Zainabiya Welfare Foundation is a registered charity (Registered Charity 1153961) based in Reading (England). It is serving the local Shia Ithna Ashary Muslim community in and around Reading. Zainabiya centre is a platform for Friday (Jummah) prayer, Thursday nights gatherings (lectures, Dua, congregational prayers), Quranic and religious education for children and manu other religious and social gatherings. We aim to promote the true teachings and values of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w), through the Quran and his Ahlulbayt (a.s).
Reading Shia Ithna Ashari community came together on November 2012 at Sayed Taha Hussain’s residence and decided to establish ‘Zainabiya Welfare Foundation’ to meet the requirement of the Shia community in Reading (Berkshire, United Kingdom) and fulfil religious obligations. The meeting was inspired by Maulana Syed Dr Abbas Naqvi of Woking, who attended and gave us the initial guidance and support.
Since then, Zainabiya Reading have been meeting every Thursday evening; for dua Kumail, Hadees e Kisa and Zikr e Aimma Pak (a.s) and whenever there is a date of Wiladat and Shahadat we have been blessed by Allah swt to be able to organise and benefit from this.
Our seminars are arranged in English, Urdu and Arabic, and we aim to have a bilingual sermon for the compulsory Friday prayers. We, in Reading, began Jummah prayers in late February 2013 for the first time, another joyous occasion for the shia of Berkshire, in particular in Reading.