Listing of Events – May 2016

Through May

Commentary (Tafseer) of the Holy Qur’an
Conducted by Shaykh M S Bahmanpour

Venue: Islamic Centre of England, 140 Maida Vale, London W9 1QB
Time: Every Friday starting at 7:30 PM


Weekly Dua Samaat
Recitation of Dua Samaat supplication and Jamaat prayers held every week at Kanoon Towhid, London.

Venue: Kanoon Towhid, 30-32 Southerton Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 0PH
Time: 30 mins before evening prayer every Friday.


1 – 7 May

One Day Intensive Calligraphy Course
Suitable for those who have never studied calligraphy. The course will provide the skill to start using a calligraphy pen and compose letters of Arabic in their different styles. The course will be taught by Calligrapher Ghulam Farid.

Venue: London and Leeds – Details given upon Registration.
Time: 10.00 AM – 6.00 PM
Fee: £30.00


4 May – 1 June

Introduction to Islamic Art and Architecture
This introductory course on the art and architecture of the Islamic world will take you to some of the most iconic cities of the world, starting from the Syrian capital, Damascus, to Cairo and the narrow alleys of the Islamic quarter, where the noteworthy buildings of the wealthy Fatimid and Mamluk sultans have been sheltered for centuries. Your virtual journey will then take you to Cordoba and Granada, nowadays two modern Spanish cities but known throughout history as important capitals of Islamic kingdoms and complete your wandering by looking at the pencil-like minarets of the Ottoman mosques in Istanbul and the colourful pottery made in Iznik together with the shining white marble of the Taj Mahal in Agra, erected as a symbol of enduring love by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to his wife Mumtaz Mahal.

Venue: The Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE
Time: Wednesdays, 6.00 PM – 8.00 PM + Optional 2 hr visit to V&A’s Islamic Gallery
Dates: May 4, 11, 18. 25 and June 1
Fee: £180
More info:


7 May

Scafell Pike Mountain Trek
Organised by Islamic Help in aid of orphans, this trek should prove to be a physical challenge with a spiritual twist.

Venue: Wasdale Head, Seascale, Cumbria CA20 1EX
Registration Fee: £40
Fundraising Target: £250
Registration: Call 07429 347407 or 0121 446 5682


Media Masterclass
Muslim Engagement & Development (mend) presents Media Masterclass, a one day course on what, why and how the media industry operates in the UK.

Venue: Muslim World League, 46 Goodge St, Fitzrovia, London W1T
Time: 1.30 PM – 8.30 PM
Fee: Free
Registration: email or call 020 8980 4591


7 – 8 May
2nd International Conference on Shi’i Studies
The conference will run parallel sessions that will cover topics such as Qur’an & Hadith, Worldwide Islamic Heritage, Modern Thought, Philosophy and Shi’ism in North America and Europe, Fiqh and Minorities, Kalam, Multiple Voices, Shi’ism in Pre-Modern Iran and Surrounding Regions, Socio-political Issues and Contemporary Iran.

Venue: The Islamic College, 133 High Road, London NW10 2SW
Time: 9.30 AM – 5.30 PM
Fee: Both days – £40.00 (£25.00 for students) / One day – £25.00 (£20.00 for students)
Registration: or email Places are limited!


13 May

Faith on the front line
A talk by Imam Asim Hafiz who has served in the British Army and brings something of a unique perspective. As the first Imam and Muslim Chaplain to the British Armed Forces, he is conducting his own mission to help groups from different faiths and backgrounds, to better understand Islam. The talk will delve deeper into the life of Muslims and those of other faiths in the armed forces and how their faith is a crucial part of their survival toolkit.

Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Pl, Marylebone, London W1H 4LP
Time: 6:45PM – 8:30 PM
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14 May
Stop the War Conference
Stop the War has organised a national conference in Birmingham. The conference will assess the impact of the Sykes Picot Agreement and the hundred years of interventions, occupations and wars that have destabilised the Middle East region. Speakers include: Lindsey German & Salma Yaqoob and Maz Saleem from Stop the War and John Hilary from the War on Want. There will also be workshops on the arms trade and the Sykes Picot Agreement and its impact on the region.

Venue: Midlands Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham
Time: 11.00 AM – 5.00 PM
Fee: waged £5, unwaged £2


14 – 15 May

Advanced Avicenna (Ibn Sina) Weekend Intensive Study
Studying the impact of his thought on the West with Professor Yahya Michot [Hartford Seminary, USA] and Dr Jules Janssens [KU Leuven, Belgium].
As the course is aimed at the advanced level, participants must be familiar with the basics
of Ibn Sin’s/Avicenna’s life, work and thoughts, reasonable understanding classical Arabic
and classical Islamic Sciences including kalam, metaphysics, philosophy, and epistemology. Places are limited so pre-registration is required.

Venue: Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HX
Dates: 14 – 15 May 2016
Time: Saturday, 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM / Sunday, 10.00 AM – 4.00 PM
Fee: £80 for one day, £100 for both days


15 May
Mid-Shaban Grand Exhibition – Call for Submissions
The Islamic Centre of England has organised a range of competitions for various age groups with great prizes to be won in each category. Competition details are:
• 5-10 years: Record footage of your child reciting a poem about Imam Mahdi (a.j.)
• 10-15 years: Paintings, artwork and poems about Imam Mahdi (a.j.)
• 15-20 years : Artwork, graphical design, poems or video clips about Imam Mahdi (a.j.)

Deadline: 15 May 2016
Postal address: Islamic Centre of England, 140 Maida Vale, London, W9 1QB


Healing Minds: Nurturing Relationships
A ladies event focusing on mental health, wellbeing and empowerment of the family. Topics discussed will include: Depression, Mental health and wellbeing, Communication and Relationships, Supporting your spouse, Alternative Therapies; NLP coaching, Hypnotherapy, Art as a form of therapy, FGM: impact on mental health and Positive Parenting followed by a Q&A session and Refreshments.

Venue: Mercure Parkside Hotel Milton Keynes, Newport Road, Woughton on the Green, MK6 3LR
Time: 2.00 PM – 7.00 PM
Tickets: Early Bird – £15 (by 8th May) thereafter £18


19 May
An Alternative to Extremism
An Alternative to Extremism: Cooperation among the Communities of different religious faith in multinational cities (Based on research projects carried out in London, Rome, Paris, Doha, and Delhi).

Venue: UNESCO Paris, Room IV
Conducted by: Dr. Shana Cohen


20 – 21 May

Conference: Shia Minorities in the Contemporary World: Migration, Transnationalism and multilocality
Global migration flows in the 20th century have seen the emergence of Muslim diaspora and minority communities in Europe, North America and Australia. While there is a growing body of research on Muslim minorities in various regional contexts, the particular experiences of Shia Muslim minorities across the globe has only received scant attention.
As “a minority within a minority”, Shia Muslims face the double-challenge of maintaining an Islamic as well as a particular Shia identity in terms of communal activities, practices, public perception and recognition. The conference will focus on Shia minorities in Europe, North and South America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Australia, the Pacific Rim and East Asia that emerged out of migration from the Middle East and South Asia in the 20th and 21st centuries, in particular.

Venue: Hollybank CHB002, University of Chester, United Kingdom
Time: 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Fee: Free, registration required via email –


21 May
Reconsidering Religious Radicalism
Conversation about the way we talk about religious radicalism. During this day-long conference, world-renowned keynote speakers Lord Maurice Glasman, Professor Peter Mandaville, Professor Nicholas Adams, and Professor Mona Siddiqui will gather together to address the substance and semantics of religious radicalism from a variety of critical perspectives.

Venue: CIRIS, Clare College, Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TL
Time: 9.30 AM – 5.30 PM
Registration: Registration Deadline: 12 May


24 May

Postcards from the Middle East
A gallery talk by Seonaid Rogers, British Museum. Gallery talks last 45 minutes. Suitable for all levels of knowledge.

Venue: Room 2, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
Time: 1.15 PM – 2.00 PM
Fee: Free, drop in.


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