What is Felicity House?
Felicity House will hopefully serve as the Headquarters for Greensville Trust. InshaAllah it will consist of a Micro Madrasa Academy for Adult Education, Dawah Drop-In Centre, Children's Nursery, Prayer Room, Islamic Library, Cafe & Art Gallery, and Garden Area for Reflection. It will be the base from which our teachers, Ustadha Nagheba, Sheikh Ibrahim, and Sheikh Haroon, can continue their outreach programs in various towns and cities throughout the UK.
The vision of Greensville Trust is to spread sacred Islamic knowledge throughout the UK (http://www.greensvilletrust.org/). Recently, Greensville Trust arranged the national "Realities of Faith Tour" with Habib Kadhim, bringing a world renowned scholar from the Yemen to the UK.
In order to complete the refurbishment of the Felicity House building a further £200k is needed. Hence the "Declaration of Love" Event in Manchester; to declare our love for the Prophet (saw) by raising money to further the religion of the Prophet (saw).
This is an event taking place on the birthday of the Prophet (saw) on the 12th Rabi' al-Awwal (Saturday 4th February) featuring scholars, poets, nasheed artists and much more (further details below).
Tickets are £25 which cover the cost of the venue, the performers, PLUS a 5-course meal. However, as a charity dinner it is hoped that people will donate generously on the night.
We have all benefited from studying under Ustadha Nagheba, Sheikh Ibrahim, and Sheikh Haroon, and this would be a fitting way to show our gratitude to Allah and enable others to benefit in the same way we have.
Sisters tickets are available from Khalida on 07543 291887 and brothers tickets can be purchased from Shakeel on 07817 314133.
Please join us for what promises to be an amazing and inspirational evening of enlightenment.
"A DECLARATION OF LOVE - IN PURSUIT OF FELICITY".
Scholars Faiz Qureshy, Abdul Karim Yahya, Yahya Rhodus, Ibrahim Osi-Efa
Nasheed Artists Umar Abdullah Debois & Hamza Robertson
HBO Def Poet Amir Suleiman
Filmmaker & Photographer Mustafa Davis
International Islamic Calligrapher Saba Arbilli
Plus Five-course meal!!!
A short biography of the performers can be found below.
Venue The Sheridan Suite, 371 Oldham Road, Manchester M40 8EA
Time 7.00pm to 10.30pm (doors open 6.00pm) Saturday 4th February 2012 (12th Rabi al-Awwal 1433)
Biography of Performers:
Faiz Qureshy is the Educational Director of Ribat Institute. He studied the Islamic Sciences for 8 years in Syria and Yemen. He has carried out pastoral work for the Prison Service and worked with long-term sufferers of mental health illnessses, and is currently employed to undertake spiritual and pastoral care at Broadmoor High Security Hospital.
Abdul Karim Yahya was born and raised in Berkely, California and embraced Islam in 1989. After having been inspired by Imam Ghazali's works, he travelled with his family to Syria and Yemen to learn more about Islam. Shaykh Abdul Karim continues to study and work extensively as a translator for Habib Umar bin Hafiz and Habib Ali al-Jifri.
Yahya Rhodus was born in Kansas City, Missouri and embraced Islam at the age 19. Since then he has searched for Islamic knowledge, travelling to Mauritania, Syria and Yemen. In 2005 he returned to the US to teach at Zaytuna Institute with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf but continues to travel extensively to teach, lecture and conduct weekend seminars.
Ibrahim Osi-Efa was born and raised in Liverpool. He has been blessed to study several classical disciplines from the world's greatest scholars in Mauritania, Syria and Yemen. Shaykh Ibrahim is the founder of Greensville Trust and currently resides in Liverpool with his wife, Ustadha Nagheba Hayel, and their two children.
Umar Abdullah Debois was born and raised outside of Philadelphia. He began singing at the age of 3. In 2007 Umar embraced Islam and has since worked with Zain Bhika, Native Deen, and Allah made me Funny. He seeks to master the art of creating nasheeds with Voice and Drum combinations.
Hamza Robertson was born in Oldham, Lancashire and was raised in a Christian family environment. From an early age he was involved in music and the performing arts. At the age of 21 he embraced Islam and decided to travel to the Middle East in search of further knowledge and enlightenment. He was discovered by Yusuf Islam and now writes nasheeds which focus on sending out positive messages. He has collaborated with Sami Yusuf on the tracks "Your Beauty" and "The Mountain".
Amir Suleiman is an accomplished poet, activist and recording artist. He has shared the stage with the likes of Kanye West, Lauryn Hill, The Last Poets, Dead Prez, Wu-Tang Clan, Stevie Wonder and many more. His track "When I die (rebuild)" features Mos Def and his debut album "Like a Thief in the Night" has received critical acclaim.
Mustafa Davis was born and raised in the Bay Area of Northern California. After a difficult childhood he embraced Islam at age 24 (read his story in his own words below). He travelled for seven years across Europe, Africa and the Middle East armed with his camera to find obscure stories that needed a voice. He ended up in Yemen where he met acclaimed documentary filmmaker Stefan Tolz and thereafter trained in documentary filmmaking. His work has been showcased internationally on MTV, iTV, Abu Dhabi TV, Dubai TV, MBC amongst others, and at international film festivals.
Saba Arbilli is a renowned international Islamic British calligrapher who has won many international awards for his works. Trained by grand masters, Saba conducts workshops internationally, demonstrating his craft and bringing about a growth in understanding in this arena.