They said it was going to be fun. They said I was going to make new friends, they said that I would experience new things, and above all, they said that I would not want to leave. But that was all an understatement – they had no idea.
A delegation of The World Federation of KSIMC were privileged to be invited by the grand Ayatullah Ishaq Fayyaz (may Allah swt grant him long life) to meet him during his recent visit to London for medical reasons.
The grand Ayatullah Ishaq Fayyaz (may Allah swt grant him long life) is one of the most prominent Marja currently in Najaf.
The delegation comprised of the Vice President Shabbar Dhalla, the Assistant Hon. Treasurer Mohamedkazim Bhalloo and Executive Councillors Ahmed Daya and Shan E Abbas Hassam. The Head of the Islamic Education, Shaykh Kumail Rajani, fluent in Farsi and Arabic languages and familiar with Ayatullah was also in attendance and assisted with the interpretation.
Shabbar Dhalla, Mohamedkazim Bhalloo and Ahmed Daya were also invited to an event organized by Majlis-e-Ulema Shia Europe UK in honour of the Ayatullah where they met the son of Ayatullah, Shaykh Mahmood Fayyaz and other scholars and dignitaries.
The grand Ayatullah shared some generic and specific advice for the community:
The first and foremost Ayatullah shared was about community cohesion praising the community for its religiosity, unity, institutional spirit, preservation of culture and heritage and relief works.
Reminiscing about his native country, Afghanistan, the Ayatullah said that Shias there have been deprived of their basic rights for ages and are in need of assistance in reaching their educational, social and economic goals.
Ayatullah Fayyaz emphasized that the school of AhlulBayt is a moderate school of thought. The current extremities being practiced by ‘so called Muslims’ are not and have never been part of the true Islam. He added that the Ahlulbayt (as) have asked to propagate the faith by following through their actions and deeds and by being best Muslims in our communities.
He cautioned parents to be extra careful of their children, not allowing them to go astray by focusing on their daily prayers, truthfulness and moral values, which need to be cultivated in their early childhood. As there is a charm of the modern world and youths should not get deceived by these materialistic and temporary worldly pleasures.
On community Leadership, he advised that leaders should be pious, skilful and active people and spend their time and energy for the betterment of the community without any discrimination, fear or favour.
The delegation conveyed salaams from everyone at The World Federation, its regional members and councillors and reassured the Ayatullah of the love and commitment of the community towards marjaiyyah and requested him for his duas & blessings for the community’s success.
The delegation also assured the Ayatullah Fayyaz that The World Federation will continue to do its best in assisting the projects recommended by him.
The delegation before taking leave updated the Ayatullah on the various activities of the community and highlighted the work being done in his native place.
Shaykh Mahmood Fayyaz, the eldest son of the grand marja, visited the Secretariat office of The World Federation in Stanmore on Friday 4 March 2016 and after meeting the staff there, he then participated in the Juma prayers at Hujjat (Stanmore) Jamaat and following the prayers he had lunch at the Stanmore office. The lunch was also attended by Shaykh Mustafa Jaffer, President of Hujjat (Stanmore) Jamaat; Shaykh Mohammedabbas Panju, resident Alim at Hujjat (Stanmore); the Vice President, Shabbar Dhalla, the Assistant Hon. Treasurer, Mohamedkazim Bhalloo; Councillor, Ahmed Daya; and the head of our Islamic Education department, Shaykh Kumail Rajani.
Shaykh Kumail Rajani then had a private meeting with Shaykh Mahmood Fayyaz to discuss Islamic Education and the various projects The World Federation is involved in with the Ayatullah’s office.
Mumineen are requested to remember the Ayatullah Ishaq Fayyaz in their prayers for his good health and long life.
Shaykh Kumail Rajani said '"The community has always maintained its links with the marajiyyah and we take pride in this. Ayatullah Ishaq Fayyaz is one of the prominent students of Ayatullah Khoie and his books and notes are of some great interest to many emerging scholars. It was so nice meeting him and the most fascinating thing was to learn his vision for the Shiite community in general".
The World Federation India Office has started preparations for the upcoming Youth Course in May 2014.
The Madressa Centre of Excellence regularly holds teacher training programs globally and these programs help ensure that the teachers who will be educating the children of our community are trained to the highest level.