Hilal Advisory Team Statement: Ramadhan 1435AH

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The Astronomical New Moon is on Friday, 27 June 2014 at 0908BST. The crescent cannot be seen with naked eye on this day. On Saturday, 28 June 2014, the crescent can be seen in America and Africa.
For the Muqallideen of Ayatullah Sistani, expect 1st Ramadan 1435AH on Monday, 30 June 2014. As for the Muqallideen of Marhum Ayatullah Khui, 1st Ramadhan will be on Sunday, 29 June 2014.

Should there be any changes to the above, the CoEJ website will be updated accordingly.

Commemorating the Shahadat of Sayyida Zainab (A)

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Bibi Zainab (A):

"O Yazid! Practice any trick you can and do anything that you think would vanish Islam, but you should know that you can not eradicate our message, path and memory. You should know that our memory will never die."

A year after imprisonment in the cells of Damascus, Yazid offered the choice of return back to Medina for the family and friends of Imam Husayn (A). Arrangements were made with velvet and beautifully decorated seats for the people, but Bibi Zainab (A) refused and ordered that they be covered in black, to show the passers-by that the contingent was in mourning.

13th Rajab - Wiladat of Mawlood-e-Kaaba Imam Ali a.s

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The Four Famous Questions Discussed by Imam Ali (a.s.)
during the Khilafat of 2nd Khalif

History tells us that Imam Ali ( a.s.) was always available during the time of three kholafas for advice on religious matters.
His position as the jurist was on the top of the list among all the companions of the Holy Prophet (saw).

Umar Ibne Khattab, the 2nd Caliph had given clear instructions that when Ali was present in the mosque of the Prophet,
no one should take precedence over him in answering questions on religious matters.

In one such encounter during the time of the 2nd Caliph, a group of Jewish scholars approached the court of 2nd Caliph and said,
"We have a few questions. If we get the answers to these questions correctly, we will accept the Islamic faith.
"Ask whatever you want to ask," said the caliph.


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Imam Muhammed Al-Baqir (peace be upon him)
Name: Muhammed ibn 'Ali
Titles: Al-Baqir
Kuniya: Abu Ja'far
Birthdate: Tuesday, 1st Rajab, 57 A.H. in Madina
Father: Imam 'Ali As-Sajjad (peace be upon him), 4th Holy Imam
Mother: Fatima binte Hasan (daughter of Imam Hasan Al-Mujtaba)
(Martyred) Date: Monday, 7th Zilhajj, 116 A.H.
Place: Madina, Arabia
Age: 59 years
Cause: Poisoned by Hisham bin 'Abdul Malik
Buried: Madina, Arabia in Jannatul Baqi

Khoja Ancestry Day - 25th Anniversary of Zainabiya Islamic Centre - Sunday 27th April 2014

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We are pleased to announce an upcoming event to mark the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Zainabiya Islamic Centre, Milton Keynes to be held at our centre.
Event: KHOJA ANCESTRY DAY – A journey from East to West.
Date & Time: Sunday 2.00pm, 27th April 2014
The day will consist of:
• Welcome with refreshments
• Gallery of the journey from East to West
• Fun Quiz
• Interactive talk on the journey by Barkat Walji from Leicester
• Re-visit Milton Keynes Jamaat history