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Birth Anniversary of Imam Reza (as)

A programme to celebrate and commemorate the Birth of Imam Reza (as):
Imam Reza (A.S.), the eighth Shi`ite Imam was born on Thursday 11th Zee al-Qa`adah 148 A.H. /29 December 765 A.D. in Medina. The new-born child was named Ali by his holy father, Imam Musa al-Kazim (A.S.), the seventh Shi''''''''ite Imam. He was divinely entitled al-Reza and his nickname was Abul Hasan. For many times Imam Musa Al-Kazem (A.S) explicitly introduced his eldest son "Ali" as his immediate successor to accede to the divine position of Imamat. Subsequent to the martyrdom of his father in Baghdad, on the 25th of Rajab 183 A.H. / 1 September, 799 A. D. in the prison of Abbasid caliph, Harunal_rashid, he attained the holy position of Imamat, when he was thirty five years old, and he held that divine position for twenty years. Three Abbasid caliphs were his contemporaries: for the first ten years Harun al- Rashid, for next five years Amin and finally for the last five years Ma''''''''mun.
The Holy Imam''''''''s (A.S.) Scholarly Discourses:
Ma''''''''mun often managed sessions of debates to be held in his own royal palace and celebrated scholars of various religions were invited there to exchange and discuss their different views on religious issues, Imam Reza (A.S.) was always victorious in all those debates and soon his opponents recognized the scientific status of His Holiness. Imam Reza (A.S.) directed Muslims to the right path and removed deviated views of the antagonists who endeavoured to distort Islam. In this way the Holy Imam (A.S.) safeguarded and propagated the principles of Islam.
Speaker: Sheikh Ayyub Rashid
Venue: Islamic Centre of England
140 Maida Vale, London W9 1QB
Tel. 020 7604 5500
Date: Sunday, 17th October, 2010
Time: 4:30 PM, at the Library