Monday, March 18, 2013

Wisdom of the Founder of Tasawwuf

 Institute of Traditional Studies & Arts

Tasawwuf means scrupulously maintained moral character and religious discipline which one must cultivate and observe towards all the creatures of God in the interests of peace and happiness of mankind” – Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishty (r.a.)

Hazrat Imam Ali is unanimously acclaimed by the Sufis as the founder of tasawwuf as he combined mystical intuition with the firmest grasp of Islamic theology. He is regarded and remembered by all Muslims – and not just the Shi’a – as the most important spiritual figure in Muslim history after the Prophet himself.

The Prophet (s.a.w.) said:
“I am the City of Knowledge and Ali is the Gate of the City”
“Whoever takes me as his Maula (Master) should also take this Ali as his Maula.”

Hazrat Shaikh Ahmed Sirhindi Naqshbandi Mujaddid e Alf Sani says that Hazrat Imam Ali was designated as Shah-e-Wilayat-e-Kubra..(Letter No. 134, Maktubat Shaikh Ahmed Sirhindi, Vol.3)

Wisdom of Imam Ali Karam Allahu Wajahu
Selections from Nahjulbalagha (Urdu)
'نہج  البلاغہا سے اقتباس '

Thursday, 28th March 2013
 5:00 to 6:00 pm

Online Sitting via Skype*
Syed Muhammad Hasan Rizvi

*If you wish to participate, kindly send in your own Skype ID request to the Skype ID 'Hast-o-Neest' - and log in at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled time with your MIC SWITCHED OFF - Questions can be written at the end of the talk and Hasan Rizvi shb will answer them via Skype. (Please note that the class will be audio only)

rNahjulbalagha: Al-Sharif Al-Radi Abu al Hasan (Baghdad, 970-1015) is the compiler of letters, sermons and sayings of Imam Ali (a.s.) known as Nahjul Balaghah - Peak of Eloquence. A number of al-Razi’s teachers were Sunni and Mu’tazili. He had intimate friendly relations of mutual respect with eminent contemporary scholars, poets and writers professing different faiths – an indication of his broad humanism and tolerance.

Queries: 0300 847 1855

Friday, March 15, 2013

Symposium on Sacred Art in London

For the Study of Comparative Religion
One-Day Symposium on Saturday 18th May 2013:

A Search for the Time-less in Sacred Art and Architecture: The Case of an Architectural Practice in Lahore and an Arts and Crafts Institute in London.

There will be three lectures given by Kamil Khan Mumtaz, Taimoor Khan Mumtaz and the Prince's School of Traditional Arts' Director of Education, Paul Marchant. The School's Senior MA Tutor, Emma Clark, will introduce the day.

The cost of the day is £15, or £10 for concessions, which includes light refreshments. For details and booking please visit The Matheson Trust website or call 01223 352387. 

The symposium will take place at The Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD (nearest underground Euston/Euston Square). 

(Queries in Pakistan: 0300 849 3170)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Arabic Musical Scales - ONCE A WEEK at KAHNA, FEROZEPUR ROAD

Maqamat of Qira'at e Quran
A unique opportunity to learn the Maqamat 
- Arabic Musical Scales of Quranic Recitation

A one year course for children and teenagers (10 to 18 years old)
 on the traditional Arab method of beautiful recitation - maqamat 
taught by Qari Khalid Uthman Alvi Al-Azhari (Egypt/Pakistan)
(Voice quality and hifz of some Surahs-Ayat of the Quran - minimum last 10 surahs of the Quran - is a prerequisite)
The human voice is an important instrument. 
In Egypt, the maqamat essentially describe the various patterns of melody that various qurra use in their recitation. This adds to the beauty of proper articulation and proper rhythm that one learns from studying the science of Quranic recitation, tajweed.

The Maqamat are 7 in their roots or foundations. Each Maqam is said to be a street or a way.
Once a week - Saturdays
3:00 to 5:00 pm

Qari Khalid Uthman Alvi teaches at Superior University, Lahore 
and at Hast-o-Neest Institute of Traditional Studies & Arts

REGISTER by SUNDAY, 31st  MARCH 2013 for Voice Audition
ONLINE (click here)  or
 - SEND 'Recite: Name, Age, Email & Cell number'
to 0300 847 1855 or on
Hast-o-Neest at KAHNA ( (between Eden Gardens and Elite Town)
Sparco Road (near Stop no.5), MAIN FEROZEPUR-KASUR ROAD

 - Major Roads that connect to Main Ferozepur Road are Defence Road, Kahna Kacha Road (reconnects to Defence Road), Raiwind Road, Walton Road, Ghazi Road, Lahore Ring Road (connects to Bedian Rd.) and Kamahan Road.

Queries: 0300 847 1855 

Arabic Language Level 1 & 2

Register by Monday 11th March 2013


A three month basic Arabic Language course 
taught by Qari Khalid Uthman Alvi al Azhari 
Level 1: Introduction & Vocabulary
Level 2: Grammar & Sentences
Level 3: Complete Sentences & Conversation

Each level is of one month duration, twice a week i.e. 8 sittings in a month.
Qari Khalid Alvi sahib will also introduce Arabic sayings and mystical poetry.

Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Level 1: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Level 2: 6:45 to 7:45 pm

Register online by Monday 11th March 2013 (click here)
 or register by sending 'Arabic': Name, Email & Cell number
to 0300 847 1855 or on

Hast-o-Neest Gulberg

 0300 847 1855

Friday, March 1, 2013

Lecture on Ibn al Arabi: Dr. Ayesha Leghari

 Institute of Traditional Studies & Art
invites you to a lecture

Shaykh ul Akbar Ibn al Arabi's 
Concept of 'Insaan-ul-Kamil' - The Perfect Human being

Dr. Ayesha Leghari Saeed

Sunday, 3rd March 2013
at 4:30 pm
at 2S, Gulberg II, Lahore

Shaykh ul Akbar ibn al Arabi: Despite his early and extraordinary spiritual development al-Shaykh al-Akbar (b.1165 CE)  never ceased learning from other shaykhs and ulama until almost the end of his days. When he spent the latter part of his life traveling in the Muslim lands, he would always seek out prominent shaykhs and alims wherever he went and become their disciple even though he often traveled with a large entourage of his own students and disciples.  In his quest for knowledge he traveled widely in Morocco and other parts of North Africa.
Al-Shaykh al-Akbar  produced many tracts and treatises throughout his life, the most famous among them being al-Fusus al-Hikam, which to this day remains one of the key texts on Muslim prophetology, the Tarjuman al-Ashwaq, a divan of his poetry, and al-Futuhat al Makkiya, in which diverse topics of Tasawwuf are illuminated in the light of the Quran and Hadith. All three were composed or completed in Damascus.
Like all major Sufi saints, al-Shaykh al-Akbar was particularly concerned with the five pillars of Islam, and gave elaborate explanations of the spiritual meaning and benefits of each. Just the way he derived his spiritual insights from the literal meaning of revelation, similarly, he considered it essential to follow the outer aspect of the Sharia, like the rituals, if one were to acquire and benefit from its inner dimension.

Dr. Ayesha Leghari Saeed:
-PhD from the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies University of Melbourne
-Graduated in Applied Psychology, English Literature and Arabic, Kinnaird College, Lahore
-Visiting Lecturer on Educational Psychology, Islamic Philosophy of Education, Iqbal’s Philosophy, and Ibn al Arabi’s teachings at Foundation University Islamabad/Rawalpindi, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam University, International Islamic University, Cambridge University, Melbourne University and the Comparative Religions Group of The Asian Study Group, Islamabad.
-Associated with Iqbal Review and Interreligious Insight, an international journal promoting inter-faith dialogue. 
-Currently writing a book contracted by Edwin Mellon on Ibn al Arabi’s teachings.
-Co-founder with Dr Amineh Hoti of an organization called “Valuing Diversity” in Islamabad with the aim of working for Interreligious, intergroup and interpersonal harmony in Pakistan.
-Coordinator for a small charity organization called the Ammaji Development Organization which has worked for disaster relief, health and education in Dera Ghazi Khan as well as in the Northern areas of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir.

Queries: 0300 849 3170