Through March

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
Contact: 0207 604 5500

Through March

Short Courses on Primary Sources of Islam: Nahj al-Balaghah
Topic: Compilation and Authenticity of Nahj al-Balaghah on 11th March
Time: 3.00 PM – 6.00 PM
Topic: The Ahl Al-Bayt of the Prophet in Nahj al-Balaghah on 14th March
Time: 4at 6.00 PM – 8.00 PM
Speaker: Sheikh Mohamed Saeed Bahmanpour

Topic: Monotheistic Approach in Nahj al-Balaghah
Date: 21st & 28th March at 6.00 PM – 8.00 PM
Speaker: Sheikh Isa Jahangir
Venue: The Islamic College, 133 High Road, Willesden, London NW10 2SW

1 March
Women in the Enlightenment
A gallery talk by Felicity Roberts, King’s College London. Gallery talks last 45 minutes.  They are given by Museum staff or guest speakers and are suitable for all levels of knowledge.

Venue: Room 1, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
Time: 1.15 PM – 2.00 PM
Fee: Free, drop in.

2 March

Monthly Bookclub for Ladies
Women’s only club open to Muslims and non-Muslims. This book club tends to read books either written by Muslim authors or stories that have some sort of link to Islam (postive or negative as it creates some good discussions!) This month the book ‘The Last Train to Istanbul’ by Ayse Kulin will be read. If you would like to join the club, make sure you read the book so you can take part in the discussion!

Venue: Brü Coffee and Gelato, St Anns Road, Harrow HA1 1HS
Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Contact: email with ‘Bookclub’ in the subject.

4 March

Join us for inspiring lectures, projects, awards, networking lunch and Q & A to enable women and girls take bold actions to improve aspects of their spiritual, health, social, career and economic livelihood. Creche available at £1 per child.  Stalls are available for £5 per stall.

Venue: Capital City Academy, Doyle Gardens, Willesden, London NW10 3ST
Time: 10.00 AM – 5.00 PM
Tickets:  £5 and more information at

Through 5 March
Connected Histories: Muslims in the First World War

This exhibition explores the untold stories of the more than 400,000 Muslim soldiers in the First World War, and features personal stories and loans from relatives of those who served.
The exhibition has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Library of Birmingham and links historical research with personal testimony from Birmingham people whose Muslim relatives served in the First World War.

Venue: Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH
Time:  10.00 AM – 5.00 PM
Entry: Free

8 March
Christianity and Islam in Ethiopia: Orthodoxy, Nationalism and the ‘Muslim Other’

While both Orthodox Christianity and Islam have a long and rich history in Ethiopia, the former has played a dominant role in producing a particular religious nationalism. Arguing that the celebrated image of Ethiopia as a case of harmonious Christian-Muslim relations needs to be related to the dominant position of Christianity, the paper analyses how the changing religious landscape in today’s Ethiopia has created a great deal of anxiety among Christians.

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: S320 SOAS University of London 10 Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Speaker: Professor Terje Østebø (University of Florida)

11 March
Food and hospitality in Islamic cultures
A gallery talk by Hilary Lewis Ruttley, independent speaker. Gallery talks last 45 minutes.  Suitable for all levels of knowledge.

Venue: Room 34, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
Time: 1.15 PM – 2.00 PM
Fee: Free, drop in

12 March

Love 4 Orphans Charity Ball

Welcome to our annual Charity gala ball featuring special guest speakers, nasheed artist, and children’s entertainment. We have put this event together with Human Care Syria to raise money for our both charities for Orphans.  Arab, Mediterranean and Bangladeshi cuisine will be served with drinks.

Venue: Humber Royal Hotel, Littlecoates Road, Grimsby, DN34 4LX
Time: 2.30 PM – 7.30 PM
Tickets: Adults – £15, under 12’s – £5, under 5’s – Free
More info: Abdul Somir- 07905719486 or Ahmad Mahir 07799775974

13 March

IMES Seminar Series: Holy cities and regime change in the 8th-century Islamic world

Organiser: School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
Speaker: Dr Harry Munt (York)
Venue: 16-22 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD
Time: 5.15 PM

BCBN’s 5th Gala Dinner in support of Muslim Fostering Project

BCBN is a Muslim-led organisation; set up to identify worthwhile community projects and partner with credible charities.  Join BCBN at its fundraising Gala Dinner in March 2017, supporting the Muslim Fostering Project and the BCBN Grant Initiative. The Gala Dinner provides an opportunity for your business or organisation to demonstrate its commitment in helping the most vulnerable in our society.

Venue: The Great Room, Grosvenor House, JW Marriott Hotel, 86-90 Park Lane, London, W1K 7TN
Time: 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Tickets: £100 – £120
More info:

14 March

‘A Passion for Public Performance: The Mysterious Revivals of Religious Drama’
A College of Humanities seminar by Prof Jolyon Mitchell (University of Edinburgh)

Venue: College of Humanities, University of Exeter, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

20 March

IMES Seminar Series: Motifs in the legends of the pre-Islamic kings and tribes

Organiser: School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
Speaker: Julia Bray (Oxford)

Venue: 16-22 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD
Time: 5.15 PM

20-23 March

Sociolinguistics and register variation in 18th-century Arabic letters of the Prize Paper Collections

Speaker: Dr Esther-Miriam Wagner
Venue: AIMA V conference, University of Strasbourg, 4 Rue Blaise Pascal, 67081 Strasbourg, France

21 March

Religion in Schools: cultural change in Britain and the need for reform

A Graduate School of Education seminar by Professor Linda Woodhead (Lancaster University). On the one hand, 25 years of research on changing beliefs and values in modern Britain, and on the other a more recent proposal for the change in the way religion is handled in state-sector schools in England and Wales (‘A New Settlement’, with Charles Clarke). After analysing some of the most profound cultural changes in Britain, Prof. Woodhead will suggest how these have a bearing on the future of RE, school assemblies and faith schools.

Venue: Baring Court 114, St. Luke’s Campus, University of Exeter, Heavitree Rd, Exeter EX1 2LU
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

22 March

Creative Kufic Calligraphy Course with Joumana Medlej

In this non-traditional calligraphy course, we will return to the original source of Arabic calligraphy, the Kufi family of styles, and study it with a modern design approach. Kufi is not tied to any given tool or medium. Students, then, can benefit from the same creative freedom that the earliest calligraphers enjoyed, and find their own approach to the art of Arabic calligraphy.
We will learn the essence of the letters and how it expresses itself in different styles; spacing, proportions and the uniquely Arabic concept of kashida; compositional approaches including the highly specialised Square Kufic. The course will culminate in a final project where the student chooses a word or phrase and creates their own composition for it. This course will run until 30th April.

Venue: Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE
Time: Wednesdays 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (6 Weeks + 4 hours final project – 16 Hours)
Fee: £210

27 March

IMES Seminar Series: Archaeology of the Late Antique/Early Islamic period in the Nile Delta region

Organiser: School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
Speaker: Dr Joanne Rowland (Edinburgh)
Venue: 16-22 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD
Time: 5.15 PM
1 April

London 2 Hastings (Brothers only)

The 2017 Hope & Knowledge Ride will be from London to Hastings on England’s south-east coast.
This year we will be joining up with Muslim Charity raising funds to build the H&K Health & Education Centre.

Venue: Altab Ali Park, Adler St, London E1, UK
Registration: £25
Fundraising Target: £150
Time: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The Walk for Syria
Together with Muslim Aid, SLIA is aiming to raise towards their pledged target of £20,000 towards the plight of Syrians through a sponsored 5 km walk in Richmond Park with refreshments, goodie bags and a treasure hunt for children.

Venue: Richmond Park, Queens Road, Surrey TW10 5HX
Fee: Free
Minimum Sponsorship: Adults – £100, 12-18 years – £50, under 12 years  – any amount
Time: Registration from 3.00 PM, walk starts at 3.30 PM

3 April

IMES Seminar Series: Early Iranian and Arab Shi`i Discussions of Leadership Between Late Antiquity and Early Islam

Organiser: School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
Speaker: Prof. Andrew Newman (Edinburgh)

Venue: 16-22 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD
Time: 5.15 PM

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