SHAFAQNA – As part of our Ashura Awareness Week, we will be having the UK Premiere screening of the documentary ‘Arbaeen’ followed by a Q&A and English poetry.
‘Arbaeen’ is an intimately filmed spiritual journey of visitors from around the world on a life changing experience to visit Imam Hussain (as), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (s), in one of the most perilous times in Iraq’s history where DAESH/ISIS threatened the lives of those choosing to stand in their defiance and walk the 90 kilometre spiritual walk of Arbaeen from Najaf to Karbala.
The film features interviews with: Sayed Ammar Nakshawani, Axel Plathe (UNESCO), Ali Fadhil, Sayed Hussain Makke, Saarah Bokhari, Sheikh Ayyub, Mohammad Abbas Karim and many more.
The ensuing Q&A will be with the director, Reza John Vedadi, and Zameer Hussain, a Head of Religious Education, Philosophy & Theology at a Secondary School. Reza John Vedadi is a producer of award winning documentaries while Zameer Hussain has written a book introducing Islam to non-Muslims, alongside having written parts of the Islam curriculum of RE in schools. Finally, the poetry section will include recitations from Mahdi Abadi.
The aim of this event is to raise awareness about the remembrance of the tragedy of Ashura, and why it is so important for Muslims living in the West, and for non-Muslims who want to better understand the beliefs of their fellow citizens.
The film will share with the audience the ideology and importance of this tragic event, which exists in the hearts and minds of Muslims for over 1300 years. Why does such an event from another time and place still effect the way Muslims think, feel and act?
Using the methods of film and recitation the story of Ashura and importance of Imam Hussain (as) is brought into the 21st Century.
Even – Clore Lecture Theatre, Huxley Building, Imperial College, London, SW7 2RH
Time & Date – 3 November, 7pm-9pm