Thursday, 4 August 2016

Muslimah Today Conference 2016

*It’s all systems go for the fifth annual Muslimah Today conference which takes place in Durban, next weekend, and women from as far afield as Soweto and Cape Town have registered*

The theme of the conference is *The Path to Happiness.*

Here we take a look at some of the many speakers who will be sharing their knowledge with the 150 or so women who are expected to attend.

*“Mamma” Zuleikha Mkhize* – who resides in Springs - converted to Islam in 1970 and is the mother of two of South Africa’s most prominent Islamic scholars, Maulana Moosa and Maulana Abbaas Mkhize. She is passionate about educating people about Islam, and the topic she’ll be presenting at the conference is “The Secret to Happiness.”

*Zuleikha Mayat* – is one of the founding members of the Women’s Cultural Group. She is a community stalwart who has written various well-known non-fiction works and is looked up to by women within the community. She will be presenting a talk on the topic: “The Path to Happiness: Lessons I have learned.”

*Safiyyah Surtee* - is a postgraduate candidate in the Study of Islam program at the University of Johannesburg's Department of Religious Studies. She is a co-founder of Faithworks South Africa, a Qur’an study circle and interfaith initiative, which hosts public events on current affairs, spirituality and the Islamic arts. Safiyyah is a community activist, public speaker, writer, wife, mother to twin girls and best friend to her horses. Safiyyah will present two topics at Muslimah Today, namely, “Islam – a way of being” and “The journey inward – contented souls.”

*Radia Bawa* - is the principal of Darun Naim Li-Zuhur, a Cape Town-based Islamic studies institute for women, of which she herself is a graduate. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in media and communication science, and is highly skilled in the recitation of the Qur’an which she memorised as a child. She resides in Cape Town with her husband and three little daughters. Radia’s topics at Muslimah Today are: “Al-Qur’an: the ultimate source of happiness” and “Finding happiness through reflecting on the Divine Names and Attributes of Allah.”

*Fatima Chohan* – is the deputy minister of home affairs and will deliver the key note address entitled: “How South African Muslim women can contribute to a happier society.”

Other speakers include *Dr Raeesa Aboobaker* (homeopath, topic: “Identifying and fulfilling the physical and emotional needs of women”), *Dr Fahrial Amla* (industrial psychologist, topic: “Psychological strengths of Muslim women as leaders in the workplace” (Phd dissertation)), *Dr Shakira Cassim* (medical doctor, topic: “Happy brain, happy life: programming the brain for happiness”), and *Fatima Mnxulwa* (humanitarian, topic: “Why I chose Islam”)

*Muslimah Today takes place on Saturday and Sunday the 13th and 14th of August 2016, at the UKZN Westville campus. Entry to Muslimah Today costs R350 (in total, not per day) which includes lunch and tea. Sponsorships and discounts are available for women who cannot afford the fee. Registration closes on August 10th. For a detailed programme and more information about registering, Whatsapp 083 271 4500 or email*

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