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UNEP Delegation Visits Nairobi Campus

On Tuesday 7th May 2024, Dr Iyad Abu Moghli, founder and Director of the Faith for Earth Coalition at the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), visited the Nairobi campus of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah. He was accompanied by a delegation of five other members from the UNEP headquarters in Nairobi. Dr Abu Moghli has dedicated around 40 years to strategic planning, sustainable development, interfaith collaboration, and innovation. His work centres around the interplay of religion and the environment, ethics, values, and spirituality [...]

2024-05-09T08:49:42+03:00May 9th, 2024|News & Events|

Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah Mourns the Loss of its Rector

Syedi Mazoon al-Dawat Shahzadah Aliasgar Kalimuddin was born on the 9th of Zilhijja al-Haram 1351 H/4th April 1933. He was the 8th son of the 51st Dai Mutlaq Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and half brother of the 52nd Dai Mutlaq Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA. From an early age he excelled at academics and was described by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA as having a capacious memory. Syedna Saifuddin RA makes reference to him in his Risalat Ramadaniyya Takbir Sakinat Fath [...]

2024-04-25T22:10:02+03:00April 25th, 2024|News & Events|

Syedna Inaugurates Nairobi Campus Courtyard Covering

Upon his arrival in Nairobi on Monday, the 3rd of July, His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS inaugurated the newly constructed roof (saqaf) which covers the entire central courtyard (sahat) of the campus. His Holiness TUS had directed for a permanent roof to be constructed atop the central courtyard following the Ashara Mubaraka event of 2021 which was hosted by Aljamea Nairobi. During that time, a temporary aluminium clear span structure had been erected to transform the central courtyard [...]

2023-07-05T08:32:13+03:00July 5th, 2023|News & Events|

Verse 43: Where Waḥy Descends

Progressively Amirul Mumineen, Maulana Ali bin Abi Talib’s AS khuṭba mubāraka reveals the significance of dunyā. It is a masjid for man, a musallā for malāʾika and now, in this verse, it is described as the place of divine revelation — waḥy — which flows from the Almighty to mankind through his malāʾika. The use of min (مِن) denotes the point of origin of this revelation which is the Almighty; from Him this flow emanates and reaches its intended destination, [...]

2021-07-03T09:40:50+03:00July 2nd, 2021|Philosophy|

Verse 42: A Place of Prayer for Malāʾika

Dunyā is a place of worship for malāʾika. As such, the sanctity of the earth is underscored by the fact that entities that have transcended all physical confines and cannot be perceived by the senses, descend here in order to worship their Creator. The word musallā can be used interchangeably with masjid, however, it is more commonly used in the context of the open space where the Eid namāz takes place. Though both are places of worship, a masjid is [...]

2021-06-19T09:54:29+03:00June 19th, 2021|Philosophy|

Verse 41: A Masjid for Allah’s Beloved

The seal and the final of the Prophets, Nabi Mohammed SAW proclaimed, ‘I have been bestowed with three things that no prophet before me has been honoured with: the ability to instil great awe and fear, the spoils of war are permitted for me and the land in its entirety has been made a masjid for me and its earth pure.’ Rasul Allah SA also stated that Allah had made him his ḥabīb (dearest, most beloved, sing. of aḥibba). Like [...]

2021-06-16T17:58:11+03:00June 16th, 2021|Philosophy|

Verse 40: Truth and Well-being

This verse dwells upon the following excerpt from Amirul Mumineen, Maulana Ali bin Abi Talib’s AS khuṭba mubāraka: Dunyā is an abode of truth for the truthful, a sanctuary for those who learn from it... ‘Truthful’ or ‘well-being’ - as used to describe dunyā - are not words that are often associated with the way most people perceive and think of the temporal world. Therefore in order to understand these two assertions, the concepts of ‘truth’ and ‘well-being’ first need [...]

2021-06-10T10:04:25+03:00June 10th, 2021|Philosophy|

Verse 39: Describing Dunyā

Verses 33 to 38 outlined the necessary conditions for the creation of a peaceful and stable society and the building blocks for human prosperity and development. Over the next five verses (40-44), through the prism of a khuṭbah (sermon) delivered by Amirul Mumineen, Maulana Ali bin Abi Talib AS, the author further delineates man’s relationship with the temporal world. A distinct feature of Amirul Mumineen’s AS sermons is his reproval of the ways of this world, his belittlement and scorn [...]

2021-06-09T11:31:29+03:00June 9th, 2021|Philosophy|

Verse 38: Peace and Harmony

The similarity in construct of the Arabic word for twins, tawʾam (توأم), and the word for peace and harmony, wiʾām (وئام), hints towards the need to consider the spiritual and temporal realms as twins for peace and harmony to prevail in the world. The commentary on the previous verse underscored the importance of man’s relationship and need for interaction with society at large. In addition to this, each individual is required to further comprehend that in order to be able [...]

2021-06-08T16:07:49+03:00June 8th, 2021|Philosophy|

Verse 37: Evergreen Gardens

The previous verse affirmed that if dunyā were to function in accordance with the tenets of dīn, balance and harmony would prevail in this world. The outcome of this balance, as stipulated in this verse, is a better quality of life for humanity, both individually and collectively.  Despite great technical advances the quest for an enriched quality of life for all humankind is an ongoing pursuit and remains somewhat elusive. How one defines ‘quality of life’ is also contested as [...]

2021-06-07T14:25:44+03:00June 7th, 2021|Philosophy|
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