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Ashura programmes held at ICEL

Ashura programmes held at ICEL
The first 10 days of Muharram mourning concluded on Sunday 27th of December 2009. Thousands of worshippers throughout the UK in Mosques and Centres remembered the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad’s (s) grandson. The event which took place in the year 61 of the Islamic Hejira calendar, corresponding to 680 CE., relates to the killing of Imam Husayn (as) the beloved grandson of Prophet Muhammad (S) who stood up against the despotic self-appointed ruler of the Muslims Yazid ibn Muawiya who had usurped the Islamic leadership .
This event is of outmost importance for the followers of the Family of the Prophet, since it represents the ultimate example of godly selfless sacrifice.
The main mourning ceremonies are conducted for the first 10 days of the month of Muharram, (the first month of the Islamic calendar) and continue until the 40th day after the event.
The Islamic Centre of England during the first 10 nights held several programmes in different languages catering for its multiethnic congregation. Speaker from America, Iran, Iraq and India were invited to enrich the quality of the programmes.
For the English programme Sheikh Idris Samawi Hamid gave ten lectures focusing on the journey of Imam Husayn (AS) from Medina to Mecca to Karbala and looked at it as a mirror of the mystical journey of the human being from his current state to reaching the heights of cognizance and understanding of Allah (SWT). In his lectures he emphasised role of Tasliim, or complete assent and submission -- to Allah, and the journey from Dispensational Tasliim to Cosmic Tasliim. He also discussed the Stations and Process of Spiritual Walayah as taught by the AhlulBayt (S).
On the day of Ashura (10th of Muharram) a special programme was held from the morning till midday.
Sheikh Idris read the Ziarat of Ashura and Br. Nazem Ali recited the story of the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (as) and the last moment of his life.
All lectures are available online in the archive section of the Islamic Centre website