Press Releases

Statement: Situation in Iraq

The World Federation of KSIMC and The Council of European Jamaats clarifies Ayatullah Sayyid Ali al-Husaini al-Sistani's statement concerning the current situation in Iraq.

Scout invested at Al Mahdi Centre

Scouts At Mosque1Wessex Jamaat hosted the 17th Fareham scouts at Al Mahdi Centre on 12th February 2014. This was the first visit of a Scout Group to the centre. There were about 30 people from the 17th Fareham troop with their leaders.

Husayn Day at Wessex Jamaat | 8th December 2013

HDOn Sunday 8th December 2013, Wessex Jamaat held the first Husayn Day at the new Al-Mahdi Centre. The interfaith gathering aimed to commemorate the martyrdom of the Prophet’s grandson and to draw inspiration from the sacrifice made.

The 'Husayni Can-Paign' Food Appeal

photoHomelessness and food poverty is a dark and hidden secret in the wider community. Thus, an enthusiastic drive was promoted to collect tins of food, toiletries and other necessities for distribution to the needy in the community.

Address by Sheikh Fazle Abbas Datoo at 19th Annual Interfaith Gathering | 21st January 2014

Resident Alim / Imam
Wessex Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat – Al Mahdi Centre
21st January, 2014

Portsmouth youth proceeding to Syria and the divisive sectarian comments

We were saddened and dismayed to learn from the BBC programme Newsnight aired on 20th November, 2013 of a 23 year old young man from Portsmouth who has proceeded to join the rebel forces in Syria. Further we are shocked and worried to hear divisive sectarian rhetoric from the brother of the young man in Portsmouth.

Ashra-Muharram 1435 Statement

Dear Mu’mineen,

Salamun alaykum,

In response to the announcements from other UK Jamaats and organisations, the Wessex Jamaat Executive Committee have considered the situation and in consultation with the Resident Alim, Shaykh Fazle Abbas Datoo, we would like to make the following announcement:

Bishop of Portsmouth Diocese Visits Al Mahdi

Bishop 1The Church of England's Bishop of Portsmouth, Rt Rev Christopher Foster, together with the Dean of Portsmouth Cathedral, The Very Rev David Brindley, visited Al Mahdi Centre on 24th September, 2013.