Muslims Condemn Woolwich Attack on Soldier

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Thursday, May 23 2013


The Muslim Council of Southampton wholeheartedly condemns yesterday’s tragic and barbaric killing of an innocent soldier in Woolwich. Our thoughts are with his family during what must be a very difficult time for them.
The perpetrators of this crime must be dealt with under the full force of the law. Whilst it is alleged that these individuals chanted slogans from the Islamic faith to justify their heinous act, this is no way should tarnish a whole faith which number in excess of 1.2 billion people around the world.

We would ask everyone to keep a sense of perspective on this issue. In the last winter according to reports around 30,000 old people died due to cold weather. No cabinet meeting took place to urgently address this tragedy. Last year there were 640 murders in the United Kingdom. Sadly, Britain has already lost many of the cherished freedoms because of terrorism. We must not allow more freedoms to be lost under the guise of protecting the public. As Thomas Jefferson one of the founding fathers of America once said “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery”

Sadly, most societies have a violent lunatic fringe and it would be very wrong to tarnish a whole community based on the actions of a small group who openly state they want to promote a clash of civilisations. Such people would be delighted to see a rift open up between the peace loving people of Britain and see random acts of retaliatory violence carried out against the Muslim community. The Muslim community around the world has itself been targeted by the same extremist fringe, with many innocent Muslims being killed.

Let us all join together to root out extremism of all stripes and make Britain a safer and more prosperous society for all.


Notes to editor:

The MCS is a voluntary organisation representing the Muslim community in Southampton. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, empower British Muslims, and promote justice and mutual understanding.

For further information contact:

M Afzal Khan
Media Liaison Officer
Muslim Council of Southampton
53 Ropewalk Centre
Southampton SO14 0DJ

Tel: 023 8098 6998
Mobile: 075 9567 7371

MCS Press Release 23 May 2013


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Pictures from Islamic Awareness Week at Southampton University

Monday: “Shariah: Best for the West?” presented by Abdullah Andulusi
(Building 32, Room 1015, 7:30pm)

A great talk on Sharia Law with illustrative examples of Sharia in our every day lives. Compelling reasons put forward as to Sharia law being a solution for all- including the west.



Tuesday: “Islam at a Glance” presented by Abu Muntasir
(Building 46, Room 3001, 7:30pm)

Wednesday: Reverts Panel
(Building 32, Room 1015, 7:30pm)

Thursday: “Muslims for the Community” presented by Anas Altikrit
(Building 46, Room 3001, 7:30pm)

Friday: “The Way to Eternal Bliss” presented by Abu Hafsa
(Building 32, Room 1015, 7:30pm)

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Trip to 19th Annual Youth Conference from Abu Bakr Masjid (9am 11 March 2012)

Attend the UK’s second largest annual Muslim gathering on 11 March 2012. Imam Ajad from Abu Bakr Masjid plans to take a group of men & boys to this event on Sunday 11th March.

“Leicester will be hosting this years Annual Youth Conference gathering, the second largest gathering of Muslims the UK. The day long event will include lectures by renowned Muslim scholars. There are other planned events such as nasheeds and tilawat and there will be various stalls, food, etc.”

Imam Asjad is organising transport for this event and will be arranging 1-2 coaches for those who wish to attend. The cost is £15-20 per person. This event is for men and boys only. In the past there has been excellent feedback.

The coaches will leave the Abu Bakr Masjid at 9am on Sunday 11th March.

Please contact Imam Asjad as soon as possible for more details either in person or via email at More details about the event can be found at

19th Annual Youth Conference Leicester

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Islamic Awareness Week 2012 at The University of Southampton (05-09 March 2012)

The University of Southampton will be hosting an Islamic Awareness Week from 5th-9th of March 2012. Organised and run by the students and university’s Islamic Society, there will be numerous events, lectures, influential speakers, and discussions. Please see posters on campus (copy provided below) or use the contact details below for futher details. Please spread the word. Peace Be Upon You all.

The University of Southampton Islamic Society email address is Please email this address if you have any general questions about the events or the Islamic Society.


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Over £45,000 Raised at ‘Orphans & The Generosity of the Prophet’ Charity Dinner

Over £45,000 was raised to the charity dinner to help orphans in South Asia. Full details and can be found at the Save An Orphan charity website (and are included below for reference) and further donations to help save an orphan can also be made directly there. Jazakallah to everyone who supported and promoted this event and may Allah reward you for your efforts and generosity.

Over £45,000 was raised at our London charity dinner event ‘Orphans & The Generosity of the Prophet (pbuh)’. Held at the London Muslim Centre, the evening was both spiritual and inspirational. The guests showed overwhelming generosity and support to raise a phenomenal amount of money for the desperate orphans of Bangladesh. A plethora of talent was on show with nasheed artists, a high profile host, dedicated fundraisers and world renowned orators.

The evening was hosted by FOSIS president Nabil Ahmed, who presented the show with razor sharp wit keeping the audience thoroughly entertained. The fundraising section was conducted by Na’eem Raza who gave a deeply emotional plea for all the orphans in Bangladesh to which the audience responded with enthusiasm and awe inspiring generosity.

Nasheed artist Nazeel Azami started the event with a beautiful song from his album ‘Dunya’ and set the mood for the entire evening.

Unfortunately one of our guest speakers, Imam Yassir Fazaga, was unable to attend due to a major illness in his family but he gave a heartfelt message to the audience and was truly missed. Shaykh Abdur Rahman Helbawy kindly agreed at the last minute to take his place.

Shaykh Abdur Rahman’s lecture about the importance of orphans in Islam was hugely powerful: it highlighted the fundamental duties placed upon all Muslims to be kind and just and to help all orphans and the needy. Our second guest was Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad, a truly accomplished academic and highly sought after speaker. He gave a lecture on the generosity of the Prophet (pbuh) towards orphans and how our beloved Prophet was himself an orphan.

It was a truly blessed evening and we wish to sincerely thank our speakers Shaykh Abdur Rahman Helbawy and Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad, the host Nabil Ahmed, the fundraiser Na’eem Raza and nasheed artist Nazeel Azami. A big thank you must go to Biswanath Regeneration Trust UK who helped make this event possible and finally to all those who attended and gave so generously.

Insha Allah our next event in London will be the hugely anticipated concert ‘Send A Little Hope’ at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo on Saturday 14th Apri 2012. Click to find out more.

Accomplished academic Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad gives a lecture on the generosity of the Prophet (pbuh)

Shaykh Abdur Rahman Helbawy gives a talk on the importance of orphans in Islam

The host for the event was FOSIS President Nabil Ahmed

The fundraising was conducted by Na'eem Raza

Nazeel Azami performing one of the songs from his album 'Dunya'

Over £45,000 was raised for the orphans of Bangladesh

The attendees witnessed some superb talks and enjoyed the fundraising events

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Visits by Labour MP Rt Hon Mr Alan Whitehead (24 Feb) & Conservative Councillor Mr Jeremy Moulton (02 Mar) to Abu Bakr Masjid

Councillor Mr Jermey MoultonAlan Whitehead MPAbu Bakr Masjid will be hosting visits by The Labour Party Member of Parliament and local Councillor, The Rt. Hon. Mr Alan Whitehead (pictured left), on 24th February at 1:30pm.

Then The Conservative Party Councillor Mr Jeremy Moulton (pictured right) will be at the Masjid on 2nd March at 1:00pm.

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Meelad Un Nabi Celebration Event at Southampton Medina Mosque (Sun 19 Feb, 5:30pm)

Southampton Medina Mosque will be celebrating Meelad Un Nabi (saws) event on Sunday 19th of February from Magrib to Isha, featuring a guest lecture by the esteemed Sheikh Mohammed El Sharkawi (Former Imam of Regents Park Mosque and Founder of Ar Rahman institute and Al Azhar College) and celebrating Mauleed Un Nabi (sallalaho alihi wasallam) with speeches in English and Urdu.

There will be separate seating for sisters and food served afterwards. Don’t miss it.

When: Sunday 19th of February from Magrib to Isha (~5:30pm-7:00pm)
Where: Southampton Medina Mosque
Compton Walk (off St Marys Road)
SO14 0AZ
Cost: Free.
Enquiries: Southampton Medina Mosque
Phone: (023) 8023 1945

Meelad Un Nabi with Sheikh Mohammed El Sharkawi

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Orphans & The Generosity of the Prophet – Charity Fundraising Dinner (Fri 17 Feb, 6pm-10pm, London Muslim Center)

Please come and join a glorious evening of inspirational talks, charity dinner, fundraising, auctions, and more, all in support of orphans in South Asia.Special guests will beImam Yassir Fazaga
(Regular speaker on Peace TV and currently a professor at the American Open University and Imam at the Orange County Islamic Foundation)andShaykh Abdal Hakim Murad
(British Sufi Muslim researcher, writer and teacher, and currently the Shaykh Zayed Lecturer of Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge University, Director of Studies in Theology at Wolfson College, doctoral student at Oxford University, secretary of the Muslim Academic Trust (London), and more)

and a special performance by

Nazeel Azami
(British Bengali singer-songwriter of spiritual music)

Hosted by
Nabil Ahmed
President, Federation Of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS)


Fundraising by
Na’eem Raza
Radio presenter, MC, and presenter on Islam Channel

Proceeds from this charity dinner are going towards Save An Orphan‘s orphans appeal, providing food, shelter, care, and educational for orphans.

Please support this event however you can, and if possible please print and display the poster below. May Allah give you Tawfiq and accept your benevolent assistance - ameen.

When: Friday 17th February 2012 at 6pm to 10pm
Where: London Muslim Centre
Ground Floor
London E1 1JX
(nearest Tube is Whitechapel Station)
Cost: Tickets £15 per person.To purchase your tickets visit Blackstone’s Book Shop
A: 96a Whitechapel Road, London E1 1JQ (next door to The East London Mosque)
T: 0207 247 0373 (Monday-Sunday 11am-7pm)
E: can also obtain tickets directly from Save An Orphan by calling 0845 299 6622 or emailing
Enquiries: If you would like more information about this event or would like to organise an event with Save An Orphan please contact
T: 0845 299 6622
A: Save An Orphan (Today), Communications House, 26 York Street, Mayfair, London, W1U 6PZ

“The Prophet (pbuh) himself was an orphan, his father dying before he was born and his mother dying when he was just six years old. This is perhaps why he had so much empathy with the orphan child saying, “he who cares for the orphan child will be like this with me on the Day of Judgement”, and he held up two fingers close together.

His grandfather was his protector, but it could so easily have been that this was not the case. He could so easily have been cast out and alone, with no parent to care for him. This is after all, the fate of millions upon millions of children across the world. Such children rely on the charity of those of us who are blessed, by Allah’s grace, to have stability and wealth. Yet, perhaps we feel we have given enough, that there are so many causes which are demanding our resources. It is at this point that we must remember two things.

Firstly, charity is an investment for the future. Allah has promised a 700% return on investment, where in the Qur’an He says, “The parable of those who spend their possessions for the sake of God is that of a grain out of which grow seven ears, in every ear a hundred grains: for God grants manifold increase unto whom He wills; and God is infinite, all-knowing.” (2:261) Secondly, we must remember that as the Prophet said, “wealth is not diminished by charity.” Therefore whatever we give in this world, with the right intention, will not reduce our wealth in the slightest. When the Qur’an reminds us in multiple places to care for the orphan, it is a reminder of the importance of this form of charity.

So let us not be, as the Qur’an reminds us, the kind of man who “…gives the lie to all moral law? Behold, it is this [kind of man] that thrusts the orphan away.” (107:1-2) Rather, let us be amongst those who, like the Prophet, loved the orphan child. And in so doing, let us be amongst those who are close to the orphaned Prophet on the Last Day.”

The London Muslim Centre - Orphans & The Generosity of the Prophet

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Winter Walk to raise money for hospital in Gaza (Sat 28 Jan, 10am-3pm, Hyde Park London)

4th Annual Winter Walk a fundraising walk to help raise money for Al-Durrah Hospital in Gaza!!!

This year we’re raising funds to help Gaza’s only hospital for children to build three urgently needed new departments: Gastroenterology, Cardiology, and Respiratory Section. These will help provide safe conditions for even more of Gaza’s sick children insha’Allah.

Bring your friends and families and join Colin Nell, world famous freestyle footballer and other guest celebrities who will be showing their support by taking part in the 5-mile sponsored walk or run around Hyde Park in London.

Please help us by raising a minimum of £100 sponsorship. Just to provide a little more encouragement, we’ll be offering a prize to the top fundraiser!

Watch Colin demonstrate his football skills at 1.30pm. Wrap up warm, bring your friends and see you there!!!

Please print and display this poster if you can (see copy below).

Where your money went last year

In Jan 2011, over 500 people from across the country supported the Winter Walk in London and Spring Walk in Manchester, raising a staggering £60,000 which helped to build a new the Emergency Wing and Pharmacy Department for Al-Durrah Hospital.

Basic necessities such as a waiting room for patients, a separate place to store drugs with proper ventilation and room temperature; a Medical Disposables store and an external pharmacy room have allowed the hospital to improve work efficiency.

In one year alone, the hospital supported approximately 130,000 sick children. Without your support, this would not have been possible.

Check out some photos from the last Winter Walk:

When: Saturday 28th January 2012 between 10am to 3pm
(registration is at 10am & walk starts at 11am)
Where: Bandstand, Hyde Park, London W2 (nearest entrance is from Queen Elizabeth Gate)
Cost: Free! (But get sponsored to help raise money!)
Enquiries: Muslim Hands (ask for Naweeda Ahmad)
T: 020 3246 0015

This event has been organised by Muslim Hands 148-164 Gregory Boulevard Nottingham NG7 1BR (a UK based charity). For further information please contact Naweeda Ahmad at the above address or alternatively using the following, telephone: 020 3246 0015 or email: or website:

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Charity Fundraising Lunch for Syria (15 Jan, 12:30, Kuti’s Thai)

Charity fundraising lunch for Syria will be held on Sunday 15th January at 12.30pm to 3.30pm in Kuti’s Thai Restaurant. Please support this event! Please print and display this poster if you can.

  • Severe shortages in food, medical supplies and fuel are affecting many areas of Syria.
  • Thousands of families displaced from their homes.
  • Hundreds of orphaned children.
  • Deepening economic crisis due to worsening security situations.

Come and enjoy fine Thai cuisine and make your contribution to the much needed humanitarian relief effort! An afternoon dedicated to raising money for families affected by the worsening humanitarian crisis in Syria, including:

  • Updates on the deepening crisis on the ground (speaker to be confirmed).
  • Eye witness accounts from Syrians who have recently left the affected areas.
  • Fundraising auction.
When: Sunday 15th January at 12.30pm
Where: Kutis Royal Thai Pier Restaurant
30 Town Quay
SO14 2AQ
(See map below for location and directions)
Cost: Ticket price per person £18 (in advance) or £20 (at door)
To pay in advance, please send payment to the following account
Account Number: 00355843
Sort Code: 30-92-94
Enquiries: Tel: Dr El-Khayat 0780 915 4064 or 0787 758 7227
Email: or

Southampton Charity Fundraising Lunch for Syria Poster

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