scotland the programme – which is funded by the Scottish Government – is delivered by 31 different SPFL Clubs. To find out full list of participating teams, please visit: https://spfltrust.org.uk/ffit/
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07
FEB
2020

Faith leaders at the Service at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey for the New Parliament

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Wednesday, 8th January 2020 Westminster Abbey Imam Razawi was delighted to have been a part of a delegation of faith leaders at the Service at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey for the New Parliament. Attendees included parliamentarians and staff at Westminster, including members of the upper house. The Archbishop of Canterbury emphasised the need to remove hatred from one’s heart for those we may dislike and learn to bless those we disagree with. Picture Credit: Westminster Abbey
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07
FEB
2020

The Queen’s New Year Honours List – Mr Shabir Beg OBE

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‘Congratulations to all Scots who were recipients of awards in The Queen’s New Year Honours List. It’s terrific to see remarkable people being recognised for some truly remarkable work. I also strongly believe that there are a great number of deserving people who, whilst not listed, carry out activities that prove nothing short of critical to the stability and successes of our nation, across sectors and domains. That my name sits along side the names of some truly exceptional people humbles me. I do not deem myself fit for this recognition, and so firstly extend my heartfelt gratitude to our Muslim communities across Scotland, and then to my family, friends, and colleagues, to all of whom this award truly belongs. A mandatory mention to Scotland’s various faith communities and families: The journey of interfaith engagement requires all parties to be equally impassioned about it. And so thanks is owed to all who opened their arms to Scotland’s Muslim communities across denominations — we are loyal to the cause of peace-building, and work in fellowship with all who share that ideal. I pray that our communities would continue to innovative new approaches to improving interfaith relations as the challenges we face globally transform and become ever more complex. And I hope that the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society will continue to put its heart and soul into working on the frontlines.’ Mr Shabir Beg OBE – Chairman of the Scottish...
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07
FEB
2020

White Candle Service at Cathcart Old Parish Church

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29th December 2019 Our Chair, Shabir Beg OBE, was delighted to have gathered with our dear friends at Cathcart Old Parish Church, Church of Scotland, in this mornings White Candle Service; one of the most moving services of the year. In their words, the Service provides the opportunity to remember, reflect and pray for loved ones who are no longer with us and have passed away from this world to the next. May the Almighty have mercy upon all our departed ones. Photography by Alison D Loudon
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07
FEB
2020

Tribute to PC Natalie Faulds

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21st January 2020 Wonderful tribute paid today to PC Natalie Faulds from her family, friends, Police Scotland colleagues and Cathcart Old Parish Church. Photography by Alison D Loudon
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07
FEB
2020

Happy ecumenical Chanukah from Scotland

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23rd  December 2019 The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society wishes our Abrahamic brothers and sisters from the Jewish community a Happy Hanukkah! It was a delight to have spent yesterday evening, the second night of Hanukkah, with Rabbi Pinny Weinman, Professor Joe Goldblatt, the Principal Clerk to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland – Reverend Dr George Whyte and The Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary Aileen Campbell MSP. Picture Credit Professor Joe Goldblatt
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07
FEB
2020

Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary Aileen Campbell MSP supporting our Go Skippy donation drive

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was delighted to see The Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary Aileen Campbell MSP at Interfaith Scotland’s Religious Leaders Meeting. She was supportive of our Go Skippy donation drive over the Christmas period in partnership with Glasgow the Caring City and Trossachs SAR, and took a picture with one!
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07
FEB
2020

Go Skippy Donation Drive 2019 – Barlanark Family Learning Centre and the Lilias Graham Trust at Braendam.

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The last batches of Skippy the Kangaroo have been delivered this Holiday Season as part of our drive with Glasgow the Caring City and Trossachs SAR. The stocks have been donated to support good causes for children. The latest batches have reached Barlanark Family Learning Centre and the Lilias Graham Trust at Braendam. Learn of the good work they are doing by visiting: thelgt.org.uk and gfis.org.uk/Providers/View/2. A huge thanks to the Reverend Neil Galbraith CEO of the Glasgow the Caring City for all of his support!
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07
FEB
2020

Go Skippy Donation Drive 2019 – Glen Family Centre

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We continue our Skippy the Kangaroo campaign with our partners Glasgow the Caring City and Trossachs SAR. The toys were handed out to the Glen Family Centre. We hope to continue doing the rounds and spreading the season’s cheer to one and all. A huge thanks to the Reverend Neil Galbraith CEO of the Glasgow the Caring City for all of his support! For more information on Glen Family Centre please visit: https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/er/Glen/
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07
FEB
2020

Go Skippy Donation Drive 2019 – Shelter Scotland

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We continue our Skippy the Kangaroo campaign with our partners Glasgow the Caring City and Trossachs SAR. The toys were handed out at Shelter Scotland. We hope to continue doing the rounds and spreading the season’s cheer to one and all. A huge thanks to the Reverend Neil Galbraith CEO of the Glasgow the Caring City for all of his support! For more information on Shelter Scotland please visit: https://scotland.shelter.org.uk/
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07
FEB
2020

Go Skippy Donation Drive 2019 – Braidburn School

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We continue our Skippy the Kangaroo campaign with our partners Glasgow the Caring City and Trossachs SAR. The toys were handed out at Braidburn School who teach learners with additional support needs. We hope to continue doing the rounds and spreading the season’s cheer to one and all. A huge thanks to the Reverend Neil Galbraith CEO of the Glasgow the Caring City for all of his support! For more information on Braidburn School please visit: https://braidburnedinburgh.com/
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07
FEB
2020

Go Skippy Donation Drive 2019 – Royal Hospital for Sick Children

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The Skippy the Kangaroos, sponsored by our partners, Glasgow the Caring City in collaboration with Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society and Trossachs SAR, were given out to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, NHS Lothian to spread some Christmas cheer and put lots of big smiles on the children’s faces. A great BIG huge thanks to the Reverend Neil Galbraith CEO of the Glasgow the Caring City for all his support!  
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07
FEB
2020

Go Skippy Donation Drive 2019 – Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity

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The Skippy the Kangaroos, sponsored by our partners, Glasgow the Caring City in collaboration with Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society and Trossachs SAR, were given out to the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, Scotland’s largest children’s hospital. A great BIG huge thanks to the Reverend Neil Galbraith CEO of the Glasgow the Caring City for all his support!
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07
FEB
2020

Go Skippy Donation Drive 2019 – CHAS, Children’s Hospices Across Scotland

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The Skippy the Kangaroos, sponsored by our partners, Glasgow the Caring City in collaboration with Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society and Trossachs SAR, were given out to CHAS, Children’s Hospices Across Scotland. A great BIG huge thanks to the Reverend Neil Galbraith CEO of the Glasgow the Caring City for all his support!  
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07
FEB
2020

Go Skippy Donation Drive 2019 – Food Banks for children in the Anniesland

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The Skippy the Kangaroos, sponsored by our partners, Glasgow the Caring City in collaboration with Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society and Trossachs SAR, were given out to the Food Banks for children in the Anniesland constituency in the West End of Glasgow. A huge thanks to Bill Kidd SNP and John Docherty (Office Manager) for facilitating this and putting us in contact with the Anniesland organisations.
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07
FEB
2020

Conference on the Spiritual, Health and Well-being Perspectives on Loneliness, Isolation and Dementia

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December 2019 The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was delighted to have participated in a conference on the Spiritual, Health and Well-being Perspectives on Loneliness, Isolation and Dementia, organised by the Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace, EICSP. We were pleased to have invited and had the support of Dr Hashim Reza who represented SABS and spoke alongside other psychiatrists, psychotherapists, experts and stakeholders with connection to the theme. Dr Reza is Specialist Adviser of Health Informatics at the The Royal College of Psychiatrists and chairs the Informatics Committee of that College. And he is appointed Consultant Psychiatrist, Caldicott Guardian and Clinical Lead for Informatics at the Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. All speakers shared their knowledge of isolation and dementia as it affects communities, families and individuals. Some visceral and emotive pictures were painted of the forms, causes, and impacts of isolation. Medical expertise was shared along with statistics on the nature of dementia, and the facilities and services that exist to support all those who suffer it or care for the suffering. Discussion was had around how faiths and people of no faith can develop preventative measures, safety nets and support systems. And above all, deep thought and consideration was given to the centricity of the spiritual dimension in providing healing and comfort to people in contemporary society. Whilst being informative in nature, the event...
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07
FEB
2020

Celebration of the 550th Anniversary of the Birth of Guru Nanak, the Founder of Sikhism

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“In the current climate of populism, xenophobia, Islamophobia and Antisemitism, it is important to reassure our communities that hope, goodness and compassion still exists. In the prophetic way, we must do for thy neighbour what we would like to be done for us. Support each other to remove hatred and suffering. An act of kindness can open the doors of mercy” – Imam Razawi Friday 6th Dec 2019 – Edinburgh City Chambers The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, led by its Director-General Imam Razawi, with Frank Ross, The Rt. Hon Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, convened a reception in celebration of the 550th Anniversary of the Birth of Guru Nanak, the Founder of Sikhism. The reception was held at the Edinburgh City Chambers, as the civic symbol of Edinburgh. The event was held in partnership with the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha, the HINDU FORUM Britain, and the Lord Provost of Edinburgh. The reception witnessed for the first time senior Dharmic Faith Leaders from across Scotland and Europe gather together in Edinburgh. The event’s Chief Guest was Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh Ji, of the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha. In attendance were leaders across the Scottish and British Christian, Sikh, Jewish, Hindu, and Muslim communities. The spirit of the event was one of building understanding between faith families, and creating the unique setting for cooperation across these faith communities. The reception was the first time a Muslim organisation has held...
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07
FEB
2020

Advent Service at the New Kilpatrick Parish Church

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December 2019 The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was delighted to have attended an Advent Service today led by the Very Rev Dr John Chalmers, former Moderator and Principal Clerk of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and the Reverend Roderick Hamilton at the New Kilpatrick Parish Church in conjunction with Prospects Across Scotland who raise awareness among Christians in Scotland of the needs of people with learning disabilities. It was a pleasure to have shared in worship with the congregation. Such a joyous occasion.
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07
FEB
2020

Fifth Annual St Andrew’s Day Hampden Conga

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28th November 2019 The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was delighted to have supported and participated in the Fifth Annual St Andrew’s Day Hampden Conga event yesterday organised by our good friend and partner, Church of Scotland Minister the Reverend Neil Galbraith, founder of aid charity Glasgow the Caring City​, at Hampden Park. The event was attended by hundreds of school children, and supported by the Deacon Convener, of The Trades House of Glasgow, Bruce Reidford, Trossachs SAR, Police Scotland, the emergency services, government officials, provosts and councillors, the Salvation Army, United Kingdom with the Republic of Ireland Glasgow Humane Society, and other charities. The event demonstrated the need for social responsibility and working towards improving child welfare and tackling child poverty. Photography by Alison D Loudon
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07
FEB
2020

The Muslim Convention 2019

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16th November 2019 Ameed Versace, SABS’ strategic engagements director, sat on a panel in Manchester with the esteemed cleric Sheikh Nuru Mohammed and Zameer Hussain, a Religious Education teacher and the Head of Department, to discuss the theme of ‘Our Community and the State’. The panel discussion took place as part of the UK’s largest Conference of Shia Professionals, Charities and Civil Society Organisations. Our thanks go to The Mainstay Foundation.
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07
FEB
2020

St Andrew’s Day Interfaith Service at Cathcart Old Parish Church 2019

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24th November 2019 The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Director-General Imam Razawi gave an address at Cathcart Old Parish Church, Glasgow as part of the St Andrew’s Day Interfaith Service. Imam Razawi was graciously welcomed by the Rev Neil Galbraith of the Church of Scotland. The message of a diverse and inclusive Scotland was given at the event which was aimed at strengthening Christian, Jewish, and Muslim relations in Scotland. We are together on a quest to overcome the world’s challenges and to establish true peace and benevolence. The gathering was one of celebrating the heritage of our Nation and the life of Scotland’s patron saint. Photography by Alison D Loudon
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FEB
2020

Christian and Muslim Perspectives on Climate Change

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20th November 2019 In what was an insightful evening of conversation and discussion, The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society and the United Reformed Church, in association with the Eco-Congregation Scotland, held an event to explore Christian and Muslim perspectives on climate change and our responsibility to the environment. Presentations were given by SABS’ Ameed Versace, the Rev David Coleman, and Dr David Pickering, Moderator United Reformed Church Synod of Scotland and some unnerving truths were touched on, hope was shared, and ways in which we can salvage and protect God’s Damaged Earth were explored. Our thanks extend to Rev David Coleman for putting this event together, the Augustine United Church for their hospitality, and all who attended the thought-provoking gathering.
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07
FEB
2020

Interactive Talk on Islam with Pupils – The James Young High School

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19th November 2019 Ameed Versace, SABS’ strategic engagements director was delighted to have engaged with pupils at The James Young High School in an interactive talk on Islam. Our thanks extends to Interfaith Scotland and the James Young High School.
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07
FEB
2020

Faith leaders at the enthronement of Dr. David Micheal Hoyle as 39th Dean of the Westminster

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Saturday 16th November 2019 At Westminster Abbey SABS Director General, Moulana Sayed Ali Abass Razawi along with other faith leaders at the enthronement of Dr. David Micheal Hoyle as 39th Dean of the Westminster. Dr Hoyle, formerly Dean of Bristol, now oversees the spiritual life of the Abbey and gives leadership to the Abbey community. We look forward to our ongoing collaboration with this active, ministry and prayerful community under Dean Hoyle’s leadership. Picture Credit: Westminister Abbey  
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07
FEB
2020

Eid al Zahra Celebrations 2019

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November 2019 SABS Director General, Moulana Sayed Ali Abass Razawi, marking Eid al Zahra (ع) celebrations held in honour of Bibi Fatima bint Muhammad (ع) at Jafaria Foundation, Edinburgh and at Masjid-e-Ali Aberdeen.
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07
FEB
2020

Holy Prophet Muhammad Celebrations 2019

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November 2019 SABS Director General, Moulana Sayed Ali Abass Razawi, marking the festive weekend as Muslims across the world celebrate the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be Upon Him). From Luton to Wembley. Masjid-e-Ali in Luton is a model Centre that is famous for its social work and outreach. They work to feed those who are homeless in Luton and also have worked tremendously hard to bring people of all backgrounds together. Present at the event in Luton were Muslims from across denominations. The Masjid had also welcomed the Sikh community prior, in honouring the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Being good to your neighbours is a virtue taught by the Prophet (SA). The had also previously honoured the Hindu community and will also honour the Christian community at Christmas time. Bab ul Murad in Wembley was the next stop, where our dear brother Mir Hasan Mir Zaidi was reciting in praise of the Prophet. We pray that the good work continues and harmony amongst citizens of London and its surrounding areas prevails.
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07
FEB
2020

Scottish Interfaith Week 2019 Launch

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SABS at the launch of the Scottish Interfaith Week 2019 in Perth on Sunday 11th November 2019
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07
FEB
2020

Royal Gun Salute at Stirling Castle 2019

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SABS Chairman Shabir was delighted to have been invited to join the Royal Gun Salute at Stirling Castle on the 14th November. The Gun Salute marks the occasion of HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay’s birthday, and was carried out by the 105 Regiment Royal Artillery, and hosted by the 154 Scottish Regiment of the Royal Logistic Corps.
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07
FEB
2020

A Historic Meeting Masjid al-Hussaini

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A Historic Meeting Masjid al-Hussaini On the Saturday 2nd November, a historic visitation to Masjid al-Hussaini took place at the kind invitation to host by Dr Idris Bhai Sahib, representative of His Holiness Syedna Mufadhal Saifuddin, the 53rd Dai al-Mutlaq. The visitation marked a milestone in intra-religious dialogue, unity, brotherhood and mutual cooperation between these two Shi’a denominations. It was a privilege and honour to have met Prince Dr Qaidjoher Ezzudin, eldest son of the 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq and brother of the current Dai al-Mutlaq, as well as Dr Idris Bhai Sahib, Dr Zain al-Abideen Bhai Sahib and other community members. The visit began with the remembrance of Imam Hussain (as). The Bohra community is well known for its charitable ventures. It feeds 1500 families daily in London alone. It has regeneration projects, schools, universities and hospitals. We pray for the success of this unity and mutual cooperation. We are extremely grateful for the compassion, kindness and love shown.
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07
FEB
2020

Central Gurdwara Glasgow on the occasion of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Ji

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November 2019 SABS Director General Sayed Razawi speaking at the Central Gurdwara Glasgow on the occasion of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Ji. A time to build understanding and dialogue at an important milestone. We pray for peace in the world and a world without discrimination, prejudice and injustice.
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07
FEB
2020

Scottish Government’s Annual Remembrance Service 2019

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11th November 2019 Ameed Versace, SABS’ strategic engagements director, gave a reflection at the Scottish Government’s annual Remembrance Service at St Andrews House yesterday. The Service was organised and hosted by Lesley Evans, the Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government, in order to remember all those who have suffered the consequences of war. Picture Credit: The Scottish Government
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07
FEB
2020

National Remembrance Services in Edinburgh and Glasgow 2019

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10th November 2019 At the National Remembrance Service in Edinburgh, the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society laid a wreath at the City Chambers’ Stone of Remembrance. The First Minister, political, civic, and faith representatives stood alongside the people of Scotland to pay tribute to the fallen, to recognise the tragedies of war and oppression wherever they may lurk, and to pray for peace and justice across the lands. We were also honoured to have laid wreaths at the 2 services in Cathcart Old Parish Church
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07
FEB
2020

Marking the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji City Hall London

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November 2019 In City Hall, London Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s DG and Chief Imam, Imam Razawi attending an event Marking the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, founder of the Sikh faith along with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Jasvir Singh OBE and other Faith leaders. Special thanks to City Sikhs and Jasvir Singh OBE for organising this wonderful event and the Mayor of London for hosting it.
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07
FEB
2020

Religious leaders and faith representatives conference Edinburgh

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8th November 2019 Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society (SABS) at this years ‘Religious leaders and faith representatives conference’ which took place at the Edinburgh City Chambers organised by Edinburgh Interfaith Association. A very powerful conference focusing on the issues of supporting refugees and tackling human trafficking. Picture Credit: EIFA
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07
FEB
2020

Annual Interfaith Summit 2019

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18th November 2019 Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society (SABS) at this years ‘Annual Interfaith Summit’ with Aileen Campbell MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government which took place at the Interfaith Scotland’s offices in Glasgow organised by Interfaith Scotland. Picture Credit: Interfaith Scotland
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07
FEB
2020

Dr John Hall retires having served as Dean at the Abbey

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Westminster Abbey, All Saints’ Day Friday 1st November 2019 “On this day, after 13 years, my dear friend Dr John Hall retired having served as Dean at the Abbey. John had numerous achievements, and one of those achievements was the ability to bring faiths together. When I first met John, I was impressed with his knowledge and closeness to Allamah Rasheed Turabi (d. 1973), who was arguably the most talented khateeb to have recited on the minber of Imām Hussain in the 20th century. As the years went on, his wisdom, kindness, compassion and sense of service to others was a lesson for me. We wish John the very best in his retirement and congratulate him on his wonderful achievements”. Imam Razawi
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07
FEB
2020

The Spirituality of Imam Ali and the Perfect Man in the Philosophy of Ibn Arabi

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Boston Harvard Project on Shi’ism The Spirituality of Imam Ali and the Perfect Man in the Philosophy of Ibn Arabi. Through the lecture, themes of love in relation to the Perfect Man were addressed. Monday, September 30, 2019, 6:00pm to 7:30pm Location: CGIS Knafel – K262 Bowie-Vernon Room Speaker: Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, General-Director and Chief-Imam of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, and Associate of the Project on Shi’ism and Global Affairs, Harvard University Imam Ali is a key personality and authority in Shi’a, Sunni, and Sufi Islamic thought. How have Muslims approached Imam Ali from a philosophical perspective throughout time? And what light can this shed on our understanding of the world we live in and the place of man in the world? This talk engages with the spirituality of Imam Ali and brings into conversation the spiritual status of Imam Ali with the idea of the Perfect Man in the thought system of Ibn Arabi, a 13th century Muslim mystic, scholar, and poet. Moderated by Dr. Payam Mohseni, Director of the Project on Shi’ism and Global Affairs  
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07
FEB
2020

Tampere 20 Conference 2019

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October 2019 From Tampere 20 to Tampere 2.0 Imam Razawi speaking at Helsinki, Under the Finnish Presidency of the EU. A discussion on migration. In collaboration with the European Migration Network, the Odysseus Network and the European Policy Centre.
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07
FEB
2020

Bruce Reidford appointed Head of the The Trades House of Glasgow

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October 2019 A huge congratulations to our good friend, the newly elected Deacon Convener, Bruce Reidford who was appointed Head of the The Trades House of Glasgow and so the Third Citizen of the City of Glasgow. It was a privilege and honour for SABS to have participated in the ceremony. We look forward to working together.
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07
FEB
2020

Religious Leaders Stand in Solidarity with Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

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Imam Razawi and other Religious Leaders Stand in Solidarity with Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence. Link: click here
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07
FEB
2020

Conference for Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) 2019

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October 2019 At European Commission Muhammad Qasim Mirza representing the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society (SABS) at the Conference for Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) in Brussels. What the EU could do better to promote Freedom of Religion or Belief in its external action and international cooperation.
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07
FEB
2020

Archbishop Conti Reception 2019

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Sunna Kaleem of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society (SABS) at this years reception organised by the Most Reverend Mario J. Conti, Emeritus Archbishop of Glasgow, Chair of the Committee for Inter-religious Dialogue of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland.
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07
FEB
2020

IHBDC and ISocEd Blood Donation 2019

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A huge thank you to members of the Islamic Society of Edinburgh University for participating in the Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign Edinburgh on the 23rd October and donating blood to save lives during charity week.
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07
FEB
2020

Imam Hussain Day 2019

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Imam Hussain Day being commemorated by the pupils of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Islamic Schools in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Imam Hussain Day occurs on the 12th October annually as a day for Scots to remember the life and teachings of the Holy Imam (ع). #YaHussain #ImamHussainDay #SABS #LSS #Education In His Name, the Most Merciful. It is indeed pleasing to note that Imam Hussain day was observed by the pupils of the Islamic Schools, managed by the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society. I want to thank and congratulate the dedicated teachers for their time to prepare and impart Islamic teachings in these schools. Your reward for this noble work is with Allah (SWT). I also want to commend the parents who send their children to these schools and ensure their participation on regular basis. The support of the parents gives us the confidence to continue and improve upon this service. May Allah grant us all the Tawfique to serve His cause. Āmīn. (Moulana Mohamed Kassamali, Head SABS Education)
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07
FEB
2020

SABS Arbaeen Pilgrimage 2019

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The World marked The 40th Day after the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, in 680 AD. In October 2019, the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society and members of the Shia Muslim Community in Scotland, joined tens of millions of people as they gathered in the Holy Lands of Iraq, as they do every year, to visit the resting place of this Noble Man. Muslims of all denominations, and countless others from the World’s Great Faith Families, stood amid the world’s largest annual, peaceful gathering of people. A time for spiritual, social, and communal transformation and reformation. The height of love and sacrifice. A special thanks to our partners Ahlulbayt Travels for the superb experience.  
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07
FEB
2020

IHBDC Blood Campaign 2019

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We would like to thank and applaud all those who donated blood as part of Edinburgh’s latest blood drive organised by the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society in partnership with the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) and Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign (IHBDC). God Bless you all for each of you have selflessly played a monumental role in the lives of multiple people; and we urge that everyone continue to donate blood and persist in the act of generosity. Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society
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07
FEB
2020

Handover of Religious Artefacts at Parish of Sacred Heart & St Gerard, Bellshill

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October 2019 Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society (SABS) was delighted to have witnessed the handover of religious artefacts at Parish of Sacred Heart & St Gerard, Bellshill. The artefacts and scriptures that were given will be donated to the Church located in Chak 330 Pir Mahal, Pakistan as a gesture of goodwill. It was heartening to see Cathy Eadie who donated a Cross that had been passed down in her family for 170 years. A special mention to brother Abdul Majid and his part in this cause, and also to Father Kevin McGoldrick.
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OCT
2019

Interfaith Scotland: 20th Anniversary Celebrations

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Thursday 10th October 2019 SABS members at the 20th Anniversary Celebrations of Interfaith Scotland hosted by Glasgow University. Wonderful work done by Interfaith Scotland over the past 20 years, well done to the team, past and present! A special mention to Sr Isabel Smyth from the Scottish Catholic Church, for all her contribution in this.
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11
OCT
2019

Scottish Religious Leaders Forum 2019

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Thursday 10th October 2019 SABS members at the Interfaith Scotland Religious Leaders and Faith Representatives Conference 2019 yesterday held at the Turnbull Room, University of Glasgow. An august and distinguished conference which was attended by leaders from across faiths.
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02
OCT
2019

Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU Reception event

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25/09/19 At a reception to mark the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU. With the Ambassador of Finland to the UK, H.E. Markku Keinänen, the Head of the European Commission in Scotland, Graham Blythe, H.E. Laurence Pais, Consule Generale de France, H.E. Harry Nimmo, Honorary Consul of Finland and Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development, Ben Macpherson MSP.
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02
OCT
2019

Football Fans In Training

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Our thanks goes out to the Rangers Charity Foundation and the Scottish Professional Football League Trust, (SPFL) for working with Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society (SABS) to provide the Football Fans In Training (FFIT) sessions. The FFIT is a 12 week programme funded by The Scottish Government at 33 clubs, aimed at improving both men’s and women’s health and wellbeing, while providing them with a behind-the-scenes look at their local Football Club. Special mention to Connal, Jordan, John, Laura, Harry at Rangers Charity, Gary at Rangers FC and also Derek at SPFL. We look forward to our future engagements.
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22
SEP
2019

Yale University – a conversation by Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi

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Thursday 19th September 2019 It was a privilege for Imam Razawi to have visited Yale University’s Divinity School for a talk on the Secrets of Prayer and then to have engaged in an interfaith programme on Sacrifice.
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19
SEP
2019

EIFA Interfaith Peace Service 2019

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Thursday 19th September 2019 Asif Sheikh of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society contributed along with leaders of Edinburgh’s faith communities and other esteemed guests this evening at the Edinburgh Interfaith Association’s Annual Peace Service, this evening commemorating ‘United Nations International Day of Peace’. This year’s Peace Service was hosted by Edinburgh Annandale Mosque. Picture Credit: Edinburgh Interfaith Association
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18
SEP
2019

Global Exchange on Religion in Society – Brussels

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Global Exchange on Religion in Society On 6 September 2019, SABS Chairman joined a diverse crowd of 150 representatives of civil society, governments and religious institutions gathered in Brussels for the launch of the initiative. Participants discussed different experiences of religious engagement from across the world, to better understand how the new Global Exchange can complement and interact with existing initiatives. Ms Federica Mogherini announced a new EU-sponsored ‘Global Exchange on Religion in Society’, which should be operational in the first half of 2020: the goal is to connect and empower civil society actors who are working on faith and social inclusion. In her opening speech, Federica Mogherini said: “Religion has to be part of the solution. But most importantly, I believe in so many places around the world religion is already part of the solution. In all continents, there are people of faith who have chosen the path of respect and coexistence. Not in spite of their faith, but because of their faith.” Read the full speech: click here What is the Global Exchange on Religion in Society? The ‘Global Exchange on Religion in Society’ will connect civil society practitioners inside and outside Europe, allowing them to learn from each other, explore partnerships, acquire new skills, and to scale-up positive experiences of coexistence among people of different faiths in pluralistic societies. Launching the initiative, Federica...
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18
SEP
2019

Muharram 2019 in Brussels

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A humble experience and a privilege to have joined the dear brothers in Brussels to commemorate the sacrifice of Imam Hussain (ع) in this Holy Month of Muharram at one of their Mosques. Ya Hussain!
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18
SEP
2019

Time for Reflection on the Day of Ashura to Members of The Scottish Parliament

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On Tuesday 10th September, Ameed Versace of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society delivered a Time for Reflection on the Day of Ashura to Members of The Scottish Parliament. The Day of Ashura is observed by Muslims across the world. It was the day on which the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad was martyred along with his family and friends 1400 years ago. Imam Hussain has for centuries been the inspiration for change and reform across the world; a divinely inspired leader who taught us the highest human values. We thank the Presiding Officer, the Rt Hon. Ken Macintosh MSP, and Bill Kidd MSP. The Scottish Parliament prides itself on representing the diversity of the nation, and allowing a voice to all segments of society.    
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18
SEP
2019

Muharram 2019 communal events and gatherings

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Muharram 2019/1441 communal events and gatherings in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The community commemorates Imam Hussain’s (ع) sacrifice and the lofty ideals he upheld during the first 10 nights of the Islamic month of Muharram.
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18
SEP
2019

Pause for Hope Service organised by the Glasgow Churches Together

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Thursday 12th September 2019 Sunna Kaleem of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society joins the Pause for Hope Service organised by the Glasgow Churches Together held at Our Lady of Lourdes, Cardonald, along with guest speakers the Reverend Leslie Edge, Chaplain, and Gillian Sherwood, Director of Clinical services from The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice. An Ecumenical Service bringing together in prayer those affected by all forms of cancer, to remember those lost to cancer, to pray for those with responsibility for providing and allocating resources and scientists searching for a cure. In parallel with the foundations of SABS’ cause, it was an honour to have offered prayers together with others as a single unit for humanity and its healing.
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18
SEP
2019

The Scottish Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Business Address 2019

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Thursday 12 September 2019 The Scottish Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Business Address 2019 It was an absolute honour and privilege for SABS Chairman to have been invited to the Scottish Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Business Address. This exceptionally successful event is one of the highlights of the Scottish business calendar. Attended by hundreds of guests from different all walks of public life, attendees represent some of Scotland’s most important businesses from major Scottish sectors and various Scottish regions.  
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02
SEP
2019

Kirkintilloch Canal Festival 2019

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Friday 31st August 2019 Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Chairman Shabir Beg was delighted to have been with Provost Alan Brown to mark Kirkintilloch Canal Festival 2019 celebrations. Great to catch up with old friends and other distinguished guests.
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29
AUG
2019

Visit to the Jack Copland Centre, SNBTS | NHS National Services Scotland

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Tuesday 27th August 2019 The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society (SABS) and the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) were privileged to have hosted a delegation of religious and civic leaders at the Jack Copland Centre. The Jack Copeland Centre is the national Headquarters of the SNBTS, and is the seat of the Service’s core research and development function which ensures the provision of their state-of-the-art blood supply operations across the country. SABS and the SNBTS, in their partnership to improve public understanding of the need for blood donation and to bolster donor recruitment efforts across society, invited a delegation of faith and civic leaders to the Jack Copland Centre. The delegation and all parties present reaffirmed their commitment to working to encourage blood donation, and paid tribute to the work of the SNBTS. Our thanks to go to all at the SNBTS and the Jack Copland Centre for their crucial efforts, and to the attendees, including: the Rt Hon Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh, Frank Ross, the Right Reverend Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Reverend Dr George Whyte, Principal Clerk, General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Dr Pete Cheema OBE,Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF), Gillian Gallacher, Celtic FC Foundation, Penelope Blackwell, the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF), Craig Wilson, Big Hearts Community Trust, Jordon Boyd, Rangers...
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28
AUG
2019

Annual Gathering of Dhikr, Manchester

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Sunday 25th August 2019 The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was pleased to have been a part of the annual Mehfil e Dhikr gathering in Manchester in association with our partners Syed Mohammed Suqlain Shah, Chairman at Khadman e Dar Ul Ehsan Scotland (of the Sunni Tradition), and part of their delegation to the Manchester Chapter. Intrafaith unity was demonstrated between denominations of Islam, and worship was held together. It was an honour and privilege to have met with Allama Hamzah Hassan Qadri, and members of the Manchester Central Mosque – Victoria Park Committee. We collectively pray for the Almighty’s Peace and Mercy upon all. ‘يا حي يا قيوم’ ‘Yā Ḥayyu Yā Qayyūm’ ‘O the Ever-Living, The Ever-Lasting One!’
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28
AUG
2019

Thanksgiving Mass – Liberation of Paris

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Sunday 25th August 2019 Ameed Versace, SABS’ Strategic Engagements Director, representing SABS at a Thanksgiving Mass hosted by French Consul General of Edinburgh and Glasgow, Emmanuel Cocher on the Occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Paris on 25th August 1944, Feast of Saint Louis, at St Patrick’s Church.
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24
AUG
2019

Auspicious Occasion of Eid Al Ghadeer – Birmingham

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Thursday 22 August 2019 Moulana Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi reciting at Idaara Maarif-e-Islam, Hussainia Mosque & Community Centre in Birmingham on the Auspicious Occasion of Eid Al Ghadeer.
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24
AUG
2019

RIP PC Andrew Harper

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Friday 23rd August 2019 This morning, SABS Chairman, Shabir Beg, joins Police Scotland Chaplaincy, the Revered Neil Galbraith, members of Police Scotland, the RAF Association – Glasgow Branch and others at Cathcart Old Parish Church, to pay their respects to PC Andrew Harper who was killed in the line of duty. We remember the departed, their family and friends. Photography by Alison D Loudon
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24
AUG
2019

Religions for Peace Announces New Secretary General: Professor Azza Karam

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(22 August 2019 | Lindau, Germany) We congratulate Professor Azza Karam on this wonderful news of her becoming the new Secretary General of Religions for Peace. She will be the first female to take this role. Professor Azza Karam has been a great friend and support to Imam Razawi and Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society over the years. —————————————————————————- (22 August 2019 | Lindau, Germany) Prof. Azza Karam was joyously affirmed by acclamation as the new Secretary General of Religions for Peace on 21 August 2019 at a business meeting during the 10th World Assembly. She will proceed Dr. William F. Vendley, who has served RfP as Secretary General for 27 years… to read on click below link Religions for Peace Announces New Secretary General: Prof. Azza Karam
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22
AUG
2019

Lord Provost Edinburgh hosts reception for Shi’a Muslim community in Edinburgh at the City Chambers.

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Wednesday 21st August 2019 The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society are grateful to the Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of Edinburgh, the Rt. Hon. Frank Ross, for having hosted a reception for members of the Shi’a Muslim community in Edinburgh at the City Chambers. Historically, Shi’as have lived in Edinburgh for decades, and the community has become embedded into the bedrock of public life. In what was a historic moment, members of the community were invited to a reception hosted by the Lord and Lady Provost as we paid tribute to the place of Shi’as in the heart of Edinburgh’s civic structure, and to celebrate the occasion of Eid al Ghadir. The gathering was warm and insightful, and an example of engagement that should be encouraged by all.
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22
AUG
2019

Official meeting, Chief Imam Razawi with the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

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Official meeting, Chief Imam Sayed Ali Abass Razawi with the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland to congratulate him on his new position and to discuss strategy moving forward between the two faith communities.
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22
AUG
2019

2019 Edinburgh Fringe & Chinese Culture and Art Festival Closing

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It was an honour and privilege to have supported and attended the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe & Chinese Culture and Arts Festival: Largest Square without Corners, hosted by the Asian Association Culture Commerce and Education in Europe (AACCEE). Our congratulations go out to Jessica Guo and her team. Exhilarating performances inspired by Tao Te Ching portray that the largest square has no corners. Lao Tzu put forward this kind of aesthetic concept in ancient Chinese literary theory, intending to praise natural, rather than artificial, beauty. The overall style of the work is influenced by Chinese art and calligraphy. A great cultural collaboration between Scotland and China.
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15
AUG
2019

SABS 5th Fellowship Eid al Adha Dinner 2019

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We are grateful to all who attended our annual Eid al-Adha dinner in celebration of the Sacrifice of the Prophet Abraham and the end of the Hajj. The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, as a body committed to enhancing relations across people of faith and no-faith in Scotland, has been committed to holding an Eid Dinner annually to sustain and strengthen the bonds of friendship and fellowship between us, as Muslims, and esteemed members of Scotland’s faith families by sharing in a meal to mark an auspicious Islamic festival. We were honoured to have heard from the following esteemed guests of the evening: Ash Denham MSP, on behalf of the First Minister; the Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland; His Grace Archbishop Leo Cushley; the Most Reverend Mark Strange Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church; and Rev David Pickering, Moderator of the National Synod of Scotland. The keynote speech was given via recording by Mother Audrey Kitagawa, Chair of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. The evening was wonderful, and we are appreciative of the support given by all in their contribution to our shared humanitarian mission. Our special thanks extend to the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel for their kind services.
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08
AUG
2019

Tom McHugh, Strategic Partnerships Lead for NHS/NSS Presentation

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Tuesday 6th August 2019 The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society were grateful to have had Tom McHugh, Strategic Partnerships Lead for the NHS National Services Scotland, give a presentation to members of the community about the work of the NSS and their overall strategy. We look forward to continuing our engagement with the NHS and expanding on our portfolio of activity.
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06
AUG
2019

Family Outing 2019

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Sunday 4th August 2019 The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society organised its annual summer outing to the Almond Valley Heritage Centre, for the Shi’a community on Sunday. The day was filled with fun for the whole family, from the children to the elderly, and wonderful opportunities to see some incredible animals. To top it off, we were blessed with great weather! A big thanks to the Almond Valley Heritage Centre for being so welcoming, and to all those who attended!
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06
AUG
2019

2019 Edinburgh Fringe & Chinese Culture and Art Festival Opening

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Edinburgh Fringe and Festival 2019 It was an absolute honour and privilege as Chairman of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society and as Honorary President of AACCEE to have supported and attended the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe & Chinese Culture and Art Festival: Chord with Dream, hosted by Asian Association Culture Commerce and Education in Europe (AACCEE). Our congratulations goes out to Jessica Guo. Exhilarating performances by the folk orchestra from Hangzhou and the children of Jiangnan Experimental School of Zhejiang.
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06
AUG
2019

Meeting with Nicky Reid

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Thu 11th July 2019 Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Chairman meeting with Nicky Reid, Chief Executive of the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) Trust to discuss further civic engagement.
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08
JUL
2019

Sameer Hussain MSYP for Edinburgh Western

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Congratulations to Sameer Hussain for being elected MSYP for Edinburgh Western. Sameer is a member of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Youth Committee. You can contact Sameer using the following: Email: sameer.hussain.syp@sypmail.org.uk Twitter: @SameerMSYP Website: www.syp.org.uk
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08
JUL
2019

20 Year Anniversary Celebrations for Scottish Parliament

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Saturday 29th June 2019 Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society attended the ceremony that marked the 20th year since the establishment of The Scottish Parliament. In attendance were Scottish citizens across the spectrum, along with Her Majesty who gave an address and the Duke of Rothesay. A milestone to be remembered.
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08
JUL
2019

Independence Day – 4th July celebrations 2019

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Tuesday 2nd July 2019 Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was delighted to have been with Principal Officer Ellen Wong of the U.S. Consulate General Edinburgh to mark 4th of July Independence Day celebrations.
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08
JUL
2019

17th Annual UMAA Conference 2019

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July 2019 Chief Imam, Imam Razawi at the 17th Annual UMAA Conference in Washington DC, the Conference of Imam Sadiq (ع) ‘Father of Modern Sciences’ organised by the Universal Muslim Association of America (UMAA)
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25
JUN
2019

Eid Reception with First Minister 2019

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24th June 2019 Shabir Beg, Chairman SABS, with the Rt. Hon. Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland at her Eid Reception at Bute House. A delight to have attended, and our thanks extend to the First Minister.
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24
JUN
2019

2nd Inter-Parliamentary Conference on Yemen

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20th June 2019 Congratulations to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Yemen on a very successful conference in Scotland. This week was the 2nd Inter-Parliamentary Conference on Yemen in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was grateful to have participated in a conversation of paramount importance to all people across the world.
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24
JUN
2019

East Renfrewshire Council Blood Awareness Campaign

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19th June 2019 Advancing our partnership and blood donation awareness programme, the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society and the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service were delighted to have held a blood donation photo-call at East Renfrewshire Council, with the support of the Provost Jim Fletcher. The gathering brought the focus and attention of members of the region to the very real and universal need for us a nation to continue to donate blood to sustain the levels of the country’s life-saving blood supply, highlighting the work of the Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign. We thank the Provost Jim Fletcher, Rev Canon Nicholas Taylor, St Aidan’s Episcopal Church, Clarkston of the Scottish Episcopal Church, Dr Reverend Grant Barclay, Orchardhill Parish Church of the Church of Scotland, and the regional Shaykh Hyder Baig for their support of the partnership between SABS, the SNBTS and the IHBDC, and their commitment to raising awareness of the need for blood donation throughout the region and their networks. Picture Credit: Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service To read the story on the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service website please click here To watch the video please click here
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24
JUN
2019

European Council of Religious Leaders – Brussels June 2019

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SABS Director General Imam Razawi was present at a convening of the European Council of Religious Leaders, to prepare for the World Assembly of Religions for Peace, which took place in Brussels. Close to a 1000 religious leaders and representatives from across 100 countries are slated to take part in the World Assembly in August. The themes which will be covered are; ‘Protecting the Planet’, the concept of ‘Positive Peace’, ‘Transforming Conflict’, ‘Building Just and Harmonious Societies’ and ‘Sustainable and Integral Human Development’. In attendance were executive members from the Abrahamic faiths and the Dharmic faiths.
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24
JUN
2019

The Art of Living Scotland and SABS

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A pleasure to have learnt from the wisdom and techniques of our friends at the The Art of Living Scotland. www.artofliving.org
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24
JUN
2019

World Blood Donor Day 2019

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14th June 2019 The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society proudly supports the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service and World Blood Donor Day. The Rt Hon. Frank Ross, Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh and Cllr Adam McVey, the Edinburgh Council Leader both support World Blood Donor Day. Click here SABS chairman Shabir Beg proudly supports the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service and World Blood Donor Day, with the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.  
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10
JUN
2019

6th Annual Unity Eid Dinner 2019

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09/06/19 6th Annual Unity Eid Dinner The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society extends its fraternal wishes to the noble clerics and guests from across the cities of Scotland for participating in Sunday’s Eid Dinner wherein we celebrated the Blessings and Grace of the Almighty [swt] following the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, which fell upon us last week. The gathering was one of the Scottish Shia clans, and the room was filled with warmth. May the Mercy of the Almighty envelop all those who were in attendance
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10
JUN
2019

Address at the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church 2019

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Address at the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church 2019 The Scottish Episcopal Church held its General Synod, and invited Imam Sayed Razawi, Director General of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, to address it on Friday the 7th June 2019. As branches of a tree rooted in the Abrahamic tradition, and as ancient faiths now woven into the Scottish fabric, this coming together, with dignity, marked a historic moment in the engagement between the Scottish Shia communities and the Scottish Episcopal Church. We extend our fraternal gratitude to the Church, and in particular the Most Rev. Mark Strange, The Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church and Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness, the Rev Canon Cedric Blakey, Convener of the Committee for Relations with People of Other Faiths, the College of Bishops, and the honourable members of the Synod. The ever-strengthening bond between Christians and Muslims in Scotland embodies lessons of conciliation, dialogue and cooperation that many across the globe would do well to contemplate upon in a world that is undergoing rapid change. The address at the General Synod is a milestone in a journey that began with a friendship with the Most Rev Dr Idris Jones, and which blossomed through interactions with benevolent People of the Book who felt a sense of responsibility, and undertook a duty of care, to the creation of God. To watch video please click here
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06
JUN
2019

NHS Scotland Event 2019

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NHS Scotland Event 2019
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06
JUN
2019

FFIT training programme

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SABS were delighted to hold the first session of the Football Fans In Training (FFIT) programme with the Rangers Charity Foundation and the Scottish Professional Football League Trust (SPFL). The programme sits within the organisation’s wider activity of promoting health and well-being amongst communities, and ties in with SABS’ vision for a socially including reach to all segments of society to improve their general well-being.
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05
JUN
2019

Nightly Lectures

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Ramadan 1440 / 2019 Congratulations to Jafaria Foundation for successfully holding a series of nightly lectures with scholar and lecturer Moulana Mohamed Kassam’Ali for the Holy Month of Ramadan. Moulana Kassam’Ali is the head of SABS Education and its Interfaith Chair.
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05
JUN
2019

Moderator Rt. Rev. Colin Sinclair’s Reception

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It was a privilege to have met up with the Bishop of Sialkot Diocese the Rt Reverend Alwin John Samuel of the Church of Pakistan yesterday at the Moderator’s reception at Parliament Hall. The Bishop is visiting Scotland to attend the General Assembly Hall of the Church of Scotland. We look forward to furthering interfaith dialogue between our communities and strengthening ties with the Church of Pakistan. Pictured here with the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Rt. Rev. Colin Sinclair.  
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05
JUN
2019

General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 2019

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was privileged to have attended the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, and the Moderator’s reception at Parliament Hall. We congratulate the Rt. Rev. Colin Sinclair on his appointment as this year’s Moderator. We look forward to furthering our engagement with the Church and strengthening our tie with the Moderator as we strengthened ties with his predecessors.
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05
JUN
2019

Meeting with Provost Jim Fletcher

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Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Chairman meeting with the Provost Jim Fletcher East Renfrewshire Council to discuss further civic engagement.
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16
MAY
2019

SixTripleEight showing in Glasgow

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We thank Principal Officer Ellen Wong and US Consulate Edinburgh a showing of the movie SixTripleEight at University of Glasgow hosted by War Studies Glasgow- an incredible story about an all-female all black unit who served overseas during the second world war. In February 1945, the U.S. Army sent 855 black women from the Women’s Army Corps (WACs) to England and France to clear the backlog of mail in the European Theater of Operations. The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, known as the SixTripleEight, was the only all-black female battalion to serve in Europe during WWII. Confronted with racism and sexism from their own leadership and troops, they served with honor and distinction completing their mission in six months. By war’s end, the SixTripleEight had cleared over 17 million pieces of backlogged mail ensuring the troops stayed in touch with their loved ones back home. The last of the women returned home in March 1946. They were never fully recognized…until now.
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16
MAY
2019

Walking Together Interfaith Event in partnership with PPWH

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14th May 2019 The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, in partnership with The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, hosted a ‘Walking Together’ Interfaith Event at the hospice’s new premises in Bellahouston Park. The event was a great opportunity for Scottish faith and civic actors to come together and learn more about the work of the Hospice. The mission at the Hospice is to provide high quality, person-centred care for all those affected by life-limiting conditions. All who attended demonstrated their commitment to supporting the work of the Hospice and showed their appreciation for the vital service it provides. We thank Rhona Ballie, Chief Executive of the PPWH, and Gillian Sherwood, its Director of Clinical Services, for making the event possible. And our gratitude extends also to Provost Jim Fletcher, East Renfrewshire Council, The Rt. Rev Susan Brown, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, His Grace the Most Rev Mario Conti, Archbishop Emeritus of the Metropolitan See of Glasgow, and the Rev Leslie Edge, PPWH Chaplain Minister. We appreciate also the support of those of all other faiths who attended, and the representation of all three emergency services. For more information on the work of the PPWH, please visit their website www.ppwh.org.uk Picture Credit: PPWH
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13
MAY
2019

Service on The Fast and Prayer for Peace 2019

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12th May 2019 The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society are grateful to St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, and particularly the Provost, the Very Rev John Conway, for having again given members of the Shi’a Muslim community the opportunity to share in dialogue at a service of the Cathedral. The congregation welcomed members of our community as we mark the Holy Month of Ramadan. The gathering gave all the opportunity to discuss The Ordinance of the Fast, and to develop understanding between the people of our respective faiths. We were delighted to have seen old friends, particularly Vanessa of the Dundee Interfaith Association, and thank all those who welcomed us as guests with such hospitality.
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07
MAY
2019

Community engagement with Big Hearts

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6th May 2019 A pleasure for SABS chairman to have met with Craig and Caryn from Big Hearts to discuss civic and community engagement and social cohesion.
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07
MAY
2019

Scottish Religious Leaders Forum 2019

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SABS executive committee were privileged to have participated at Interfaith Scotland‘s biannual Scottish Religious Leaders’ Forum on the 1st of May. Leaders and representatives of various faiths gathered at Glasgow Central Mosque, for dialogue and discussion, demonstrating the constant will shared by the leaders to come together for the benefit of the nation and to deepen bonds of friendship, understanding and planned future collaboration.
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02
MAY
2019

Harvard University – a conversation by Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi

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Tuesday 23rd April 2019 It was privilege for Imam Razawi to have been invited to Harvard University by the Harvard Islamic Society to talk about Religious Leadership in an Inter-religious World. Our many thanks extend to the Harvard Islamic Society.
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01
MAY
2019

Second Global Summit, ‘Peace, Security and Religion at UN Geneva

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(30 April to 1 May 2019) Director General Imam Razawi speaking on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of faith in respect to refugees and minority groups at the second global summit, ‘Peace, Security and Religion’. The Global Summit was organised by the International Association for the Defense of the Liberty of Religion (ADILR) and the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect, and the International Association for the Defense of Religious Liberty in Geneva. The summit aims to promote the non-discrimination and protection of human rights of religious minorities, refugees and migrants with a particular focus on ultra-nationalist contexts.  
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01
MAY
2019

Faith Leaders Commit to Tackle Slavery in Scotland

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Monday 29 April 2019 SABS Director General Imam Razawi and Chairman Shabir Beg were both delighted to attend and support a seminar held by (SOHTIS) Survivors of Human Trafficking in Scotland at the Dundas Castle to eradicate human trafficking and modern slavery in Scotland. Senior faith leaders across Scotland, made a commitment to work together with the Scottish Government and other statutory services and sectors to eradicate human trafficking and modern slavery in Scotland. Click here to read statement online
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01
MAY
2019

Promoting blood donation at the SGF Mini Summit 2019

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Tuesday 30th April 2019 We are thankful to the Scottish Grocers Federation (SGF) for allowing us to promote our blood donation work in partnership with the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) at the SGF Mini Summit Falkirk. The event allowed us the opportunity to encourage blood donation in the business sector and targeting BME. A huge thank you goes out to SNBTS for all their support.
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01
MAY
2019

Christian-Muslim service at Kingussie Cemetery

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On Sunday 28th April 2019, the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, in cooperation with the Royal British Legion Scotland, held a Christian-Muslim service at Kingussie Cemetery to commemorate members of the K6 Force Royal Indian Army Service Corps who fell during the Second World War. Kingussie hosts the largest concentration of Muslim soldiers’ graves from the K6 Force. The service was conducted by Sayed Razawi, Chief Imam and Director General of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, and Rev Catherine Buchan, Church of Scotland Minister at Kingussie Parish Church. The event highlighted the work of Isobel Harling, who has selflessly and tirelessly cared for the graves of these Muslim soldiers for over 6 decades, and who as a young person watched some of them being buried. The solemn and emotional service gave dignitaries and residents of Kingussie, including the local Army Cadets, the chance to live an important lesson: to recognise the shared sacrifices made by Muslims and others that have shaped the world of today. We are grateful to Major Heather Lawrie for her guidance and tireless work to ensure the successful planning and execution of the event. We thank the Royal British Legion Scotland, particularly its President Lieutenant General Sir Alistair Stuart Hastings Irwin, KCB CBE, for their immense support and cooperation. Thank you also to the Church of Scotland for its support. And we thank Frank Ross, the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, for provision of hospitality at The...
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01
MAY
2019

Kash defends British bantamweight boxing championship belt

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Congratulations to Kash Farooq of St Andrew’s Sporting Club who defended his title as British bantamweight boxing champion against Kyle Williams (Wolverhampton, England). Kash Farooq is the Ambassador of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society and the Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign Scotland. Our best wishes extend to the contender. Great sportsmanship was demonstrated and sporting excellence. Kash Farooq pictured here with Mr. Ian McLeod, Operations Manager, St Andrew’s Sporting Club Picture Credit: St Andrew’s Sporting Club Ltd
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01
MAY
2019

Reflections on hope at Leverndale Hospital

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Ameed, SABS engagements director, was privileged to have shared reflections on hope from an Islamic perspective at the chaplaincy centre for the psychiatric unit of Leverndale Hospital. Others spoke from their various faith backgrounds in a warm and insightful get together. Picture credit: Interfaith Scotland
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22
APR
2019

Unity Peace Walk Glasgow 2019

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21/04/19 – Our partners at Khadman-e-Dar-ul-Ehsan Scotland, including Syed Mohammed Suqlain Shah, organised the Fourth Annual Peace Walk and Dhikr gathering in Glasgow. Our chairman was privileged to have attended the subsequent program which highlighted peace, and intrafaith unity and involved esteemed guests from London, Birmingham and Manchester.
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22
APR
2019

Easter 2019

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SABS Chairman attends the Easter Sunday Church Service at Cathcart Old Parish Church. SABS Engagements Director also had the privilege of participating in the Easter Sunday Service at the Free Church of Scotland. Photography by Alison D Loudon  
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22
APR
2019

American Universities – Yale University

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Yale University, University in New Haven, Connecticut Imam Razawi speaking and exchanging ideas with students and faculty members.
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22
APR
2019

American Universities – Rutgers University

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Rutgers University, Newark campus, University in New Brunswick, New Jersey Imam Razawi was invited to speak in the last event of the semester, which was followed by a Q&A session. We were extremely grateful for the students at Rutgers for having hosted such a wonderful event.  An excellent prayer was recited by our youngest participant, at the tender age of nine.
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22
APR
2019

Auspicious Celebrations in Holy Month of Shab’aan

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April 2019 A week of celebrations in England. Leicester (Masjid al-Husayn) – Luton (Masjid-e-Ali) – Reading (Masjid-e-Zainabiya) The Islamic month of Sha’bān is the month of the Prophet and his family. This month symbolises love and it begins with celebrations to mark the birth of Lady Zainab. Lady Zainab and her mother Lady Fātima are the nucleus of the Shi’ism and can be described as its saviours. In this month, Muslims are meant to reconnect with the spirit of love, compassion and charity. These are essential tools required if one is to fully benefit in the coming month of Ramadan. Selfless and empathy for all should evolve through this month.
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22
APR
2019

Celebrating the 15th Sha’baan in Washington, D.C.

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Celebrating the 15th Sha’ban in DC A historic and rare gathering followed with the DG, the world famous reciter Mir Hasan Mir and members of the legendary group Zulfiqar-e-Haidari. The second picture was taken with 3 incredible reciters who have been blessed with heavenly voices and are household names across both the Subcontinent and its diaspora. From the left; Ali ‘Sachay’ Rizvi, the son of the legendary reciter Sachay Bhai, who was a pioneer in the 20th century for an art known as Nohakhwani. This sacred tradition uses poetry to touch the heart of those listening. Ali Sachay continues in his father’s footsteps. Mir Hasan Mir is next to Ali Sachay, arguably the most famous Nohakhwan globally. On the right is Farzad Moosavi, part of the group founded by Sachay bhai and one of the biggest talents in North America in Nohakhwani today. Both scholars and Nohakhwans play a fundamental role in relaying the historic events of the life of the Ahlul Bayt. We pray that God keeps our unity and grants us success to spreading this message of love and peace, through talk and poetry.
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22
APR
2019

Vaisakhi Parade in Edinburgh

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21/04/19 – Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s vice chair, Ifty Ali attending the bright and colourful Vaisakhi parade in Edinburgh.
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21
APR
2019

SABS Statement of Condolence Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka – We are deeply saddened by news of the tragic and brutal attack in Colombo, Sri Lanka due to which over 200 innocent people have lost their lives, and many more have been injured. We condemn this despicable and cowardly attack; it is truly unforgivable and unjustifiable in any human terms. At this time, we extend our prayers to the victims, and our deepest condolences and sympathies to the families who have lost such precious life. Imam Razawi 
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24
MAR
2019

Sadaqa Day 2019

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Youth collected donations and goods in a community-wide initiative to add to a container of aid being delivered to Syrian refugees in Lebanon as part of Sadaqa Day. Sunday the 24th March marks Sadaqa Day, a day of social action in which Muslims across the UK contribute to charitable causes and undertake philanthropic work. The SABS Youth committee, in its commitment to the work of Edinburgh Direct Aid, supported them with donations collected from members of the community in Edinburgh ranging from clothing, medical supplies, toiletries and cash, to be given to refugees in Lebanon. To find out more about Sadaqa Day please visit: www.mysadaqaday.org
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20
MAR
2019

The Commonwealth Service 2019 at Westminster Abbey

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SABS Director General and Chief Imam, Moulana Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, was delighted to have offered a Prayer at The Commonwealth Service 2019 at Westminster Abbey. Link: click here
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19
MAR
2019

New Zealand attacks – Christians and Muslims stand “shoulder to shoulder” in condemnation

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New Zealand attacks – Christians and Muslims stand “shoulder to shoulder” in condemnation The statement reads: “Friday’s tragic events in two Mosques in New Zealand is deeply shocking and has caused us all great pain. “As people of faith, we lock arms in solidarity with all those affected by this heinous crime. “We share in remembrance and prayer for the deceased, the injured, their families and all those who have suffered hurt. “We remember particularly the Muslim community in New Zealand, around the world and in Scotland. “Through expressions of reassurance and resolute support, we stand shoulder to shoulder.” Imam Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, Director-General of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society. Rt Rev Susan Brown, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Most Revd Mark Strange, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church and Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness. Rev Dr David A Pickering, Moderator, The National Synod of Scotland. Rev Dr George J Whyte, Principal Clerk of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Very Rev Professor Iain Torrance, Former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Link: click here  
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19
MAR
2019

A Joint Catholic – Muslim Statement

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A Joint Catholic Muslim Statement NEW ZEALAND SHOOTINGS: In the wake of today’s shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, which have killed 49 people and wounded at least 20 others, Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh has issued the following joint statement with Imam Sayed Razawi of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society. It reads: “Today’s appalling events in New Zealand have shocked and saddened all people of goodwill across the globe. The attack upon Muslims at prayer there is an attack upon the dignity of the human person and the common humanity of us all. We pray for those who have died, for those who are injured and all those affected by this unwarranted act of hatred. We also stand in solidarity with the Islamic communities in Scotland at a time when many Scots Muslims are, understandably, worried and feeling threatened.” Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh Imam Sayed Razawi of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society New Zealand Shootings: A joint Catholic-Muslim Statement
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19
MAR
2019

Letter of Condemnation

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A letter of condemnation and reassurance gratefully received by the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society from the National Synod of Scotland around the attacks in New Zealand last Friday. Dear Imam Razawi We write following the abhorrent targeting of peace-loving Muslim communities in Christchurch, New Zealand to express our horror at the mass murder. The attack on the Mosques, whilst faithful people were at prayer, is an affront to every person of faith, and indeed to the whole of humanity. We stand in total solidarity with you and your community. You are people of faith, as are we; you are people of prayer, as are we; you are people of peace, as are we. We rejoice in the rich contribution that Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society proactively make to the life of our nation. It is our privilege to count you as our valued sisters and brothers, for we are each children of God. We pledge to continue to work with you and others in shaping Scotland as a just, peace-making, faith-embracing, tolerant, inclusive and welcoming society. This letter comes from the National Synod of Scotland’s annual residential Synod Meeting of our churches from across our nation. Moderator: Revd Dr David Pickering
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19
MAR
2019

SABS Youth workshop on Islamic Burial Rites – Part 2/2

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17/03/19 – Today, the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Youth held part two of an instructional workshop as part of a short course on Islamic Burial Rites with Moulana Mohamed Kassamali. The session taught participants how to carry out core burial rituals. Participants were equipped with the practical skills necessary to correctly perform ghusl, takfeen and tadfeen. We thank the Maulana for his most valuable time preparing and teaching the class.
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18
MAR
2019

St Patrick’s Day

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17/03/19 – The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society marked St Patrick’s Day with Cathcart Old Parish Church, a day of grieving for the victims of the very grotesque acts against the Muslim community of Christchurch New Zealand. Shabir Beg lit candles in remembrance. Photography by Alison D Loudon
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17
MAR
2019

Joint Christian-Muslim Statement: New Zealand

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Joint Christian-Muslim Statement: New Zealand Attacks 15/03/2019 Friday’s tragic events in two Mosques in New Zealand is deeply shocking and has caused us all great pain. As people of faith, we lock arms in solidarity with all those affected by this heinous crime. We share in remembrance and prayer for the deceased, the injured, their families and all those who have suffered hurt. We remember particularly the Muslim community in New Zealand, around the world and in Scotland. Through expressions of reassurance and resolute support, we stand shoulder to shoulder. Signed: Imam Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, Director-General of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society Rt Rev Susan Brown, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland Most Revd Mark Strange, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church & Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness Rev Dr David A Pickering, Moderator, The National Synod of Scotland Rev Dr George J Whyte, Principal Clerk of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland Very Rev Professor Iain Torrance, Former Moderator of the Church of Scotland
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08
MAR
2019

Edinburgh Theological Seminary Class Discussion 2019

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SABS was honoured to have spoken to students of Ministry at the Edinburgh Theological Seminary upon the gracious invitation of the Reverend Duncan Peters. SABS members spoke to future ministers of the Free Church of Scotland about Shi’a Islam in an engaging class discussion that touched upon important points concerning both Islam and Christianity. Our thanks extend to the Reverend Duncan Peters for facilitating this, third year running.
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08
MAR
2019

SABS Youth Committee meeting

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Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s DG meeting with SABS Youth Committee.
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08
MAR
2019

Meeting with Provost Alan Brown

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Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Chairman meeting with the Provost Alan Brown East Dunbartonshire Council to discuss further civic engagement.  
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08
MAR
2019

Meeting with the Lord Provost of Glasgow

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Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s DG meeting with the Right Honourable Lord Provost of Glasgow to discuss further civic and faith engagement.
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08
MAR
2019

Meeting with Church of Scotland

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Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s DG meeting with the Rt. Rev Susan Brown, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and the Reverend Dr. George Whyte, Principal Clerk of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland to discuss further civic and faith engagement.  
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03
MAR
2019

SABS – Blood Donation Campaign – Mar 2019

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Day 2 02/03/19  Many thanks to all who donated as part of Edinburgh’s latest 2-day blood drive organised in partnership with the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) and Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign Scotland. We are always pleased at the incredible commitment shown by the donors to the cause, and thank the SNBTS as always for their services.
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01
MAR
2019

SABS – Blood Donation Campaign – Feb 2019

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Day 1 28/02/19 A great turnout at the latest Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign Scotland in Edinburgh today, where we encourage people to regularly donate blood throughout the year. Thanks to all who donated, and we look forward to welcoming this Saturday’s donors.
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26
FEB
2019

SABS Youth workshop on Islamic Burial Rites – Part 1/2

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24/02/19 – Today, the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Youth held an instructional workshop as part of a short course on Islamic Burial Rites with Moulana Mohamed Kassamali. The session taught participants how to carry out core burial rituals. Participants were equipped with the practical skills necessary to correctly perform ghusl, takfeen and tadfeen. We thank the Maulana for his most valuable time preparing and teaching the class. We shall soon advertise the next class in this 2-part course.
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26
FEB
2019

Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in Scotland

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20/02/19 – With the Ambassador of Romania to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, H.E. Dan Mihalache and the Head of European Commission in Scotland, Graham Blythe, this evening at the The Scottish Parliament.
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06
FEB
2019

Visitation to ‘Mazar-e-Shareef’, the first shrine in North America of Bawa Muhaiudeen

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Visitation to ‘Mazar-e-Shareef’, the first shrine in North America of Bawa Muhaiudeen. Sayed Razawi made the visitation with an interfaith group from the UN and the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Imam Razawi and the Custodian of the Shrine at Ajmer were both present to perform the prayers and liturgies. A turban from the Shrine of Khawaja Ghereeb Nawaz in Ajmer was wrapped around the head of Imam Razawi by the Custodian of the Shrine. The most generous gesture symbolised trust and friendship.
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04
FEB
2019

Brain Tumour Research Presentation

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Youth were grateful to have heard from Joe Woollcott of Brain Tumour Research about the work of the charity and the latest research efforts into studying brain tumours with an aim to finding treatments and cures. There is a crucial need for this organisation’s work, and we encourage all to peruse their website at: www.braintumourresearch.org
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04
FEB
2019

Capital Cities Interfaith Network launch

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Mon 4 Feb 2019 – The Rt Hon. Frank Ross, Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh officially opens the, ‘Capital Cities Interfaith Network’. Privilege for SABS to have supported the launch of Capital Cities Interfaith Network. Delegates attended from across Europe.
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04
FEB
2019

Safer Internet Day 2019

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society is delighted to be celebrating Safer Internet Day. Find out how you can get involved in #SID2018 and see all the resources at saferinternetday.org.uk. “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you” www.saferinternet.org.uk www.facebook.com/SaferInternetDay/
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04
FEB
2019

Imam Razawi and Peer Syed Salman Chishty

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SABS is extremely grateful to Peer Syed Salman Chishty for visiting our Director General Imam Razawi to enquire about his health. Both agreed on the importance of Sunni-Shia dialogue through compassion to defuse sectarian tensions in Muslim communities. Peer Salman Chishty is the Custodian of the Shrine of Moinudeen Chishty, the largest and most influential shrine in India, located in Ajmer. The Prime Ministers of Bangladesh, Pakistan and India send ‘chadors’ on the death anniversary of this Sufi Saint.
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04
FEB
2019

Holocaust Memorial Day Edinburgh 2019

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was humbled to have attended the Holocaust Memorial Day Scotland 2019 Service at Liberton High School this evening to remember the victims of the genocide, and those of all other genocides, and to come together in prayer and thought as members of the Human Family. Emotional, powerful, touching and empowering testimonies were heard from survivors of the Holocaust and the Rwandan Genocide.
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04
FEB
2019

Holocaust Memorial Day Glasgow 2019

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was humbled to have attended the Holocaust Memorial Day Scotland 2019 Service to remember the victims of the genocide, and those of all other genocides, and to come together in prayer and thought as members of the Human Family. Emotional, powerful, touching and empowering testimonies were heard from survivors of the Holocaust, the Rwandan Genocide & representatives of the Yazidi women’s community. Picture credit: Alan Kay, Interfaith Scotland
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04
FEB
2019

Lord Provost Edinburgh Burns Supper 2019

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It was a privilege for SABS to be supporting the One City trust at the Lord Provost of Edinburgh’s Burns Supper.
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04
FEB
2019

Solemn Holocaust Memorial Service at Cathcart Old Parish Church

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was humbled to have attended and lit candles at the solemn Holocaust Memorial Service at Cathcart Old Parish Church to remember the victims of the genocide, and those of all other genocides, and to come together in prayer and thought as members of the Human Family. (Picture credit: Alison D Loudon)
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04
FEB
2019

Imam Razawi speaking at the IEC Husaini Centre in Illinois

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SABS Director General Sayed Razawi speaking at the IEC Husaini Centre in Illinois for the Ayyame Fatimiyya period in remembrance of the Lady of Light (Peace be upon Her)
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04
FEB
2019

Police Scotland visit to LSS

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The Lady Sughra School was visited by Police Scotland to talk about community and policing. The kids were deeply engaged with the theme and asked many questions. Our thanks go to Police Scotland’s Area Commander Shaheen Baber and Campus Officer PC Angela Mitchell.
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04
FEB
2019

School visit by Moulana Kassamali

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Moulana Mohammed Kassam’Ali, Head of SABS Education and Interfaith Coordinator, visited SABS’ Lady Sughra School in Glasgow which runs on Saturdays for the community’s children.
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07
JAN
2019

Visit to Gilani Shrine Baghdad

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The Sheikh visited the resting place and mausoleum of Abdul Qadir Al-Gilani, the founder of one of the world’s largest Sufi Orders, the Qadiriyyah tariqah, who passed away almost a thousand years ago in Baghdad. The visit demonstrated our solidarity with the Sunni Muslim communities, in particular those of the Gilani family who are the caretakers of the shrine. In return, the Gilani family and other members of the Sunni community visited the shrine of Sayed Muhammad in Balad who is the brother of the 11th Noble Imam of the Shias.
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06
JAN
2019

Shia Clerics Supporting Imam Hussain Day

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It was a privilege to have had Majlis e Ulema, including its President Moulana Ali Raza Rizvi, support the endeavours of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Youth in promoting Imam Hussain Day which occurs on the 12th October in Scotland.
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06
JAN
2019

Speaking on the Pulpit of Hussain, Karbala

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society Director General Sayed Ali Abass Razawi was deeply honoured and grateful to the Almighty for having been able to have lectured in English on the pulpit at the Holy Shrine of Imam Hussain in Karbala, Iraq.
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06
JAN
2019

Meeting in Najaf with Western Scholars

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Najaf, we were honoured to host a historic first-time meeting in Najaf, Iraq with scholars and faith leaders from the Western world. A fruitful discussion took place on matters ranging from spiritual to contemporary issues faced by our communities. Members came together from Canada, UK, USA, Sweden and Iraq. Sheikh Fayyaz Jaffar (NYU), Sheikh Saleem Bhimji, Sheikh Rashid, Sheikh Akhund, Sheikh Jehad Ismail, Sheikh Hilli, Sheikh Govani, Br. Moughnia, Sayed Hasan al Hakim. Ours included Sheikh Hyder Ali Baig, Sayed Ali Raza Naqvi and Sayed Farazdaq Razavi.
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25
DEC
2018

SABS Christmas Visitations 2018

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At this time, Christians across the world remember the birth of the Messiah Jesus Christ, may Peace and Blessings be upon him; one who was strengthened by the Holy Spirit. Muslims too recount the sacred teachings of this exalted Prophet. The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, in reverence to this most noble personage, again came together in fellowship with churches from the Church of Scotland, the Scottish Roman Catholic Church. the Scottish Episcopal Church and the Free Church of Scotland to deepen bonds between our faith traditions. Our thanks extend to: his Grace the Most Reverend Leo Cushley, Archbishop and Metropolitan of St Andrews & Edinburgh; the Rt Rev. Dr John Armes, Bishop of Edinburgh, the Very Rev John Conway Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral Edinburgh; the Rev. Calum MacLeod, Minster of St Giles’ Cathedral, Church of Scotland; the Rev. Neil Galbraith, Minister of Cathcart Old Parish Church, Church of Scotland and the Reverend Duncan Peters, Minister of the Free Church of Scotland. Our warm wishes extend to all this season.
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23
DEC
2018

Christmas gift distribution

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This Christmas, Glasgow The Caring City made it part of their mission to distribute presents to people and organisations across Scotland in the way of goodwill and giving, supported by the Royal Air Forces Association. SABS was delighted to have helped distribute some of the gifts within Glasgow through the Lady Sughra School to Glasgow Hospital and to the Drumchapel Food Bank with support from the office of Bill Kidd MSP. We wish all the very best over these holidays!
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23
DEC
2018

LSS trip to Eastwood theatre

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As the school term comes to an end, the children of the Lady Sughra School, who have worked diligently and well at their studies, were rewarded with a treat! The pupils went on a field trip to Eastwood theatre and afterwards each received a present from the School for their effort and hard work. We thank the parents, grandparents and families of the pupils for their support this year, and wish them all happy holidays.
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22
DEC
2018

LSS donates to Shelter Scotland

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The Lady Sughra School pupils and parents got together to donate to Shelter Scotland in aid of the homeless and those in need. The school pupils learnt of the importance of giving and kindness, and sent gifts for the holiday season to those less fortunate, along with essentials for the homeless. We thank Shelter Scotland for the tremendous work they do, and the parents of the pupils for their kind efforts.
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18
DEC
2018

Interfaith Celebration of the births of Jesus and Muhammad (PBUT)

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SABS Director General at an incredibly warm Interfaith Celebration of the births of Jesus and Muhammad, peace be upon them both, hosted at the Surrey Islamic centre and sponsored by the South London Interfaith Group. The gathering brought together Christians and Muslims and contained Carols and Nasheeds. Carols in the Islamic centre: click here
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16
DEC
2018

Meeting of Experts in Geneva

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Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society Director General Imam Razawi in Geneva for a meeting of experts at the Office of the UN Human Rights Commission from the 13th to 14th December 2018.
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16
DEC
2018

CHAS’ special story-telling event

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11/12/18 The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society were delighted to have been at Children’s Hospice Association Scotland’s (CHAS’) special story-telling event at the Scottish Storytelling Centre which informed guests of the work CHAS undertakes in Scotland by providing accounts from a diverse assemblage of voices, including those of young people, parents, and clinical and support staff, of the stories of people who have experienced CHAS and the difference it makes to families across Scotland. A truly humbling and enlightening experience.
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13
DEC
2018

Roses at the Scottish Parliament: Sharing in Hope 2018

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12/12/18 Members of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society engaged in our ‘Roses for Peace’ project for the 3rd year running with all Members of The Scottish Parliament including leaders across parties to promote goodwill and peace this holiday season. Each MSP was personally gifted a rose and a greetings card. The elected representatives showed great enthusiasm and encouragement for the cause, and were delighted to have shared in the message of hopefulness and conciliation. We are thankful for a special day at the Scottish Parliament, and owe our particular gratitude to Bill Kidd MSP for his invaluable support.
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13
DEC
2018

SABS MSP Briefing at the Scottish Parliament

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SABS MSP Briefing: Scottish sports working together to save lives and promote blood donation. The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society (SABS) organised a drop-in at the Scottish Parliament, sponsored by Bill Kidd MSP, for members of the Scottish Parliament to meet with SABS, the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS), the St Andrew’s Sporting Club (with British bantamweight boxing champion Kash Farooq, Ambassador for SABS’ Blood Donation Campaign), the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL), the Edinburgh City Football Club and the Scottish Ambulance Service on Wednesday 12th December. Primarily, the meeting showcased the launch of a coordinated action in Scotland to catapult and promote the work of blood donation and the recruitment of blood donors from all parts of Scottish society, and was the platform for this group to seek to obtain the support of MSPs for the work of bringing this message to Scotland’s sporting industries. The drop-in brought together MSPs with these organisations who share a commitment to working jointly to bring the importance of blood donation to the forefront of discussions with young adults in sport. MSPs received briefings on blood donation. This sports-focused and collaborative approach has the potential to encourage thousands of young people to give blood. The NHS is wanting to encourage young adults (over the age of 17) to give blood to save a life. Around half of current blood donors are from people aged 45 and...
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07
DEC
2018

Anthony Nolan Reception 2018

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was delighted to have attended Anthony Nolan’s Annual Supporter Reception in the Scottish Parliament. Anthony Nolan has grown from strength to strength, and it was humbling to be among those who have helped the bone marrow register grow in the UK. We thank the event’s sponsor Bill Kidd MSP, Anthony Nolan’s Chief Executive Henny Braund, and Anthony Nolan’s Regional Register Development Manager Amy Bartlett. We also thank Colin for having shared his truly touching story which reminds us of the deeply important need for Anthony Nolan’s work. SABS are delighted to have been working with Anthony Nolan and commend them on truly life saving work.
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05
DEC
2018

Westminster Abbey Service to celebrate Christians in the Middle East

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Director General and Chief Imam Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi gives a reflection on the role and value of Christians in the Middle East at Westminster Abbey. Sayed Razawi concluded in his reflection by stating “If there is to be peace in the Middle East, Christians must be a part of the solution. There is an old saying that says hearts touch hearts. The power of the human heart to revive faith even in the worst of conditions is nothing short of miraculous. Fear can only be overcome when compassion and love for the other is found in our hearts once more. Perhaps it is difficult to trust again, but Jesus taught us just that, an ability to love thy neighbor as a tool to rebuild trust. Christians and Muslims must learn to walk together again, shoulder to shoulder, under the shadow of God”. The event was attended by clergy representing churches of the Middle East and North Africa, and HRH The Prince of Wales. Read more click here Picture credit: Westminster Abbey
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29
NOV
2018

SABS Youth @ St Andrew’s Day Interfaith Service 2018

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The Saltire returned to Cathcart Old after a pilgrimage to Karbala The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s youth committee pictured with the Rev Neil Galbraith at Cathcart Old Parish Church’s St Andrews Day Interfaith Service. The flag being held was a token of fellowship given to SABS by the Rev Neil Galbraith. As our tradition states that love for one’s country is part of faith, the youth took this flag to Karbala, Iraq for Arba’een, where 15 million Muslims hailing from every country of the world proudly held their own respective flags whilst paying tribute to Imam Hussain. Having been taken to the Blessed and Holy Shrines of Iraq, the flag has returned and is held as a symbol of fellowship between people of faiths.
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27
NOV
2018

Guests at Rangers F.C.

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Director-General and Chairman were delighted to have been guests of Rangers F.C. at Ibrox. Both sports and faith have the societal ability to work hand-in-hand to support and inspire communities. Through this interface, the lives of our youth can be enriched and communities who would not otherwise engage with one another can come together in the spirit of diversity. Our thanks extend to the Directors of Rangers F.C., and in particular Gary Gibson, Stewart Robertson, Mark Hateley, Ally Dawson and Rev Neil Galbraith. Photography by SABS
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27
NOV
2018

St Andrew’s Day Interfaith Service at Cathcart Old Parish Church 2018

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25/11/18- The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Director-General Imam Razawi gave an address at Cathcart Old Parish Church, Glasgow as part of the St Andrew’s Day Interfaith Service. Imam Razawi was graciously welcomed by the Rev Neil Galbraith and the Very Rev John Christie, former moderator of the Church of Scotland. The message of a diverse and inclusive Scotland was given at the event which was aimed at strengthening Christian, Jewish, and Muslim relations in Scotland. We are together on a quest to overcome the world’s challenges and to establish true peace and benevolence. The gathering was one of celebrating the heritage of our Nation and the life of Scotland’s patron saint. Photography by Alison D Loudon and SABS (Also, a big thank you to Mr Muhammad Fiaz Ali and his team @UK44TV, Broadcasting & Media Production Company for their support) Watch the Video: click here (In Urdu)
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23
NOV
2018

Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate The Year of Engineering 2018 at Westminster Abbey

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Celebrating Excellence, ‘Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate The Year of Engineering 2018 at Westminster Abbey’ In recognition of the immense contribution by engineers across Britain.  
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21
NOV
2018

The Mainstay Foundation – Muslim Convention 2018

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As the Year of Young People comes to a close, the boys of SABS’ school and youth committee attended the UK’s first annual Muslim Convention in Manchester organised by the Mainstay Foundation. The convention was an educational experience. It was also heartening to see senior and well-known Shi’a Muslim clerics supportive of the communal institution of Imam Hussain Day on the 12th October every year in Scotland.
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19
NOV
2018

Eid e Zahra Celebrations Scotland

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Aberdeen : Dundee : Edinburgh We would like to thank all the brothers and sisters in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Dundee for organising these educational and spiritual lectures in honor of the Lady of Light, Fatima Zahra (ع). SABS DG, Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, led the congregations; uplifting and sanctifying the gatherings with his sermons. Friendships deepened in the spiritual atmosphere. These events were also held as part of this year’s Scottish Inter Faith Week.
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19
NOV
2018

2018 Being Human Festival; Bloodscape

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, in promotion of the Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign Scotland, worked in partnership with the University of Edinburgh on a unique initiative as part of this year’s Being Human festival called Bloodscape. Bloodscape was an innovative scavenger hunt and guided adventure that allowed members of the public to see Edinburgh through the lens of blood — including changing trends, global campaigns and, of course, Harry Potter! Bloodscape broadened the knowledge of participants about the origins and endings of blood as a vital good, and provided the opportunity for them to engage directly with the work of the Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign Scotland and learn of its ethos and goals. Also, our thanks to St Augustine’s Church for their support too. Picture credit: SABS www.bloodscape.net
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19
NOV
2018

Wallneuk North Interfaith Service & Lunch

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SABS were pleased to have attended the Wallneuk North Interfaith Service & Lunch, organised by Wallneuk North Church & Renfrewshire Interfaith Group, on Sunday. The event was centred around the theme of families connecting generations as part of Scottish Interfaith Week. Our thanks go to our friend the Rev Peter Gill.   Picture credit: SABS
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16
NOV
2018

Interfaith Summit 2018

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Present at this year’s Interfaith Summit with First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Aileen Campbell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, and Scottish Faith Leaders, organised by Interfaith Scotland. Picture Credit SABS and Interfaith Scotland  
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16
NOV
2018

Reception Celebrating the Centenary of the 1918 Education Act, Edinburgh Castle

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14/11/18 – Mr Ameed Versace, SABS’ strategic engagements director, representing SABS at the Edinburgh Castle with pupils and staff from Catholic schools around Scotland celebrating the centenary of the 1918 Education Act. Event was organised by the Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP and attended by Faith Leaders.
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14
NOV
2018

Scottish Government’s annual Remembrance Service

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Mr Ameed Versace, SABS’ strategic engagements director, gave a reflection at the Scottish Government’s annual Remembrance Service at St Andrews House. The Service was organised and hosted by Lesley Evans, the Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government, in order to remember all those who have suffered the consequences of war. Picture credit: Scottish Government
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12
NOV
2018

Remembrance Sunday 2018

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Edinburgh – Mr Shabir Beg, Chairman of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, laid a wreath at the annual remembrance service in Edinburgh at the City Chambers on Remembrance Sunday to pay tribute to the sacrifices of the many people across the world who have suffered from war, some who are remembered and the many who are forgotten. Glasgow – Mr Ameed Versace, Strategic Engagements Director of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society at Cathcart Old Parish Church. A time to remember, reflect, and to work for a future devoid of oppression, suffering and inequality – Shabir Beg Muslim contribution to world war one. To read more please click here Credit: BBC News or click here Credit: BBC Asian Network or click here Credit: Forgotten Heroes 14-19 Foundation  
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02
NOV
2018

Arbaeen in Karbala, Iraq

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ARBAEEN The 40th Day after the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, in 680 AD. Today, tens of millions of people have gathered in Karbala, Iraq, as they do every year, to visit the resting place of this Noble Man. SABS Youth stand amid the world’s largest annual gathering of people. A time for spiritual, social, and communal transformation and reformation. The height of love and sacrifice.
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23
OCT
2018

URC Induction Service

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18/10/18 – Many congratulations to the Rev John Bremner who was inducted as Ecumenical and Interfaith Officer for the United Reformed Church National Synod of Scotland. It was a privilege for SABS to have shared in the induction service, and we look forward to continuing our dialogue and engagement with the URC. Photos by Bungie
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15
OCT
2018

Canonisation of Archbishop Oscar Romer

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It was a privilege for SABS to have attended the Canonisation of Archbishop Oscar Romer (1917-1980) who spoke out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations, and torture. In 1980, Romero was assassinated while offering Mass in the chapel of the Hospital of Divine Providence. We note our thanks to Glasgow Churches Together, Justice and Peace Glasgow and SCIAF for a wonderful evening together.
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14
OCT
2018

Scottish Religious Leaders Forum 2018

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Members of SABS at the Interfaith Scotland Religious Leaders and Faith Representatives Conference 2018 on Thursday 11th October held at the Bhai Centre, Edinburgh. A stimulating and distinguished conference which was attended by leaders from across faiths.  
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14
OCT
2018

The launch event of ‘Imam Hussain Day’ in Scotland

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, with the support of Interfaith Scotland and the United Nations House Scotland, launched Imam Hussain Day in Scotland on 12th October 2018. This will be an annual day in the national calendar to remember and celebrate the life, achievements, and influential teachings of Imam Hussain; a role model to over 1 Billion Muslims worldwide. The event, chiefly thought-out by the SABS youth committee for the Year of Young People, symbolises the first commemoratory gathering in what we hope will become an annual tradition led by Scotland, and all segments of Scottish society. Muslim community actors, across all generations, gathered at the Interfaith Scotland Dialogue Centre to celebrate the beginning of this annual movement, and hear of Imam Hussain’s merciful message, his stance, his courage, and his sacrifice. According to some calculations converting the Hijri calendar to the Gregorian and Julian calendar, the 12th of October is the day on which Imam Hussain was martyred. The event comprised speeches by Muslim and other faith representatives who shared the story of Imam Hussain, what he stood for, and how the world can still take lessons from his life and seek to establish the roots of justice, compassion and virtue where they are most needed. Photography by SABS (Also, a big thank you to Mr Muhammad Fiaz Ali and his team @UK44TV, Broadcasting & Media Production Company for their support) Watch the Video: click here (In English) Watch...
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11
OCT
2018

Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign Scotland 2018

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Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society (SABS) would like to thank all those who donated blood as part of the Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign Scotland this half of the year. The staff at the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service are working tirelessly still to ensure adequate blood stocks, and we are particularly grateful to all those who donated as part of the campaign. We wish to recognise those who have used this campaign in Edinburgh as the stimulus to become regular donors, and who now donate outwith the campaign as and when their blood is needed. And we pay tribute to the goodwill and compassion of those who used the campaign to donate for the first time; we hope that you will continue to play a part in this life-saving mission.  
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11
OCT
2018

LSS Children’s School – First Day

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First day of classes for The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society Saturday School in Glasgow. The Lady Sughra School, as it is named, opened its doors to pupils of the community on the 29th September. We pray that this becomes a successful space for the pupils’ education and development in the years to come. For queries on how to enrol your child, please email: LSS@scottishahlulbaytsociety.org
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11
OCT
2018

Archbishop Conti Reception 2018

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Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society (SABS) at this years reception organised by the Most Reverend Mario J. Conti, Emeritus Archbishop of Glasgow, Chair of the Committee for Inter-religious Dialogue of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland.
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28
SEP
2018

British bantamweight boxing

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Congratulations to Kash Farooq, the new British bantamweight boxing champion. Kash Farooq is the Ambassador of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society and the Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign Scotland. Our best wishes extend to the contender Jim Wilson. Great sportsmanship was demonstrated and an example civic engagement and sporting excellence in diversity.
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28
SEP
2018

G20 Interfaith Forum 2018

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This years, G20 Interfaith Forum took place on the 26th – 28th Sep in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the theme was “Building Consensus for Fair and Sustainable Development: Religious Contributions for a Dignified Future” and was organised by the G20 Association of Interfaith Forums, the Argentine Council for Religious Freedom and the Latin American “Ethics and Economics” Project. The G20 is a forum that brings together religious leaders, finance ministers and central bank governors, created in 1999, after a series of financial crises, which takes into account the new economies under development. The G20 Interfaith Forum is in its fifth edition, the first was held in 2014 in Australia, and its aim is to develop recommendations on priority issues that draw on interfaith insight and experience. Particular attention is paid to ways that religious communities can contribute to the host country’s priorities. It was a privilege for our Director General Sheikh Razawi to be one of the speakers there this year. The role of religion in the modern climate, goal 8.7, food wastage and climate change were some of the topics discussed.  
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26
SEP
2018

EIFA Interfaith Peace Service 2018

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At the Edinburgh Interfaith Association’s Annual Peace Service, commemorating ‘International Day of Peace’. Our vice-chair contributed along with leaders of Edinburgh’s faith communities. This year’s Peace Service was hosted by St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh.
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22
SEP
2018

The Annual Peace Processions of Edinburgh and Glasgow

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The Annual Peace Processions of Edinburgh and Glasgow. The Shi’a Muslim communities of Scotland unite at these to walk in remembrance of the exalted sacrifice of Imam Hussain, grandson of the Holy Prophet, who was brutally killed in battle, along with his family and friends, for upholding the purest human values and for standing out against corruption and evil. His stance was a stance of divine love and of justice and mercy; a stance of the truth against falsehood; a stance of human awakening; and a stance of freedom against oppression. At this time, millions of Muslims across the world commemorate his martyrdom and remember the teachings he lived and died by. He is the inspiration of our mission. Our thanks extend to the Shi’a communities of Scotland for organising these processions.
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14
SEP
2018

SABS Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign Muharram Launch

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society (SABS) launched its annual Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign Scotland efforts this week, on the 1st of the Islamic Month of Muharram. This year, the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society launched its 6th Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign Scotland drive by introducing our partnered Muslim organisations to the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) in Glasgow’s Blood Donor Centre. We were pleased to have had British Boxing’s bantamweight titleholder, Kash Farooq attend and support the event, promoting the cause of the Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign and blood donation more widely. The move encourages key Muslim actors, on a united front across denominations, to encourage their congregations and communities to give blood in the name of Imam Hussain and his salvific message of goodness and compassion. We thank the press who covered the event over radio and print media aiming to continually highlight the need for blood donation in Scotland. The event was held in partnership with the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) and NHS National Services Scotland, and was directly supported by Mary Morgan, Director of the SNBTS, along with Jennifer Wilson and Edward Ford of the SNBTS. Our special thanks extend to Syed Mohammad Suqlain Shah, Chairman of Dar ul Ehsan Scotland, Syed Tanveer Gillani, Founding Member of the International Naat Council Scotland,  Malik Khalid Warsi, Chairman International Naat Council...
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10
SEP
2018

Tunnocks Biscuits Donation

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society received, with thanks, a large donation of Tunnocks biscuits. SABS dispatched and delivered the biscuits in our long-term local and regional efforts of neighbourliness, citizenship and humanitarian work to local bodies in the City of Glasgow. Before long, all deliveries were made and a lot of smiles won around the City. Donations were gratefully received by Drumchapel Food Bank, Antonine Court Day Care Centre, and Fortune Works. We are very thankful to Bill Kidd MSP and John Docherty for facilitating these important connections and enabling this work to take place. Additionally, Glasgow South West Foodbank and Community Kitchen received donations for which our thanks extend to Chris Stephens MP for his support
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09
SEP
2018

LSS Children’s School Opening

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society is grateful to the Almighty for His Grace in allowing us to launch our children’s Saturday School in Glasgow. The Lady Sughra School (LSS) children’s school opened up for children of the community to enhance their knowledge of the faith and to encourage active participation in society based on the principles of compassion and good will. The team of teachers and pupils are collectively excited at the prospect of creative and innovative learning. We are grateful for the immense contribution of the teachers and the support of parents, and wish the pupils every success in their academic endeavours in the years ahead. We thank our senior cleric Moulana Sarfaraz for attending to formally open the school.
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03
SEP
2018

Family Outing 2018

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society organised its annual summer outing to the Scottish Deer Centre for the Shia community on Sunday. The day was filled with fun for the whole family, from the children to the elderly, and wonderful opportunities to see some incredible animals. To top it off, we were blessed with great weather! A big thanks to the Scottish Deer Centre for being so welcoming, and to all those who attended!
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01
SEP
2018

SABS Fellowship Eid al Adha Dinner 2018

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Wednesday 29th August 2018 The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was pleased to have held a fellowship Eid Dinner for the 4th consecutive year in commemoration of Eid al-Adha, a rememberance of the Prophet Abraham and a feast for Muslims at the end of the Hajj. It is the etiquette of the Holy Prophet [s] and his Noble Family [a] to build neighbourly relations. At the event therefore, we sought to ever strengthen our ties and understanding of one another by making conversation and sharing in a meal as people of compassion. Director-General and Chief Imam Sayed Razawi spoke at the event alongside friends from the Scottish Churches and civic society: the Rt. Rev Susan Brown, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland; the Most Rev. Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church; Archbishop Mario Conti, Archbishop Emeritus of the Metropolitan of Glasgow; the Rev Dr David Pickering, Moderator of the Synod of Scotland, United Reformed Church; Rev Dr George Whyte, principal clerk of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland; Frank Ross, The Rt. Hon. Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh; and the Rt. Hon. Eva Bolander, Lord Provost of the City of Glasgow. The deeply valued presence and talks of our Sunni partners showcased the unique intra-Islamic unity we strive to build. We thank also guests who travelled from afar to participate and whose contribution was well felt: Dr. Elizabeta Kitanovic,...
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27
AUG
2018

5th Annual Unity Eid Dinner 2018

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The gratitude and happy wishes of our Director-General Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi extend to the noble `ulema–scholars–and eminent guests from across the cities of Scotland for participating in Sunday’s Eid Dinner wherein we celebrated the Blessings and Grace of the Almighty [swt] following the occasion of Eid al-Adha, which fell upon us last week. The gathering was one of the Scottish Shia clans, and the room was filled with warmth. May the Mercy of the Almighty envelop all those who were in attendance.
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19
AUG
2018

Back to School

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Saturday 18th August was the first day back for the SABS Children’s School after the summer break, and the school was relaunched at the start of the term at its new premises in Stockbridge Primary School. Cllr Adam McVey, Leader of the Edinburgh Council, attended the launch and spoke with the Patron of SABS’ Children’s School, its Principal, parents, teachers and pupils. It was a happy launch, and we wish the pupils every success for the year ahead.
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15
AUG
2018

Dementia Awareness

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We would like to convey our thanks to Maureen O’Neil, Faith in Older People, Susan, Central Scotland Regional Equality Council, and Iain Stewart, Edinburgh Inter-Faith Association, for providing a session on Dementia Awareness for our community members this evening. The session gave rise to discussions on some of the key issues surrounding faith-based action that might cater for the needs of carers and those suffering from dementia. A much needed conversation ensued, highlighting our collective responsibility to overcome the challenges and sensitivities faced when broaching the subject of Dementia. We thank all those who attended, and are glad that all left with an education and a deeper appreciation of a general direction to move forward in.
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08
AUG
2018

Mehfil Meelad e Mustafa & Ahlaibait Conference

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was pleased to have taken part at the Mehfil Meelad e Mustafa & Ahlaibait Conference organised in Glasgow by International Naat Council Scotland and Dar ul Ehsan Scotland. A gathering that demonstrated Muslim unity in the remembrance and praise of the Holy Prophet and his Family. We were pleased to have again got together with Peer Syed Husnain Mehboob Gillani Qadri Chishti Warsi, Syed Mohammed Suqlain Shah, Syed Tanveer Gillani, Malik Khalid Warsi and Syed Gillani held in Masjid e Khazra to whom we pay tribute for facilitating this auspicious gathering.  
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26
JUL
2018

Annual Gathering of Dhikr, Birmingham

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was pleased to have been a part of the annual Mehfil e Dhikr gathering in Birmingham in association with our partners at Khadman e Dar Ul Ehsan Glasgow. Intrafaith unity was demonstrated between denominations of Islam and worship was held together.
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03
JUL
2018

21 Gun Royal Salute 2018

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was delighted to have participated in this year’s 21-Gun Salute at Edinburgh Castle. The Gun Salute is an opportunity for members of Scottish faiths to take part in a ceremony deeply rooted in Scottish history. It marks the arrival of the Queen at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. It is a platform for interfaith discussion, nourishing fellowships at a cross-denominational and interfaith level, and learning of history and ministry.
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02
JUL
2018

Community Service Initiative – Milton Road Cemetery

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The SABS Youth Committee continuing their work at the Milton Road Cemetery by helping out Uncle Bashir. We were delighted to again provide our little help to Uncle Bashir who still tirelessly tends to the graves at the cemetery day in, day out. His hard work is inspiring and held in high regard.
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01
JUL
2018

Last day of SABS school

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Saturday was the last day of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Islamic School ahead of the summer holidays. As an end of term surprise, pupils enjoyed watching an educational video about the mother of the 12th Infallible, Imam al-Mahdi (ع). We hope the pupils enjoy their holidays, and return following the break feeling refreshed and ready for the new year!
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29
JUN
2018

Eid Reception with First Minister 2018

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28th June 2019 Ameed Versace, SABS strategic engagements officer, with the Rt. Hon. Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland at her Eid Reception at Bute House. A delight to have attended, and our thanks extend to the First Minister.
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27
JUN
2018

Healthcare awareness workshop

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SABS Women’s Wing The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Women’s Wing organised a Health Awareness Session, with special reference to Women and the benefits of Breast Screening, in partnership with Dr. Gauri Babu, Consultant Radiologist and Breast Imaging Specialist, who works for the South East Scotland Screening centre and NHS Lothian. She is also the chief executive of the Art of Living. The session was beneficial and deeply informative to all those who attended. Dr Babu also talked a about holistic health, deep breathing, and mindfulness.
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20
JUN
2018

Eid Presentation at Leverndale Hospital

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Mr Ameed Versace, SABS strategic engagements director, was delighted to have had to opportunity to speak at The Leverndale Hospital in Crookston, Glasgow at an Eid festival celebration that the hospital organised for its patients in the psychiatric unit on Wednesday 20th June. Ameed spoke about the Islamic ordinance of the Fast, the holy festival of Eid Al Fitr, and the importance of viewing ourselves as one human family. Our thanks extend to the Leverndale Hospital and its chaplain, and to Interfaith Scotland. The importance laid on health and wellbeing in Islam is incredibly important and in need of further exploration. There was also wonderful artwork on display created by patients at the hospital as part of their therapeutic sessions.
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16
JUN
2018

Celebrating the history and cultural diversity of Glasgow with Glasgow Churches Together

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It was a pleasure for SABS to have participated in what were celebrations of the history and cultural diversity of Glasgow, along with the Bailie Russell Robertson, the Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway, representatives of Glasgow Churches Together, Church Leaders, the St Mungo Singers, St Denis’ Primary and other distinguished guests and attendees. The event was organised by Glasgow Churches Together and the Glasgow City Council.
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16
JUN
2018

Multi-faith Iftar

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Imam Razawi attended the Multi-faith Iftar in the Ahlulbait Centre Wembley, London with His Eminence Sayed Qassim Al-Jalali and Dr Sara Mehdi. Imam Razawi gave the keynote speech on Women in Faith. Imam Razawi spoke about Lady Miriam (the sister of Moses), Lady Mary (the mother of Jesus), and Lady Khadija, Lady Fatima and Lady Zainab from the Household of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon Them All)
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15
JUN
2018

Metropolitan Police Annual Memorial Service 2018

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14/06/118 – After just returning back from Pilgrimage, SABS Director General Shaykh Sayed Razawi attended today’s Metropolitan Police Annual Memorial Service at Hendon Police College, London, along with other Religious Leaders. He was there along with Cardinal Vincent Nichols and the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis Cressida Dick CBE, QPM. Those gathered paid tribute to those men and women who gave sacrifices in the line of duty.  
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15
JUN
2018

Service on The Fast and Prayer for Peace 2018

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13/06/18 – The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society and its team met in a prayerful service at St Mary’s Cathedral, Mother Church of the Diocese of Edinburgh, on the occasion of the final days of the Month of Ramadan. The Provost, Very Revd John Conway, led a service at the Cathedral which brought together Christians and Muslims. Kashan Sheikh, representing the SABS team, gave a short speech on what Ramadan and the Ordinance of the Fast means to Muslims, and as it is taught more widely in the Abrahamic traditions, and closed with a reading of al-Fatiha. The insights gave all an understanding that much of our practises are shared. The Rev John Conway then prayed for people of faith across the world, and in particular the Muslim Ummah at this time. The spirit of the gathering was incredibly powerful and we extend our sincere thanks for the fellowship that emerged from deepening understanding and prayer, and we hope to take forward this blossoming interface.
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14
JUN
2018

World Blood Donor Day 2018

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(14th June 2018) Today is World Blood Donor Day! In support of this day, the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Youth Committee, school pupils plus the Shi’a Muslim community’s youth was delighted to show their support for the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service in the international #MissingType campaign. Help us highlight the global need for blood donors. By removing the letters A, B & O (the blood groups) from key landmarks, organisations and people’s names, we are hoping to encourage more people to #GiveBlood. Blood services all over the world are taking part! Find out more here: https://www.scotblood.co.uk/news/happy-blood-donor-week/
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13
JUN
2018

Ramadan 2018 Charity Collection for Refugees in Partnership with Edinburgh Direct Aid

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13/06/18 – As we come to an end of this Month of Ramadan, a collection of donations from the Shia Muslim community of Edinburgh was undertaken by the SABS Youth Committee. Clothing, toiletries, and cash donations were among goods collected for refugees as part of the community-wide operation and were supplied to Edinburgh Direct Aid who will be making a shipment soon to be sent to refugee camps in Syria and Lebanon. We thank Edinburgh Direct Aid and all community members who most generously donated to this cause.  
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12
JUN
2018

#MissingType Campaign 2018

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Happy Blood Donor Week! (Monday 11 to Friday 15 June 2018) Spotted any A’s, B’s or O’s missing recently? The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society is once again delighted to support the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service in the international #MissingType campaign. Help us highlight the global need for blood donors. By removing the letters A, B & O (the blood groups) from key landmarks, organisations and people’s names, we are hoping to encourage more people to #GiveBlood. Blood services all over the world are taking part! Find out more here: https://www.scotblood.co.uk/news/happy-blood-donor-week/ The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society values deeply its partnership with the SNBTS, and renews its commitment to the people of Scotland that it will work to continually increase the number of blood donors through such initiatives as this and the Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaigns.
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10
JUN
2018

NHS 24 Youth Forum

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09/06/18 – Members of the SABS Youth Committee took part in the NHS 24’s first ever Youth Forum at the Scottish Youth Theatre. The meeting aimed at discussing what the NHS means to young people from across Scotland and constructive ideas were tabled to improve engagement with the NHS and their services. We are talking about what the NHS means to us at our first ever Youth Forum meeting today! #nhsscot70 #YoungVoices24 pic.twitter.com/3sFvIqKuOg — NHS 24 (@NHS24) June 9, 2018
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31
MAY
2018

Multi Faith Blood Drive USA

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Sayed Razawi, as Director General of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, represented Scotland and, particularly, our City of Edinburgh at the United States’ annual Festival of Faiths. Our Alim used the work that is undertaken in Scotland to inspire movement in the USA. The Scottish blood donation drives in Edinburgh, in partnership with the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Services (SNBTS) and Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign (IHBDC), were used as inspiration, in the name of Imam Hussain, for a Multi Faith Blood Drive in Kentucky, launched by the Festival of Faiths. The Multi-Faith Blood Drive is helped by the Red Cross, the Center For Interfaith Relations and Mayor Greg Fischer. Its purpose is to save lives regardless of faith, colour, gender, language or nationality. Our thanks to Christy Brown for making this happen. To watch video please Click here  
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26
MAY
2018

Christians and Muslims walking ‘shoulder to shoulder’

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The Church of Scotland this year invited Sayed Razawi, Director General of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, to address the General Assembly on Friday the 25th May. The moving meeting and address highlighted a milestone moment in our meaningful and ongoing engagement with the Church of Scotland. We look forward to continuing our interfaith work with the newly installed Moderator, the Rt Rev Susan Brown, and the Church as a whole in the year to come. To read more please click here To watch video please click here MSPs salute Christians and Muslims for working together for good of humanity, to read more please click here click here
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13
MAY
2018

UN Under-Secretary General Meeting with the RT Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland

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9th-10th May 2018 The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society and its Director-General Imam Razawi were privileged to have invited a senior United Nations official to Scotland for a 2-day visit to engage religious, civic, governmental and political actors on an issue of crucial concern for the international community, and the people of Scotland by the same token. In partnership with the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect, the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society were most delighted to have received Mr. Adama Dieng, UN Under Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide. Over the course of the 2-day visit beginning on the 9th May, the Under Secretary General engaged with the First Minister, civil society and third sector organisations, religious leaders, and governmental and political actors. Mr. Dieng unveiled his Plan of Action aimed at religious leaders to ensure mechanisms for regional peace-building, cohesion and stability, and the prevention of incitement to violence and hate-motivated actions that may lead to atrocity crimes. FM @NicolaSturgeon today met Mr Adama Dieng, @UN Under Secretary-General and Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide, to promote Scotland’s work towards building cohesive communities and promoting equality and human rights. Click Here
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13
MAY
2018

Farewell dinner with Moderator and Under Secretary General

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Farewell dinner in honour of Mr. Adama Dieng with our special guests the Right Rev Dr Derek Browning, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church and the Very Rev. Iain Torrance, Kt, OStJ, TD, FRSE, Church of Scotland Minister, Theologian, Academic and Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland.
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13
MAY
2018

UN Under-Secretary General Scottish Parliament Seminar sponsored by Bill Kidd MSP Chief Whip Scottish Government

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10 May 2018 Scottish Parliament Seminar 2: ‘Our collective role in tackling ‘Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism & Hate crime’ A special programme for dialogue with the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect facilitated by the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, with the support of Strathclyde University and Scottish National Blood Transfusion Services, Sponsored by Bill Kidd MSP, Chief Whip Scottish Government.  
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13
MAY
2018

UN Under-Secretary General Meeting at Cathcart Old Parish Church

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 ‘The Unique Partnership of Caring People’ Programme on the Prevention of Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect at Cathcart Old Parish Church. Welcome to Our City by the Rt Hon Eva Bolander, Lord Lieutenant and Lord Provost of the City of Glasgow. The USG engaged with civil society and third sector organisations, government, and faith leaders and communities in relation to his implementation of the Plan of Action to ensure mechanisms for regional conciliation, community cohesion and the prevention of hate-motivated crime and genocide. This was an opportunity to meet those working on the front lines of international relationships and the care for people most at risk. Our huge thanks goes to our partner the Reverend Neil Galbraith, BD C.Min Parish Minister Cathcart Old (Church of Scotland), CEO of Glasgow the Caring City and police Scotland Chaplain.
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13
MAY
2018

UN Under-Secretary General Meeting with the Deputy Presiding Officer Linda Fabiani MSP

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Mr Adama Dieng, United Nations Under Secretary-General and Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, meeting with the Deputy Presiding Officer Linda Fabiani MSP at the Scottish Parliament. The Deputy Presiding Officer then invited the delegation to privately view First Minister’s Question Time, for which we are grateful.
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13
MAY
2018

UN Under-Secretary General Meeting with Interfaith Scotland

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10th may 2018 Mr. Adama Dieng, UN Under Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide meeting with leaders of Scotland’s Various Faith and Religious Communities, in partnership with Interfaith Scotland in Glasgow. On Wednesday Adama Dieng, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide, visited Interfaith Scotland for a dialogue event. He presented the UN’s “Plan of Action for the Prevention of Genocide”. In the dialogue he realised that a lot of good practise that he encourages people all over the world to do is actually already happening in Scotland. The plan of action addresses mainly (but not only). Our thanks to Interfaith Scotland for hosting this event in partnership with SABS.  
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13
MAY
2018

UN Under-Secretary General Meeting with Church Leaders at the Church of Scotland

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Mr Adama Dieng, United Nations Under Secretary-General and Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide meeting with Christian leaders of all major Scottish denominations at the Church of Scotland head office at 121 George Street, Edinburgh. Our thanks extend to the Rev Dr George Whyte, Principal Clerk to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, for arranging this and for their tremendous support. We further met with Dr Joshua Ralston, Lecturer in Muslim-Christian Relations at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh and Professor Mona Siddiqui, Islamic and Inter-religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh for lunch.
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13
MAY
2018

UN Under-Secretary General Meeting with Edinburgh Interfaith Association

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10th May 2018 Scottish Parliament Seminar 1: ‘Our Collective Role in Preventing Genocide’ A programme for dialogue with the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect facilitated in partnership between the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society and the Edinburgh Interfaith Association (EIFA), Edinburgh’s oldest Interfaith body.
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13
MAY
2018

Unity Peace Walk Glasgow 2018

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We were pleased to have been a part of the Third Annual Peace Walk and Dhikr gathering in Glasgow, with our partners and the Walk’s organisers, Syed Mohammed Suqlain Shah of Khadman-e-Dar-ul-Ehsan Scotland. The procession has proven a historical moment for Scotland, and its Pakistani and sub-continental communities. The walk and subsequent program highlighted Peace, and Interfaith/Intrafaith unity and involved esteemed guests from London, Birmingham and Manchester. We are especially grateful to Rev Neil Galbraith, Parish Minister for Cathcart Old Parish Church, and the Rev Canon Cedric Blakey of the Scottish Episcopal Church for accepting our invitation to come along to speak at the Khazara Mosque after the walk.
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01
MAY
2018

Imam Hussain Blood Donation Drive April 2018

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Thank you to all those who donated blood as part of Edinburgh’s (2-day) blood drive organised by the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society in partnership with the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) and Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign (IHBDC). May God protect you all for each of you have selflessly played a monumental role in the lives of multiple people; and we urge that everyone continue to donate blood and persist in the act of generosity.
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28
APR
2018

Class of Christian student leaders

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Ameed Versace, SABS Engagement Officer, was delighted to have spoken to young Christian student leaders of the Free Church of Scotland. Ameed spoke about his experiences as a Shia Muslim in Scotland and answered questions in an insightful session together.
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25
APR
2018

Unsung Women of Faith Event – the Inspirational Role of Bint Al Huda

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Ishrat, SABS vice chairwoman, spoke at an EIFA programme looking at women of faith in scripture and the recent history of faith traditions. At the Unsung Women of Faith event, the inspirational role of Bint Al Huda was discussed, her life’s work, and her role as a scholar and educator under the oppressive rule of Saddam Hussein.
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19
APR
2018

Faith Leaders seek Climate Action

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18 Apr 2018 – Ameed Versace of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was delighted to have spoken at a Parliamentary Reception on Scotland’s faith communities and the Climate Change Bill, hosted by Claire Baker MSP in Dynamic Earth. The event saw faith leaders being united in urging the Scottish Parliament to pass a strong and ambitious Climate Change Bill; one which reflects Scotland’s fair share of global efforts and puts Scotland firmly on the path towards an inclusive, low-carbon future in which we can all flourish. Scotland’s Environment and Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham was presented with a statement calling for tougher action on climate change. The statement was signed by around 20 leaders representing Scotland’s faith communities’ including Bishop President Joseph Toal, former SCIAF President and Treasurer Archbishop Mario Conti, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland Right Rev Dr Derek Browning, and Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society Engagement Officer Ameed Versace. Our thanks extend to the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund who organised the event along with Christian Aid, Tearfund Scotland and Islamic Relief. https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/scottish-faith-leaders-urge-holyrood-12398899
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01
APR
2018

Imam Ali School Birthday Celebration

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Pupils at the SABS School remembered today the birth of our 1st Holy Imām, Imām ʿAlī b. Abī Ṭālib (ع) and celebrated with classmates on this auspicious occasion.
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30
MAR
2018

Young Enterprise Lothian Awards

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Congratulations to our Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society (SABS) Youth’s media officer Adeel Hussain, who represented George Watson’s College, on winning best IT director for his team at the Young Enterprise Lothian Awards. Picture album: CLICK HERE WINNER!! Best IT Director, Evoke, George Watson’s #YEAwards #YELothian pic.twitter.com/25AauuUbGV — Young Enterprise Lothian (@YELothian) March 27, 2018
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26
MAR
2018

Rutherglen United Reformed Church Open Day

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was delighted to have been given the opportunity to hold a charity stall at Rutherglen United Reformed Church in promotion of social work and blood donation. It was a pleasure to have been a part of the very lively and busy open day. Our thanks extend to the organisers and all our friends at Rutherglen and the Synod of the United Reformed Church. A special thanks to Rhona!
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25
MAR
2018

Sadaqa Day 2018

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As part of Sadaqa day, a campaign to promote charitable giving and social action, the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Youth Committee undertook two separate activities. Some youth members involved themselves in providing some help to Mr Bashir, a man of great dedication and passion who has every day tended to a local graveyard; cleaning, gardening, and transforming it. Other members of the Youth volunteered for an afternoon at Edinburgh Direct Aid, contributing in a small way to the great work the charity does by sorting, packing, sealing and organising donations for aid.   To find out more about Sadaqa Day please visit: www.mysadaqaday.org
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25
MAR
2018

National Day of Pakistan Reception 2018

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It was a privilege to have participated at the Secretary of State for Scotland the Rt. Hon. David Mundell MP’s Reception for the National Day of Pakistan held at the Scotland Office in Edinburgh.
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17
MAR
2018

School birthday celebration

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A fun day at SABS’ children’s school as we celebrate the upcoming birth of the 5th Infallible Imam al-Baqir (ع) and also the birthday of one of our pupils!
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11
MAR
2018

MAR 2018 Blood Donation

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Well done to members at Islamic Society of Edinburgh University for participating in the Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign Scotland and donating blood to save lives.
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07
MAR
2018

International Symposium on Multicultural Societies, Ethnoreligious Conflicts & Hate Speech

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Organised by the University of Strathclyde, Business School and Istanbul Şehir University in partnership with the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society (SABS) and Sponsored by the British Academy. ‘Ethnoreligious conflicts, hate speech, and racism threaten peaceful and mutually beneficial coexistence in society. This symposium aims to create an action research based forum and accelerate collaboration between key different stakeholders in order to enhance collective well-being in society at large.’ The day’s symposium brought together national and international governmental actors and officials, faith leaders, policy makers, and other key civic stakeholders in order to create a forum to exchange thoughts and support an action-based and policy-oriented research to address threats to peaceful and mutually beneficial coexistence.
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03
MAR
2018

Brussels European Parliament

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Sayed Razawi, Director-General of SABS, spoke in Brussels at the European Parliament as part of a seminar on Challenges to Freedom of Conscience and Religion in Europe organised by the International Association for the Defense of Religious Liberties. The discussions put in hand were of great importance, and highlighted the need for collaborative work to build religious and cultural literacy across the board to bring about peace.  
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01
MAR
2018

Pause for Reflection at the Edinburgh City Chambers

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Sayed Razawi, Director-General of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, was delighted to have given a Pause for Reflection at the Edinburgh City Chambers. On the most generous invitation of Frank Ross, The Rt Hon Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh, Imam Razawi addressed Edinburgh Councillors ahead of the Full Council Meeting which took place on the 22nd of February. He gave his meditations on edicts of governance as propounded in the letter of Imam Ali written 1400 years ago.
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01
MAR
2018

The Days of Fatima

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Scotland – al-Ayyam al-Fatimiyya 1439 / 2018 – in remembrance of the Lady of Light (Peace be upon Her) with SABS Director General, Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi We would like to thank all the brothers/sisters in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Dundee for organising these educational and spiritual lectures. May Allah (SWT) Bless you all.
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20
FEB
2018

Chinese New Year 2018

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society were happy to have been a part of a gathering that deepened understanding with members of the Chinese Community as they celebrate the Chinese New Year. The Kut O Benevolent Society organised the meeting as both a celebration and the 19th inauguration of the executive committee. 新年快乐
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17
FEB
2018

First Global Summit, ‘Peace, Security and Religion at UN Geneva

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Meeting for the Plan of Action for Religious Leaders to Prevent Incitement to Violence at the United Nations in Vienna from 13-15 Feb 2018. Imam Razawi brought together a delegation of Shia religious and civic actors to contribute to the discussion on models of reconciliation and ending faith-based violence. Executive Summary of the Plan on Action – CLICK HERE
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13
FEB
2018

Homelessness and Community Cohesion – A Dinner Event

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Youth Committee held its first seminal event of the Year of Young People, with the support of the One City Trust. On Monday 12th February at the Edinburgh City Chambers, a Dinner of Togetherness and Inclusion centred around the theme of Homelessness and Community Cohesion was held. The evening’s Chief Guest was Frank Ross, The Rt. Hon. Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh. Esteemed guest speakers included: The Right Rev Dr Derek Browning, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland; Alice Thompson, Co-Founder and Director of Social Bite; and Ameed Versace, Strategic Engagements Officer of SABS. The event brought together a cross-section of society, people of all walks of life—particularly those who support the disadvantaged, under-privileged or under-represented—to break bread together, and served as a platform for meaningful discussions about homelessness and community cohesion in Edinburgh. The evening began with a few speeches on the theme, and was followed by roundtable discussions on questions relating to the current policy framework encompassing the issues of homelessness and community cohesion, and an emphasis on best practises we could employ as civic, community, faith, political and humanitarian actors to contribute to the cause. The results captured from these discussions will be collated into a consultative report as a material outcome of the meeting. Dinner followed as an...
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06
FEB
2018

Islam in the West Part 1/3

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society Youth Committee organised the first of a 3-part series of community seminars on the theme of ‘Islam in the West’. The first was given by the teacher and scholar Sheikh Mohamed Kassam’Ali on the Fiqh (jurisprudence) of Social Interactions. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those members of the community who attended, and particularly Sheikh Kassam’Ali for an engaging and insightful seminar. The second part of the series shall be announced in due course.
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06
FEB
2018

Safer Internet Day 2018

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society is delighted to be celebrating Safer Internet Day today! Find out how you can get involved in #SID2018 and see all the resources at saferinternetday.org.uk. “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you” www.saferinternet.org.uk www.facebook.com/SaferInternetDay/
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30
JAN
2018

Scottish Episcopal Church and SABS Youth Engagement

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Young members of St Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow and the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Youth Committee came together for a Youth Event held at the Cathedral on Sunday 28th January. The purpose of the event was to put in hand introductions between Shia Muslims and members the Scottish Episcopal Church to foster understanding and dialogue. The youth team from the Cathedral, led by the Rev Canon Cedric Blakey, spoke of what it means to be Episcopalian Christians. SABS’ youth members were given tours of the Cathedral, and provided with opportunities to witness bell-ringing and to hear directly from Christians what the Church and faith mean to them. A highlight from the day’s many welcome experiences was the chance to learn of one another’s worship by observing the Christian choral evensong and the Islamic sunset (Maghrib) prayer. The day closed in fellowship and conversation over food. The hope and aim of the Youth Committee is to build on these newly formed relations in earnest. Our deepest gratitude extends to the Rev Canon Cedric Blakey and our friends at St Mary’s Cathedral for hosting us, for their hospitality and warmth, and for helping us come to a better understanding of their faith. We also thank the Cathedral’s Provost, the Very Rev Kelvin Holdsworth, for a most touching prayer during the service. We look forward to continuing this newly so...
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24
JAN
2018

First Minister Supports Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign Scotland

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The First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon MSP visited the Edinburgh Blood Donor Centre to thank donors and staff for their efforts, and to support the Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign and the partnership between the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society (SABS) and the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS). Ms. Sturgeon said: “I am delighted to support the Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign. It is important for everyone to consider giving blood if they can, because it’s quick, safe, easy and can literally save lives. “I was pleased to be able to visit the Edinburgh Blood Donor Centretoday to thank donors and staff, and to learn more about the valuable role the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society plays in this campaign, by working to encourage the Muslim community across Edinburgh and the Lothians to give blood.” SABS has worked closely with SNBTS for 5 years now. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the need for blood donors in Scotland, amongst Muslims and all communities during the holy month of Muharram – the Islamic New Year. More than 1,500 donations have been given as a result of the campaign. Speaking at the visit Mary Morgan, Director of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service said: “Our friends at the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society have shown us enormous support over the past few years by helping to raise awareness of the need for blood donors in Scotland, amongst Muslims and the wider community. “We’re most...
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23
JAN
2018

Holocaust Memorial Day Edinburgh 2018

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‘An Evening of Remembrance’ With special guest speakers: Frank Ross, the Rt. Hon. Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh Council, Rya Ishak Idriss Malik, survivor of the Darfur Genocide and Annemarie Allan, Award winning Scottish Author. It was an honour for the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society to have upheld the common duty to fundamental human rights, to have paid tribute to the victims of genocide. We would like to express our gratitude to the organisers of the Holocaust Memorial Day event for delivering what was a harrowing and deeply emotional function comprising a most sombre look at one of the world’s recent and most devastating tragedies. And the reality is that this dark side of humanity has manifested itself throughout history, and even subsists to this day with people as yet suffering untold oppression and genocide. However, such events serve to also ignite in us a spirit of fraternity and unity with which we may instead work to advance peace and cooperation; our prayers be to Allah [swt] that He remove all oppression from the oppressed and all suffering from those who suffer at the hands of others. Our thanks are to all those who organised and facilitated the very pertinent event, namely Iain Stewart, of the Edinburgh Inter Faith Association, the City of Edinburgh Council, the Scottish Government and the staff and pupils of Gracemount High School.
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13
JAN
2018

Promoting peace in Myanmar

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The picture (on screen) of Sayed Razawi, Director-General of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, meeting His Holiness the Pope was publicly broadcast by the Myanmar bishops at the Papal mass in Yangon in November to promote peace and dialogue. We are thankful to see the fruits of the community’s efforts and those of its leaders, and pray that it strengthen our perseverance in the mission of peace and harmony.
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25
DEC
2017

SABS Christmas Visitations 2017

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SABS Christmas Visitations 2017 At this time, Christians across the world remember the birth of the Messiah Jesus Christ, may Peace and Blessings be upon him; one who was strengthened by the Holy Spirit. Muslims too recount the sacred teachings of this exalted Prophet. The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, in reverence to this most noble personage, again came together in fellowship with churches from the Church of Scotland, the Scottish Roman Catholic Church and the Scottish Episcopal Church to deepen bonds between our faith traditions. Our thanks extend to: the Most Reverend Leo Cushley, Archbishop and Metropolitan of St Andrews & Edinburgh; the Rt Rev. Dr John Armes, Bishop of Edinburgh, (St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh); the Rev. Calum MacLeod, Minster of St Giles’ Cathedral; and the Rev. Neil Galbraith, Minister of Cathcart Old Parish Church. Our warm wishes extend to all this season.
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22
DEC
2017

Holy Injil Luke book launch

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was invited by the Rev Duncan Peters of the Free Church of Scotland to a Christmas Mehfil and the book launch of his newly published ‘Holy Injil Luke’. It was an honour for Shabir to have given a reading from the book, and to have contributed where he could in giving feedback to the Rev Peters during the writing process. The event served to bring Christians and Muslims together and to demonstrate the overlap our faiths share in their respective teachings.
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21
DEC
2017

Bake off for Festive Celebrations

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SABS was honoured to be guests at a festive afternoon and Christmas bake off in the spirit of partnerships made over the course of this past year past and earlier still
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21
DEC
2017

Roses at the Scottish Parliament: Sharing in Hope 2017

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Members of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society engaged in a ‘Roses for Peace’ project with all Members of The Scottish Parliament including leaders across parties to promote goodwill and peace this holiday season. Each MSP was personally gifted a rose and greetings in celebration of our remembrance of the births of the Prophets Muhammad and Jesus [Peace be Upon Them], along with quotes related from them of love and peace. The elected representatives showed great enthusiasm and encouragement for the cause, and were delighted to have learnt of the happy occasions and to have shared in the message of hopefulness and conciliation, rooted in values we all hold dear, at times when such work grows evermore vital. We are thankful for a special day at the Scottish Parliament, and owe our particular gratitude to Bill Kidd MSP for his invaluable support.  
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18
DEC
2017

Carols For Peace 2017 with Glasgow Churches Together

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It was a privilege to have been invited to the Carols for Peace 2017 event organised by Glasgow Churches Together and Glasgow City Council. Wishing all our good friends, The Rt. Hon. the Lord Provost Councillor Eva Bolander, representatives of Glasgow Churches Together, The St Mungo Singers, the Rutherglen Salvation Army Band, South Side Fiddlers, Piper, Harpist, Ensemble and Schools a Peaceful and Joyous Christmas.
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10
DEC
2017

The Children’s Blessing and Lighting of the Tree service

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s chairman Shabir Beg and Patron Ernesto Esposito were honoured to have presented certificates to all the children at the Children’s Blessing and Lighting of the Tree service at Cathcart Old Parish Church. The service was given by the Rev E. M. Robertson, the Rev Neil Galbraith and the Rev Liz Robertson. It is always a pleasure to nurture these relationships of understanding and human friendship.
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10
DEC
2017

Social Bite Sleep in the Park Campaign

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was delighted to have supported Social Bite’s ground-breaking Sleep in the Park campaign by encouraging Muslims and people across the country to contribute to effect a sweeping blow against homelessness, its causes and consequences.   Thousands of people took part in the world’s largest sleep-out, raising £3.6 million at the start of the evening to be used in the drive to end homelessness through the provision of housing, rehabilitation, support systems and opportunities.   There are 11,000 homeless households in Scotland. The onus is upon us, the people of this country, to ban together in our collective generosity of spirit to help those less fortunate, and to use last night’s event as the catalyst to effect such a transformation.   It was a privilege to have met a number of charities on the ground who are all undertaking important work, and to have spoken with people who share a vision of kindness, not least Sir Bob Geldof and other eminent guests.   We thank the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Rt. Rev. Dr Derek Browning for establishing the link between us and Josh Littlejohn, the brain behind Sleep in the Park and a co-founder of Social Bite. We believe the concept of Sadaqah, or charity, is crucial to the collective well-being of the Almighty’s creation, and in thankfulness to Him for the bounties He has given us must we also share these with our neighbours, and even strangers, here and across the...
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10
DEC
2017

UN House Charity Dinner 2017

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It was a pleasure to have met with friends and supporters of SABS at the UN House Scotland’s first charity dinner, and to have had the opportunity to engage with a number of esteemed guests. Congratulations to the UN House Scotland, in particular Dr Gari Donn, Executive Director on their work more broadly.
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08
DEC
2017

Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by Susan Wilson

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SABS was honoured to have shared in a Thanksgiving dinner hosted by Susan Wilson, Principal Officer at the US Consulate-General in Edinburgh, with other faith and community leaders from across Scotland to celebrate Inter-Faith Week 2017.
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06
DEC
2017

New prayer room at St Marys University

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‘Shoulder to shoulder’: In a powerful sign of interfaith cooperation, Cardinal Vincent Nichols and three leading Muslim clerics, including Sayed Razawi, Director-General of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, joined together to launch a new Muslim certificate in religious studies and open a new prayer room at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. “We are extremely happy that St Mary’s has taken up our call. We are walking shoulder to shoulder, working together. Today here at St Mary’s, there is no longer the ‘other’; there is an ‘us’. This certificate is a partnership, a first and truly authentic as it is ratified by four senior imams. When we talk about integration this is a wonderful way of doing this through education.” – Imam Razawi (Director General, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society) To read the full article please click here
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04
DEC
2017

Hampden Conga 2017

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was delighted to have supported and participated in the Third Annual St Andrew’s Day Hampden Conga event organised by our good friend and partner, Church of Scotland​ Minister the Rev Neil Galbraith, founder of aid charity Glasgow the Caring City​, at Hampden Park. The event was attended by over 500 School children, Trossachs SAR, Police Scotland, the emergency services, other charities​, the Scottish Government, Councillors and others, and demonstrates the need for social responsibility and working towards improving child welfare and tackling child poverty.
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27
NOV
2017

The Gift of the St Andrew

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Members of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society took part in an Interfaith service at Cathcart Old Parish Church that will be held in memory for a long time to come. The service led by the Rev. John Spiers contained reflections on St Andrew and teachings that people of all faiths no doubt share. Rev Spiers spoke eloquently of the need to open our minds to dialogue with one another and to learn from each other so that we can build on ourselves and others. We thank him for his tremendous warmth and kindness in receiving us. Cathcart Old has been ever welcoming to the Shia Muslim community, as Shabir, SABS chairman, recognised in a speech to the congregation. He paid tribute to the strong relationship we share with the Rev Neil Galbraith who has made all this possible in his sincere drive to effect greater understanding and peace. An indomitable and kind friend, we thank the Rev Neil Galbraith who in an act of great kindness gifted to SABS an incredible work of his own making; a painting of St Andrew as a token of our fellowship. We hope to continue working together to strengthen the relations between Muslims and Christians, and thus contributing what we can to the common good and wider society.
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25
NOV
2017

Intrafaith in Canada: Western Muslims and Social Justice

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SABS Director-General Sh Sayed Razawi was delighted to have been invited to speak at the Winnipeg Grand Mosque in Canada as part of an evening event in which Imams from the Sunni and Shia traditions discussed Islam and social justice. The Intra-faith event took place in partnership with the Islamic Social Services Association and Husaini Association of Manitoba. Sayed found it a pleasure to have spoken along side Shaykh Yusuf Badat.
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25
NOV
2017

Islamic Interventions for mental health and well-being

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18/11/17 – We were delighted to invite Br Gulamabbas Lakha BA, PGDip, MA, MPhil, MSc, CFA of Oxford University to lecture our SABS pupils and community members on the role of supplication in faith and well-being and how to connect with the 12th Imam. This lecture was a part of a theme on Islamic Interventions for mental health and well-being.  
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24
NOV
2017

Sleep in the Park Campaign

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SABS supporting Social Bite’s Sleep in the Park campaign a movement to end homelessness in Scotland. “Faiths of all kinds share a humanitarian concern for all peoples. This project is commended as a way for everyone of us to help realise a universal right; that everyone deserves a home and opportunity. And it is upon us to fashion our country itself into a home for its citizens; where all are entitled to warmth and comfort, and support and opportunity. The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society is therefore delighted to support Social Bite’s Sleep in the Park and their drive to end homelessness in Scotland by providing housing, rehabilitation and opportunities in the nation.”  – Mr Shabir Beg, Chair, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society   Please sign up to Sleep in the Park by visiting: www.sleepinthepark.co.uk
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17
NOV
2017

Culture and Filial Piety Interfaith event

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16/11/17 – Br Asif Sheikh, the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Interfaith Strategic Coordinator, was delighted to have spoken as a Muslim representative alongside other faith representatives as part of the Scottish Interfaith Week 2017. The discussions were truly insightful and thought-provoking; we do indeed have much to learn from each other. Our thanks extend to the FFWPU for organising the event.
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15
NOV
2017

Edinburgh Theological Seminary Class Discussion 2017

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SABS was honoured to have spoken to students of Ministry on the 7th Nov 2017  at the Edinburgh Theological Seminary upon the gracious invitation of the Rev Duncan Peters. Ishrat Hussnain, SABS vice-chairwoman, and Ali Hussnain, SABS youth strategic director, spoke to future ministers of the Free Church of Scotland about Shia Islam in an engaging class discussion that touched upon important points concerning both Islam and Christianity. Our thanks extend to the Reverend Duncan Peters for facilitating this, second year running.
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15
NOV
2017

Our Story project by EIFA

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A huge congratulations to Carrie Alderton from EIFA for the official opening of ‘Our Story’, an exhibition celebrating the diversity of Edinburgh, and the interconnected history of its many faith communities. Councillor Donald Wilson, Convenor of Culture and Communities at the City of Edinburgh Council opens the exhibition at the Museum of Edinburgh which houses a collection relating to the town’s origins, history and legends. It was a privilege for us to share the story of Shi’a Muslims in Edinburgh. Our Story celebrates Edinburgh’s diversity by uncovering and recording the history of minority religious groups in the city. Each community’s story will be told through their own voices: through interviews and oral history taking, family and community histories have been recorded in the Our Story Project. Also, a huge congratulations to the team for their Scottish Parliament opening off this exhibition on Thu 16th Nov 2017. For more information or to go and see this exhibition please CLICK HERE
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14
NOV
2017

Religious Leaders Faith Representatives Meeting Edinburgh 2017

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Members of SABS at the Religious Leaders and Faith Representatives Conference 2017 on Tuesday 14th November held in the Edinburgh City Chambers. A stimulating and distinguished conference which was attended by leaders from across faiths.  
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14
NOV
2017

Breaking Barriers Scriptural Reasoning

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12/11/17 – We were delighted to have had SABS Engagements Strategic Diretcor, Mr Ameed Versace speak at the Breaking Barriers Scriptural Reasoning event on Sunday at St Columba’s Church. Ameed presented the Quranic passage 2:172-173, and other speakers presented passages from the Christian and Jewish scriptures. The topic related to the Importance of Food in Scripture and Tradition. Very engaging and enlightening discussions ensued between members of these 3 Abrahamic faith traditions. Our thanks extend to the Edinburgh Inter Faith Association, St Columba’s Church and the The Edinburgh Alwaleed Centre.
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13
NOV
2017

Remembrance Sunday 2017

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Edinburgh – City Chambers: Mr Ifty Ali, Vice-Chair of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society on Remembrance Sunday along with the First Minister and Interfaith delegates. Glasgow – Mr Ali Hussnain, Strategic Youth Director of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society at Cathcart Old Parish Church. A time to remember, reflect, and to work for a future devoid of oppression, suffering and inequality – Shabir Beg Muslim contribution to world war one. To read more please click here Credit: BBC News or click here Credit: BBC Asian Network Forgotten Heroes 14-19 Foundation
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10
NOV
2017

Blood Campaign 2017

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The Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign Scotland which has been running in Edinburgh for 3 weeks has now come to a close. We thank the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service for working with us on this project and for their insurmountable efforts in the last 5 years over which this campaign has ran in Edinburgh. This year the campaign has seen a record number of over 260 donors and a great many potential lives saved as a result of their selflessness. We thank all those who came! We were pleased to also have the Lord Provost and other dignitaries across civic, community, and diplomatic sectors support the life-saving cause. Our aim is to encourage regular blood donors, in remembrance of Imam Hussain [a] and his pure mission. We hope to see you at our next campaign, and in the mean time encourage you to continue donating! Lord Provost of Edinburgh gives blood and thanks The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society and Blood Donors The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) would like to thank the Rt. Hon. Frank Ross, Lord Provost of Edinburgh, for giving blood on Wednesday. The Lord Provost gave blood and visited Edinburgh Donor Centre to thank blood donors, and everyone who is supporting the current Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society (SABS) blood donation campaign. www.scotblood.co.uk/news/edinburgh-muharram-event/ www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xo-0MDhQO4
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07
NOV
2017

Interfaith Summit 2017

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Interfaith Summit 2017 with the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon MSP. The round table meeting saw faith leaders and key community representatives come together in a meeting with the Head of the Sottish Government to discuss interfaith engagement and community cohesion. Read more… click here
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06
NOV
2017

SABS and Edinburgh Direct Aid

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05-11-17 – A large-scale collection of donations from the Shi’a community of Edinburgh was undertaken by the SABS Youth Committee (headed by Sr Ismat) as we approach the Sacred period of Arbaeen. Clothing, toiletries, and cash donations were among goods collected for refugees as part of the community-wide operation and were supplied to Edinburgh Direct Aid who will be making a shipment soon to be sent to refugee camps in Arsal, Lebanon. We thank Edinburgh Direct Aid and all community members who most generously donated to this cause.
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28
OCT
2017

Faith and Fellowship with United Reformed Church Synod of Scotland

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Sharing an evening of Faith and Fellowship The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was delighted to have organised with the United Reformed Church Synod of Scotland, the nation’s first dialogue event between members of the Shia Muslim community and members of the United Reformed Church. In an evening of warmth in conversation and fellowship, the two faith communities came together on Wednesday in Rutherglen’s church to learn about one another’s faiths. Speakers from both sides explained in brief what the faiths taught, their respective tenets and acts of worship, and their positions and development within the larger family of religious traditions. The Rev David Coleman, the Rev Lindsey Sanderson, and the Rev Dr David Pickering, Moderator of the Synod of Scotland, spoke about the United Reformed Church. Br Ameed Versace, SABS Engagements Strategic Director, and Br Asif Sheikh, SABS Interfaith Strategic Coordinator, spoke about Shi’a Islam. Authentic introductions to the basic outlines of these faith communities created a platform for conversations and understanding. Members of the SABS’ Youth also participated in the interfaith gathering and enjoyed the evening. Our thanks and gratitude extend to the Rev David Pickering who, as Moderator of the United Reformed Church National Synod of Scotland, engaged with SABS Chairman Shabir Beg; the two found one another to share a vision for a collaboration that would aid in harmony. We thank the Rev John Sanderson, Rutherglen’s...
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19
OCT
2017

Archbishop Conti Reception 2017

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18/10/17 – Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society (SABS) at this years reception organised by the Most Reverend Mario J. Conti, Emeritus Archbishop of Glasgow, Chair of the Committee for Inter-religious Dialogue of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland.
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11
OCT
2017

Catholic Muslim Dialogue Minnesota

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Catholic / Muslim Dialogue at the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, United States Shaykh Sayed Ali Abass Razawi​, Director-General and Chief Imam of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society​ with Professor Bernard Brady and Professor Odeh Muhawesh Discussions touched on Imam Alī ibn Mūsā ar-Riḍā (ع) – (the 8th Shi’a Holy Imam and descendant of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
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09
OCT
2017

Ecumenical Service at St Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Newlands

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08/10/17 – It was a pleasure for SABS to have participated in the Service at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Newlands to celebrate the visit to Glasgow of our good friend, the Right Rev Dr Derek Browning, Moderator of the General Assembly of The Church of Scotland along with the Rt Rev Dr Gregor Duncan, Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway, representatives of Glasgow Churches Together, Church Leaders, the St Mungo Singers and other distinguished guests.  
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03
OCT
2017

Muharram 2017 communal events and gatherings

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Muharram 2017/1439 communal events and gatherings in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The community commemorates Imam Hussain’s (ع) sacrifice and the lofty ideals he upheld during the first 10 nights of the Islamic month of Muharram.
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30
SEP
2017

Meeting with the First Minister

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Meeting with the First Minister In a deeply meaningful meeting at the Scottish Parliament, members of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society—including its Director-General Sayed Razawi—spoke with the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, about the current state of affairs within the Shia community as we mark the sombre Islamic Month of Muharram. Discussions were had around the importance of service to wider society; social works such as the upcoming blood donation drive with the SNBTS, and our partnership with Anthony Nolan and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on stem cell donation; and the continued contributions of the Shia community at all levels, nationally and globally. In this month, the Household of Prophet Muhammad is remembered across the world, principally Imam Hussain and his martyrdom. A Flag from the shrine of a grandson of Imam Hussain was brought forward for it shares a connection with our very own Saltire. The Flag was presented to us as a gift by the shrine’s leadership in Babylon province, Iraq. It thus highlights relations between countries, and is of much religious significance to our communities. We thank Bill Kidd MSP as ever for his invaluable support in this. Link: click here
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30
SEP
2017

Anthony Nolan Reception 2017

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was honoured to show its continued support of Anthony Nolan at their reception in The Scottish Parliament on the 27th September. At the evening reception, partners of the organisation from across various sectors and industries gathered to celebrate the progress that has been made to grow the stem cell donor register in Scotland, and to determine together how we can meet the challenges ahead. The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society pledges to carry on supporting the lifesaving work of Anthony Nolan to the best of our ability.
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30
SEP
2017

Interfaith Dinner hosted by Moderator

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22/09/17 – Interfaith dinner, hosted in Edinburgh by the Moderator of the Church of Scotland General Assembly, who’s theme was Hospitality. With leaders from Christian and Muslim groups attending the dinner there was plenty of hope and respect for the future.
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06
SEP
2017

Show Racism the Red Card at Westminster

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05/09/17 – The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society attended the launch and meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Show Racism the Red Card at Westminster. It was a delight to support the educational charity whose work continues to be of vital importance, and our congratulations extend to Jo Stevens MP and Chris Stephens MP who were elected as the APPG’s chair and vice chair respectively. We hope to support SRtRC in works to come, and were happy to have joined: Alex McLeish, former Scotland manager; Alan Irvine, former Everton and Crystal Palace player; and a number of MPs.
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02
SEP
2017

Kirking of the East Renfrewshire Council

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27/08/17 – It was a pleasure to have participated in the Service for the Kirking of the East Renfrewshire Council. The service was conducted at St Aidan’s Scottish Episcopal Church Clarkston by our gracious friend the Rev Canon Dr Nicholas Taylor.
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22
AUG
2017

Faith in Older People’s Conversation – Just Festival

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16/08/17 – Br Asif Sheikh, the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Interfaith Strategic Coordinator, was delighted to have spoken as a Muslim representative alongside Christian and Jewish speakers as part of the Faith in Older People’s Conversation in the Just Festival: Cultural diversity, faith and ageing. The discussions were truly insightful and thought-provoking; we do indeed have much to learn from each other.  
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21
AUG
2017

20th Year of Ordination Rev Liz Robertson

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20/08/17 – A privilege to have been invited to share in a service to mark the 20th year of ordination of Rev Liz Robertson as minister of Ladywell Parish Church Stirling.
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12
AUG
2017

SPMA Eid Dinner 2017

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The esteemed organisers of the Eid function from the Scottish Police Muslim Association (SPMA) have our gratitude for their cordially inviting us to their annual eid dinner and for creating such a grand platform on which Scottish Muslims came together with members of governmental bodies, the public sector and the grassroots in goodwill.
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10
AUG
2017

Al-Hayy Mosque Orlando

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SABS Director-General Sayed Razawi was invited to speak at one of the most intricately designed Shia Mosques in the western world, the Al-Hayy Mosque in Orlando, Florida. A host of leaders, clerics, diplomats, local politicians and community members were present for a spiritually edifying experience in remembrance of the birthday of the 8th Holy Imam, Imam al-Rida [a].
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30
JUL
2017

SABS Interfaith & Ecumenical Eid Dinner 2017

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28/07/17 – The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, with the boons of the Most High and Ever-Gracious, held a fellowship banquet at the Royal Over-Seas League in commemoration of Eid al-Fitr, occasioned by the end of Ramadhan a month ago. It is the etiquette of the Holy Prophet [s] and his Illustrious Family [a] to share in meals with others. At the event, Christians and Muslims found themselves by each other’s side, conversing in words both profound and light-hearted. The event comes as a continuation of the Society’s meetings, dialogue, and interfaith events with Christians of all denominations. Director-General and Chief Imam Sayed Razawi spoke at the event alongside: the evening’s Chief Guest, the Rt. Rev Dr Derek Browning, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland; Frank Ross, The Rt. Hon. Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh; and the Most Rev. Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church. Of the other esteemed guests and civic and religious leaders, we particularly note the attendance and most valued support of the Rt. Hon. Eva Bolander, Lord Provost of the City of Glasgow; the Very Rev. Professor Iain Torrance, Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland; Sheikh Zainabi, Imam of Wali al Asir Trust; Sheikh Hyder Baig of the Shia community in Glasgow; and Suqlain Shah of the Sunni community and Dar ul Ehsan. We thank also the Most Reverend Leo William Cushley, Archbishop...
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05
JUL
2017

Westminster and Downing Street

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Director-General Sayed Razawi and Chairman Shabir Beg were pleased to have met and engaged with Scottish Parliamentarians at Westminster on Monday. The discussions revolved around the future of Scotland and the contributions of the Scottish Muslim community. They then joined the Prime Minister, distinguished guests, members of government, and others at 10 Downing Street.
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03
JUL
2017

4th Annual Unity Eid Dinner 2017

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02/07/17 – Our earnest gratitude extends to the Noble `Ulema, Scholars, community leaders, and eminent guests from across the cities of Scotland for participating in Sunday’s Commemoratory Eid Dinner wherein we celebrated the sacramental Blessings and Grace of the Almighty [swt] following the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, which fell upon us last week, in a gathering of fellowship and tremendous warmth. May the Mercy of Allah the Almighty envelop all those who were in attendance.  
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29
JUN
2017

Westminster Abbey, St Margaret’s Church

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28/06/17 – Westminster Abbey, St Margaret’s Church. Imam Razawi, Director-General of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, joined The Archbishop of Canterbury and faith representatives as the Archbishop lead prayers for those serving our nation and reminded them of their responsibilities to service the people with kindness and to be God conscious at all times.
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29
JUN
2017

Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU Reception event

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28/06/17 – His Excellency the High Commissioner of Malta, Norman Hamilton talks about the Maltese Presidency of the European Union — at The Scottish Parliament. Event sponsored by Joan McAlpine MSP,  Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee (Convener) and organised by Graham Blythe,  Head of European Commission Office in Scotland. Also a wonderful performance by the New Victorians.  
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27
JUN
2017

Eid Message from DG

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Eid Message from the Director General of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society
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23
JUN
2017

UMAA The Conference of Zahra 2017

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UMAA 2017 | Workshop | Interfaith Activism presented in conjunction with Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society This interactive workshop will allow attendees to discuss practical ways of developing sustainable, long-standing interfaith initiatives with individuals who have extensive backgrounds in serving their communities through interfaith initiatives. Coordinator: Sr. Ambareen Jafri Featuring: Dr. Sel Harris, Dr. Aamir Hussain, Sheikh Faiyaz Jaffer, Sr. Zainab Merchant, Br. Faisal Shirazee and Executive Director of SABS: Sayed Ali Abbas Razavi   To register please CLICK HERE    
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22
JUN
2017

Grenfell Tower Emergency Aid

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was delighted to have worked with Glasgow the Caring City to deliver a truck load of aid, comprising 21 pallets, to those affected by the Grenfell fire. Our great many thanks to the Glasgow business community, The World Federation of KSIMC (WF-Aid), and to Bullet Express. We pray for those who now have to rebuild their lives; we remain collectively united and shall work to support one and all in such times of hardship. Read Article on Bullet Express: CLICK HERE Read Article in Evening Times: CLICK HERE Read Article on Facebook: CLICK HERE #Peace #Unity #Hope #Humanity #GlasgowTheCaringCity #SABS#WFAid #Grenfell #LondonTower #OldCathcart #Relief
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18
JUN
2017

Shaykh Mohamed Kassamali Ramadhan 1438

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Shaykh Mohamed Kassamali, Interfaith Chair of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, lecturing this year in Saint-Denis, Réunion over the course of the Holy Month of Ramadhan.  
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16
JUN
2017

Iftar at Cathcart Old Parish Church

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15/06/2017 – The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society and Cathcart Old Parish Church shared in a unique Iftar event which brought together Muslims, across denominations, and Christians over the meal of Fast-breaking. The company was very pleasant and the gathering was one of profound dialogue and strengthening friendships. Our many thanks extend to the Rev Neil Galbraith and James Dornan MSP for their support, and Suqlain Shah from Dar ul Ehsan Scotland. #Iftar #Peace #Unity #Hope #Ramadhan #Christianity #Islam #SABS
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13
JUN
2017

Unity Iftar with Dar Ul Ehsan

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(11/06/17) – The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society shared in breaking the Fast in a Unity Iftar with Dar Ul Ehsan in Glasgow. The gathering was one of Ibadah (worship) and fellowship in this blessed month of Fasting and Rememberance. Muslims came together, of different denominations and schools of thought, in accordance with Islamic wisdom and teachings. #Sunni #Shia #Unity #Peace #Hope #SABS
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13
JUN
2017

Celebrating Iftar together

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06/06/17 – Director-General Imam Razawi at the London Iftar at The Savoy Hotel London. Bringing together various faith communities and a diverse and wonderful group of people for the breaking of the Fast. Demonstrating the unity that binds us together despite the trying times that seek to break us apart.
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13
JUN
2017

The Installation of Canons, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow

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04/06/17 – The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was honoured to have been invited to the Service of the Installation of Canons at St Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow, wherein were installed three new Canons of the Cathedral: the Rev Cedric Blakey, the Rev Prof David Jasper, and the Rev Gordon Fyfe. We congratulate all three on their installations, and wish them the very best in their roles.  
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13
JUN
2017

SABS Statement of Condolence London

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Statement of Condolence and Solidarity: London Attacks 05/06/17 *** Once again we find ourselves pained, once again our nation feels collective hurt for yet another unforgivable and horrific attack that has been carried out against innocents in the City of London. We stand with all peoples of compassion in condemnation of this tragic and criminal horror. At this time, we extend our prayers to the victims, and our deepest condolences and sympathies to the families who have lost their loved ones. At this time, we must seek solutions and work for peace together. We pray that no one need ever endure such sorrows and tragedies, and hope to work–in love for what is good–to expel all such evil and injustice from wherever it might be found and to establish peace and harmony–with the Help of the Almighty, the Gracious and the Ever-Watchful. On behalf of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society Shabir Beg –– Chairman
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13
JUN
2017

Cathcart Old Parish Manchester Memorial Service

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28/05/17 – Remembering Manchester ‘United We Stand’ The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society were a party to the solemn and deeply important memorial service held at Cathcart Old Parish Church for the victims of the recent attack in Manchester. The gathering fortified solidarity against acts of evil and oppression, and showed that we as people must empathise with one another and respect and care for each other as the creation of the Almighty–with mutual compassion. We were happy to have stood in remembrance, and against all acts of terror, with our friend the Rev Neil Galbraith, all at Cathcart Old, TSAR, and RAFA. #Manchester #Peace #Unity #Hope #SABS #RAFA #TSAR  
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13
JUN
2017

SABS Statement of Condolence Manchester

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22/05/17 – Manchester – We are deeply saddened by news of the tragic and brutal attack in Manchester due to which a great many people have lost their lives, and many more have been injured. We condemn this despicable and cowardly attack; it is truly unforgivable and unjustifiable in any human terms. At this time, we extend our prayers to the victims, and our deepest condolences and sympathies to the families who have lost such young and precious life. We pray that no one need ever endure such sorrows and tragedies, and hope to work together–in love for what is good–to expel all such evil and injustice from wherever it might be found and to establish peace and harmony–with the Help of the Almighty, the Gracious and the Ever-Watchful. On behalf of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society Shabir Beg –– Chairman   A letter to the people of Manchester by The Islamic Society of Britain You are not alone. People of all faiths and none, all over Britain, are with you today, tomorrow and in the days to come. You are in our hearts. You are in our prayers. The attack on some of your most innocent and vulnerable citizens has appalled us all. Terrorism has no place in our society. No religion offers justification for such a barbaric attack. We salute the great bravery and resilience that you have shown, which has served as an example for people right across the UK. Our emergency services have acted heroically, as have the ordinary citizens of Manchester – offering comfort, a bed for the...
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13
JUN
2017

SABS – Blood Donation Campaign – April 2017

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27/29 April 2017 – We would like to thank and applaud all those who donated blood as part of Edinburgh’s (2-day) blood drive organised by ourselves in partnership with the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) and Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign (IHBDC). God Bless you all for each of you have selflessly played a monumental role in the lives of multiple people; and we urge that everyone continue to donate blood and persist in the act of generosity. Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society  
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13
JUN
2017

His Holiness Pope Francis dialogue with British Muslim Imams

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Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, Director-General of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, and three other Senior Muslim Leaders meet with His Holiness, Pope Francis, in Vatican City. In a historic engagement at the Vatican, Sayed Razawi and three other Muslim leaders were honoured to have had an intimate audience with His Holiness Pope Francis. The meeting sought to serve the purpose of promoting profound spiritual dialogue between Islam and Christianity, and the need for collaboration. The virtues of listening to one another, of mutual cooperation, and those of silence and soft speech were considered and reaffirmed in view of the path ahead. The sincere gratitude of the Director-General extends to Cardinal Vincent Nichols with whom the delegation advanced. Sayed Razawi also had the honour of giving a lecture at the Venerable English College in Rome the night before the papal audience titled “Ontological Mercy and its Divine Reflections: an Islamic Perspective”. “The capacity to listen, this is very important,” Pope Francis said. “It is interesting: when people have this capacity they speak in a soft and calm tone. When they do not have this, they speak loudly and even shout. Among brothers, we must all speak, listen to each other and speak slowly, calmly.” Sayed Razawi said: “This is an important meeting offering hope for everyone, regardless of religion. There is a common humanity to all of us. Some seek to divide people, religions, east versus west, but there is no east or west;...
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13
JUN
2017

Exodus A Modern Phenomenon

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society held its premier event at The Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 15th March in association with the European Commission, the United Nations Association Edinburgh (UNAE), and the UN House Scotland. Titled “Exodus – A Modern Phenomenon”, the momentous conference was sponsored by Bill Kidd MSP, Scottish Government chief whip. The event served to: engender a high-level discussion around the fundamental determinants and consequences of the mass displacement of peoples across the world as they relate to destabilisation, poverty, marginalisation, welcome and acceptance, socio-cultural and economic factors, fear, and hope; highlight work being done as regards refugees in Scotland and appraise further work within international frameworks; gauge the effectiveness of humanitarian response efforts; inform politicians, activists, diplomats, and policy makers on how to best strategise to overcome present challenges; and harmoniously bring together all segments of Scottish society around this important issue to bolster peace efforts. The event was attended by over 350 guests – influential figures representing a wide cross-section of Scottish–and international–Political, Civic and Religious sectors: consul generals from the diplomatic corps; governmental officials and parliamentarians; senior faith leaders; deputations from all the emergency and defense services, Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Services; the European Commission and EU...
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13
JUN
2017

Voluntary Emergency Response Event

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18/03/17 – It was a privilege to have participated in the Voluntary Emergency Service’s event at Cathcart Old Parish Church, organised and hosted by our partner: Glasgow The Caring City. Members and representation from the voluntary emergency services attended to display their expertise with life saving machines, cars and dogs, in an event that recognised those present for their tremendous contribution to society.  
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13
JUN
2017

SABS-SNBTS National Minority Blood Donation Campaign in Glasgow

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SABS-SNBTS National Minority Blood Donation Campaign in Glasgow, 20/02/17 Following its milestone launch in Edinburgh with the support of the city’s Lord Provost, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s national campaign, in partnership with the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, took to Glasgow on Monday the 20th Feb. With the support of The Rt Hon The Lord Provost of Glasgow Sadie Docherty, an engagement event took place in the Glasgow City Chambers. Awareness was raised of the importance of blood donation especially in ethnic minority communities and its importance across all segments of Scottish society. It was with great pleasure that we note the attendance of the event by a diverse company united upon the aim of the initiative. Along with an esteemed assemblage composed of a cross-section of representatives from minority ethnic community leaders, civic, defense, faith, and the public sectors, it was an honour to have had the presence of Consul General Muhammad Rumman Ahmad, Consul General of the Consulate of Pakistan, supporting and encouraging blood donation amongst Pakistani communities and the wider community. It is hoped the campaign will take strides in realising the overarching aims of public wellbeing, harmony in collaboration, generosity, goodwill, and encouraging greater support of the Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign Scotland. We would like to thank everyone for their tremendous support, with specific mention of the Lord Provost Cllr Sadie Docherty;...
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13
JUN
2017

Vatican City- Cementing Friendships

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Vatican City – 16/02/17 Cementing Friendships, taking steps towards fortifying fellowship, with the view of celebrating diversity and working towards social cohesion and the prosperity of society. (Left) The Right Reverend, Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby, Director General and Chief Imam,  Imam Razawi (SABS) and His Grace, Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.  
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13
JUN
2017

His Grace Archbishop Bernadito Auza – Edinburgh

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It was a privilege for the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, and its Director-General and Chief Imam, Sayed Razawi, to have been invited to an address given by His Grace, Archbishop Bernadito Auza, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations. In attendance were senior representatives of religious communities at a meeting that highlighted the role of faith in policy and contemporary foreign affairs, and called attention to the need for faith leaders and peoples to channel their capabilities and efforts towards positive change-making at all levels, nationally and internationally, in upholding compassion and common virtues. Our gratitude extends to our friend Archbishop Leo Cushley for the warmth and hospitality, and as ever it was wonderful coming together with friends in fellowship.  
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13
JUN
2017

Community Dinner – Edinburgh

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05/02/17 – SABS Director-General Sayed Razawi was truly touched to have had the opportunity of hosting Edinburgh Shi’a community leaders for dinner in what was an occasion of warmth, brotherhood, and a dialogue that strengthened the bonds of fellowship we share as we look hopefully towards a future of working towards the lofty goals and sanctimonious teachings of Islam whereby we might seek to bring about positive change in society, harmony, and mercy.  
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13
JUN
2017

SABS Youth Lecture – Spirituality

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05/02/17 – SABS Director-General and Chief Imam Sayed Razawi in Edinburgh speaking to the community on the topic of spirituality; understanding it and the importance of nurturing it within us. The event was organised, coordinated and hosted by SABS’ Youth Committee. The turn out was fantastic, and all came to be enlightened on how to practically cultivate high human virtues and qualities within ourselves in accordance with the pristine Islamic teachings. Our relationship to creation, and the need to exhibit mercy, justice and compassion to all was underscored. A huge thank you to all who attended. Our thanks also extend to Sergeant Scott Kennedy, Edinburgh Police Division​ for speaking to the community of the Shared Vision Your Decision initiative. Please look forward to the continuation of the Youth Committee’s regular lectures.
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13
JUN
2017

How Distant is God?

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A huge congratulations to the Dundee University The Muslim Message Society for organising a captivating and highly educational interfaith event on the topic ‘How Distant is God?’, at which our Director-General and Chief Imam Sayed Razawi spoke, along with Dr Andy Bannister. It went a ways to reinforcing academic dialogue across faiths, in an inviting and stimulating manner. Well done to the organisers!  
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13
JUN
2017

Shared Vision – Your Decision – Islamophobia Edinburgh project

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‘Shared Vision – Your Decision’ The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society Youth Committee was delighted to have forwarded two project proposals at the launch of Police Scotland, from the Edinburgh Police Division, and The City of Edinburgh Council‘s ‘Shared Vision – Your Decision’ initiative on Saturday 28th Jan. The initiative enables local people to vote on how they wish a fund of public money be distributed to a number of projects that seek to rid Edinburgh of Islamophobia and associated prejudice behaviour and hate crime. The SABS Youth Committee proposed two anti-Islamophobia projects for which we are seeking the funding offered by the initiative. We would like to take this opportunity to commend Police Scotland and the Council for creating the opportunity for the public to have a concrete say in how they hope to see prejudice and discrimination eradicated in the City, and for allowing numerous organisations to devise creative and effective ways to make Edinburgh a safe place we can be proud of.
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13
JUN
2017

Holocaust Memorial Day Edinburgh 2017

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‘An Evening of Remembrance’ With special guest speakers: Umutesi Stewart, survivor of the Rwandan genocide and Saskia Tepe, daughter of Brigitte Langer, survivor of the Holocaust. It was an honour for the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society to have upheld the common duty to fundamental human rights, to have paid tribute to the victims of genocide. We would like to express our gratitude to the organisers of the Holocaust Memorial Day event for delivering what was a harrowing and deeply emotional function comprising a most sombre look at one of the world’s recent and most devastating tragedies. And the reality is that this dark side of humanity has manifested itself throughout history, and even subsists to this day with people as yet suffering untold oppression and genocide. However, such events serve to also ignite in us a spirit of fraternity and unity with which we may instead work to advance peace and cooperation; our prayers be to Allah [swt] that He remove all oppression from the oppressed and all suffering from those who suffer at the hands of others. Our thanks are to all those who organised and facilitated the very pertinent event, namely Iain Stewart, of the Edinburgh Inter Faith Association and the staff and pupils of Drummond Community High School.  
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13
JUN
2017

SABS – SNBTS Minority Blood Donation Campaign Launch – Edinburgh

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s national campaign, in partnership with the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, was launched in the Edinburgh City Chambers with the support of the Lord Lieutenant and Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, The Rt. Hon. Donald Wilson, to raise awareness of the importance of blood donation in ethnic minority communities. At an event in the Council City Chambers on the 18th January, Edinburgh’s Lord Provost Donald Wilson launched the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s (SABS) drive to raise awareness of the ever-pertinent need for blood donation across all sectors of society in Scotland. A cross-section of representatives from the sectors of civic, faith, community, public sector, and defense leadership, including Phil Gormley QPM Chief Constable of Police Scotland, joined the Lord Provost and Chief Imam, Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, Director-General of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society to promote the cause, and encourage the proliferation of the directives and message to wider Scottish society. It is hoped the campaign will take strides in realising the overarching aims of public wellbeing, harmony in collaboration, generosity, goodwill, and encouraging greater support of the Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign Scotland. The Lord Provost, Donald Wilson, said: “I am glad to support this campaign which will help save lives. Not all awareness campaigns reach everybody in Scottish society and sometimes it helps speak to communities and faith...
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13
JUN
2017

Service Marking the Epiphany

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It was an educational experience for SABS to have been present at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Glasgow, in a service for the Epiphany by our friend The Rev Canon Cedric Blakey. The service expounded on Christian tenets and the story of the arrival of the Magi in Bethlehem; proving to be a rewarding and insightful exploration of Christian belief.  
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13
JUN
2017

Visit to CHAS Rachel House Hospice

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society is pleased to work in partnership with the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) as part of our national healthcare engagement strategy. CHAS is the only charity in Scotland that provides vital hospice services for children and young people with life-shortening conditions. In a truly touching and emotional visit to the Rachel House Hospice, Scotland’s first children’s hospice, SABS was shown first-hand the facilities and services CHAS offers to children and their families. It was a great pleasure to have made the visit, and to seek to support the work of CHAS in an organisational and communal capacity.  
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13
JUN
2017

SABS Christmas Visitations 2016

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SABS Christmas Visitations 2016 Our warm wishes extend to all who are celebrating Christmas. At this time where the birth of Jesus the Son of Mary is remembered, revered and loved by both Christians and Muslims, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society came together with Christian congregations in Edinburgh and Glasgow in respect and to strengthen relations and understanding between our faiths. We pray to Allah the Almighty for peace across the world, the lights of wisdom and guidance, global compassion, and hope for those bereft of hope. Our thanks extend to the Most Reverend Leo Cushley, Archbishop and Metropolitan of St Andrews & Edinburgh, the Rt Rev. Dr John Armes, Bishop of Edinburgh, (St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh) the Rev. Calum MacLeod, Minster of St Giles’ Cathedral, the Rev. Neil Galbraith, Minister of Cathcart Old Parish Church, and the Rev. Tembu Rongong, Rector of St James’ and St Philip’s Churches.  
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13
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2017

Roses at the Scottish Parliament: Sharing in Hope 2016

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Members of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society engaged with all 129 Members of The Scottish Parliament including leaders across parties, and their offices advance of the holiday season’s recess in an enterprise promoting goodwill and peace. Each of the MSPs were specially handed a rose and greetings in celebration of our remembrance of the births of the Prophets Muhammad and Jesus [Peace be Upon Them], along with quotes of the Prophet Muhammad highlighting the universal values of virtue, generosity and peace. The elected representatives showed great enthusiasm and encouragement for the cause, and were delighted to have learnt of the happy occasions and to have shared in the message of hopefulness and conciliation, rooted in values we all hold dear, at times when such work grows evermore vital. We are thankful for a special day and for a truly unique and memorable interaction with the elected members of the Scottish Parliament, and owe our particular gratitude to the Presiding Officer, the Rt. Hon Ken Macintosh MSP for making this possible, and Bill Kidd MSP, Chief Whip of The Scottish Government, and his office manager John Docherty for facilitating it. We also took the opportunity to remember the Late Alex Johnstone, who was Member of the Scottish Parliament for North East Scotland, and who passed away on the 7th December. #Blessings #Unity #SABS #Peace #Hope  
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13
JUN
2017

Hampden Conga 2016

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was delighted to have supported and participated in The second annual Hampden Conga event organised by our good friend and partner, Church of Scotland Minister Rev Neil Galbraith, founder of aid charity Glasgow the Caring City, at Hampden Park. The event was attended by well over a thousand School children, the emergency services, other charities, the Scottish Government, Councillors and others, and demonstrates the need for social responsibility and working towards improving child welfare and tackling child poverty. Read more: CLICK HERE  
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13
JUN
2017

Interfaith Dialogue in Canada

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Interfaith Dialogues on Divine Mercy and Spirituality in the 21st Century. The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Director-General Sayed Ali Abass Razawi spoke alongside the esteemed Dr. Harry J. Huebner, CMU Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Theology and the Director of International and Inter-Faith Theological Initiatives, at the Canadian Mennonite University. In another interfaith dialogue, Sayed Razawi spoke alongside Elder Paul Christensen of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in Montreal.  
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13
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2017

Remembrance Sunday 2016

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Edinburgh – City Chambers: Mr Ifty Ali, Vice-Chair of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, and Mr Ali Hussnain, Strategic Youth Director of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, on Remembrance Sunday along with the First Minister and Interfaith delegates. Glasgow – Mr Shabir Beg, Chairman of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society at Cathcart Old Parish Church. A time to remember, reflect, and to work for a future devoid of oppression, suffering and inequality –  Shabir Beg Muslim contribution to world war one. To read more please click here Credit: BBC News or click here Credit: BBC Asian Network or click here Credit: Forgotten Heroes 14-19 Foundation  
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13
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2017

SNBTS Glasgow Blood Donor Awards 2016

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It was a great honour for Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society (SABS) Vice-Chairman Ifty Ali to have been given the opportunity to speak as guest speaker at the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS’) Donor Award Ceremony 2016 at the Glasgow City Chambers. All attendees present at the ceremony had given at least 75 whole blood donations and donated for at least 25 years, some for well over 50 years. We were privileged to have spoken about the work of SABS and the Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign (Scotland), and to have paid earnest tribute to the countless lifesavers in the room. We congratulate them all on their commitment to blood donation, and hope that we might work towards matching them in their dedication to the cause. TO READ MORE PLEASE – CLICK HERE
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13
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2017

Interfaith Summit 2016

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Interfaith Summit 2016 with the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon MSP. The round table meeting saw faith leaders and key community representatives come together in a meeting with the Head of the Sottish Government to discuss interfaith engagement and community cohesion.  
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2017

Blood Donation Campaign Media Shoot 2016

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A huge thank you to all our honorable guests for supporting the current SABS blood donation campaign media shoot at the SNBTS’ Blood Donor Centre on Wed 02 Nov 2016, and making it the success that it was. The event projected the important message of blood donation across faith communities, emergency services, and various other social and civic sectors. The solidarity and fellowship shown made the evening wonderful and conducive to the promotion of wellbeing, friendships and social work in Edinburgh. We look very much forward to continue engaging with yourselves, and deepening our shared resolve to collaborate on good works and projects. Also a huge heartfelt thank you to our Partners, The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) and The Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign (IHBDC) for all their support. CLICK HERE (to read article)  
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13
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2017

Cemetery work

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SABS Youth undertaking its continuing community service initiative maintaining and cleaning the Milton Road Cemetery. The work is led by a passionate and dedicated community member, Bashir Ahmed, who with great selflessness, sacrifice, and strength of resolve, tends to the graveyard every single day, ensuring that it is well kept and maintained for those who come to visit their deceased loved ones.  
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2017

Blood Campaign 2016

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SABS – Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign (Scotland) (26/10/16- 05/11/16) – Edinburgh We would like to thank and applaud all those who donated blood as part of Edinburgh’s blood drives organised by ourselves in partnership with the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) and Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign (IHBDC). God Bless you all for each of you have selflessly played a monumental role in the lives of multiple people; and we urge that everyone continue to donate blood and persist in the act of generosity. Like to also thank the SNBTS team – especially Lynne Willdigg (Head of Donor Services, SNBTS), Jennifer Wilson (National Publicity Manager), Frances Steel (Donor Recruiter) plus the nurses at the Donor centre and head office for their tremendous amount of effort they continuously put in so as to deliver this life saving service, and we commend them for all the selfless work they have done thus far. If you wish to still donate, you can do so by visiting the website below and signing up. www.ius.org.uk/giveblood/sign-up/scotland OR by emailing us: giveblood@scottishahlulbaytsociety.org Address: Edinburgh Donor Centre, 41 Lauriston Place Edinburgh EH3 9HB  
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2017

Muharram 2016 communal events and gatherings

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Muharram 2016/1438 communal events and gatherings in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The community commemorates Imam Hussain’s (ع) sacrifice and the lofty ideals he upheld during the first 10 nights of the Islamic month of Muharram.  
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2017

Imam Hussain Procession 2016

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The Annual Imam Hussain Procession – Edinburgh (09/10/16) and Glasgow (12/10/2016). Communities commemorate Imam Hussain’s (a) message for humanity in Edinburgh and Glasgow: a universal message of peace, social justice and equality. Glasgow’s procession attended by over two thousand people.  
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2017

Quranic Tafseer Class

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society is pleased to announce the beginning of its Quranic Tafseer class. The classes, taken by the teacher and mentor Sheikh Muhammad Kassam’Ali, shall serve to re-enliven one’s relationship with the Holy Book that it may be discovered as something edifying and wondrous; housed within whose depths are lessons, guidance, and divine wisdom that steer us towards success in all matters. The lessons will be centered around a salient Quranic theme or motif, and will comprise an in-depth analysis of relevant verses, a comparative study of various commentaries, and recourse to traditional and contemporary literature. ————————————————————————————— Qur’an Tafseer Classes in English by Moulana Mohamed Kasam’Ali Understand the true message of the Holy Qur’an, come study the Tafseer (Commentary) with Moulana Mohamed Kasam’Ali. For further information or to enrol please Email: quran@scottishahlulbaytsociety.org OR Text: ‘QURAN’ to 07443 512508 (Participants must register to attend)
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2017

Archbishop Conti Reception 2016

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Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society (SABS) at this years reception organised by the Most Reverend Mario J. Conti, Emeritus Archbishop of Glasgow, Chair of the Committee for Inter-religious Dialogue of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland.  
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13
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2017

Missing Type Motion

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society (SABS) partnered with the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) in its international campaign; a life-changing and life-saving movement globally awakening humanity’s spirit of giving and helping endow the precious gift of life to countless in need. 2016’s Missing Type campaign innovatively managed to raise awareness of the fundamental need for blood donation, and sought to tackle the shortage of supply by encouraging first time donors. We are pleased to announce that the following Early Day Motion was submitted to the UK House of Commons by the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Blood Donation, Stewart McDonald MP, supporting the work of SABS and the SNBTS in this regard. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2016-17/446 ———————————————————————————- The Campaign Spotted any A’s, B’s or O’s missing recently? The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society is delighted to support the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service in the international ‪#‎MissingType‬ campaign. Help us highlight the global need for blood donors. By removing the letters A, B & O (the blood groups) from key landmarks, organisations and people’s names, we are hoping to encourage more people to ‪#‎GiveBlood‬. Blood services all over the world are taking part! Find out more here: www.scotblood.co.uk/news/international-missingtype/ ———————————————————————————————————————————– People and organisations across Scotland are taking part in t...
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13
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2017

Police Scotland engagement with School

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The pupils of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society‘s children’s school thoroughly enjoyed a creative and engaging day with PC Kris O’Donnell of Police Scotland. The younger pupils were taken through a series of fun-filled activities and exercises regarding what they know of the Police, what vehicles they use, police dogs, and so on. They were particularly enthusiastic about wearing the uniform and trying out some of the gear! Thereafter, the older pupils benefitted of a workshop and presentation on online safety and the issues of cyber-bullying and abuse, and how best to safeguard oneself, as youngsters, from the dangers that exist in the digital world. The day came to a fantastic end when the pupils were able to see a police car up close, and had the opportunity to sit inside. Our thanks extend to PC O’Donnell for a very beneficial day of activity.  
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First Aid Training Session

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In recognition of the growing concerns that too few today are adept at the use of basic first aid techniques, particularly from BME communities, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society‘s Youth Committee arranged a training session to equip members with essential first aid skills. The event came to fruition through our association with the Scottish Ambulance Service, and was delivered by the British Heart Foundation – Scotland by way of their Heart Start Training Programme. It is important that we highlight this issue which is ever pertinent to our communities, and ignite a useful conversation encouraging others to follow suit in acquiring the capability to save lives.  
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EIFA Interfaith Peace Service 2016

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International Day of Peace, Interfaith Peace Service 2016, at Edinburgh Annandale Mosque, with contributions from leaders and representatives from many of the world’s faiths organised by the Edinburgh Inter Faith Association. The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society Vice-Chairman Ifty Ali and Shaykh Zainabi of Edinburgh stood in solidarity with religious leaders including the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, and the Consul Generals of France, USA and Austria.  
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Christians and the Muhammadan Covenants

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society held a seminal conference, in the truly magnificent setting that was the Trades House of Glasgow, on Monday the 19th September 2016. In continually seeking to actualise within Scotland the lofty ideals of benevolence, peace, and wisdom, the event brought together–in heart and spirit–Muslims and Christians of all denominations, and from across Scotland and the UK, in an academic setting conducive to dialogue, guidance, and learning. Titled ‘Christians and the Muhammadan Covenants’, the event sought to fundamentally strengthen hierarchical and grassroots Christian–Muslim relations in Scotland through reflections on the covenantal documents of the Holy Prophet Muhammad [saw] in relation to his forging peaceable alliances and fellowships with those of the Abrahamic faiths. The keynote lecturers were Shaykh Sayed Ali Abass Razawi, Director-General and Chief Imam of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, and Dr Anthony Allison, of the Bishops’ Committee for Interreligious Dialogue. Our gratitude extends to the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Rt. Rev. Dr Russell Barr, for his presence and for his giving words of hope and encouragement in the Vote of Thanks. The evening’s host was the Rev Cedric Blakey of the Scottish Episcopal Church Committee for Relations with People of Other Faiths. Themes from the evening highlighted the pertinence for us all to take inspiration from, and implement, the covenantal teachings ...
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Interfaith Talk on Moderatorial Year

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It was a privilege to have the Very Rev John Chalmers, Honorary Chaplain to the Queen and Principal Clerk to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, give a talk on his year as Moderator to members of both the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society‘s Youth Committee and its Women’s Wing. The gathering was warm and pleasant. In effect, it saw a special conversation being had across faiths. The Principal Clerk and former Moderator shared the highs and lows, the memorable and auspicious, and the crucial and ceremonial aspects of his tenure as Moderator of the Church of Scotland. It was moving and worthwhile to dialogue and reminisce; learning in greater depth the workings of the Kirk. The evening proved important as stress was laid upon some of the commonalities we share in theology and virtues, and the challenges faced by those of all faiths. As we withdrew to catch sight of the bigger picture, the need for continued interfaith communication and relations was intimated, along with recognition of the fundamental role of this nation’s young people as peacemakers. The gathering closed as we came together and partook of hospitality. Our many thanks extend to the the Very Rev John Chalmers for his time and company.  
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Senior Faith Leaders Refugee Initiative

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Director-General and Chief Imam of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, speaking at a gathering of the UK’s Senior Faith Leaders on 12/09/16. The gathering formally reiterates the demands made in an open letter to the Prime Minister urging the Government to revise its policy towards refugees. Headed by the former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, the letter is signed by over 200 leaders and representatives of the Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist communities of the UK. Faith Leaders’ Open Letter to the Prime Minister  
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Anthony Nolan Reception 2016

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was honoured to show its continued support of Anthony Nolan at their reception in The Scottish Parliament on the 7th September. At the evening reception, partners of the organisation from across various sectors and industries gathered to celebrate the progress that has been made to grow the stem cell donor register in Scotland, and to determine together how we can meet the challenges ahead. The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society pledges to carry on supporting the lifesaving work of Anthony Nolan to the best of our ability.  
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2017

High-Level PRC Visit

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Our gratitude is proffered to those present at the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s high-level visit to Scotland’s only Personnel Recovery Centre, where we obtained grounding in the work the centre does, and learned of the comprehensive welfare, medical, educational and resettlement courses available to those at the modern, adapted residential facility. The visit reinforced the working Christian–Muslim dynamic in truly a practical manner, and strengthened a cross-faith unity and alliance on terms of humanitarian work, compassion, and fellowship-building. Our recently constituted Islamic Unity Alliance, which brings together Shia and Sunni Muslims, was represented. We thank, in particular, Major Del Hamilton for his facilitation. Also, our thanks extend, notably, to the Rt Rev Dr Russell Barr, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Very Rev John Chalmers QHC, Principal Clerk to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Very Rev Prof Iain Torrance, Pro-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen and President and Professor of Patristics Emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary, the Rev Neil Galbraith, Minister for Cathcart Old Parish Church, Shaheen Baber, Chief Inspector, the Rev Cole Maynard, Deputy Assistant Chaplain General, Lt Col Adrian Williams, and our partners and co-founders of our Islamic Unity Alliance Suqlain Shah from Dar Al Ehsan and Tanvir Gilani of NAAT International.  
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2017

Family Outing 2016

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Happy faces, and lovely weather(!), at the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s family Eid outing to East Links Family Park, 28/08/16. Knowing that the event was thoroughly enjoyed by all is a delight. Everyone partook in the fun and amusements, and we could not have wished for better weather; sunny and warm, and which thankfully held out for as long as we were there, Alhamdulillah. We thank you all again, as well as the organisers at East Links Family Park, and very much hope to see you at our next function, Insha’Allah. The cheerful group, with pupils of our school and community elders, also showed great support to the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service in carrying forward momentum for the international #MissingType campaign. Through the campaign, and on this occasion of family activities, leisure and fun, we still hope to encourage more people to #GiveBlood.  
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SPMA Eid Dinner 2016

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Scottish Police Muslim Association’s Annual Eid Dinner 2016 The esteemed organisers of the Eid function from the Scottish Police Muslim Association (SPMA) have our gratitude for their cordially inviting us to their annual eid dinner and for creating such a grand platform on which Scottish Muslims came together with members of governmental bodies, the public sector and the grassroots in goodwill. The event highlighted the need for role models, and demonstrated integration and togetherness. We very much look forward to interacting with the SPMA in the future.  
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Imam Ja`far al-Sadiq by Shaykh Ayub Rashid

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Alhamdulillah, by the Grace of the Almighty, last Sunday saw another hugely successful communal event organised by the Youth Committee of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society. The event comprised an inspiring lecture by the renowned scholar and speaker Shaykh Ayyub Rashid on the life of our sixth Holy Imam, Imam Ja`far al-Sadiq (ع), followed by a useful and informative Q&A session. A great many thanks extend to all those who were in attendance, particularly Shaykh Akhtar Abbas Zainabi, Shaykh Ramadhan, Br Rashid and, of course, our gratitude to Shaykh Ayyub for sharing of his knowledge. Insha’Allah, look forward to more lectures and workshops organised and coordinated by the Youth! (07/08/16)  
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Polmadie Fire Station’s 30th Anniversary Open Day

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Today’s 30 Years Anniversary Celebration and Open Day at the Polmadie Fire Station proved to be a fantastic, entertaining, and fun-filled event for thousands of community members from the Southside of Glasgow and beyond. The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society ran a stall as part of the day’s activities so as to promote community spirit, integration with the emergency services and civil society, and, most importantly, to promote the healthcare and humanitarian work of our partnered bodies Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, Christian Aid Scotland, The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, Alzheimer Scotland, Anthony Nolan, Breast Cancer Care Scotland, Epilepsy Scotland. In so doing, the two tremendously important messages of social cohesion and maintaining one’s own well-being, and that of others, were relayed to, and shared with, all those partaking in the festivities of the day. Much positivity and enthusiasm was felt. People initiated discussions on epilepsy, others breast cancer and Alzheimers, and many very admirably showed great interest in becoming blood or bone marrow donors. The services offered by our partnered healthcare organisations were communicated, information packs were distributed along with other giveaways, and people left knowing that—for society’s concerns in relation to general wellbeing—support mechanisms have been erected, and they were directed to where such support systems are to be found, and how they as integral members of the public could...
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2017

Press Release Father Jacques Hamel

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(26/07/16) – The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society is deeply pained and anguished following the news of the killing of Father Jacques Hamel who was mercilessly assassinated during morning Mass in Northern France. We fundamentally condemn the attack and the attackers in the strongest possible terms as it was an inhuman act of cruelty, cowardice and brutal savagery. May Father Jacques Hamel’s soul be at ease in tranquility, and our earnest prayers extend to all those in the Christian communities and across the world with whom we stand together in solidarity at this time of mourning and sadness. Press release (27/07/16) – Muslim leaders join Cardinal in prayer following murderous assault in French Church “Together, as faith leaders our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and all those affected by the murderous assault that took place today at the Church of Saint-Etienne–du-Rouvray in France. We are shocked and saddened by the brutal murder of Fr Jacques Hamel. To commit murder at a place where people gather in peace to worship adds another layer of depravity to the violence that we have witnessed over the past weeks. We pray for the courage to respond to all evil with truth, justice, and reconciliation. Cardinal Vincent Nichols President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hilli Director, Noor Trust Imam Qari Muhammad Asim Head Imam, Mecca Mosque Sheikh Babikir Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra Co-Chair, Christian-Muslim Forum Imam Sayed Ali Abass...
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2017

Commemoration for Srebrenica Memorial Day

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It was a venerable honour for the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society to have been present and to have lit a candle at Remembering Srebrenica’s Solemn Commemoration for Srebrenica Memorial Day held at Cathcart Old Parish Church, Glasgow and hosted by the Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood. Tribute was paid as we remembered the horrific genocide of more than 8000 Muslim Bosniaks, and heard survivors tell of their deeply tragic and moving stories. We earnestly pray that the suffering of all those who have suffered, or are suffering, is healed and is never repeated. All life is sacred. And we must learn to never let it happen again.  
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Cross-Denominational Fellowship

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Following the fraternity demonstrated at Sunday’s Eid dinner in Scotland, the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society is pleased to recognise how heartening it was for cross-denominational Muslim leaders, including our Director-General Sayed Ali Abass Razawi, come together in fellowship and harmony in London in response to the turbulent times of late. From left: Sheikh Mogra, Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, Sheikh Raza, Maulana Syed Ali Raza Rizvi , Imam Qari Muhammad Asim, Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hilli, Sheikh Babikir  
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3rd Annual Unity Eid Dinner 2016

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The earnest gratitude of our Director-General Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi extends to the Noble `Ulema–Scholars–and eminent guests from across the cities of Scotland for participating in Sunday’s Commemoratory Eid Dinner wherein we celebrated the sacramental Blessings and Grace of the Almighty [swt] following the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, which fell upon us last week, in a gathering of fellowship and tremendous warmth. May the Mercy of Allah the Almighty envelop all those who were in attendance.  
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Eid Gifts to Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

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Eid Gifts to Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: a SABS Youth Committee City-wide scheme in association with Edinburgh Direct Aid. During the week-long programme in the final days of the month of Ramadan, the SABS Youth Committee coordinated a communal collection of goods and items from the congregations in Edinburgh and across the region. A great haul was secured and a van-load of goods and provisions was accumulated; a stockpile ranging from clothes to toiletries to stationary. Our thanks extend to all who donated, inspired by compassion and the call to philanthropy and helping those in dire need, notably Broughton High School whose support and donated goods we were delighted to have. Through Edinburgh Direct Aid the donations will be delivered as aid to Lebanon as part of the Syrian refugees project.  
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21 Gun Royal Salute 2016

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The Royal Ecclesiastical 21-Gun Salute at Edinburgh Castle. The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society regards with esteem the privilege it was to have been invited to the 21-gun salute marking the arrival of HM The Queen at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. It notably fostered invaluable fellowships at a cross-denominational and interfaith level through sharing in understanding, partaking in conversation, learning of history and ministry, participating in a culturally-rich ceremonial engagement, and strengthening relationships as part of a Tradition that is deeply rooted in Scottish heritage. Our many thanks extend to our esteemed and gracious friend Lt Col Reverend Cole Maynard, 51st Infantry Brigade and HQ Scotland’s Deputy Assistant Chaplain General, for having us and organising this worthy gathering.  
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Interactive youth programme

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society (SABS) Youth Committee organised an interactive youth programme for educational enrichment that proved both enjoyable and enlightening with Shaykh Hassanain Aleem Mir for the close of the Month of Ramadan. Our many thanks extend to Shaykh Mir.  
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SABS Statement of Condolence Baghdad and Istanbul

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SABS Statement of Condolence Following the Tragic Attacks in Baghdad and Istanbul 03/07/2016 With all across the World, we share in grief, sorrow, and tears following the recent tragic terrorist massacre in Istanbul, Turkey and today’s devastating attacks Baghdad, Iraq. May the pain we feel in remembrance of the many victims spur us to solidarity with the oppressed and suffering wherever they may be. As we approach an end to the Month of Ramadhan, a month known for Sanctuary and Mercy, we earnestly pray to Allah the Almighty, the Lovingly Compassionate, for the victims, and our heartfelt condolences and sympathies go out to their families. Let our severe condemnation of these despicable attacks be known. We pray that the Almighty, the Ever-Generous, unite us in supporting and aiding all those undergoing these terrible trials and tragedies. May He allow us to collaborate as one to rid the world of misfortune and injustice, and to effect everlasting peace and harmony. On behalf of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society Shabir Beg –– Chairman
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2017

Service on The Fast and Prayer for Peace 2016

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(26/06/16) In commemoration of the Auspicious Month of Ramadhan, the religious ordinance of The Fast brought together Christians and Muslims in engagement and prayer for peace, faithfulness, adherence to charity, and constancy in virtue and works for humanity. Following the evening service at St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, Mother Church of the Diocese of Edinburgh, members of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society received a blessing by The Bishop of Edinburgh, the Rt Revd Dr John Armes, as insights were shared to the congregation of The Fast. The Bishop spoke of his experience fasting in solidarity with the Muslim community. A reading from the Holy Quran was given, along with solemn words shared on the tragedy of the martyrdom of Imam Ali [ع]. Our sincere thanks extend to the Rt Revd Dr John Armes for the fellowship that emerged from deepening understanding and prayer, and we hope to take forward this blossoming interface.  
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2017

Inauguration Ceremony of Scottish Fujian Chambers of Commerce

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It was a great pleasure for the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society to have been invited to participate at the Inaugural Ceremony of the Scottish Fujian Chambers of Commerce, celebrating the bridges and links of friendship that exist between Scotland and China, specifically through the capital of the Fujian Province Fuzhou, and working to deepen these ties and strengthen the engagement across culture, education, and in recognition of the positive contributions of the Fujian diaspora in the UK and globally. SABS Chairman Shabir Beg was privileged to have been presented an honourary gift. We hope to bolster the unity and solidarity shown.  
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Iftaar 2016

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Iftaar (fast-breaking) programme for members of the Shia Muslim community in Edinburgh. The Observance of the Fast spiritually disciplines and purifies one’s body and soul, and the breaking of the Fast is the bestowal of the sustenance of the Almighty, and a time to bolster fraternity and community spirit. Following the deeply saddening news of the passing of a prominent and well-respected figure of Edinburgh’s Shia community, Sohney Shah, we dedicate the gathering to him, and we pray that Allah the Almighty and All-Clement grant him Mercy and Bliss in the company of the Purified Ones evermore.  
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Meeting with Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was honoured to have had a historic meeting with a humanitarian, spiritual guru and founder of The Art of Living, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, during his visit to Scotland. A profound and touching discussion ensued concerning the role of our faiths in propagating human values and world peace through reconciliation, wisdom, dialogue, and humanitarian work. Our thanks, on behalf of our Director-General Sayed Ali Abass Razawi, extend to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for the privilege and insight he shared.  
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Humanitarian work in Iraq

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society surveying a village in Iraq, and providing what we could towards relief efforts for the poor and destitute. Another deep-seated reminder of the need for humanitarian work, and the obligation we all have to alleviate the world of inequality, suffering, hunger, thirst and socio-economic hardships. We restate the firm objective of our organisation, and its commitment to continue working towards the betterment of society, both nationally and internationally, and its resolve to continue conducting and broadening the scope of our humanitarian operations wherever possible.  
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Historic meetings Iraq

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Sacred Pilgrimage in Iraq. The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society were truly blessed to undertake a historic pilgrimage to the Sacred Lands in Iraq and meet with leading figures of the global Shi’a Muslims, inc His Eminence Grand Ayatullah Bashir an-Najafi along with other prominent world renowned scholars and teachers, wherein we benefited of their words of wisdom, and  their support for the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s work.  
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The Big Iftar UK

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SABS Director General Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi a part of the great Iftar event organised by Alyth Synagogue. It was a wonderful evening of friendship and hospitality at Alyth Synagogue, Golders Green, London. Included a shared learning session about Maghrib and Ma’ariv prayers. A beautiful call to prayer from the Bimah. Friendships were started last night. Big thanks goes to the Alyth team for their generous hospitality. “This proved to be a great opportunity for multiculturalism where Anglo, Iraqi and Iranian Jews came together with Shia and Sunni British Muslims from Bengali, Lebanese, Iraqi, Iranian, Indian and Pakistani heritage.”  Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi www.thebigiftar.org www.facebook.com/TheBigIftar  
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Interfaith Service and Celebration of the Queen’s 90th Birthday

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It was a privilege for the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society to have been afforded the great honour of having participated in Cathcart Old Parish Church‘s Interfaith Service and Celebration of the Queen’s 90th Birthday. The service truly highlighted the strength of the interfaith fellowship we share, rooted in good will, compassion, and faithfulness. Mrs Ishrat Hussnain, SABS vice-chair, gave a reading from the Holy Qur’an and said a prayer in closing. The gathering was therefore effused with the worship of people of different faiths, all in the name of Almighty, and under the banner of understanding, trust and humanity. Our gratitude particularly and especially extends to the Rev Neil Galbraith, Parish Minister, for generously inviting our participation, leading the service, and presenting Ishrat and Shabir, SABS chairman, a fine gift as a token of friendship and love. Truly, bridges were built at this special event, and long may they be strengthened.  
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Visit to Srebrenica

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Sarajevo, Bosnia. United we stand. SABS Director General Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi’s visit to Bosnia. After an emotional visitation to Srebrenica and having witnessed the remains of genocide, cross denominational and religious representatives stand together in saying “no to genocide”. Our thanks extend to the Imams and Rabbis National Council for organising the trip.  
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Inaugural Unity Peace Walk Glasgow

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Under the direction, guidance and support of our Director-General Sheikh Sayed Ali Abass Razawi, the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was absolutely privileged to have been partners at the first inaugural Peace Walk and Dhikr gathering in Glasgow, with Khadman-e-Dar-ul-Ehsan, as part of our integral and newly established Alliance. The procession has proven a historical moment for Scotland, and its Pakistani and sub-continental communities. The seeds were sown by Mahboob al Hassan Gilani …of International Naat Council, as well as al Hassan Gilani and Tanveer al Hassan Gilani. The walk and subsequent program highlighted peace, and interfaith/intrafaith unity. We are especially grateful to the keynote speakers of the gathering: His Grace Archbishop Mario Conti, Archbishop Emeritus of Glasgow Archdiocese and Chair of the Bishops’ Committee for Inter-religious Dialogue, Rev Neil Galbraith, Parish Minister for Cathcart Old Parish Church, Rev Peter Gill, Parish Minister for Wallneuk North Church Paisley, Shaheen Baber, Police Scotland Chief Inspector, and Inspector David Duncan. Our thanks are also to the esteemed guests who came from London, Birmingham and Manchester. Archbishop Conti has played a pivotal role in bringing these fellowships to fruition, and indeed his words resonated with all present as he demonstrated the wisdom and need for engagement, and deepened the understanding and association we share in the name of peace and harmony. The Scottish Government chief whip Bill...
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2017

Interfaith Visit to HMS Bulwark

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It was a great privilege, and made for an intriguing event that brought together those of different faiths, for the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society to have had the honour of an invitation to visit the Royal Navy’s HMS Bulwark, and to have engaged with the Commanding Officer and Ship’s Company of HMS Bulwark, and members of Naval Regional Command Headquarters Scotland and Northern Ireland.  
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Children’s Imam Mahdi Day

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Imam Mahdi [ع] Day at the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Children’s School, 21/05/16 The pupils at the school participated in a day full of fun activities, creative tasks, and gave excellent short presentations to their peers. The day was centered around the theme of Imam Mahdi [ع], the 12th Imam, ahead of his birthday on the 15th of the month of Sha`baan.  
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95th Boys Brigade Award Service

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It was a privilege for the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society to have participated in the 95th Boys Brigade Award Service at the Cathcart Old Parish Church, and humbling that our chairman was afforded the kind honour to give out awards to members of the Brigade. It was an incredible event, God bless the whole team, and congratulations on our behalf to the Glasgow company of the Boys Brigade for their achievements.  
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SABS STATEMENT of Condolence and Solidarity

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SABS STATEMENT of Condolence and Solidarity By Shabir Beg, Chairman, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society (SABS) We are deeply saddened by news of the three tragic terrorist attacks carried out by Daesh around Baghdad, Iraq, due to which a great many innocents, women and children, and many Shia Muslims, have lost their lives, and many more have been injured. We earnestly pray to the Almighty, the Lovingly Merciful, for the victims, and our heartfelt condolences and sympathies go out to their families. Let our severe condemnation of these despicable attacks be known, in solidarity with all those affected. We pray that the Almighty, the Ever-Generous, unite us in supporting and aiding all those undergoing these terrible trials and tragedies. May He allow us to collaborate as one to rid the world of misfortune and injustice, and to effect everlasting peace and harmony. ‪#‎Iraq‬ ‪#‎PrayForIraq‬ ‪#‎IraqBlast‬
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Kirking of the Scottish Parliament 2016

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In His Name, the Most High The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was privileged to have joined the newly elected MSPs and party leaders, along with guests from the diplomatic corps, senior parliamentary staff, religious leaders and cross-faith representatives, at the Kirking for the Fifth Session of The Scottish Parliament. Participating alongside political, civic, and belief representatives at this ceremony is another demonstration of the forward movement we see in civic and interfaith relations and the mutual goodwill we see manifesting across all sectors of society, which the Scottish Shia Muslim community is honoured to note. With thanks to the august Very Revd Prof Iain Torrance – Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland, Dean of the Order of the Thistle, and Chaplain-in-Ordinary to the Queen in Scotland – meeting with whom is always a privilege. A great delight to have again met with the party leaders, and such esteemed friends and associates as the Very Rev John Chalmers, Principal Clerk to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and an Honorary Chaplain to the Queen, the Right Rev Dr Angus Morrison, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, and the Consul Generals of Germany, Switzerland and Austria. A delight to have also met with Major General M Riddell-Webster CBE DSO. And in closing we note the great pleasure we had to have met and engaged with his HRH The Duke of Rothesay who was in attendance.
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Scottish Shia and Sunni Muslim Alliance

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In the Name of The Lord of Muhammad and the Family of Muhammad بسم رب محمد وآل محمد The Beginnings of a Historic Scottish Shia and Sunni Muslim Alliance On Sunday the 8th of May, the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, along with leaders from the Sunni Muslim community of Scotland, came together to sign a pivotal document that will serve to positively shape the future relationship between this nation’s Shia and Sunni communities. The signing formed the momentous inauguration of a Shia-Sunni Alliance which will see those of these two communities establishing an association rooted in mutual cooperation to promote peace, cohesion and social work, and to come together in worship and for the common good. This major event took place in the Dialogue Centre of Interfaith Scotland and was witnessed by Bill Kidd, Member of The Scottish Parliament, and Dr. Maureen Sier, Director of Interfaith Scotland. We are very grateful to have had their support for the institution of this important alliance.
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Lectures

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Wilayat Imam Ali ( ع ) Edinburgh – Glasgow – Dundee A series of English programmes across Scotland. In His Name, the Most High. The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s 3-day, nationwide English Lecture Series on the Wilayat of Imam Ali (ع), saw the Muslim communities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee – cross-denominational – band together in celebration of the birth of the Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) Cousin, the first Holy Imam, Imam Ali (ع). Director-General of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, Shaykh Sayed Ali Abass Razawi, led the congregations; uplifting and sanctifying the gatherings with his sermons. Friendships deepened in the spiritual atmosphere. Our thanks go out to the communities of the three cities, and the esteemed scholars, community leaders, and respected brethren present. Our warmest thanks to Shaykh Suqlain Shah and our noble brothers who honoured us with their Remembrance of The Holy Ahlul Bayt (ع), family of The Holy Prophet (PBUH) in fellowship. May the love of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and His Holy Ahlul Bayt (ع) continue to, as ever, strengthen our unity and brotherhood.
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Scottish Religious Leaders Forum 2016

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Scottish Religious Leaders’ Forum May 2016 The Director-General of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society Sayed Ali Abass Razawi, and members of the SABS executive committee, were privileged to have participated at Interfaith Scotland‘s biannual Scottish Religious Leaders’ Forum on the 4th May. Leaders of various faiths gathered in the Samye Ling Tibetan Centre Monastery for meditation, dialogue and discussion, demonstrating the constant will shared by the leaders to come together for the benefit of the nation and to deepen bonds of friendship, understanding and planned future collaboration. It was also a pleasure to have watched and enjoyed there the engagement of youth from Lincluden Primary School.  
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Sacred Pilgrimage Iraq

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The Flag of Peace, Unity & Hope: Story of The Saltire.. The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society were blessed to undertake a historic pilgrimage to the Sacred Lands in Iraq, and visited the graves of Imam Ali, Imam Hussain, and other Holy Imams from the Family of the Prophet Muhammad, other Noble Family Members, and Companions. Along with us we took the Saltire which was blessed by our religious leaders (the Marja – Grand Ayatollah’s). We underwent expeditions and fact-finding visitations to appreciate the importance and need for the cultural protection of ancient heritage sites, and so were privileged to have had the opportunity to see ancient, shared Judeo-Islamic locations in Babylon marking, among other things, the graves of the biblical Prophets Job and Ezekiel (Peace and Blessings be Upon them All). And just recently, members were blessed to have undertaken a pilgrimage to Iran with the Flag, visiting the Holy Cities of Mashhad where our 8th Holy Imam is laid to rest, and Qom where his sister rests.      
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Hate Crime Conference 2016

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It was a privilege for the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society to have participated in the Hate Crime conference (22/03/16) – organised jointly by Police Scotland and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. The conference was attended by The Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon First Minister of Scotland, The Rt Hon Frank Mulholland QC Lord Advocate, and Phil Gormley QPM Chief Constable of Police Scotland. Issues of race hate crime and other forms of discrimination were tabled, along with deliberations on how to achieve cross-spectrum cohesion and harmony.  
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EU Integration Faith And Diversity In Scotland Event

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“EU Integration, Faith and Diversity in Scotland: A Shia Muslim Perspective” Organised by the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society and Sponsored by Bill Kidd MSP, Chief Whip to The Scottish Government at The Scottish Parliament. An unprecedented and key juncture within the engagement of the Shia Muslims in Western Europe: the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society held a momentous event within the Scottish Parliament on Wed 2nd March 2016 – sponsored by Scottish government Chief Whip Bill Kidd. Titled “EU Integration, Faith and Diversity in Scotland: A Shia Muslim Perspective” the event highlighted the Scottish Shia Muslim communities as social and humanitarian stakeholders, celebrated Scotland’s renowned religious and cultural diversity, and sought to strengthen the societal integration of the Shia Muslims, and wider society, within Scotland, the UK and EU member states. The Keynote speakers were; Sayed Ali Abass Razawi, Director General of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society Nicola Sturgeon MSP, the First Minister of Scotland Katharina Von Schnurbein, Coordinator for the European Commission RT Rev Dr Angus Morrison, Moderator of the General Assembly Hall of the Church of Scotland Other Distinguished Guests Speakers were; Mary Morgan, Director – Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service Dr Maureen Sier, Director of Interfaith Scotland Dr Ali Mehdi, Imamia Medics UK (IMI), Scotland Professor Andrew Newman. Reader in Islamic Studies and Persian, The University of Edinburgh The event was...
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Cross Party & Diplomatic Meetings

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January 2016 – Cross-Party, Civic and Diplomatic fellowships in service to society. The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s executive committee met with Leaders of the Scottish Political Parties, Bill Kidd MSP Chief Whip to the Scottish Government, the United Nations House Scotland, the Irish Consulate General, the Office of the European Commission in Scotland, and the European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh. The meetings proved conducive to the aims of seeking to positively impact communities, foster humanitarian dialogue, and develop social engagement.  
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The Well Multi-Cultural Resource Centre Event

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society were honoured to have been invited to a reception to The Well Multi-Cultural Resource Centre on the official visit of the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rev Dr Angus Morrison. A great function where friendships were seen blossoming.  
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Chinese New Year Celebrations 2016

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Fraternal relations growing between the Chinese and Shia communities of the nation and beyond. The executive committee of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society are privileged to have shared in the festivities of the Edinburgh Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration, at the City Chambers, in fellowship with the Chinese community in a union across civic, cultural, commercial and diplomatic sectors of society. In recognition of the celebration’s guests of honour: His Excellency Consul Pan Xin Chun Consul General of China in Edinburgh, Madame Pan, the Rt Hon Donald Wilson Lord Provost, and Lady Provost. Also in attendance were the Consul Generals of France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, and the USA. We were then honoured to have partaken in the superb Kut O Benevolent Society Chinese New Year Celebration in Glasgow, where esteemed dignitaries from around the UK, Europe and the Far East were present. Our gratitude is extended to Edward Tsang Chairman of AACCEE. And our sincere wishes to all for a year of harmony, good fortune and abundance. 恭喜发财 新年快乐 英国侨报 UK Chinese Journal. Published on 08/02/16. The Edinburgh Chinese New Year celebrations at which the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was privileged to be in attendance: www.issuu.com/euchinese/docs/0208
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Imams and Rabbis in Calais

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08/02/2016 – Imams and Rabbis in Calais to jointly help refugees. In Calais, France, the Director-General of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, Sheikh Sayed Ali Abass Razawi, along with senior Jewish and Muslim faith leaders undertake a humanitarian operation archiving the plight of the refugees and seeking to bolster regional and transnational support and response efforts for them in the face of the tragic global crisis. The collaborative mission sees a senior cross-section of leaders from the Muslim and Jewish faiths united in upholding the shared values of compassion, love and mercy to all peoples.  
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Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 Edinburgh

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Organised by the Edinburgh Interfaith Association, it was an honour for the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society to have upheld the common duty to fundamental human rights, to have paid tribute to the victims of genocide, and to have offered a prayer by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to the Almighty, that He may infuse in the affairs of mankind peace and security.  
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Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 Glasgow

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Engaging with Interfaith Scotland, Mukesh Kapila, and Inge Auerbachar, the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society took the opportunity to have upheld the common duty to fundamental human rights, and to have paid tribute to the victims of genocide as part of the Holocaust Memorial Week.
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EIFA Interfaith Peace Service 2015

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International Day of Peace, Interfaith Peace Service 2015 to mark one month after the tragedy of the Paris attacks, organised by the Edinburgh Inter Faith Association and the French Consul General of Edinburgh, Emmanuel Cocher. Religious representatives came together to mark the tragedy, and to help effect and pray for world peace. A privilege for Shabir beg, Chairman of SABS, to have recited a prayer at the gathering along with other respected religious leaders from various faith backgrounds, united in denouncing terrorism, and promoting peace. — at St. Patrick’s.  
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SABS STATEMENT On The Execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr

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SABS STATEMENT On The Execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr by Sayed Ali Abass Razawi, Director-General, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society Release Date: 2nd January 2016 02/01/2016 Duty-bound to treat life as sacred and to uphold human rights, the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society with a heavy heart condemns in absolute terms the execution of the senior scholar Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who was executed along with 46 others, in Saudi Arabia according to a statement released by the Saudi Interior Ministry. Sheikh Nimr championed the rights of marginalised minorities in Saudi Arabia and was sentenced to death in October 2014. Human rights agencies confirm, along with expert opinion, that Sheikh al-Nimr condemned violent action and called upon peaceful means to uphold justice and the rights of all the citizens of the Kingdom. Despite all evidence to the contrary, he was accused of working to sow discord in the land and coordinating attacks on police during demonstrations. We abhor the loss of life, and the gross miscarriage of justice. Such occurrences are not uncommon, and it is therefore imperative that communities be called to unite against any, and all such atrocities, perpetrated against minorities anywhere in the world. We call on the international community to condemn the Kingdom’s actions, to work to assuage the growing sectarian tensions, and to encourage all involved to take responsibility. It is binding upon us all to ensure that everyone may enjoy their fundamental civil and...
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Milad Un Nabi Celebrations Glasgow

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We were privileged to have been invited to a fantastic Milad event in Kabana, celebrating the birth of the Holy Prophet [s], organised by our dear Sunni brethren in Glasgow. The atmosphere was spiritually charged and demonstrated great unity and cohesion between the Muslim community through our love for the Holy Prophet [s]. May Allah [swt] always unite our hearts upon his [s] love, and strengthen our brotherhood. Ameen. (06/01/16)  
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Milad un Nabi Celebrations Scotland

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Marking the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) Edinburgh – Glasgow – Aberdeen (A series of unity programmes with over 10 Mosques and Centres across Scotland) In His Name, the Most High. The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s historic 3-day, nationwide Unity Series saw the Muslim communities of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh – cross-denominational – band together in celebration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Director-General of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, led the congregations; uplifting and sanctifying the gatherings with his sermons. Friendships deepened in the spiritual atmosphere. Our thanks go out to the communities of the three cities, and the esteemed scholars, community leaders, and respected brethren present. In particular we thank  Shaykh Sobhani, Shaykh Sarfraz (Glasgow), Shaykh Zainabi (Edinburgh), Shaykh Ahmed al-Maghrebi (Aberdeen), and our warmest thanks to Shaykh Suqlain Shah and our noble brothers who honoured us with their Remembrance of the Holy Prophet in fellowship. May the love of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) continue to, as ever, strengthen our unity and brotherhood.  
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Blood Drive 2015

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Monday, 24/11/15, saw the launch of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s annual blood donation drive in Edinburgh in partnership with the Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign Scotland and the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS). The transnational cause is rooted in three aims. Saving lives, public outreach to urge people to become regular donors, and caring for the human family; the promotion of peace, harmony and fellowship with all segments of society; and sharing the universal values upheld by Imam Hussain, of compassion, giving and good will. We, along with the SNBTS, were privileged to have in attendance, and in support of the initiative, Bill Kidd MSP, Chief Whip to The Scottish Government, Councillor Gavin Barrie, and standing in solidarity and friendship with the Muslim community the Right Reverend Dr John Armes, Bishop of the Diocese of Edinburgh, The Most Reverend Leo Cushley, Archbishop and Metropolitan of St Andrews & Edinburgh and Rev Maud Robinson from Unitarian Church, General Secretary of the Edinburgh Inter Faith Association, Iain Stewart, demonstrating his firm belief, and that of EIFA’s, that each individual has a part to play in the story of humanity, and has the potential to bring about great positive change to the world, also Mr Edward Tsang, Chair of the Asian Association of Culture and Commerce of Education in Europe (A.A.C.C.E.E). It’s an honour to have such support! A huge thanks to all those who donated: you cannot be thanked...
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Christmas Multi Faith Event 2015

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An Honour for the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society‘s Chair, Mr Shabir Beg, to have participated at the 1st Advent Christmas Multi Faith, St Andrew’s Day, Service upon the invitation of the Rev. Neil Galbraith, held at the Cathcart Old Parish Church. We appreciate the warmth and affection received from the Congregation on this auspicious occasion. Also a huge thank you to Interfaith Scotland. Fraternal Greetings and Blessings from our Director General Shaykh Sayed Ali Abass Razawi.  
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Religious Leaders Faith Representatives Meeting Edinburgh 2015

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A pleasure for the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society‘s committee to have participated in the Edinburgh Inter Faith Associations’ Religious Leaders and Faith Representatives Meeting. The warm gathering and discussions saw all, as people of different faiths, coming together to deliberate on how we can work together on all manner of community work and social projects. Several pertinent points were mentioned, such as the need for religious literacy, promotion of better integration, education and social inclusion, and strengthening links and community ties. The event saw all coming together on common ground and creating a space for collaboration. We were privileged to have had our Vice-Chairman Iftkhar Ali speak on The Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign Scotland, and the participation of our Interfaith Chair Moulana Mohammad KassamAli.  
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Care for the Environment Event 2015

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Chair of the Interfaith Scotland Board, Larry Blance, hands the Minister for the Environment, Dr. Eileen McLeod, a statement from faith communities urging ‘as strong a deal as possible at the climate change negotiations in Paris in the coming weeks’. Around 100 people came together for the Launch of Scottish Interfaith Week at Dynamic Earth for a profound.  
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The Women of Karbala – Sheikh Haneef

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‘THE WOMEN OF KARBALA – ETERNAL ROLE MODELS FOR HUMANITY’ – by Sheikh Ahmed Haneef Sheikh Ahmed Haneef is a world renowned lecturer and is a grassroots activist involved in the affairs of the youth, converts and oppressed peoples in North America and Africa. He attended York and Mac Master Universities. He has been studying in Qom for over a decade, and specialised in Islamic jurisprudence, Qur’anic hermeneutics, Islamic History, Gnosis and Philosophy. Alhamdulillah, with the Grace of the Almighty, yesterday saw a hugely successful event organised by the Youth Committee of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society. The event was an inspiring lecture by the renowned speaker Sheikh Ahmed Haneef, who taught of the authentic Islamic ideals of justice, piety, and humanity through the examples of the womenfolk of Karbala – extremely pertinent in the wake of recent tragedies. A great many thanks to all those who attended, especially those who came from Dundee and afar. And our gratitude to Shaykh Ahmed for the enlightening lecture. Look forward to regular lectures and workshops organised and coordinated by the Youth!  15/11/15 Plus Youth Committee hosting a Q&A session with the Sheikh.  14/11/15  
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Remembrance Sunday 2015

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Mr Shabir Beg, Chairman of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, and Mrs Ishrat Hussnain, Vice-Chair of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, on Remembrance Sunday along with the First Minister and Interfaith delegates. A time to remember, reflect, and to work for a future devoid of oppression, suffering and inequality – Shabir Beg Muslim contribution to world war one. To read more please click here Credit: BBC News or click here Credit: BBC Asian Network or click here Credit: Forgotten Heroes 14-19 Foundation
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Imam Hussain Awareness Project 2015

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society‘s youth committee collaborated with Pure Gym in an outstanding Who is Hussain? campaign to raise awareness of Imam Hussain (ع) and his teachings of humanity, charity and good will. Bottles of water were distributed to gym members, and the Who Is Hussain campaign was promoted and supported with their merchandise being handed out, so as to propagate the noble social values of the faith, promote cohesion and awareness, and to pay tribute to the honourable sacrifice of Imam Hussain (ع). The Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign (IHBDC), and our upcoming blood drive in Edinburgh – in partnership with the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service and the IHBDC – found immense support from members of the public. A great many thanks to the Pure Gym, Ocean Terminal Management Team, especially Leanne Forker. It was a privilege to have had your support on this charitable cause. For more information on Imam Hussain please visit: www.whoishussain.org  
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Nostra Aetate Event 2015

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NOSTRA AETATE – 50TH ANNIVERSARY PROGRAMME It was a privilege for us to have the kind honour to attend the Nostra Aetate Programme for the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II Document, “Nostra Aetate : In Our Time”, on celebrating interfaith relations, deepening them and fostering fellowships for the sake of a prosperous future for mankind.  
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Friendships take root for services to humanity

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Friendships take root for services to humanity, along with Rev’d Cole Maynard CF, Brigadier P K Harkness MBE and Karen Ludlow.  
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NHS Scotland Awards 2015

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It was an honour for our chairman Shabir Beg to have been awarded Volunteer of the Year at the NHS National Service Scotland Excellence Awards. Our many thanks go to the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service team. We shall continue to work together towards promoting the need for blood donors, initiating blood drives in partnership with IUS’s Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign , and raising awareness of the cause for the betterment of society and to save lives. Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society  
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Archbishop Conti Reception 2015

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Our Director General Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, a guest at this years reception organised by the Most Reverend Mario J. Conti, Emeritus Archbishop of Glasgow, Chair of the Committee for Inter-religious Dialogue of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland.  
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Interfaith Summit 2015

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Interfaith Summit 2015 with the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon MSP at Bute House. The round table meeting saw faith leaders and key community representatives come together in a meeting with the Head of the Sottish Government to discuss interfaith engagement and community cohesion. Read more… click here  
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Holy Flag of Hazrat Abbas

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The Flag of the Haram of Abu al-Fadl al-Abbas (ع) in Karbala, gifted to the Society by Shaykh Sayed Ali Abass Razawi, being held by some of our esteemed scholars including Hujjat ul Islam Dr Mohammad Ali Shomali.  
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Free Church of Scotland Interfaith Event

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society in a splendid dialogue with the Rt Rev Duncan Peters and members of the Free Church of Scotland. (01/10/15)  
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Shia Sunni Muslim Unity

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Shia – Sunni Muslim unity pledge with followers of Sufi Barkat Ali and Pīr Habib al Hassan Gilani.  
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Family Outing 2017

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Alhamdulillah, we were privileged to have organised a family outing to East Links Family Park on Sunday. We are thankful as we could not have asked for better weather. From the children to the elderly, everyone enjoyed themselves. A big thanks to East Links family park and all those who came.  
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The EU Family Meal Event

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Vice-Chair Ishrat, Treasurer & Executive Assistant Ali-Abbas and Youth Delegation Zainab were privileged to have attended the official opening of ‘The Family Meal – What Brings Us Together?’ photo exhibition organised by The European Commission Office in Scotland, in conjunction with the United Nations World Food Programme [WFP] and Just Festival. The exhibition photos were taken by the renowned British photographer Chris Terry who traveled the globe and met with families who benefit from WFP and the European Commission. His emotional and eye-opening photographic journey has taken him to Ecuador, Chad, Niger, Jordan and Myanmar. The exhibition, which has been touring European capitals, is created to raise awareness of and support the aims of the Zero Hunger Challenge that is committed to ending world hunger as soon as possible because, although there is in fact enough food to feed everyone, 805 million people still go hungry in the world today. We are very grateful to the EU Commission for the invitation, and were delighted to have met with Graham Blythe, Head of the EU Commission Office Scotland, Krystyna Bednarska, Country Director of WFP Brussels, Gregory Barrow, Country Director of WFP UK, and Chris Terry, the inspirational photographer himself, and we commend them all for the great humanitarian efforts they are involved in. Also a privilege to meet with acquaintances from the Sikh community.  
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Peace Conference Inverness 2015

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Chairman Shabir Beg, along with Moulana Hyder Mahmood Baig and Br Kassen Hameed (SABS Youth Delegate), were privileged to have attended, after the generous invitation of Dr Maureen Sier, Interfaith Scotland director, the Interfaith Scotland Peace Conference entitled ‘Religion, Reconciliation and Peace’ in Inverness. It proved to be a deeply emotive experience to see around 70 people from all walks of life and numerous faiths – from leaders to the laity – come together to constructively discuss avenues of peace and the ways religion can facilitate harmony, to share stories, and to tie together friendships. Our deep thanks to Interfaith Scotland and specifically to Dr Maureen.  
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Interfaith Peace Hike 2015

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Interfaith Peace Hike, Ben Lomond, 02/08/15 It was a riveting experience and a great pleasure to have participated in an interfaith peace walk up Ben Lomond on 02/08/15 along with our friends from the faiths of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The aim was to achieve fellowship with people of other Abrahamic faiths, to come together to know each other, and for members of each of the respective faiths to then offer prayers of peace and goodwill – for the nation and the world – to the Almighty at the summit of Ben Lomond. Our many thanks are to The Rev Cedric Blakey, Vice Provost of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Glasgow, for the kind invitation and for organising such an inspirational event. Prayer recited: O God, our creator and sustainer O the Most High; O the All-great O the All-forgiving; O the All-merciful You are the All-great Lord the All-hearing, the All-aware; we have come together today O Lord to sow the seeds of unity and fellowship so O God make them blossom and flourish, in this generation and all to come in this nation and all nations through Thy bounty, O God, free us from need, through your mightiness, lift us up, through your boundless plenty, open our hands, and with that which is with you, suffice us! bless us in that which you provide us, that which you confer upon us, and that through which you favour us, increase in us our love for humanity and your creation and make us in all our states united, safeguarded, watched and protected, O God as you have...
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SABS Christian-Muslim Eid ul Fitr Celebration Dinner 2015

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Director General Shaykh Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, its chairman Mr Shabir Beg and the committee were honoured to have held an Eid ul Fitr Celebration Dinner – about which a motion has been lodged in the Scottish Parliament – to mark the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan on 30/07/15 at The Village Curry House. The function served to share the blessings of the passing of the Holy month of Ramadan with our esteemed, high level guests and to deepen our fellowship and extend our hand of fraternity with them in order to uphold our shared values of peace, charity and generosity, seeking to create a better future by fruitfully engaging with one another at an interfaith level, and on a civic and humanitarian perspective. As such, we humbly thank all those who accepted our invitations and attended: religious leaders and delegates of the Scottish Catholic Church – including His Grace Archbishop Tartaglia – the Scottish Episcopal Church – The Very Rev Kelvin Holdsworth, the Church of Scotland – including Dr Angus Morrison, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland – the Methodist Church of Scotland, the Baptist Church, the British Army, along with Bill Kidd MSP Chief Whip of the Scottish Government, delegates from the European commission, Pat Watters the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Chairman, as well as representation from the health and welfare charities and trusts we are in partnership with, namely the Scottish National Blood...
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Shia – Tibetan Buddhist Meeting 2015

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It was a privilege for The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Chairman Mr Shabir Beg, General Secretary Mr Azhar Husain and Treasurer & Executive Assistant Mr Ali Abbas Hussnain, to have met with the Tibetan Buddhists of the Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery in what was a truly historic meeting for the Tibetan Buddhist and the Shi’a Muslim communities of Scotland. It was enlightening speaking to the venerable Lama Yeshe and sharing our common ethos of peace and goodwill. The gathering was facilitated by Maureen Sier, Director of Interfaith Scotland, to whom we owe much gratitude. Our thanks extend to her, and the others present: Ani Lhamo who also coordinated the event and for her hospitality, Larry Blance, Chair of Interfaith Scotland, Liz Manson, Senior Manager Planning and Performance of Dumfries and Galloway Council, and of course the venerable Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche himself.  
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Srebrenica Memorial Edinburgh 2015

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It was a venerable honour for The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Chairman Mr Shabir Beg and Vice-Chair Mr Iftkhar Ali, to have been present on 10th July at the first large-scale Scotland National Commemoration of the Srebrenica Massacre – held at the historic St Giles Cathedral and organised by the Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood, who was recently presented a Points of Light award by Prime Minister David Cameron for the work she does on the Srebrenica massacre – to pay tribute and as a memorial to the 20th anniversary of the mass murder and ethnic cleansing of more than 8000 Bosniaks, many children, unarmed, and starving, but still captured and killed in mass executions. We expressed solidarity with mothers who still pray to bury the remains of their loved ones, if only they could find them. Thanks to St Giles Cathedral, the High Kirk of Edinburgh, and its minister Rev Calum MacLeod for allowing use of the cathedral. Our gratitude extends to Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood for the noble work she does in this field, and also to the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon who was present and for her invitation to the subsequent lunch reception to mark the solemn occasion. It was a humbling experience, and a privilege to have met inspiring people, old and new friends. A special mention also to the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison who led the memorial service, and to the five who each recited a portion of the Litany of Peace and Unity: Natasha Roffey...
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Chinese Cultural Engagement

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Chinese Cultural Engagement – With Professors of Traditional Chinese Medicine The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society was honoured to have been invited by Mr Edward Tsang, Chairman of AACCEE, and Jimmy Lin, Chairman of the Fujian Association, as part of a wonderful cultural exchange with professors of the Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Was also a privilege to have met with Mr Liu Xianxiang, the Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s Vice President.  
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21 Gun Royal Salute 2015

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, along with its Director General Sheikh Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, Chairman Mr Shabir Beg, Vice-Chairs Mrs Ishrat Hussnain, Mr Iftkhar Ali, and Treasurer & Executive Assistant Mr Ali Abbas Hussnain, were privileged to have been invited by Reverend Cole Maynard CF, Deputy Assistant Chaplain General of HQ 51 Infantry Brigade & HQ Scotland, to the 21-Gun Royal Salute to mark the arrival of the Queen at the Palace of Holyroodhouse as part of an interfaith delegation. It was an honour for us to have engaged with those present including Mr Vijay Singh and the RT. Rev Dr Angus Morrison, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.  
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Iftaar 2015

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We wish to extend our deepest thanks to all those who participated in last night’s (28/06/15) Iftaar programme at our office; we thank them for all their support and pray that Allah (swt) accepts their prayers, fasts and noble works, in this year and in every year. And a special thanks to our guest of Honour Moulana Hyder Mahmood Baig. It is narrated in al-Kafi that Imam as-Sadiq [a] said: “The one who fasts has two joys; a joy at the breaking of his fast, and a joy at the meeting with his Lord”.
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Anthony Nolan Event 2015

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We were proud to have been invited by Amy Bartlett, Regional Register Development Manager for Scotland and Northern Ireland, as supporters of Anthony Nolan’s event held on the 17/06/15 at Dynamic Earth. A special thanks to her for having given us the opportunity to fulfill our duty to raise awareness of the need for bone marrow donations. Chief Executive Henny Braund welcomed all to the event and spoke of the need for Anthony Nolan’s good work. It was also good to hear from Bill Kidd MSP who reminded how important it is for Black and Ethnic Minorities to join the Bone Marrow Register. Thereafter, Pat Watters spoke on behalf of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and demonstrated the great support they have for Anthony Nolan. The speech given by Ally Boyle, ambassador of Anthony Nolan and sufferer of MDS, was incredibly touching and inspirational. A special mention goes to Noreen Siddiqui whose young daughter Ayesha suffers from blood cancer and all the selfless work she and her family have been doing in support of Anthony Nolan. The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society were humbled to have been there, and we will try our utmost to fulfill our duty to society.  
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Childrens Award Ceremony

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Alhamdulillah on 20th June 2015 was the award ceremony of the children of The Edinburgh Ahlul Bayt Society’s Islamic School. The children have shown exceptional diligence and hard work over the course of the year. We ask Allah (SWT) that He grant them His Mercy and success in all their endeavours, and that He reward them immensely for their hard work and love for the religion and its pure teachings. Surely they are the future, so we pray that they become ambassadors of Islam and uphold the values and virtues of the Ahl al-Bayt (AS). And we extend our sincere gratitude to all the selfless volunteers who have put in all their effort to ensure that the children have this invaluable service. May Allah reward them immensely for their efforts and sincerity.  
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Qasmia Islamic Cultural & Education Centre Opening

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The Chairman of The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, Shabir Beg – to strengthen and further establish our fellowship – accompanied Syed Tanveer ul Hassan Gilani to the grand opening of the Qasmia Islamic Cultural & Education Centre, Oldham. Our heartiest congratulations extend to Dr. Pir Shahzada Fazeel Ayaz Qasmi Wali-E-Mohra Sharif, Pir Janzab Badshah Qasmi Wali-E-Mohra Sharif, and Jahangir Choudhry Mureed Mohra Sharif. And a special mention to our fraternal friend Allamah Pir Syed Daler Badshah Bukhari Astna Aliy Jhanday Wali Sachi Sarkar with whom our Chairman Shabir also met up.  
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2017

Cementing Friendships

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Imam Razawi, The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Director General, Shabir Beg, Chairman, Ali Abbas Hussnain, Youth Strategic Director and Asif Sheikh, Interfaith Strategic Coordinator meeting with Iain Stewart, Director of Edinburgh Interfaith Association, RT. Rev. Dr George Whyte, Edinburgh Presbytery Clerk, RT. Rev. Dr A. Johns Armes, Bishop of Edinburgh, Archbishop Mario Conti, Sr Isabel Smyth OBE, Fr Jim Crampsey, RT. Rev. Bill Hewitt, Presbytery Clerk, Rev. Roy Henderson, Provost Rev. Kelvin Holdsworth, Vice Provost Rev. Cedric Blakey, Syed Ahsan Raza Shah, Pakistan Consul General and Sr Maureen Sier, Director of Interfaith Scotland. The meetings and all the information, insights and ideas that were shared therein, proved to be a tremendous step towards fortifying our fellowship, with a view to celebrating diversity, and working towards social cohesion and the prosperity of society.  
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2017

Justice and Peace Seminar Tanzania 2015

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Sheikh Sayed Ali Abass Razawi, The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Director General and Good Will Ambassador, receiving a reward for his services in Tanzania at the ground-breaking Justice and Peace Interfaith Seminar. Alongside him are Sister Jeanette Forsyth from Scotland and Rev. Pannasekara from the World Conference on Religion and Peace, Tanzania.  
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2017

Sisters First Aid Course

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First Aid Course for Sisters We would like to convey to David Garbutt, Chairman of the Scottish Ambulance Service’s as much as is possible from the depth of our gratitude – with special mention to be afforded to Yvonne and Arif who came and facilitated the session – for having provided our community the invaluable experience that was the short First Aid training course on the 25th March 2015. The training was of immense benefit to all those who attended, and each of them gave their earnest thanks to yourselves for making available to them such a constructive and beneficial course. We’d like to take this opportunity to also commend you all on all the other noble work you are involved in, and hope that you continue the life-saving services that you provide. We hope to again enjoy of the pertinent knowledge and training that your First Aid courses supply. A special thanks goes out to Br Tariq Iqbal.  
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2017

Gender Equality and Health Scottish Parliament

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(Celebrating International Women’s Day) The ‘Gender Equality and Health’ Event at The Scottish Parliament organised by The Edinburgh Ahlul Bayt Society in association with Imamia Medics International – IMI and sponsored by Bill Kidd MSP, 10/03/15. Amongst our distinguished guests were: RT Hon Alex Salmond MSP (Former First Minister of Scotland), Senior Parliamentarians, MSPs, Cross-Party groups, Scottish Government Ministers, Kezia Dugdale Deputy Leader of Scottish Labour, Willie Rennie Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, various inter-religious leaders, the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS), the charity Anthony Nolan, the Commander of the British Army in Scotland, Dr Idris Jones, Emeritus Episcopalian Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway, Consul Generals from Pakistan, China, the USA, France and Italy, and a host of others respected attendees. TO WATCH THE VIDEO PLEASE – CLICK HERE  
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2017

Holocaust Memorial Day Edinburgh 2015

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‘Keep The Memory Alive Holocaust Memorial Day 2015′ Event. With special guest speakers: Ela Weissberger (survivor of the Terezin ghetto) Hasan Hasanović (Bosnian genocide survivor) and Irina Winfield (testimony from the Armenian genocide) Organised by Edinburgh Inter Faith Association. It was an honour for the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society to have upheld the common duty to fundamental human rights, to have paid tribute to the victims of genocide. We would like to express our gratitude to the organisers of the Holocaust Memorial Day event for delivering what was a harrowing and deeply emotional function comprising a most sombre look at one of the world’s recent and most devastating tragedies. And the reality is that this dark side of humanity has manifested itself throughout history, and even subsists to this day with people as yet suffering untold oppression and genocide. However, such events serve to also ignite in us a spirit of fraternity and unity with which we may instead work to advance peace and cooperation; our prayers be to Allah [swt] that He remove all oppression from the oppressed and all suffering from those who suffer at the hands of others. Our thanks are to all those who organised and facilitated the very pertinent event, namely Iain Stewart, General Secretary of the Edinburgh Inter Faith Association and Boroughmuir High School. (Pics courtesy of Edinburgh Inter Faith Association)  
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12
JUN
2017

Reception with General Pan Xinchun

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We were honoured to have been invited by Consul General of the Peoples Republic of China General Pan Xinchun and his wife Mme Yu Zhili, to a reception at the Chinese Consulate in order to further our cultural ties. Among the attendees of the reception were AACCEE, the Doctorates Association, Colin Keir MSP and the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s Chairman Mr Shabir Beg.  
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12
JUN
2017

Third Annual Shia/Sunni Ahlebait Conference Scotland

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We are grateful to have had the opportunity to avail ourselves of the superb, third annual Ahlebait Conference in Scotland held in Kabana, Glasgow, and on the auspicious occasion of the birth of the Messenger of Allah [s]. The captivating event organised by Bazme Ghulamane Ahlebait, an organisation comprising both Sunnis and Shias, sought to honour the name of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and facilitate, as it has done for some years now, an enduring relationship of unity and brotherhood between Sunnis and Shias. We had the pleasure therein of listening to renowned lectures and lending ear to the recitations of wonderful reciters. Our sincere thanks go to the organisers and all those without whom the event would not have been possible.  
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2017

Qur’an recitation by Sheikh Subhani at St Mary’s Cathedral 2014

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We, The Edinburgh Ahlul Bayt Society would like to take this opportunity to say just how honoured and privileged we feel to have been a part of the Christmas Carol Service held on Chirstmas Eve at the Historic St Mary’s Cathedral, (Scottish Episcopal Church) Glasgow and to have been the recipients of the warm hospitality and that of the congregation. We felt truly humbled by the fact that the atmosphere there was one of a sincere desire, shared by us all, to learn about one another, to foster dialogue between our respective faiths, and to bolster and reinforce our ties, all in order to better the social and spiritual welfare of an increasingly diverse and multi-cultural society upon a platform of engagement, cooperation and peaceful coexistence. Our heartfelt gratitude extends to His Grace Provost Kelvin Holdsworth, Rev Cedric L Blakey and the congregation and we very much look forward to our next engagement and we wish them all a very Joyful and peaceful loving Christmas.  
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2017

Evening Reception – Eyre Hall

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Mr Shabir Beg (Patron, TEAS), Mr Ernesto Esposito (Senior Advisor, TEAS) – along with Br’s Tobussam Hussain and Naweed Beg of the Al-Huda Islamic Centre Glasgow, and Br Najaf Jaffri of the Shia Asna Ashri Islamic Centre Glasgow – at an Evening Reception in the Eyre Hall of the Archdiocesan Curial Office, Glasgow, having been invited there by His grace Archbishop Mario J. Conti, Emeritus Archbishop of Glasgow, Chair of the Committee for Interreligious Dialogue of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland. (Tuesday 21st October 2014)  
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2017

Families and Faith

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On Inter Faith Week an event on ‘Families and Faith.’ Our sincerest thanks go to Hamish Robertson, David Fraser, Elizabeth Marshall and the rest of those who put together this wonderfully insightful and uplifting event and who allowed Br Asif Sheikh (Senior Advisor, The Edinburgh Ahlul Bayt Society) the honour of speaking therein amongst the other esteemed guests and speakers.  
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2017

Religious Leaders and Faith Representatives Conference Edinburgh 2014

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Members of The Edinburgh Ahlul Bayt Society, Brothers Abbas and Ali, along with Moulana Sayed Farazdaq Razavi, at the ‘Religious Leaders and Faith Representatives Conference 2014′ (Thursday 27th November) held in the Edinburgh City Chambers. Our thanks extend to the event’s organisers; the Edinburgh Inter Faith Association, for again hosting the stimulating and distinguished conference which was attended by those from a variety of backgrounds. We further look forward to seeing many more such results of the Inter Faith Association’s positive interaction between faiths and cultures.  
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2017

The Shia Muslim Christian Dialogue

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We were afforded the honour and privilege to have been a party to a truly historic and pivotal event in Scottish Christian-Shia interrelations which fittingly took place at the Trades House of Glasgow with its centuries-long history, hosted by the Deacon Convener Rt Rev Dr Idris Jones, and was organised by, and saw, members of the Scottish Shia community, from Al-Huda Islamic Centre Glasgow and the Edinburgh Ahlul Bayt Society, and esteemed members of the Church of Scotland, the Scottish Episcopal Church and the Scottish Catholic Church engage in dialogue. The dialogue in which each parties’ ennobled and knowledgeable members engaged in an environment of understanding one another’s faiths whilst also celebrating our commonalities cemented the bonds mutually shared between the Shia and the Christians and paved the way for further dialogue and engagement by which all parties hope to positively impact society, achieve integration and work cooperatively on a platform of mutual awareness, celebrating our roots as Abrahamic faiths and bridging our communities to achieve civic harmony. Our thanks go to Sheikh Muhammad Kasim Ali, Sheikh Ayub Rashid and Sr Amina Inloes from the Shia Muslim community, Mr Shabir Beg, patron of TEAS and community member from Al-Huda Islamic Centre Glasgow, the Deacon Convener of the Trades House of Glasgow, Dr Idris Jones, Emeritus Episcopalian Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway, and, from the Church of Scotland, the Rev Stuart Smith, the Moderator of...
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12
JUN
2017

Police Scotland Event

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An excellent event organised by the Edinburgh Ahlul Bayt Society, Edinburgh Muslim Community and Police Scotland on raising awareness of the dangers our communities face and keeping them safer, respecting fundamental rights, promoting integration and cultural dialogue and fighting discrimination. (City Chambers, Edinburgh Saturday 15th November 2014)
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12
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2017

Blood Campaign 2014

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We would like to thank and applaud all those who donated blood as part of Edinburgh’s blood drives organised by ourselves in partnership with the Imam Hussain AS Blood Donation Campaign (IHBDC) and the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS). May Allah (SWT) reward you with the greatest of rewards for each of you have selflessly played a monumental role in the lives of multiple people; and we urge that everyone continue to donate blood and persist in the act of generosity as we have been bidden by the teachings of Islam. We thank the founders of the IHBDC for their innovative vision and their praiseworthy work, without them this would not have been possible and so we pray that Allah (SWT) reward them exceedingly. And we would like to thank immeasurably the SNBTS – especially Vincent Mooney (Head of Donor Services), Jennifer Wilson (National Publicity Manager), Frances Steel (Donor Recruiter) – for the tremendous amount of effort they continuously put in so as to deliver this life saving service, and we commend them for all the selfless work they have done thus far. And our deep thanks go to Jim Eadie MSP SNP for having submitted the motion on the Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign for debate in the Scottish Parliament and we thank the MSPs Malcolm Chisholm LAB,Dr Nanette Milne CON, Hanzala Malik LAB,James Dornan SNP, Dr Richard Simpson SNP, Michael Matheson Minister for Public Health, for having spoken of Imam Hussain and Islam’s spirit of sacrifice, and...
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12
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2017

Muharram 2014/1436

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MUHARRAM (2014/1436)
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Scottish Iraqi Society Eid Dinner 2014

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The Edinburgh Ahlul Bayt Society at the Eid dinner at Celtic Park, Glasgow (17/10/14) having been cordially invited by the organisers; The Consulate General of the Republic of Iraq in partnership with the Scottish Iraqi Society. Our thanks are to them all for organising the prestigious event, affording us the pleasure of attending and seeing the ties we share develop and strengthen in solidarity with one another. We were honoured especially to have met there H.E Ambassador Zaid Nori Consul General of the Republic of Iraq, Faten Hameed, Chair of the Scottish Iraqi Society, and Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont, And we further look forward to engaging with them in the future.  
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2017

Youth Dinner

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The Zulfikar Mixed Martial Arts team at Saturday night’s dinner. We extend our many thanks to the Head Coach of the Zulfikar Mixed Martial Arts Academy Abbas Sheikh who has given his all and done a truly tremendous job in running and coaching the self-defence school and its classes since their starting up in association with TEAS almost a year ago. Alhamdullilah the sessions have been going strong and have provided a social learning environment coupled with hardened training regimes to provide an excellent setting for the community’s youth to grow in skill and strength both mentally and physically. We are proud to be working in collaboration with the Academy and hope to see it continue on thriving, and hope to see the team continue to give their level best, Insha’Allah.  
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JUN
2017

Faith and Cultural Diversity Scotland Event

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The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society cordially invited by the US Consulate in Edinburgh and accorded the pleasure of having been a part of their august Interfaith reception, to celebrate Faith and Cultural Diversity in Scotland, a function held at the US Consulate General in Edinburgh on Tuesday 30th September, where our desire to strengthen our bonds between cultures and faiths, spanning borders and ethnic lines, was stated in order that we may effectively work towards building an interfaith platform underpinned by goodwill and on which positive development may be achieved. We look forward to further meeting up with them as regards interfaith efforts in the near future.  
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2017

International Gandhi Day 2014

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We were admitted the honour of having been invited to the Edinburgh Inter Faith Association’s annual lecture and reception at the Edinburgh City Chambers held in conjunction with the UN International Day of Non-Violence and in memory of Gandhi about whose inspiring life and times we were made aware by benefitting from an incredibly informative and edifying lecture by the historian, author and reader at the University of Kent Antony Copley; an adept in India’s modern history and its political and socio-religious developments. We’d like to thank the Edinburgh Inter Faith Association, particularly its adroit and assiduous General Secretary Iain Stewart, for the kind invitation and for the intent to achieve further engagement. And we thank very earnestly the Deputy Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, Councillor Deidre Brock; we were truly honoured to have finally met her acquaintance there and hope to meet her again. And thanks to the Afghan Peace Volunteers; a group of activists working to provide essential humanitarian aid to those in the war shaken regions of Afghanistan who joined us that evening over Skype. We look forward to further engagement in the near future.  
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JUN
2017

Harvest Moon Festival Event

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First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond MSP’s visit to the Sichuan House, Glasgow on Wednesday the 10th of September, organised by members of the Chinese Community of Scotland’s Harvest Moon Festival, and hosted by, chiefly, Mr Edward Tsang, Chairman of the Edinburgh Asian Association of Culture and Commerce and Education – continuing the noble Chinese community work started by the late honourable Henry Tsang, MBE – and Mr Jimmy Lin, Director Sichuan House and prominent Chinese community leader – those of the Yes camp including those of the No who raised pertinent queries that evening – and facilitated by Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh OBE and Mr Shabir Beg, Patron of The Edinburgh Ahlul Bayt Society. Amongst the esteemed and notable guests to whom our gratitude is due were, representing the Italian community, Ernesto Esposito, and representing the Scottish Asian Pakistani community, Mohammad Ramzan, Chairman and Director of United Wholesale Glasgow, Rahan Ali Arshad, Director HR UWGL, and Zulifikar Ahmed Sheikh, Head of Sales UWG. The occasion was of huge significance in terms of being a step towards amiable cultural relations and union between these communities. The Edinburgh Ahlul Bayt Society looks forward to developing fellowship between these diverse Scottish congregations, and to open up dialogue and long term interaction with China. And a special, earnest thanks goes to Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh for her visionary thought in bringing us all together, and to First Minister Alex...
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2017

Bishops’ Conference Event

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We were accorded the honour and privilege to have been invited to participate in a meeting of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland’s (BCOS’s) Committee for Inter-Religious Dialogue. The meeting, chaired by Archbishop Mario Conti, heralded the proposition, advanced by all those present, that fostering dialogue and understanding, and reinforcing the ties, between Christians and Shi`ah Muslims is a crucial step to help us ultimately work, as we are bidden by Allah Almighty, for the social and spiritual betterment of an increasingly diverse and multi-cultural society upon a platform of engagement, cooperation and peaceful coexistence. Efforts are being set in motion, and this interfaith initiative will see growth Insha’Allah, whereby the adherents of these two faiths may learn about one another, and support each other in working for the welfare of the wider public. Our special thanks go out to Br Najif Jafiri, invited community observer who offered us all his invaluable insight, and the organisers and the committee members – each of whom has played a noble part in a number of charitable and humanitarian initiatives – namely His Grace, Archbishop Mario Conti, Sr Isabel Smyth, Dr Anthony Allison, Dr Suzanne Bunniss, Sr Patricia Cusick, Fr John Gannon, and Fr Tom Welsh. We specifically thank Fr Tom Welsh, the Director of the Conforti Global Education Centre where the meeting was held, we thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality afforded to us, and look forward to our next engagement....
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2017

AGM EIFA 2014

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Members of The Edinburgh Ahlul Bayt Society team at the Edinburgh Inter Faith Association’s Annual General Meeting this evening. Reflections over their past year’s work sees them having facilitated positive engagement between those of different faiths and inculcated between religious communities an atmosphere of harmony and peace. We commend them for all their work, and hope to continue engaging with them, and we wish that the institution carries on achieving such successes in the years to come.  
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2017

Children’s Outing 2014

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We would like to thank all those who attended our outing to Adventure Golf Island on Sunday. Knowing that the event was thoroughly enjoyed by all is a delight. Everyone partook in the fun and amusements, and we could not have wished for better weather; sunny and warm, and which thankfully held out for as long as we were there, Alhamdulillah. We thank you all again, as well as the organisers at Adventure Golf Island, and very much hope to see you at our next function, Insha’Allah.  
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2017

SPMA Eid Dinner 2014

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Our team at the Scottish Police Muslim Association’s Eid dinner, along with Mr Shabir Beg who, upon the request of the Edinburgh Ahlul Bayt Society, has very kindly accepted to assume the position of the charity’s patron. Insha’Allah, with his invaluable counsel and expertise, we hope to engage with all segments of the wider community, regardless of their culture, ethnicity or background, by the Will of Allah [swt] and with His Aid [swt], and we hope to strengthen our interrelations and solidarity so as to strive the best we can to improve the community’s socio-religious well-being in the political and social climate of today. The esteemed organisers of the Eid function from the Scottish Police Muslim Association (SPMA) have our heartfelt gratitude for their cordially inviting us and for creating such a grand platform on which many of the Scottish Muslims, to whom we likewise owe our many thanks, came together in goodwill. We were privileged to have met the chief organiser and chairman Sgt Amar Shakoor and we are especially thankful to him. Indeed we were honoured to have engaged with, and been in the company of, such notable guests as Kenny MacAskill,Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Humza Yousaf, Minister for External Affairs, Imam Khalid Latif, the Muslim Chaplain for the New York Police Department, Iain Livingston, Deputy Chief Constable for the Police of Scotland, Graeme Pearson, Labour (MSP) and many others. In sha Allah, we very much look forward to again meeting...
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2017

Dinner Event with First Minister Alex Salmond

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The Edinburgh Ahlul Bayt Society invited to last night’s superb event along with Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland, Kenny MacAskill, Humza Yousaf and Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh. The excellent function, of which it was a privilege to have been a part, was organised by brothers Abdul Majid and Irshad Ahmed to whom our many thanks go out, your passion was commendable! It was an honour to have had the opportunity to engage with cabinet ministers, who are providing Scotland many excellent services, on the critical issue of Scotland’s future.  
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2017

Youth Cabinet Event with First Minister Alex Salmond

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The youth of The Edinburgh Ahlul Bayt Society at the excellent and thoroughly informational youth cabinet event in Glasgow, and alongside First Minister Alex Salmond. Thanks to all the organisers of the event for putting it together; it shaped up to be an invaluable opportunity for the youth to engage with cabinet ministers on the paramount issue of Scotland’s future.    
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2017

Roman Catholic – Shi’a Dialogue

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We would like to thank The Edinburgh Alwaleed Centre and the University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy for organising the Roman Catholic – Shi`i dialogue last night. We’d also like to thank Shiekh Shomali for citing his outlook on the necessity of facilitating Shi`i and Catholic dialogue in the outstanding discussion between him and the superb Dr Anthony O’Mahony. Some of the key facets of the Shiekh’s thoughts which emerged from the exchange was his statement that interfaith dialogue, dealings in the events and places of worship of those of other faiths [e.g. Churches, Synagogues] and fostering relations with people of other faiths is of paramount importance in our Dīn and is perfectly opportune a time to engage with others and prompt them towards a study of Islam, and prompt us to a study of their religion(s). Recently, Shi`ism has enjoyed excellent interrelations with Catholicism, we pray that this continues and that the outcome of it all be fruitful.
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2017

Iftaar 2014

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We would like to thank all of our esteemed guests for attending last night’s iftar programme and we sincerely hope everyone enjoyed themselves and left feeling nourished and spiritually refreshed after the exchange of knowledge, experience, beliefs and hopes. Brother Jassim’s recounting of his story towards a true acceptance of the path of the Ahl al-Bayt [a] touched us all the most, may he remain firm on this path and achieve success, Insha’Allah. We would like to thank our guest of honour there  Shabir Beg for his always having supported and guided us. And we would also like to thank Dr Salamati, Br Abu Jafar, the Jaffri brothers, Br Riaz Shiekh and Br Ahmed, may Allah [swt] bless you all and we hope to work with yourselves in the future. Also thanks to Br Azhar Beg for the great food at the great restaurant. And a big thanks to the youngsters without whom we wouldn’t be where we are today. Walhamdulillahi Rabbi ‘l-`Alameen for all that He [swt] has given us of food and comfort whilst there are people without either, and may He [swt] make things easy for them in this world and the next.  
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2017

Archbishop Atallah Hanna

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We  would like to thank the Ahl al Bait Centre in Glasgow for orchestrating the superb event last Friday which was attended by a host of esteemed dignitaries including, but in no way limited to, Archbishop Atallah Hanna from the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem and Archbishop Mario Conti of Scotland, and we thank them for having so kindly invited us to participate therein; it was a true honour. The speech delivered by the Archbishop was a stirring one in which he warned of the dangers of disunity and the hardships wrought therefrom and urged that Muslims and Christians be always united. We would like to thank all those who attended for making the event what it was, specifically the respected Archbishop of Jerusalem and Archbishop Mario Conti of Scotland, all of whom shared the same desire of ours to live in harmony and peace with one another, and to stand against oppression in all its forms, and wherever it takes root.  
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Family Outing March 2014

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We would like to thank all those who participated in today’s superb outing to Edinburgh’s Dynamic Earth. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves and learnt a good deal whilst perusing the institute’s innovative shows and exhibits.  
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2017

Stress by Sayed Raza Rizvi

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Alhamdullilah, by the grace of the Almighty we helped concert and were a party to one of the most outstanding events we have held to date. We would like to convey our deepest and sincerest thanks, first and foremost, to Imamia Medics International with whom we collaborated to see Sunday’s event, which was held on the subject of “Stress”, reach fruition; for without them none of that would have been possible. Secondly, we would like to thank the speakers; the IMI team and Sayed Ali Raza Rizvi (the President of Majlis e Ulema Shia Europe) for having happily taken pains and travelled so far to enlighten and educate us. And we would also like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all those who attended, specifically those who came from afar from the communities of Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen. And last but by no means least, we would like to thank all of our respected guests; Reverend Tambu, Kenny MacAskill MSP, Mark Lazarowicz MP, Malcolm Chisholm MSP, Cllr Andrew Burns, Cllr Adam McVey, Cllr Shabbar Jaffri and Iain Stewart, each of whom very kindly accepted our invitation and joined us in Sunday’s (23/03/14) function. We hope to see you all again in the near future. God Willing.  
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Family Outing Jan 2014

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Trip to the National Museum of Scotland. We’d like to thank those who braved today’s cold and rain to see the repository of information and knowledge that is the National Museum of Scotland. We hope everyone enjoyed their time and benefited from the vast and diverse exhibitions, galleries and collections of artifacts that are held there; specifically the unique experience that was the exclusive “Mammoths of the Ice Age” exhibition where we discovered facts about the Mammoths of the Ice Age through original fossils, replica models, and interactive media.  
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Self Defence Classes

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Self Defence Classes by Zulfikar Mixed Martial Arts Academy PRAISE BE TO ALLAH [SWT]! The Edinburgh Ahlul Bayt Society PROUDLY PRESENTS- SELF DEFENCE CLASSES [AGED 16 OR OVER] BY ‘Zulfikar Mixed Martial Arts Academy’ EVERY WEDNESDAY[S] FROM- 7PM – 9PM To register please call: 07443512508 07852270818 or email: info@scottishahlulbaytsociety.org Zulfikar Mixed Martial Arts Academy is a student based Mixed Martial Arts Club involving different martial arts techniques put together for the street and the cage. Zulfikar MMA offers a great fitness workout as well as great fun!’  
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Shi’ism & the Need for Spirituality in the Modern World

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‘SHI’ ISM & THE NEED FOR SPIRITUALITY IN THE MODERN WORLD’ By Shaykh Ahmed Haneef We would like to thank the esteemed scholar Shaykh Ahmed Haneef for presenting an edifying and spiritually uplifting lecture yesterday on the need for spirituality in the modern world. We all departed from the hall invigorated with an enthusiasm to reform our souls for the sake of Allah [swt]. The Shaykh so selflessly gave us of his time and busy schedule, and for that we are in his debt. We would also like to thank all those who attended the event, and hope that they benefited from it immensely. ‘Shaykh Ahmed Haneef is a Canadian now residing in the UK. He attended York University, and Mac Master University. While at University he was involved in the black power struggles in the 1970′s and the anti racism and apartheid struggles of the 1980’s. He accepted Islam in 1982 and subsequently left Canada to pursue Islamic Studies at one of the traditional seats of higher learning in the Holy City of Qom in the Islamic Republic of Iran. He has been studying in Qom for over 12 years where he has graduated in the higher Islamic subjects. His main subject areas of study are Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence), Principles of Law, Tafseer (interpretation of the Quran), Islamic History, Irfaan (Islamic Gnosis and Spirituality), and Islamic Philosophy. He has written and published a number of articles on Islam. He was also directly involved in editing and correcting an English translation of al-Mizan the...
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Blood Donation 2013/1435

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On behalf of ourselves, and those whose lives will be saved tomorrow because of this noble deed, we would like to say a huge thank you to all those who generously donated their blood today. May Allah [SWT] reward them all for upholding the message of Imam Hussain [a] in this auspicious month and securing lives as the Imam [a] secured ours. We would also like to thank the IUS for creating this initiative and giving us the opportunity to benefit of this rewarding task and also The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, (SNBTS) for all their help and support in particular, Francis. May today serve as inspiration for us all to continue donating blood where we can. [AMEEN]    
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Muharram 2013/1434

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Assalamu `Alaykum, IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE MOST HIGH. [Imam Hussain [a] Blood Donation Campaign] Date: Saturday 23rd November 2013 Time: 10AM- 1PM Insha’ALLAH once again, The Edinburgh Ahlul Bayt Society will be launching the Imam Hussain AS Blood Donation Campaign in conjunction with the The Islamic Unity Society, (IUS) and The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, (SNBTS) to encourage Muslim Brother/Sisters in Edinburgh to become blood donors and help save lives! “..And whoever saves one life, it is as if he saved the whole of mankind…” – [Ref: The Holy Qur’an 05:32] PLEASE SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN! Show your love for Imam Hussain [a] and the sacrifices made for Islam! PLEASE CALL US TO REGISTER YOUR NAME, MOBILE: (+44) 7443 512 508 OR EMAIL: info@edinburghahlulbaytsociety.org / sisters@edinburghahlulbaytsociety.org Holy Prophet [pbuh] looked towards Ali, Fatimah, Hasan and Hussain [pbut] and said, “I am at war with those who fight you and in peace with those who please you” [Ref: Sahih al-Tirmidhi, v5, p699 & Fadha’il al-Sahaba, by Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, v2, p767,]     ************************************************   Jafaria Foundation presents ‘UNDERSTANDING KARBALA’ By Brother Taha Dharsi, Date: 5th Nov 2013 -14th Nov 2013. VENUE: 43 EASTHOUSES, DALKEITH, EH22 4EB DOORS OPEN 7.30 PM PROGRAM WILL START 7.35 PM [SHARP] WITH QUR’AN AND MARSIYA, FOLLOWED BY LECTURE & MATAM.   ************************************************   Wali al...
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Iftaar 2013

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Holy Month of Ramadhan Iftaar Programme 2013/1434
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Family Outing 2013

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EID @ The Zoo 2013! We would like to thank all those who attended today’s outing to the Edinburgh Zoo. We hope everyone enjoyed today’s remarkably sunny weather and had ample opportunity to view the many wonderful animals. And we thank the Zoo for giving us use of their services.  
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2017

Hijab

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The SISTERS@ The Edinburgh Ahlul Bayt Society would like to communicate to all the attendees of our Women’s only workshop on the 30th of June our most abundant thanks. We would also like to thank Sister Nasim Walji, who’s pleasantly informative and opportune speech was highly commended by those present at the event, for awarding us her time and support. The women unanimously praised her for her efforts and found the workshop very well conducted by the esteemed speaker and the topic very pertinent.
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JUN
2017

Happiness in Mariage -Fallacy or Reality

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We would like to send a huge, heartfelt thank you to Sheikh Muhammad al-Hilli for his amazing talk. Deeply insightful, informative and rich with his experience, it was a real honour for us to host and we all benefited greatly by his presence! Jazak Allah Khayr! Also a big thank you to all those members of the community who attended the lecture and we pray that Allah [SWT] rewards their hearty support of our cause. We pray for similar support in our future events, Insha’Allah.  
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JUN
2017

Sisters Outing 2012

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  We would like to thank all those who visited the Butterfly Farm as part of an outing arranged by our Sister’s Wing. We are thankful for the weather having held out and are delighted to know that the outing was thoroughly enjoyed by all. We’d also like to thank the organisers at the Butterfly Farm for allowing us the opportunity to visit their incredibly diverse and wonderful Insect World.  
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JUN
2017

Workshop Ghusl Wudhu Salaat

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We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those members of the community who attended the workshop conducted by Sheikh Muhammad Kasam Ali and we pray that Allah [SWT] rewards their hearty support of our cause. We pray for similar support in our future events, Insha’Allah.  
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JUN
2017

An Islamic Perspective on Moral Dilemmas facing Patients and Families

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Today the Edinburgh Ahlul Bayt Society, in association with Imamia Medics International, presented one of our most critically extolled and well-received events. The crux of today’s lecture by Professor Shabih Haider Zadi was the place of Islamic doctrine in the dogmas of medical ethics. The Professor’s speech was especially fascinating in that he initially expounded on the prevailing theories of western moral philosophy before presenting Shi’a Islam’s own. We are extremely grateful to the Professor for having journeyed so far just to attend to todays event and for all his preparation. We would also like to thank Councillors Shabbar Jaffery, Paul Edie, Andrew Burns and Ricky Henderson for having accepted our invitation and joined us in today’s quite visionary event. The IMI laid the constituent groundwork of this event and for this we sincerely thank them, and also all those who attended and for the support they pledged.    
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JUN
2017

Fiqh Issues Part 2/2 – Sr Naseem Walji

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We would like to sincerely thank Sister Naseem Walji for taking part in today’s event organized by the Sister’s Wing. And thanks to all who attended, we pray they benefited from the Sister’s insightful talk. Jazakallah Khayr!
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JUN
2017

Fiqh Issues Part 1/2 – Sr Naseem Walji

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We would like to sincerely thank Sister Naseem Walji for taking part in todays event organized by the Sisters Wing. The live and interactive event was received well by the sisters there and the talk elucidated upon rules that affect us all in our daily practices. And thanks to all who attended, we pray they benefited from the Sisters insightful talk. Also a big thank you to the dear sisters who attended from Glasgow, Allah Bless you.
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JUN
2017

From Karbala to the Rise of The Mahdi

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We would like to send a huge, heartfelt thank you to Syed Ali Abbas Razvi for his amazing talk. Deeply insightful, informative and rich with his experience, it was a real honour for us to host and we all benefited greatly by his presence! Jazak Allah Khayr! Also a big thank you to all those members of the community who attended the lecture and we pray that Allah [SWT] rewards their hearty support of our cause. We pray for similar support in our future events, Insha’Allah.
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JUN
2017

MUHARRAM 2012

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MUHARRAM EVENTS – 2012/1434
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JUN
2017

Sisters Eid Party

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Today our Sisters’ Wing delivered a fun Eid Event, organised to celebrate the joyful occasions of Hajj, [Eid al-Adha], Eid al-Ghadeer and Eid al-Mubahila, which garnered quite an audience and turned out to be a huge success. [All Praise be to Allah [SWT] We would like to thank all the sisters who prepared for and managed the event so well and everyone else who participated and ensured its success.
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JUN
2017

Workshop Ritual Prayer

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We would like to thank all those who were present at our last event for their patience and cooperation when news was made known that the speaker, Sheikh Hussain Al-Nashed – who found himself at the brunt of unforeseen misfortunes, was to be unable to attend. By the Grace of Allah we did however manage to continue on with our event by means of video conferencing with the Sheikh. We’re wholly grateful for the support.
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JUN
2017

The Role of a Muslim Woman in Todays Age

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The Sisters @ T.E.A.S. would like to communicate our most abundant thanks to all the sisters who attended today’s first Sister’s-Only-Lecture. This event marks the launch of our Women’s Wing and the tremendous backing we received further inspires us to maintain this momentum. We would also like to thank Sister Ayman Hirji, who’s pleasantly informative and opportune speech was highly commended by those present at the event, for awarding us her time and support.
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JUN
2017

The Quran and the Sacredness

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The Edinburgh Ahlul Bayt Society would like to send a huge, heartfelt thank you to Sheikh Abbas Bahmanpour for his amazing talk. Deeply insightful, informative and rich with his experience, it was a real honour for us to host and we all benefited greatly by his presence! Jazak Allah Khayr! Also a big thank you to all those members of the community who attended the lecture and we pray that Allah [SWT] rewards their hearty support of our cause. We pray for similar support in our future events, Insha’Allah.
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JUN
2017

Unity in Islam

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The Edinburgh Ahlul Bayt Society would like to send a huge, heartfelt thank you to Sister Amina Inloes for her amazing talk. Deeply insightful, informative and rich with her experience, it was a real honour for us to host and we all benefited greatly by her presence! Jazak Allah Khayr! Also a big thank you to all those members of the community who attended the lecture and we pray that Allah [SWT] rewards their hearty support of our cause. We pray for similar support in our future events, Insha’Allah.
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JUN
2017

The Guidance and the Guide

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The Edinburgh Ahlul Bayt Society and Seyyed Emamian would like to send a huge, heartfelt thank you to Sheikh Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour for his amazing talk. Deeply insightful, informative and rich with his experience, it was a real honour for us to host and we all benefited greatly by his presence! Jazak Allah Khayr! Also a big thank you to all those members of the community who attended the lecture and we pray that Allah [SWT] rewards their hearty support of our cause. We pray for similar support in our future events, Insha’Allah.
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JUN
2017

The Mahdi (AJF)

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We would like to send a huge, heartfelt thank you to Sayed Ali Abbas Razwifor his amazing talk. Deeply insightful, informative and rich with his experience, it was a real honour for us to host and we all benefited greatly by his presence! Jazak Allah Khayr! Also a big thank you to all those members of the community who attended the lecture and we pray that Allah [SWT] rewards their hearty support of our cause. We pray for similar support in our future events, Insha’Allah.
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JUN
2017

Workshop Ahkam e Mayyit

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We  would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those members of the community who attended the workshop conducted by Sheikh Muhammad Kasam Ali and we pray that Allah [SWT] rewards their hearty support of our cause. Insha’Allah, we pray for similar support in our future events.
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JUN
2017

What is Islam Part 3?

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We would like to send a huge, heartfelt thank you to Sister Roshni Hosseinzadeh for her amazing talk. Deeply insightful, informative and rich with her experience, it was a real honour for us to host and we all benefited greatly by her presence! Jazak Allah Khayr! Also a big thank you to all those members of the community who attended the lecture and we pray that Allah [SWT] rewards their hearty support of our cause. Insha’Allah, we pray for similar support in our future events.
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JUN
2017

What is Islam Part 2?

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We would like to send a huge, heartfelt thank you to Dr Rebecca Masterton for her amazing talk. Deeply insightful, informative and rich with her experience, it was a real honour for us to host and we all benefited greatly by her presence! Jazak Allah Khayr! Also a big thank you to all those members of the community who attended the lecture and we pray that Allah [SWT] rewards their hearty support of our cause. Insha’Allah, we pray for similar support in our future events.      
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11
JUN
2017

What is Islam Part 1?

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We would like to send a huge, heartfelt thank you to Shaykh Ayyub Rashid for his amazing talk. Deeply insightful, informative and rich with his experience, it was a real honour for us to host and we all benefited greatly by his presence! JazakAllah Khayr! Also a big thank you to all those members of the community who attended the lecture and we pray that Allah [SWT] rewards their hearty support of our cause. Insha’Allah, we pray for similar support in our future events.  
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