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IPSA to unpack ‘Khilafah’

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As the world faces strife with the rise of extremism and sectarianism, two global scholars will explore a middle way response for Muslims. The Islamic Peace University of South Africa (IPSA) will host a colloquium called ‘Understandings of Khilāfah: Examining Current Geopolitical Complexities within the Muslim World’ to discuss critical issues facing Muslims around the world. The discussion takes place at 3pm on Sunday, 22 March 2015 at IPSA’s campus.

The conversations will be led by internationally acclaimed scholar of Islamic legal philosophy and leading expert in the field of maqāsid al – sharī’āh, Professor Jasser Auda (Egypt), and global thought leader Dr Ebrahim Rasool. They will be joined by a broad spectrum of
members of the South African Muslim community, including representatives from various `ulamā bodies, activists, media experts, academics and community leaders.

The colloquium aims to unpack some of the key Islamic concepts that have framed the current geopolitical discourses in the Muslim world, in particular the establishment of the Islamic State and the religious rhetoric of violence and intolerance of ISIS, and it will also consider the broader impact of such discourses upon and within the South African Muslim community.

This will be followed by an Intensive Úlamā Training Programme with the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) called ‘Applied Maqāsid al-Sharī’āh: Navigating through the Contemporary Challenges’.The two day intensive training programme will be held on Monday, 23 March and Tuesday 24 March 2015 from 9am-12:30 in IPSA’s Conference Room, at our campus in Rylands Estate, Cape Town.

The programme is co- presented by Professor Jasser Auda and Rasool. This intensive úlamā training programme forms part of IPSA’s commitment towards enriching our communities; by facilitating opportunities whereby local students and úlamā can benefit from and share in the knowledge expertise and experiences of internationally respected scholars and field experts.

“As torch-bearers of this ummah – a full appreciation of the maqāsid al-sharī’āh and the capacity it holds for contemporary understandings and practices of Islam is not only necessary but also deemed to be critically urgent in current times. The ulamā are thus invited and encouraged to attend this training programme,” said IPSA.

The programme fee is R350 for the two days (covering course fee and meals). A limited number of sponsorships are available which includes a travelling stipend. Participants will receive a Certificate upon completion of the workshop. Refreshments and lunch will be served.

To apply for sponsorship and confirm attendance, RSVP to Gadija Abdulla on by 16 March.

For the colloquium, a limited number of seats are available. RSVP to Nafisa Patel email: VOC

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  1. intensive training for our ulema? thats a new one! unpacking understandings of khilaafah? after the majority of ulema through the mjc uucsa jamiats et al through in their lots with fsa al nusra isil isis now are saying : nooo! not that type?

  2. nevertheless it is commendable for ipsa to undertake these ventures, unfortunately the findings of previous such seminars did not reach the masses….

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