The first 10 days of Muharram are traditionally seen as days of grief and sorrow, due the epic martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, in the barren land of Karbala. His struggle, along with a small band of his family members and companions, stood up against oppression and injustice, and is amongst the major turning points in Islamic history, in the year 61 AH.

Following the Battle of Karbala, the family of Imam Hussain, most notably his sister, Lady Zaynab, the granddaughter of Prophet Muhammad, and his son, Imam Zain al-Abideen, formulated gatherings remembering the tragedy, and advising the believers to recall the battle as a means of inspiration and spiritual benefit. Across the world today, the ceremonies consisting of the recitation of the Qur’an, lamentation poetry, and a sermon, are delivered, enlivening the legacy of the the tragic episode.

The Islamic Center at New York University will be holding the majalis programs everyday for the first 10 days of Muharram, and will be culminating with a day program on Ashura; the 10th of Muharram. The guest speaker for our programs will be Sheikh Faiyaz Jaffer.

WHERE: Islamic Center at NYU
WHEN: 7pm, October 2nd

These nights are used to reflect on the major themes represented by Imam Hussain and his family. Millions of people, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, commemorate the tragedy of Imam Hussain. All are invited and requested to attend.

About the Speaker

Sheikh Faiyaz Jaffer is the newly appointed Affiliate Shia Chaplain at the Islamic Center at New York University, amongst the first Shia chaplains in the United States. He attained an MA degree in Islamic Studies (UK), with a concentration on early Islamic history, with his dissertation entitled “The Role of Lamentation Poetry in Safeguarding the Karbala Narrative During the Imami Period.” He has had his research published by academic journals.

In pursuing the classical course of Islamic education, Sheikh Faiyaz studied in the Hawza of Karbala, next to the shrine of Imam Hussain (a). He currently continues his fieldwork as part of the Islamic Research Institute in New York. As a faith leader and social activist, Faiyaz Jaffer has lectured at various universities, seminars, and workshops across the United States, Canada, Europe, East Africa, and the Middle East. Due to the political and social climate, he has been making strides in the greater New York area by taking part in a number of interfaith seminars and discussions in the aspiration of increasing dialogue with various faith leaders. As a highly sought after lecturer and religious leader, Sheikh Faiyaz regularly leads prayer services and delivers sermons across North America.

Sheikh Faiyaz can be contacted at fj490@nyu.edu.