Abu Zahra Foundation Presents: The Way Forward: A Community Forum

Sallam alaykum.

Abu Zahra Foundation

invites you to


Following on from the successful opening forum, this is another opportunity for us to convene. Many issues and areas for community action were raised in the previous forum, therefore, the purpose of this meeting will be to discuss the aims and objectives and set out a timetable for action. In light of this we would like you to consider the following matters in advance:

  • aims and objectives of the forum
  • how should the forum be structured?
  • how should objectives be met?
  • frequency of meetings
  • any other matters
Shaykh Idris Watts
Azhar Hussain

Saturday 18th April 2009

Victoria Primary School
Cartmel Rd
BD21 2RD

Buffet meal and refreshments provided.

Limited spaces – Attendance via booking only. Please book to confirm your attendance even if you attended the previous forum.

To book your place please contact us on

e: info@abuzahra.org
t: 07506 724582

Abu Zahra Foundation

Located in Keighley, a small northern England town, Abu Zahra Foundation was founded in June 2001 to convey the fundamental and intermediate Islamic Sciences, in accordance with the Prophetic example in a way that is relevant to Muslims living in the West.

The Foundation runs a unique part-time madrasa for children teaching the Qur’an and other foundational Islamic Sciences. It has organised one-day intensives and short courses on various subjects, and facilitated public lectures from some of the finest scholars in the West.  Our resident scholars have also spoken at many conferences and taught at din-intensives up and down the country.  Other initiatives have included working with schools offering workshops on the basic tenets of Islam, Public Lecture Series, Outdoor Activities Programme, Healthy Lifestyle Programme, Day Excursions and Sports.

Members of the Foundation have also reached out to the non-Muslim community through the media and Inter-faith forums. We are committed to fostering community cohesion and dialogue with other faith communities.

Shaykh Idris Watts

Born and raised in Kent, Muhammad Idris Watts accepted Islam in 1998 in the first year of his Arabic Language Degree at the University of Leeds. Shaykh Idris graduated in 2002 from the University and moved to Fez to continue his religious studies. He attended classes at the Qarawiyeen University in the Old City for the next four years covering subjects such as Fiqh, Aqidah, Classical Arabic and Tajwid.

He returned to England in 2007, and recently took up the full-time post of Resident Scholar at the Abu Zahra Foundation.

Azhar Hussain

Azhar Hussain is an Executive Committee member of Abu Zahra Foundation. He graduated from the London School of Economics and is a qualified accountant working in Leeds. After spending a year studying Arabic at Qasid Institute, Jordan in 2003, he returned to continue his studies in the Religious Sciences privately with local teachers.

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