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2nd International Islamic Retreat
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Second International Islamic Retreat
Thursday, 27 Jamadil Akhir 1431
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Islamic Network South Africa is happy to extend an invitation to you to join us for the 2nd International Islamic Retreat which takes place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 21st to 27th March 2011. The success of the first Retreat, held last year in Trinidad and Tobago will be hard to match; however we have expanded the program and do hope you will benefit from it Insha Allah.
The basic purpose of the Retreat is to return to the Holy Qur’ān and Ahadīth of Prophet Muhammad (sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) to explain the reality of the world today – its wars, politics, economy, money, feminism, etc, and their link with mysterious events taking place in the Holy Land. The Retreat also seeks to guide participants to the proper Islamic response to those challenges of the modern age.
Participants are required to arrive in Cape Town on, or before Monday 21st March 2011. The proceedings of the Retreat will commence at 11am the next day.
Moulana Imran N Hosein will deliver his analysis of the Signs of the Last Day - this year with a special focus on Dajjāl, the False Mesiah. He is trying to complete his new book on Dajjāl so that it may launched at this occasion Insha Allah.
There will also be specialised tracts delivered by a panel of local and international speakers on Islamic Spirituality, Islamic Economic Issues (Ribā, Gold Dinār etc), Contemporary Fiqh Issues, Sustainable Development and Genetically Modified Foods.
Alongside all of this we hope you would take the time to enjoy our beautiful beaches and scenic hikes, along with a complimentary tour of Cape Town.
All meals, hostel accommodation and airport transfers will be provided and all are welcome to attend, however space is limited and allocated on a first come - first served basis. We have however decided to ask those who can afford it, to pay a small registration fee, US$40 has been set as a guideline. However if you cannot afford to pay any registration fee you will not be turned away, so please do register.
Those who wish to stay with us a bit longer can look forward to an additional week of holiday near Simons Town, a historic navel port with a rich Islamic Heritage. During this time we will have informal lessons, visit a nearby penguin colony, museums, Cape Point (the southernmost tip of Africa where its two oceans meet) and of course, go on a scenic trip by cable car to the top of the Table Mountain for a spectacular view of Cape Town.
Guests would have to pay for their own accommodation, entry fees and tours during this time, although an affordable package has been arranged.
Lastly we would like to emphasise that NO LATE REGISTRATIONS will be entertained as it plays havoc with planning and logistics. Registration for International and National Guests, will CLOSE on 15 January 2011, while registration for those living in Cape Town and not sleeping at the camp will close 15th February 2011.
We ask Allah, most Kind, to bless this event with success and to guide and protect those travelling to the Retreat for His sake. Ameen!
There have been some requests for an explanation of what the retreat is, as well as the content and format.
In short it is an intensive one week formal program, starting on 21st March, where delegates from all over the world (and locals of course) stay together for a week and discuss and deliberate on topics relevant to Muslims in the Modern Age. There are private, registration only programs from 10am to 6pm, then public programs after Mahrieb and Eshaa and on Weekends. You will get to meet and interact with like minded people form all over the world as well as learned Ulema in various fields of knowledge. Your $40 registration fee covers your accomodation, transfers from airport and meals for the first week.
Click here for details on how to register for the retreat.
We will have focus days insha Allah where we will spend a day on, for example, Islam and money, Muslim Village, Islamic Spirituality etc. In the Muslim village program we intend to bring in practical courses in sandbag building, solar power, solar water heating, zero waste farming methods etc.
There will also be an open forum session where delegates can make presentations and a Public Dialogue with a Christian priest on the topic "The Return of Jesus (a.s) and the Holy State of Israel"
All programs will be conducted on the retreat site which is near the beach in Cape Town, South Africa. The proceedings will be recorded and selected videos will be released after the completion of the retreat.
The second week is an informal program where we have more intimate learning time with the Ulema attending along with tours and informal programs, this week is entirely optional and runs from Tue 29 March to Sun 3rd April. This program is for your own expense but we will try ot keep it to around $200 for the entire week, including shared accomodation and meals.
Draft Program - SIIR2011
Ml. Imran N Hosein -
Special session on Dajjal as well as Dreams in Islam.
Jerusalem in the Quran
Islam and Feminism
Gog and Magog
Islam and Money
Islam and the Political Order
Surah Kahf in the Modern Age.
Imam Mahdie and the Return of the Khilafat
Marriage in Islam
Global Islamic Spirituality for the Modern Age.
Imam Afroz Ali (Australia - Al Ghazalli Institute) - The heart of the Muslim Village
Lessons from the Seerah- The Makkan–Madinan Model
Lessons from Imam al-Ghazzali’s “Marvels of the Heart”- Practical Spirituality
Lessons from the Prophet- Founding a Community on Compassion
Prof Abul Fadl Mohsin Ebrahim (University KZN - Islamic Medical Ethics, Graduate of Alemiyah Institute)
Islamic view on Surrogacy, Abortion and Adoption
Moulana Ali Mustafa Seinpal (As Salaam, KZN, Graduate of Aleemiyah Institute)
topic to be announced.
Prof Mohammad Tariq Kahn (CPUT - Energy and Sustainability Centre, South Africa)
Fiqh of Governance
Islam and Money
Hasbullah Shafi'iy (Al Munowar/ Globalia Think tank, Singapore)
Implementation of Dinar and Dirham in Indonesia, a case study.
Imam Irshaad Soofi Siddique (Pietermaritzburg Central Mosque, South Africa)
Attack on the spiritual Heart
Status of the Messenger
Sh Ismail Ngumane (Islamic Centre, Gugulethu, South Africa)
Amirate - Islamic leadership and its application in democratic societies.
Fahri Hassan (MSc UCT , Microbiology; SAFEAGE, South Africa)
Genetic engineering and corruption of food.
Dr Yusuf Patel (MbChb Stellenbosch, South Africa)
Challenges facing Muslim Youth.
The role of food as medicine
Moulana Shahul Hameed Malabari (Director, Islamic Educational Board, India)
Creed of A Muslim - Challenges to belief in the Modern Age.