Shia Muslims Cultural and Educational Institutions
Ahlulbait International University
Ahlulbait International University is the first Islamic university
established where students acquire their Islamic learning through the
The university is to provide training for those interested in Islamic
studies under the administration of the best Iranian, Lebanese, Egyptian, and
The university's visions include:
Providing the means of obtaining Islamic academic studies without the need to travel.
Providing further learning opportunities for those who have completed Lom'a Damashghia.
Utilizing the efforts of some of the best and most knowledgeable Muslim scholars from around the world.
Providing training for students to become religious scholars and experts in Islamic studies.
Terms and conditions for registering:
The applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
Have a High School degree.
Have finished Lom'a Damashghia (students having a certificate in this area only may register in divinity course).
Have passed the Ahlulbait University entrance examination.
Note: Classes will be taught in Arabic and English.
Ahlulbait University offers the following areas of learning:
School of Divinity
School of Political Science
School of Law
School of Management
School of Economics
School of Training Sciences
Enrolled students receive their resources and materials, such as pamphlets, books, and professors' lectures through the Internet. They may also discuss
topics and problems with their professors via the Internet. In addition, after completing the required courses in their major, students will receive a
Academy for Learning Islam
Mission Statement To promote the tolerance, understanding, and education of Islam according to the Shi`ah Ithnaa `Ashari school of thought to the general public, using various mediums and resources, with an emphasis on Internet-based outreach and training programs. To be constructive members of the Canadian society by working to alleviate illiteracy, misconceptions, poverty, and other social ills.
Contact Information Academy for Learning Islam
Al-Fath Al-Mubin Publications
Al-Fath Al-Mubin Publications was formed in the year 1999 and works along side the Islamic Humanitarian Service to co-ordinate the writing, translating, and publishing of Islamic Literature in the English Language.
The editing, type-setting, and graphic design for the books that the Islamic Humanitarian Service prints is carried out by this organization.
In addition to providing these services for the books that the Islamic Humanitarian Service prints, Al-Fath Al-Mubin Publications also translates and publishes their own works and are also open to providing these services to other individuals or organizations who need help in typesetting, graphic design of the cover, etc...
United Muslim Women of Canada
A great need to unite the Muslim sisters, led to the formation of the United Muslim Women of Canada, in October of 1995. The UMWC, a subsidiary of the Islamic Humanitarian Service, is comprised of active and dedicated sisters - serving in various chapters that have been established throughout Canada.
Prior to the establishing of the UMWC, sisters were somewhat confined to the 'Ladies' Committees' of the local Jamaats or Institutions. These Jamaats, and therefore the women therein, lacked the opportunity to become actively involved in the mainstream societal matters. There was no mandate to speak up against tyranny or injustice, nor to promote solidarity among the female adherents to the noble Ahlul Bait (AS) nationally or internationally, the UMWC was established. The Sisters setting up the UMWC, envisaged a body that would be dynamic in nature which would appeal to other sisters all over Canada.
Whenever an issue affecting women surfaces, the UMWC prepares an appropriate response, in light of the teachings of the daughter of the Prophet of Islam, Fatimah az-Zahra (AS), the perfect example for all women..
The void of sisters nationwide would resound much louder, than on an individual level from here and there. Therefore, the UMWC has teen working closely, and shall continue to do so with the 'Ladies'
Committees' and 'Muslim Organizations' in each area, and shall coordinate all activities to ensure that there is no duplication or wastage of efforts.
Muslim Youth Association (MYA)
The Islamic Humanitarian Service based in Kitchener, Ontario, has strived to serve Allah (SWT) and human beings in the name of Islam for over a decade. In continuation of its legacy of serving Muslims in the West, the Islamic Humanitarian Service initiated the position of the National Youth Coordinator (NYC) in February 2000. The NYC office has established a national youth network by the name of the Muslim Youth Association (MYA). The goals of the association are: to promote unity amongst Muslims, to engage youths in the propagation of Islam, and to promote youth involvement in Islamic initiatives.
The MYA will consist of various sub-groups overlooking issues such as Media, Peer Mentorship, Discussions/debates, Reverts to Islam, Current Events, Marriage Counseling, Literature Review, Career Counseling, Disaster Relief, Graduate Registry etc. MYA is not limited by geographical or cultural boundaries and thus it is an organization that welcomes all Muslim youths, regardless of background.
Muslims have settled in the West for a number of decades, and it now time to plan for sustainability of the future generations of Muslims. Thus, in light of the above tradition of Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him and his family), the office of the MYA will, Insha-Allah embark upon numerous projects geared towards the spiritual and intellectual development of the youths and young generation. The MYA website will feature Book Reviews, News Bulletins, Events, Contests, Awards, the Fortnightly Gift, and numerous other online resources.
At this point the MYA is in its infancy stages and thus we require your input and support. Volunteers with different expertise are required across the country. Also, MYA is accepting nominations for MYA Representatives in different cities. If you think you have the leadership skills and dedication it takes to make a different in your local or regional community, please get in touch with us via email: Muslim Youth Associationzkarim@muslimyouth.ca. We would love to get you involved!
The opportunities and potential for Muslims in the West are infinite. It is the responsibility of all Muslims in this part of the world to become active in the propagation of Islam. We hope that the Muslim Youth Association can trigger this propagation and facilitate the establishment of a comprehensive network progressive Muslims in Canada and the Western world.
The Islamic Humanitarian Service has ignited something very special, and it is for us, the future of the Muslim Community, to take the torch and kindle the passion of Islam in the hearts of humanity in preparation for the coming messiah, Imam Muhammad al-Mahdi (may Allah hasten his return).
Muslim Youth Association: email@example.com
Muslim Youth Association Web Site: http://www.muslimyouth.ca
Tabligh Committee Dar-Es-Salaam
P.O. Box: 233
Dar Es Salaam,
Phone: +255 22 2115119
Fax: +255 22 2113107
Scientific Committee of the permanent Secretariat of the Biannual Conference on Imam Mahdi.
Adress: I. R Iran , Qum , P.O.Box 37165-138
Tel: +98(251) 932337 Fax : +98(251) 936848
Al-Huda Islamic Center
10 Codeco Court
North York, Ontario
Tel: (416) 446 - 0935
Fax: (416) 446 0931
Husaini Shia Islamic Centre
Telephone: 020 8954 6247
Ansaphone: 020 8954 8401
Fax: 020 8954 8028
Address For Correspondence:
PO Box 60
Islamic Ahl-Ul-Bayt Foundation Of New Zealand
In answer to the need of a formal Shia Identity in New Zealand, The Islamic Ahlulbayt Foundation of New Zealand was formally established as a Registered Charitable Trust in 1993 with the initiative of five trustees and with the blessings of Ayatollah Golpaygani (a.r.) who acted as the Settlor of the Trust.
Following are the Main Aims and Objectives of the I.A.F.O.N.Z
Promotion and Propagation of Islam through the teachings of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) and the Holy AhlulBayt (A.S). Organising Religious gatherings to commemorate all Islamic events including Wiladats and Shahadats of the Masoomeen (A.S).
Tableegh activities by providing Islamic education to the children, youth and the new converts to Islam.
Helping other Islamic organisations to get a better understanding of the important status of the Islam and AhlulBayt (A.S).
Engaging in poverty eradication and other charitable activities.
Liaising with other International Organisations with similar objectives.
The present activities of the AhlulBayt Foundations are: Regular Saturday Madrasah - where 50 students, attend. There are 10 volunteer teachers of Iraqi, Iranian, Indian and Pakistani origin .Children are taught Quran, Islamic Studies( Ahkam, Akhlaq and Tareekh) with the medium of instruction being English. Follow -up revision classes are held on Thursdays and Fridays Dua-e-Kumail programmes on Thursdays and Salatul - Juma on Fridays.
There are youth sessions on Friday evenings and adult Sunday discussions. Additionally the ladies meet every Friday an hour before Salatul - Juma.
Commemoration of all Wiladats and Shahadats of the 14 Masoomeen by Majalis programmes. The Moharrum programme attracts about 300 people. The main lectures are in English with short time-slots given at the end of the main programme to different interested language groups including Arabic, Urdu, Persian etc.
Radio Ahl-ul-Bayt programme during Sehr time in the holy month of Ramadhan from 3.30am to 5.00 am relayed through Community Access Radio (810MW).
From a humble beginning of attendance by a group of 8-10 families in the beginning a few years ago, there is today, regular participation from some 75-80 families in a short span and the number keeps growing.
Islamic Ahlul Bayt Association
Founded in 1997, the Islamic Ahlul Bayt Association has since become a flourishing and vibrant community of approximately 200 muslims. Its membership comprises of a richly diverse yet close knit group of people from various parts of the world including India, Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, Pakistan, the Philippines, Tanzania, Kenya, Qatar, and the United States.
Prior to the establishment of the Islamic Ahlul Bayt Association, the shia muslim community in Austin gathered for majalis in each others residences. With an increasingly large community, the need for an organized structure led to the creation of the Islamic Ahlul Bayt Association in the holy month of Ramadhan, 1417 (1997). The Islamic Ahlul Bayt Association was formally registered with the State of Texas as a non-profit organization on February 20, 1997.
With the grace of the Almighty, this association has grown in number and greatly succeeded in it's efforts to involve the members in various community activities. From the weekly majalis and the Al-Mohammedi Madressa, it has expanded to include a wide array of activities such as community services, an audio, video, and book library, a web page, an e-mail mailing list, annual picnics, and sporting events such as volleyball, paintball and table-tennis.
This has not been the endeavor of a single individual. It took a community to build another. The members have come together in unity, bringing with them rich cultural diversity to facilitate inter-cultural exchanges and promote understanding. This collective effort has paid off, the results of which are apparent during gatherings and events. The IABA has certainly become an exemplary uniting force, a force united under the banner of the Almighty Allah, the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon Him and His Progeny), and the Holy Ahlul Bayt.
Imam Al-Khoei Benevolent Foundation runs schools in London and New York. The Schools in London are Al-Sadiq Boys' School and Al-Zahra Girls' School. In New York Al-Iman Elementary, Junior High and Senior High School is co-educational.
Imam Al-Khoei Foundation
89-89 Van Wyck Expressway
Jamaica, NY 11435
Tel: (718) 297-6520
Fax: (718) 658-5530
The Islamic Center of America
under the leadership of Imam Hassan Al-Qazwini, gives Muslims an opportunity to benefit from a University style sermon with a broad mix of religious practices, science, ethics, current events, and tradition all with a common sense approach.
Shia Centers in New Jersey
Shia Association of North America ( Baitul Qayem )
Address: 144 Jacqueline Ave. Delran, NJ 08075-2122
( Also 337 Conrow Road, Delran, NJ 08075 )
Tel No. (856) 461-2221 or (856) 764-9650
Contact: Vilayeth Moosavi
14 Mt. Vernon Road, Englishtown, NJ 07726
Contact: Mohammed Ali Naqvi
36 Tenafly Road, Englewood, NJ 07631
Contact: Sultan Karamali
Muslim Foundation, Inc.
22 Tomar Court, Bloomfield, NJ 07003-4014
Contact: Syed Rizvi or Nasir Shamsi
Fax: 973 338-7696
Message of Peace, Inc. (Pyame Aman)
PO Box 390, Bloomfield, NJ 07003-0390
Contact: Hussen Syed or H. Rizvi
Contact E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax number: 973 338-7696
Comments: This is an organization that publishes Islamic books for children and adults on variety of topics.
MFI Mosque Project
PO Box 8129, Bridgewater NJ 08807-8129
Contact: Iqbal Naqvi, Aftab Hussain
Contact E-Mail: email@example.com
Fax: 973 338 7696
Imam-a-Zamana-Foundation of North America
235 georgia road, freehold new jersey, 07728.
Contact: Dr. Moosa Jaffari at (732) 349-5111
Shi'i Ithnasheri Community of Middlesex (SICM)
The organisation is known as Shi'i Ithnasheri Community of Middlesex (SICM) and its centre in North Harrow is known as Mehfil-e-Ali. SICM also has a registered charity operating under the name of Battlers Well Foundation (BWF).
The origins of SICM can be traced to the arrival in the UK of a number of students from East Africa in the mid sixties. Soon, These students got aquainted with other Shi'i students from Pakistan, India, Iran, Iraq and Gulf countries.
There was already a resident Pakistani community and the students participated enthusiastically in organisations like the Idara-e-Ja'aferiyya. In the universities and colleges the Shi'i students formed an organisation called the Muslim Youth Association (MYA).
These activities resulted in the formation of close bonds between Shi'i students and communities from all over the world. The small community of Khoja Shi'is from East Africa had an organisation called the East African Union, but for religious functions particiapted with the Muslim Youth Association or theIdara-e-Ja'aferiyya.
With the events in East Africa forcing many families to leave their countries and settle in the UK, the early seventies saw a large influx of people into the UK. Many of the East African Muslim students also stayed on in the UK on a more or less permanent basis.
As the needs for holding religious and other community functions became more regular and the community became larger, the requirement for "permanent" places became urgent. SICM was one of the many organisations which was established to meet this growing need.
The Founding of SICM
With a sizeable settled community in Middlesex, there emerged the practice of having regular Iftar in Ramadhan, initially in individual houses and later in hired halls in the vicinity of Harrow. There were already over 100 Shi'i Muslim families living within 2/3 miles of the centre of Harrow and the gatherings were well attended.
Gradually, the activities evolved and an organisation called the Shi'i Ithnasheri Community of Middlesex (SICM) was formed to provide an institutional framework for arranging the meetings and gatnerings. In addition to Ramadhan, gatherings began to be held on every Friday evening and on the occasion of the birth or death anniversry of the a'aimmas. Local community/assembly halls were hired for this purpose.
For the last twenty years on every Friday evening SICM has had a meeting in which a wide variety of issues relating to Islam and the Muslim World have been discussed. Learned and competent people from all walks of life have contributed to the discussions on many occassions.
SICM, after a long process of lobbying of the local authority was able to secure the rental of the West Harrow school premises on a 12 monthly basis. With the rental of premises, the activities increased manifold. In addition to regular Friday functions, SICM started daily Qur'an classes for young children, daily evening congregational prayer (salaat), morning salaat on weekends, regular sports sessions and many other specialised meetings and seminars. There was a major seminar on the Nahj al Balagah and one on the Concept of Vilayat-e-Faqih. Mohurrum majalis were also held for the first time.
As the rental of the West Harrow school came up for renewal SICM was fortunate enough to persuade the Harrow borough to let the North Harrow Assembly Hall (NHAH) to the organisation. The NHAH was by then under the threat of closure because of cuts in local authority budgets. As expected within a year the Hall came up for sale. SICM, with the help of its Councillors, well wishers, and supporting bankers was able to acquire the Hall as its permanent worship, meeting and gathering place.
Inside North Harrow Assembly Hall
With the purchase of the premises, the activities of SICM have become much more consistent. Presently the following are regularly held:
Friday programme, many times with prominent guests
Occasional seminars and other programmes
Iftar, Childrens' programme and Qur'an reading daily in Ramadhan
Dua-e-Qumayl on Thursday evenings
Majalis in English in Mohurrum and on birth and death anniversaries of Ma'asumin
Weekly sports club at a local leisure centre
Sports session for children on weekends
Gatherings by other Muslim organisations
In addition, SICM through the Battlers Well Foundation (BWF) has also secured a vital facility. A dedicated graveyard with over three hundred burial spaces has been secured at the Woodcock Hill Cemetry in Harefield. Already the cemetry houses about a 100 graves and efforts are in process to increase the land bank.
The BWF had also made plans to establish a Muslim school in Harefield and a 34 acre plot of land was secured at the Battlers Well Farm in Northwood. However, the more accomodating environment for Muslims in schools in the UK has led to the abandonment of the project for the foreseeable future.
The SICM centre is now well established. The main hall has recently been extensively refurbished and plans are in process to complete the refurbishment of the whole site during the course of 1998, inshallah. It is intended to incorporate the following activities:
Library and information centre for Muslims and those seeking sources on Islam
Internet access provision for the community
Gusalkhana for the community
Educational coaching classes
Develop linkages with other Muslim communities and organisations
Quaterly seminars on issues of relevance to the Muslim World
Throughout its 25 years of activity SICM has remained true to its objectives of bringing a diverse group of Shi'is together and also develop mutually re-inforcing and respectful relations with the Muslim community at large. This will continue to be its mission as it develops its activities further and becomes a focal point for Muslims in the North West of London.
SICM, Station Road, North Harrow, Middlesex HA2 6AG
SICM, PO Box 110, Harrow, Middlesex HA2 6RH
Fax: +44 (0)20 8863 5515 Ansaphone: +44 (0)20 8863 6152
Sahebuz Zaman Islamic Center of Atlanta
Finally, S.I.C. extends its hand to every Muslim in the world, individuals or groups, to support this foundation and to help it achieve its programs and works to serve Muslims throughout the world. Allah is the final goal and Allah is the Guide to the straight path. The blessings of Allah and peace be upon our Prophet Mohammad and his Ahlulbayt.
Tel: (770) 642-9411 or (770) 924-9196
Pager (404) 690-9957
Office hours 9-5 Monday through Friday.
Address: P.O Box 671001 Marietta Ga, 30066
The Islamic Centre of England (ICE)
The Islamic Centre of England (ICE) is based in London, a city of immense cultural heritage, a place of knowledge & learning and a nucleus of Information and media. It was founded in December 1995, under the supervision of Ayatullah Mohsen Araki who is the Centre's Director. During this brief period of three years it has rendered phenomenal service towards propagation of Islam. Its distinguished scholars, teachers and researchers have performed anchor role in advancement of religious education. The Centre is fully equipped with extensive library materialincluding books, journals and magazines laden with the knowledge of Islamic ideology, philosophy and jurisprudence.
The Centre consists of various sections dealing with research, teaching, public relations, publications and consultancy in issues concerning all religious aspects. A detailed list of the various activities/functions run and organized by the ICE, is given below.
1) RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES: The Centre offers consultancy service for religious inquiries on all aspects of Islamic life. The people from all over the world send their questions through letters, fax, phone-calls and the Internet. These inquiries are forwarded to Ayatullah Araki, who replies them accordingly.
The Centre also offers services for various social occasions like, wedding, funeral, divorce and writing/interpretation of wills. The counseling service is offered on large number of religious, social and economic issues.
2) INTERACTIVE & SOCIALIZING PROGRAMMES:
The ICE caters for a variety of social functions. It holds conferences and seminars on the varied aspects of human life. It also organizes workshops, colloquia and discussions on the contemporary issues of significance. It makes special arrangements for prayers and dua. Whether it is an occasion of celebration or a day of commemoration, ICE is always willing to offer people not only advice but also the practical help.
3) EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMMES: ICE running multidimensional programmes on education and training. The section dealing with education offers courses on computer training, language learning (English, Arabic, Persian etc), photography, calligraphy and fine arts.
The students have wide-range of subject to opt. The Centre offers facilities to all who are interested to learn Qur'an and Fiqh. Educational discussions are arranged where ethics, philosophy, logic and divinity are the subjects of common interest.
Address: 140 MAIDA VALE, LONDON, W9 1QB, P.O. BOX 8148, LONDON NW6 7ZS, UK
TEL: + (44) 20 7604 5500 FAX: + (44) 20 7604 4898 E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Islamic Education Center of Houston
The Islamic Education Center of Houston serves the community as a center for the Friday congregation, Islamic celebrations, community programs, and above all a center for imparting knowledge about Islam and promoting Islamic values. We have a large two-storey facility with a four level parking garage. A large part of the premises is occupied by the Al-Hadi School of Accelerative Learning. The IEC thrives under the guidance of our resident scholar Maulana Nasser Biria, diligence of our board members, hard work from our volunteers and generosity of our selfless members. Visit IEC and learn about Islam.