Eid al-Ghadir was celebrated in the Islamic Centre of England on 18th September 2015. Eid al-Ghadir is the commemoration of the day on which Prophet Muhammad(s) appointed Imam Ali(a) as his successor during his last Hajj pilgrimage to Makka.
During this Eid celebration, winner of the second ‘Allameh Tabatabaei Award’ (AT Award) received their prizes from Sheikh Shomali, head of th Islamic Centre of England. The AT Award is given to top CGSE and A-Level students in the UK every year. It is open to all students to participate by registration.
This year thirty CGSE and A-Level Muslim students with outstanding results of A+ and A* received their certificates and a cash prize. They also received a subsidised trip, as well as access to a series of workshops and mentoring schemes.
In this ceremony, Sheikh Somali talked about the lessons of Al-Ghadir and its importance to contemporary life. “It is of tremendous importance in our time as a lesson in sustaining our individual and communal identities while under constant threat from new media, modern ways of communication and social networks, etc”, Mr Shomali said.
He acknowledged the new technologies bring benefits and opportunities in many respects but also mentioned a number of challenges they bring. He pointed out on the importance of family and community values and called for serious reflection and dialogue on sustaining identity and cohesion of individuals and communities in the face of such fast changing technologies. He talked about lessons that can be learned from other communities but asserted that the discussion remains open for the Muslim community to reflect and find its own answers.
The award ceremony continued with four poem recitations, followed by congregational evening prayers.