Newsletter Date: Summer2008 Jamadi-ul Aakhir 1429
Al-Zahra Foundation, the first ever Nottingham Based organisation of Momenien was established in 2005, by the grace of Almighty ALLAH and the joint efforts of our Momenien brothers. In November, 2007 Al-Zahra Foundation became registered charity body under the law of United Kingdom.
Al-Zahra Foundation was established with aims to organise all Momenien of Nottingham under one platform. AL-Zehra exists to enhance social and religious excellence of Islamic Shia communities in Nottingham. The Foundation serves a critical function for the Community of Nottingham by providing a place where Muslims can confidently fulfill their Islamic requirements and to celebrate all events related to Pious Family of Prophet Mohammad (S. A .W).
It has served the Shia community in particular and has helped to build bridges of understanding of the belief and the real Islamic faith. Since the establishment of Al-Zahra, it has provided a base to our community to celebrate different religious and social events like Ayyam-e-Aza, Eid and birth and death anniversaries of Massomeens.
As a registered charity organisation, we organise events at local and regional level to improve the understanding of the actual Muslim beliefs & practices to follow Taqwa, Islamic teachings, Islamic information and Islamic knowledge.
This includes running weekly Lecture at the Centre. At present our Scholar Moulana Mirza Mohammed Abbas Raza conducts the weekly teaching sessions, previously Moulana Abuzar Mehdavi, Agha Mujtaba and Musharaf Hussaini have served the foundation for Islamic teaching. The foundation represents over eleven different nationals form United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, India, Yemen, Bahrain, Kuwait, Afro-Caribbean and Afghanistan.
Our doors are open to all, irrespective of individual belief, and we are always encouraging people to come forward and seek actual Islamic learning.
Role of the Foundation
According to Bukhari, The Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.) had declared that: "Fatimah is a part of my body: one who annoys her, will annoy me".
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent,
Article of the Month By Allama Mirza Mohammed Abbas Raza
The Greatness of the Parents of Fatima (s)
Salah ibn Sahl reports from Imam Sadiq (a) that some people from Quraish asked the Prophet: “why you have been given the precedence over the other prophets although you have been mab’uth (nominated) after them”. Then the Prophet replied: “ I was the first one to bring iman upon Allah when Allah enquire – as mentioned in the Qur’an – am I not your Lord then I was the first one to say “yes”(Majlisi, 1398, Vol. 16, P.353).
In relation to the mother of Hazrath Fatima (s) we find a report from Imam Musa ibn Ja’far that the Prophet of Allah have said “Allah has chosen Maryam, Asiyah Khadija and Fatima to be the best Four amongst all women”. Then in another tradition when Prophet went on ma’raj Allah said: “I have a hajah and that is (Oh Muhammad) that you give my Salams to Khadija” (Majlisi, 1398, Vol 16, P. 7). This portrays the unique aspect of Hazrath Khadija that Allah on ma’raj remembers her and not only remembers her but sends special salutation to her.
Existence of Fatima (s)
It has been reported that the Prophet and Hazrath Khadijah fasted forty days and were heavily involve in worship of Allah prior to the birth of Fatima (s). After their heavy involvement the Prophet was called onto ma’raj and after the discourse of Allah, Jibra’il (a) offer the Prophet an apple and says “this is for you (Oh Muhammad) eat it” and the prophet cut opens the apple and nur busted out from the apple and Jibra’il said “do not be afraid this is the nur of mansura on the heaven and will be named Fatima on earth” (Majlisi, 1398, Vol. 43, P. 4). Apparently certain tradition talk about dates being offered to the prophet, however they do not contradict the above tradition as the possibility of variety of fruits being offered by Allah to the Prophet exist.
The Pregnancy of Khadija (s) and the Birth of Fatima (s)
Once the Prophet enters his house and hears Khadija speaking to someone and he enquires who she was speaking to? Hazrath Khadija replies “that was Fatima and she speaks to me from the womb and asks me to be patient” (Majlisi, 1398, Vol. 43, P. 2). Later the Imam Sadiq (a) also confirms this report and says “she had this hala (state) till her birth”.
Autobiography of Moulana
Name: Mirza Mohammed Abbas Raza
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