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Join us from Wednesday, November 14th to Wednesday, Nov 21st, 2012 for Muharram in Manhattan.

Islamic Center at NYU, 4th Floor Main Prayer Room

Muharram offers an opportunity to remember the life of Husayn Ibn Ali (AS), the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (swawm), and reminds us of his profound legacy. At Karbala, in modern day Iraq, on the 10th of Muharram 61 (A.H), Husayn, his family members and his companions made their courageous stand against the tyrannical ruler of the time. The tragic events that followed are acknowledged by all Muslims, as well as major historians, and are commemorated in poetry and prose by millions across the world every year, most notably in the first 10 days of Muharram, evoking overwhelming emotions in crowds of thousands. This practice in the Shia tradition is known as Azadari, or Aza. Established by Husayn's own sister, Zaynab, in her dramatic orations on the road to Damascus as a prisoner, Azadari is a tradition that spans over 14 centuries. We invite you to join us for these Majlis-e-Aza at Islamic Center at NYU, so we can continue to establish this same tradition here in Manhattan.

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Please invite your friends to this enlightening event.

We are still looking for sponsors for each of these majlises. Please contact Brother Naqi Haider at [masked] or[masked], if you are interested in helping out with this important endeavor. Inshallah, you will be rewarded for your efforts.

6:00pm -- Salaat-ul-Isha
-- Quranic recitation
-- Salaam & Marsiya (poetry in remembrance of the martyrs of Karbala)
6:45pm -- Majlis lecture recited by Syed Jawad Qazwini
7:30pm -- Noha & Maatam (poetry and lamentation)
8:00pm -- Tabarruk (small token of food and drink for attendees)

The lecture portion will expand on the topic of "Husayn and Zainab: Shaheed and Shahada", and how Karbala is a paradigm for us today to speak out as witnesses to injustice where ever it may occur in the world.

"The message of Husayn to mankind is this - if you are men of religion, then live your religion. If you do not follow a religion, then human freedom has placed a responsibility on your shoulders. As a religious person or a freedom-loving person, be the witness of your time and the Shaheed of truth and falsehood in your age."

--- Dr. Ali Shariati, Iranian sociologist and writer

This is a great opportunity for those who would like to learn more about this seminal event in Islamic history and others who would like to experience these sacred rituals of remembrance.

SPEAKER BIO: Syed Jawad Qazwini (

Sayed Mohammad Jawad Al-Qazwini is an American Muslim Imam of Iraqi origin and a rising global star. Currently based in Qom, Iran, Sayed Jawad is fluent in English, Arabic and Farsi. As the grandson of, Ayatollah Sayed Mortada Al-Qazwini, the current religious authority in the holy city of Karbala, Iraq, Sayed Jawad initiated his religious studies in California at the age of 16. After leaving California, Sayed established the Assadiq Islamic Educational Foundation, an Islamic center in Boca Raton, Florida in 2003. Since then, he has written numerous papers on Islamic sciences as well as contemporary Islamic issues including modern social Islamic thought.
A sought after speaker, Sayed has lectured at universities, colleges and mosques around the world on issues relating to Islam. He is a strong proponent of interfaith dialogue focusing on shared common values and is widely accepted as one of the most open-minded and inspirational scholars within the North American Muslim community. He is a regular commentator on global television; and is widely recognized as a powerful exegete of the Holy Quran.

A charismatic leader who has achieved recognition as an educator, scholar, and author, Sayed Jawad's work is centered around youth engagement and empowerment. As a vocal critic against terror and violence in the name of Islam and Muslims, Sayed Jawad is a strong advocate against extremism in all faiths.

In 2006, Sayed Mohammad Jawad moved to the city of Qom in Iran to continue his religious traditional studies. He is currently a student of the esteemed jurists Ayatollah Shaykh Mohsen Wahid Khorasani and Ayatollah Sayed Ali Milani.