Listing of Events - December 2017

Through December

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

Through to 22nd December

Nahj al-Balagha Studies (Weekly sessions)

The Nahj al Balaghah (Peak of Eloquence) is the most famous collection of sermons, letters, commentaries and narrations attributed to Ali ibn Abi Taleb(a), the cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad(s). Compiled in the 10th century CE by Sharif Razi, the book represents a rich body of Islamic knowledge. Students taking this course will be introduced to the eloquent thinking and knowledge of one of the great personalities of Islam.

This course is designed for students of all religions who are keen to learn about the primary sources of Islam. The selected sermons of Nahj Al- Balaghah cover various topics such as monotheism, the hereafter, morality, wisdom, intellect, the Qur’an.

Venue: The Islamic College, 133 High Road, Willesden, London, NW10 2SW

Time: 6.30 PM – 8.30 PM

Fee: Free. Registration is mandatory. Contact:

1 December

The Super Muslim Comedy Show

Hold on to your hats – the Super Muslims are coming! Penny Appeal are assembling a league of super funny Muslims from both sides of the Atlantic to bring you a night of hilarity. Brand new acts, including American comic Mo Amer as well as the brilliant Guz Khan. Also welcoming back to the stage comedy superheroes Jeff Mirza, Azhar Usman,Omar Hamdi, Tez Ilyas, Ramy Youssef and Abdullah Afzal.

The tour is all in aid of Women’s Welfare projects working to overcome inequality and give women and girls the opportunities and freedom to be themselves.

Venue: New Bingley Hall, 1 Hockley Circus, Birmingham B18 5PP

Time: 6.30 PM – 9.30 PM

Tickets: £10 More info/booking:

5 December

Understanding text and stone: A history of Christian symbols in Mamluk architecture

 As part of the University of York Open Lectures Islamic Art Circle, this talk will analyse the case of Christian spolia and symbols, in Mamluk architecture, with cases ranging from utilitarian, esoteric, and commemoration of Christian individuals.

Dr Sami de Giosa is the current Barakat Fellow at the Khalili research centre (University of Oxford), previously working at the British Museum as a project curator. He completed his PhD in Islamic art at SOAS, with a thesis on the revival of art and architecture in Cairo, under Sultan Qaytbay in the late Mamluk period.

Venue: Bowland auditorium, Berrick Saul building, University of York, YO10 5DD

Time: 6.30 AM

Fee: Free

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5 December

 Islamophobia, literature and culture

Part of the Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Seminar Series 2017/18

Speaker: Professor Peter Morey (Birmingham)

Venue: ERI 224, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TT

Time: 2.00 PM – 4.00 PM


The Route to China: A Seaborne Exploration in Medieval Islam

This is the first lecture under the auspices of the new Centre for Islamic Archaeology of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies. Lecture will be given by Professor Dionisius Agius FBA

Venue: IAIS Building/LT1, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4ND

Time: 5.30 PM – 8.00 PM Enquiries: Professor Timothy Insoll –

7 December

Muslim Responses to Westernisation: Retreat from the secular path

The resurgence of Islam in Muslim politics and society in the late 1970s signalled a “Retreat from the Secular Path”. This discussion will also be placed within the broader context, the realities on the ground – what major polls (Gallup and PEW) have reported majorities of Muslims, the silent and often the silenced majority, have to say about the West and the role and relationship of Islam to state and society.

The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion the next day, Friday 8 December, 5-7pm, on Muslim Responses to Westernisation: Living in Non-Islamic Societies.

Venue: IAS Common Ground, Ground Floor, South Wing, UCL, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT

Time: 6.00 PM – 8.00 PM

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9 December


Join hundreds of participants in a sponsored night walk across the most iconic bridges in London and help raise vital funds for pregnant Syrian refugee women and their new-born babies. We literally want you to glow at this event – carry torches or glow sticks, adorn yourselves in glow paint or any other way you can think of to light up this special night!

The money you raise will go towards providing free medical care to pregnant Syrian refugee women and their new-born babies, you can find out more about our Birth project here.

Venue: Vauxhall Station, London, SW8 2LR

Time: 6.00 PM – 9.00 PM

Minimum fundraising target: £100

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Total Ninja (in aid of Winter Blankets worldwide)

An SKT Welfare event with over 20 impossible obstacles and two levels to battle through. Race and compete with other ninjas, test your endurance and make your training count. The first Beginners level is a series of challenges and obstacles designed to test your balance, agility, strength and problem solving skills. Test your endurance and progress to level two.

Once you’ve mastered that, you move onto Intermediate – a much more treacherous path, designed to eliminate the weak and prepare those who are destined to become…the Total Ninja.

Venue: Tenax Rd, Stretford, Manchester M17

Time: 1.00 PM – 2.30 PM



Islam and Medicine – A BIMA North West Seminar

Talks by experts on the following topics: Contribution of Muslims to modern day medicine and hospital care, physical and psychological benefits of fasting and praying Salah and chronic pain management from an Islamic context, Prophetic medicine tips and Hijama (Cupping) & the 5-2 intermittent fasting diet, Surah Ad Duha as a cure for depression, medical ethical issues around fasting and praying.

Venue: European Islamic Centre, Werneth House, 79 Manchester Rd, Oldham, OL8 4LN

Time: 3.45 PM – 6.45 PM

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Let’s Not Forget (Remembrance Dinner)

Join Human Relief Foundation for a special evening of talks, reminders and a 3-course dinner in aid of orphans and widows around the world. Let’s not forget about them. This event will feature a host of special guests TBC soon!

Venue: Aagrah Midpoint, Thornbury, Bradford, BD3 7AY.

Doors open: 6.30 PM

Tickets: Standard £15 | Family of four discount £50 | Under 5s FREE


Artist’s Talk: Hassan Massoudy

In conjunction with the exhibition, Breath, Gesture and Light, Hassan Massoudy will give a talk about his work and creative process. Hassan Massoudy was born in 1944 in Najaf, southern Iraq in a traditional Iraqi society. He moved to Baghdad in 1961, where he learnt the various classical styles of calligraphy, and studied graphic design and fine arts. Peace and tolerance are central themes of his work.

Venue: October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, WC1N 3AL

Time: 3.00 PM – 4.00 PM

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11 December

Principles of Islamic Spirituality

This class introduces selected aphorisms from a standard premier of Islamic Spirituality, Principles of Islamic Spirituality (Qawa‘id al-taawwuf) by the Moroccan jurist Aḥmad ibn Zarruq (d. 899/1493).

Venue: Cambridge Muslim College, 14 Saint Paul’s Road, Cambridge, CB1 2EZ

Time: 6.00 PM – 7.30 PM

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12 December

Exploring Other Faiths – Islam

The aim of this course is to consider how to approach the teaching of Islam in a Catholic school Content. To understand why, when and how we teach Islam (and other religions) in a Catholic school. To understand some principles which underpin teaching Islam (and other religions as well as to explore the topics taught in Islam and develop teachers’ own knowledge and understanding. Appropriate activities and resources for teaching about Islam will be explored. This day may include a visit to a Mosque.

Organisers: Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster: Education Service

Venue: Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London, SW1P 1QN

Time: 9.30 AM – 3.30 PM

Fee: £105

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16 December

Safavid Iran and Ottoman Turkey: two ceramic traditions

A 45-minute gallery talk by Anne Haworth, British Museum. 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


16 & 17 December

Muslim World Expo

With unrivalled opportunities for Exhibitors, this event has been tailored exclusively for the consumer market. Be prepared to see an array of Exhibitors covering all aspects of the Muslim World including, but not limited to: Business, Beauty, Fashion, Arts & Culture, Weddings, Real Estate, Banking, Education, Travel & Tourism.

Venue: ExCeL London, 1 Western Gateway, E16 1XL

Time: 10.00 AM – 5.00 PM

Tickets: £0 – £37.76

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16 – 31December

The Comedy Show Tour

This winter, as the temperatures drop, Human Appeal will be turning up the laughter with a little help from funny men Preacher Moss, Nabil Abdul Rashid, Jeremy McLellan, Ali Official, Bilal Zafar, Prince Abdi and Aatif Nawaz. Don’t miss this fantastic chance to chase away the winter blues for a great cause. The Comedy Tour is coming to a city near you.

In support of our Winter Appeal – ‘Winter Kills’ The victims of winter are the world’s most vulnerable people, including those living in poverty and conflict zones and those fleeing conflict. It’s at wintertime that those suffering most need our help. So, please gather your family and friends in support of this great cause.

Venues: Varied

Time: 6.00 PM

Fee: £5 More info:

23–26 December

The Behlool Society Girls Winter Camp 2017

This year our camp ethos will focus on personal development, women’s empowerment and understanding our role in the era of the twelfth Imam. The camp will bring together various elements such as: Interactive Workshops, Leisure Activities, Debates, Presentations and Team Building Exercises. Alongside these fundamental aspects of the camp there will be both Islamic and secular workshops. We will also be doing fun activities such as Crazy Golf, Bowling and Laser Tag!

Venue: Duxbury Road, Leicester, LE5 3LR

For ages: 11 yrs – 15 yrs

Fee: Full Price £99.99 (Subsidised Price £70.00)

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