As I contemplate on how to pen down my experience as a mentor for the recently concluded WF girls’ youth course, my thoughts run to the time when I was a little girl and yearned to go out and explore the world, similar to these girls who were bubbling with exuberance, vitality and an insatiable thirst for learning new things. My mentoring experience to these girls was exhilarating and a source of enlightenment.
Brief report for Muharram activities - Cuba and Mexico.
The World Federation as part of its External Tableegh program, sponsored Sayyid Muhammad Sibtain Razavi to visit Havana, Cuba and Mexico City, Mexico after receiving several requests of assistance for a Muharram program from the locals there.
The Shia population in Cuba and Mexico is very limited as compared to other places. Initially, when the group started their activities in 1999, they were only 6 brothers and 2 sisters. The group however, owns a small Islamic centre since 2003 where all the religious activities are conducted. Over the years, they have been working on spreading the message of Islam and Alhamdulillah have succeeded to quite an extent with the numbers of Shia's going up to almost 100 brothers and sisters. However, as some brothers moved out in search of better financial opportunities and some of them for educational purposes, the number of Shia brothers and sisters in Cuba has been reduced to around 60.
The Muharram activities that were conducted at the centre were a daily Majalis followed by latmiyyah, with special arrangements for Dua Tawassul and dinner on Tuesday nights and Dua Kumail and dinner on Thursday nights. The Majalis were attended by men, women and children.
Apart from delivering the lectures in the centre, Sayyid also attended a Christian multi-faith seminary for religious dialogue on Imam Husayn (as). Sayyid offered a token of appreciation to the seminary and received a token from the seminary as well, as a souvenir.
His trip was overall a great success.
Mexico City, Mexico
As part of the activities for Muharram, the Ameerul Momineen Islamic Centre in Mexico in collaboration with The World Federation organised majalis programmes for their community members. The centre also organised a procession which was attended in good numbers by men, women and children.
Additionally, a water distribution drive was organised where the members of the Shia community handed out bottles of water and pamphlets about the message of Imam Husayn (as) to passersby. Some of the curious passersby also stopped to inquire about the pamphlets and what the water distribution drive was all about.
Sayyid Razavi also met with Pakistani lovers of Ahlul Bayt (as) in Mexico, which compromises of around 70% of Sunni Muslims and 30% Shia Muslims who all commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (as) by holding Majalis and Matam. It is worth noting that all these people have migrated to Mexico from a village called Abbasspourah in Multan, Pakistan.
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Reflections of Sermon 109
It is duly appropriate to learn some lessons from Imam Ali (as) when aiming to become a better person. This sermon will allow us to expand our knowledge where it shapes our future in an attempt to make a victory of something we know nothing about.