Monday, 17 June 2013

ILM SA's Musimah Today Conference 2013


Bismillah

As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh.

 

ILM-SA is pleased to announce that registration for Muslimah Today is now open. 

 

Muslimah Today is a two day conference, initiated last year, for women, about women, by women organised by ILM for Women, a branch of ILM-SA.

 

ILM-SA is a Durban-based NGO working in both the fields of Islamic education - particularly with the aim of encouraging Muslims to live less insular lives within a multi-cultural society through providing platforms where they can understand the real essence and message of the Qur'aan and life of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wassallam, as well as socio-economic upliftment of various communities through a range of innovative projects including provision of non-repayable bursaries.

 

The conference is aimed at encouraging women to view Islam as a holistic way of life.   It also showcases the talents, achievements and contributions of various South African women  conveying an understanding of how they have contributed to various spheres of society e.g. activism, social responsibility, media and publishing, etc. whilst maintaining their Islamic identities.

Last year four indigenous women converted to Islam on the last day of the conference, and several positive portrayals of Muslim women appeared   in mainstream media, both before, and after the event.

 

This year Muslimah Today will feature amongst others the Minister of Home Affairs Naledi Pandor, as well as Shafinaaz Hassim the author of SoPhia, Fatima Ndlovu who has converted more than 50 women to Islam in her area of Lindelani township, journalist Karen Tahirah Jayes who is also an author, Quraysha Ismail Sooliman a political science lecturer, 'aalimah and ITV presenter, and several more dynamic and inspirational women.

 

Everything you need to know about Muslimah Today - speakers, programme, registration procedure, venue, fees and dates and times -  appears below.  Please go through this email in detail before calling us, as we have tried to answer all possible questions herein.

 

We advise you to register as early as possible as the venue accommodates only 170 people.

 

1)  PROGRAMME

SATURDAY 31ST AUGUST 2013

9.00am    Registration, morning tea and informal networking as well as shopping

 

10.00am  INTRODUCTION

Speakers: ILM-SA representatives

Description:  Official welcome, opening Qira’ah (Qur’anic recitation), background information pertaining to the conference

 

10.15am KEY NOTE ADDRESS

Speaker:  Minister of Home Affairs Naledi Pandor

Topic:  The role of Muslim women in South African society

Description:  In this presentation Minister Pandor will share with delegates her perspectives on issues Muslim women (and women in general) can advocate for, and how they can become more involved in South African society whilst maintaining their Islamic identities. 

INCLUDES A QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION

 

11.15am INDIVIDUAL ADDRESS:

Speaker:  Quraysha Ismail Sooliman

Topic:  Muslimah Today:  Priorities in the life of the contemporary Muslim Woman

Description:  The speaker will share her perspectives on what constitutes the priorities in the life of a Muslim woman, in an era very different to the ones during which previous generations of South African women lived.

INCLUDES A QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION

 

12.00pm PANEL DISCUSSION:

Speakers:  Karen Tahirah Jayes and Fatima Ndlovu

Facilitator:  to be confirmed

Topic:  Islam and After

Breakdown:

12.00pm  What Appealed to me about Islam  – Karen Tahirah Jayes 12.20pm  How I came to Islam – Fatima Ndlovu

12.40pm  This is an interactive discussion (with the audience as well as the facilitator) on various issues pertaining to converting to Islam like challenges facing converts, contrasting the speakers’ different experiences and situations and other issues.   

 

1.30pm Lunch and Dhuhr Salaah as well as shopping

 

2.15pm INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION

Speaker:  Arshaad Manjra

Topic:  Lessons from Gaza

Description:  In this session the speaker will discuss her recent trip to Gaza as part of Team SA Gaza, and share some reflections and lessons with the accompaniment of audio-visual aides. 

INCLUDES A QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION

 

 

3.15pm PANEL DISCUSSION:

Topic:  Muslimahs Making a Difference

Speakers:  Aneesa Moola or Khadija Lockhat (Masakhane Girls Development Committee)  Quraysha Ismail Sooliman (Caring Women’s Forum), Faeeza Suleman (Circle of Care), Zohra Sooliman (Gift of the Givers)

Facilitator:  to be confirmed

Description: In this vibrant interactive discussion (with the audience as well as the facilitator) women who are involved in various NGOs, as well as individual charitable work will share their perspectives on the importance of doing so – the difference it has made in their lives, as well as the lives of the people they aim to empower, why they choose to devote such a large chunk of their lives to such activities, and how other women can become involved.  

 

4.30pm Tea and Asr Salaah as well as shopping

 

5.00pm  INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION

Speaker:  Shafinaaz Hassim

Topic:  Overcoming the Psychology of Grief, Stress and Depression in the life of a Muslimah

Description:  This topic will look at taking inspiration from the power of Khadijah radiyallahu anhaa, as well understanding the strength of Faatimah radiyallahu anhaa for e.g. why we read the Tasbeeh Faatimah, as well as how to overcome everyday distresses through aspects like shukr (gratitude), taqwa (consciousness of Allah) and tawakkul (trust in Allah).

NO QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION BUT DELEGATES CAN INTERACT WITH SPEAKER INFORMALLY AFTER MAGHRIB SALAAH

 

5.40pm  CONCLUDING REMARKS

Speaker:  ILM-SA representatives

Description:  Reminders for the next day, closing du’aa

 

5.45pm  Maghrib Salaah and informal interaction as well as shopping

 

 

SUNDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER 2013 IN SHA ALLAH

 

9.00am    Registration, morning tea and informal networking as well as shopping

 

10.00am  MORNING INSPIRATION

Presenter:  Shaykh Naasirudeen Ibrahim Zubair

Description:  Shaykh Naasirudeen is ILM-SA’s in-house Qur’an, tajweed and hifdh teacher.  He has studied the Qur’anic sciences for close to ten years in Egypt.  In this early morning session he will recite various portions of the Qur’an as a means of motivating women to embark on the journey towards studying the Qur’an and its meanings.   His recitation is truly inspirational and is sure to move hearts.  He will also share a short bit of advice. 

 

10.30am INDIVIDUAL ADDRESS

Speaker:  Shenaaz Jheebhai

Topic:  Befriending the Qur’an – How and Why?

Description: In this session the speaker, who is heavily involved in studying and teaching the Qur’an as well as the Arabic language, will share her perspectives on how to connect/re-connect with the Book of Allah.

INCLUDES A QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION

 

11.15am PANEL DISCUSSION

Topic:  Creative writing as a means of educating the community about burning issues

Speakers:  Karen Tahirah Jayes and Shafinaaz Hassim

Facilitator:  to be confirmed

Breakdown:

11.15am Facilitator’s Introduction

11.20am Why I wrote For the Mercy of Water  -  Karen Tahirah Jayes 12.00pm  Why I wrote Sophia  - Shafinaaz Hassim

Description:  Both speakers will talk about why they chose to write about specific topics close to their hearts through the medium of fiction. 

12.40pm  Discussion with the facilitator and audience about creative writing, and how these writers have managed to break into a highly competitive market, inspirations for their ideas, the writing process and various other issues related to both the book itself, as well as the themes they highlight for e.g. SoPhia deals with domestic violence and For the Mercy of Water deals with capitalistic societies.  .

 

1.30pm Lunch and Dhuhr Salaah

 

2.15pm INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION

Speaker:  Kassa Zainab Barakamfitye

Topic:  A Refugee’s Story

Description:  In this session 22 year old Kassa who hails from Burundi will simply tell her story:  how and why she came to South Africa as a child, what’s motivated her to excel at her studies at university, her dreams for her country of birth and her future, and her perspectives on the South African Muslim community.

INCLUDES A QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION

 

 

3.00pm INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION

Speaker:  Quraysha Ismail Sooliman

Topic:  Fostering a Spirit of Sisterhood in our midst

Description:  The speaker will enlighten delegates about the foundations of sisterhood in Islamic history and how to implement them in our country, where Muslims hail from different ideological, racial and cultural backgrounds, and such diversity often seperates rather than unites.  The speaker will also touch on reaching out to women from other religious groups in an effort to work together in fighting common issues like substance abuse, racism, etc.

INCLUDES A QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION

4.00PM INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION

Speaker:  Mrs Zuleikha Mayat

Topic:  Advices to contemporary Muslim women

Description: In this closing address, the esteemed speaker will draw on her decades of experience to share some insight, wisdom and advice to delegates on how to carve a meaningful space for themselves in society. 

NO QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION BUT DELEGATES CAN INTERACT WITH SPEAKER INFORMALLY AFTER CONCLUSION OF PROGRAMME

 

4.30pm Presentation of the Muslimah Today 2013 Award for Meaningful Contribution to the Upliftment of South African Muslim Women – recipient will be announced on the day

 

4.35pm CONCLUSION

Speakers: ILM-SA representatives

Description:  Official closing, vote of thanks and closing du’aa

 

4.45pm Tea and Asr Salaah and informal networking

VENUE, REGISTRATION AND OTHER DETAILS DATES AND TIMES:

Saturday 31st August 2013 – 9am to 5.45pm Sunday 1st September 2013 – 9am to 4.45pm

 

VENUE:  University of Kwazulu-Natal, Westville Campus, Senate Chamber  - Durban

 

REGISTRATION FEE:  R200

-              this is the cost IN TOTAL for attending both days; i.e. R100 per day, NOT R200 per day

-              this includes:  lunch and  tea as well as writing material and gifts

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT FEES

-              It is not our intention to make money out of imparting knowledge about Islam. However, as a non-profit organisation we encounter difficulty in raising non-Zakaah funds to pay cover our administrative costs etc.  We therefore sometimes charge nominal fees for some of our programmes. 

-              Our programmes are however, accessible to everyone; MANY people who cannot afford the fees attend.  We urge anyone who is unable to pay the Muslimah Today registration fee to contact us to make an arrangement for either a discount or a fee exemption. 

-              We also urge individuals/companies who are in a position to do so, to enquire about sponsoring someone who cannot afford the fee.

 

               REGISTRATION PROCEDURE

                 There are only 170 seats available for Muslimah Today, and we expect them to be taken up    

                 quickly in sha Allah.  We therefore urge you to register   as soon as possible.  In order to do 

                 so, please follow these steps:

-              SMS/Whatsapp your name, surname, telephone numbers, email address and meal choice (chicken/veg) to 083 271 4500, email these details to info@ilmsa.co.za or BBM them to 2729054A.  You will be sent a confirmation message together with a code e.g. MT20131

-              Pay the registration fee of R200 within 7 days of registering the above details. Should you not pay within 7 days, your registration will automatically be cancelled.  You can do so in two ways:

1)            Via our bank account (EFTs are preferred; if you are making a cash deposit, please add R10 to cover cash deposit fees):  Account Holder:  Institute for Learning and Motivation – South Africa; Bank: FNB; Account Number:  62143281905; Branch Code:  222826.  Reference: the code we sent you, e.g. MT20131

2)            Cash, in person:  You can make arrangements to pay cash to our administrator Maulana Khalid Yacob at the NMJ Islamic Centre, corner Hendry Road and Mountainview Drive.  In order to do so, please contact him on 084 921 5883.  Do not go to the NMJ without making a prior arrangement with him first as he is sometimes teaching/engaged in one of our rural projects.  Please do not call him for other queries regarding Muslimah Today, as these are dealt with by a separate department (see below) – he should only be contacted should you wish to make a cash payment arrangement with him.

 

             CHILDCARE

-              We do provide a childcare facility in the vicinity of the conference.  Children are looked after by an underprivileged sister who is currently training as a Montessori teacher.  We ask that all mothers give her a small donation (directly, not via the organisation) on the days in question.

 

             FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

-              We do not accept cash at the door on the day of the event for several reasons.  Regrettably no exceptions can be made in this regard.

-              At this stage we cannot tell you what meals will be served for lunch.  We can only confirm that there will be a vegetarian and chicken option.  Please don’t forget to send your preference to us when registering. 

-              Registration for Muslimah Today is only open to women at this stage.

-              We cannot accommodate single day registrations at this stage, but may be able to do so from the 20th of August onwards.  Should you wish to register for just one day, please contact us from this date onwards. 

-              There is no closing date for registration.  We will register sisters for as long as there are places available, until the day before the event, i.e. the 30th of August.  However, as mentioned above, we cannot guarantee places to anyone as the venue only accommodates 170 delegates.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT ILM-SA IN ONE OF THE FOLLOWING WAYS:

Whatsapp/SMS:  083 271 4500

BBM:  2729054A


If we cannot deal with your query in one of the above ways, we will call you in sha Allah.

 

***Muslimah Today is brought to you by ILM for Women, a branch of ILM-SA, in conjunction with Iqraa Trust, Amka, La Primo, the Willowton Group, Ahmed Asmal Professional Accountants and several individual members of the community to whom we are eternally grateful***

 


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