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Hakawati Nights - an evening of traditional poetry and storytelling

Khidma is proud to present ‘Hakawati Nights: an evening of traditional poetry and storytelling’ celebrating the rich Islamic literary heritage and oral tradition. Translated literally “hakawati” means storyteller, the origins of the word lie in the terms hekaye and haki meaning 'story' and 'to talk'. The one who talked and told a story was a hakawati. 


The art of storytelling has long been a feature of the Islamic tradition and has played a central role in Muslim culture. The emphasis at storytelling and poetry gatherings is essentially on a shared experience of wisdom and love in a community. In keeping in line with this tradition, Khidma has invited Khayaal Theatre Company which shall be performing a collection of short stories from around the Muslim world that celebrate the Islamic dream of virtue. There will also be performances from Pearls of Islam who make use of a variety of rap, poetry and nasheeds to spread love of Allah and the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), British-Iranian nasheed artist Mariam Eslami as well as a group recitation of the Burda and a Qasida.


The event will mark the first of what we hope will be many successful initiatives for the women of Slough. Khidma is looking to serve through providing community and educational programmes, both needed and wanted, by the Muslim community.


Tea and refreshments will be served.


Date: Saturday 10th December 2011

Time: 5.00–8.00pm

Venue: Dawson House, First Floor, Ladbrooke Grove,

Chalvey, SL1 2SR

For: Women only

Cost: Tickets cost £5; book by clicking on the paypal button on the left. Age 12 and under are free.

Further Info: Call 07865901079