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[fullwidth background_color=”” background_image=”” background_parallax=”none” enable_mobile=”no” parallax_speed=”0.3″ background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”20″ padding_left=”0″ padding_right=”0″ hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][title size=”1″ content_align=”left” style_type=”none” sep_color=”” class=”” id=””]PAST EVENTS[/title][separator style_type=”single” top_margin=”” bottom_margin=”” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””][/fullwidth][fullwidth background_color=”” background_image=”” background_parallax=”none” enable_mobile=”no” parallax_speed=”0.3″ background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”20″ padding_left=”0″ padding_right=”0″ hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][title size=”1″ content_align=”left” style_type=”none” sep_color=”” class=”pdt” id=””]IPSA GRADUATION 2016[/title][one_half last=”no” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”no” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][/one_half][one_half last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][fusion_text]IPSA GRADUATION 2016

The International Peace College South Africa (IPSA) held its eleventh annual Graduation ceremony on Friday 11 March 2016. As the only Islamic tertiary institute in this country, officially recognized and accredited by the Department of Higher Education & Training (DHET), the occasion signified much more than a celebration of eleven years of developing aspiring scholars of Islam locally, but it was also an important reflection of IPSA’s organizational progress since its inception.

Fifty two hard-working students graduated at The Centre for the Book (COB) which is an outreach unit of the National Library of South Africa. The venue provided an apt setting, considering that the COB’s mission is to promote a culture of reading, writing and publishing in local languages and to provide easy access to books for all, a mission supported and reflected by IPSA.

Of the graduates, forty seven received a certificate for their successful completion of IPSA’s one year Higher Certificate in Islamic Studies (HCIS), a program that specializes in Leadership Development, particularly aimed at young matriculants before embarking on further tertiary and/or work opportunities. Nine of the HCIS students attained distinctions and were thus awarded their certificates Cum Laude.  Five students graduated with Bachelor of Arts Islamic Studies (BAIS), two of the BAIS graduates, Ḥāfiẓah Kauthar Antar and Fatima Essop graduated Cum Laude.

The proceedings began with a full academic procession which was led by two IPSA students carrying both the South African and IPSA flags and accompanied by a melodious rendition of qasidah rendered by IPSA students. The academic procession consisted of the principal of IPSA, Shaykh Ighsaan Taliep alongside Mr Shreef Abbas (Chairperson of IPSA board) and Professor Jasser Auda the keynote speaker for the event, with IPSA academic staff following.

The National Anthem, the recitation of the Holy Qur’an by IPSA first year student Ḥāfiẓah Rawbi’ah Isaacs and the opening duá rendered by the Head of Islamic Studies Department, Sh Fakhruddin Owaisi, formed part of the official opening of the ceremony and also helped to set the ambient tone for the momentous occasion.

Fazlin Fransman served as MC for the evening, after warmly welcoming students, family  and friends, IPSA principal Shaykh Ighsaan Taliep, delivered his principal`s address. Shaykh Ighsaan expressed the institutions pleasure and delight in the graduates’ achievements. He congratulated all the graduates, and encouraged them and those present to continue supporting IPSA.[/fusion_text][button link=”http://www.ipsa-edu.org/ipsa-graduation/” color=”green” size=”small” type=”flat” shape=”” target=”_self” title=”” gradient_colors=”|” gradient_hover_colors=”|” accent_color=”” accent_hover_color=”” bevel_color=”” border_width=”1px” icon=”fa-long-arrow-right” icon_position=”left” icon_divider=”no” modal=”” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”1″ alignment=”” class=”” id=””]Read More[/button][/one_half][separator style_type=”single” top_margin=”” bottom_margin=”” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””][/fullwidth][fullwidth background_color=”” background_image=”” background_parallax=”none” enable_mobile=”no” parallax_speed=”0.3″ background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”20″ padding_left=”0″ padding_right=”0″ hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][title size=”1″ content_align=”left” style_type=”none” sep_color=”” class=”pdt” id=””]UNDERSTANDINGS OF KHILAFAH: EXPLORING A MIDDLEWAY RESPONSE[/title][one_half last=”no” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”no” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][/one_half][one_half last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][fusion_text]IPSA DEBATES THE KHILAFAH

On the 23rd March 2015, the International Peace College South Africa (IPSA) hosted a colloquium entitled “Understandings of Khilafah: Examining Current geopolitical complexities in the Muslim world.”

For a number of years now, IPSA has become renowned for seeking to address topical issues from the perspective of the “Middlle Way” – the Quranic perspective of balance that has traditionally informed the approach of the vast majority of this Ummah’s scholars.

This colloquium was no different. Headlined by accomplished Islamic legal scholar, Professor Jasser Auda as well as prominent politician and founder of the World for All foundation, Mr Ebrahim Rasool, the colloquium sought to shed light on current events in the Middle East in a way that went beyond media headlines and focused instead on the underlying structural issues at play.

This did not mean that these headlines were ignored. As IPSA’s principal, Shaykh Ighsaan Taliep made clear in his introduction, the “khilafah” of Isis has been condemned by ulama, including the Muslim Judicial Council and Muslims need to be unequivocal in this regard. He also reiterated that the factional conflict which has become the hallmark of the conflict in the Middle East is thoroughly unIslamic. A Middle Way response, he suggested, would look at alternative models of communal living that have been proven to cultivate successful co-existence.    The South African Muslim community, in Shaykh Ighsaan’s opinion, is a sterling example in this regard.

Professor Auda addressed the question: “What is an Islamic state?” He made it clear that Isis is merely a symptom of a larger problem, namely, a fundamental lack of understanding on what an “Islamic State” entails. In Professor Auda’s view, a true Islamic state is not a formal or rule-based state but is driven by moral requirements. In the Shariah, these requirements find their expression in the domain of the maqasid, namely, the objectives of the law. These objectives are   centred on the protection of religion, life (including body), mind, wealth, offspring and dignity. A state is Islamic to the extent that it preserves and enhances these objectives, not by a mere formal declaration of being an Islamic state or of implementing Islamic law. Judged by such criteria, some Western states turn out to be more “Islamic” than Muslim ones![/fusion_text][button link=”http://www.ipsa-edu.org/colloquium/” color=”green” size=”small” type=”flat” shape=”” target=”_self” title=”” gradient_colors=”|” gradient_hover_colors=”|” accent_color=”” accent_hover_color=”” bevel_color=”” border_width=”1px” icon=”fa-long-arrow-right” icon_position=”left” icon_divider=”no” modal=”” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”1″ alignment=”” class=”” id=””]Read More[/button][/one_half][separator style_type=”single” top_margin=”” bottom_margin=”” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””][/fullwidth][fullwidth background_color=”” background_image=”” background_parallax=”none” enable_mobile=”no” parallax_speed=”0.3″ background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”20″ padding_left=”0″ padding_right=”0″ hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][title size=”1″ content_align=”left” style_type=”none” sep_color=”” class=”pdt” id=””]Environmental Justice Seminar[/title][one_half last=”no” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”no” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][/one_half][one_half last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][fusion_text]MUSLIMS TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE AT IPSA’s 2nd ANNUAL ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN ISLAM SEMINAR

On Saturday 5 December 2015, Muslim leaders, scholars, teachers and activists attended the Second Annual Environmental Justice in Islam Seminar held at International Peace College South Africa (IPSA) in  Cape Town. The seminar was a collaboration between IPSA, Muslims for Ecojustice (ME4J – a project of the Claremont Main Road Masjid) and Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW).

The seminar served to reflect on the responses and responsibilities of South African Muslims towards environmental justice and their commitment to what has come to be known as the green jihād. This year the theme of the seminar was inspired by the International Islamic Climate Change Symposium held in Turkey during August 2015, where the Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change was launched.

In his welcome address, Shaykh Abdul Kareem Toffar, IPSA deputy principal, set the tone by noting that areas of the Cape were experiencing its worst drought in fifty years, and that “we will all (humanity) survive or perish, based on how we tackle the challenge of global climate change together.”

The keynote speaker, world-renowned Muslim ethicist and climatologist, Professor Ibrahim Özdemir, who formed part of the drafting committee of the Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change, noted that despite the current lethargy to environmental issues in the Muslim world, historically, Muslims had a tremendous record in the field of environmental ethics. Furthermore, he said that Sūrah Al Rahmān, which was recited during the opening of the seminar, together with the rest of the Qur’ān, instructed the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his followers to view the world through an ethical lens; a Quranic ethos that considered justice to all of creation. Muslims, he argued, always understood that the natural environment, including humans, is part of the universality of Allah’s creation, and this is expressed in numerous places in the Qur’ān. Consequently, in honouring God, Muslims knew to honour all of creation, living (animals, plants) and lifeless (mountains, sand). In relating numerous examples of this profound respect for the environment and all that it encompasses, including marble drinking bowls in the streets of Ottoman Istanbul for dogs, a veterinary clinic for cats in medieval Muslim Damascus, a 13 century treatise on the rights of animals by the Qadi of Egypt, century-old volumes on the flora of Islamic lands, Professor Özdemir proved that the Muslim worldview has always been one that viewed nature, as Muslim.  In other words, the natural world is a system of life subservient to its Creator and by reclaiming this ethos, Muslims can be a key force in changing the current destructive world-view.[/fusion_text][button link=”http://www.ipsa-edu.org/environmental-justice-seminar/” color=”green” size=”small” type=”flat” shape=”” target=”_self” title=”” gradient_colors=”|” gradient_hover_colors=”|” accent_color=”” accent_hover_color=”” bevel_color=”” border_width=”1px” icon=”fa-long-arrow-right” icon_position=”left” icon_divider=”no” modal=”” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”1″ alignment=”” class=”” id=””]Read More[/button][/one_half][separator style_type=”single” top_margin=”” bottom_margin=”” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””][/fullwidth][fullwidth background_color=”” background_image=”” background_parallax=”none” enable_mobile=”no” parallax_speed=”0.3″ background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”20″ padding_left=”0″ padding_right=”0″ hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][title size=”1″ content_align=”left” style_type=”none” sep_color=”” class=”pdt” id=””]INTENSIVE ‘ULAMA TRAINING IN APPLIED MAQASID AL-SHARI’AH[/title][one_half last=”no” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”no” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][/one_half][one_half last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][fusion_text]Intensive Ulamā Training Programme on Applied Maqāsid al-Sharī’āh: Navigating through the Contemporary Challenges. 

On Monday, 23 March and Tuesday 24 March 2015 the International Peace College South Africa (IPSA), together with the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) and the South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF), hosted an Intensive ‘Ulamā Training Programme on Applied Maqāsid al-Sharī’āh, the title of the two day seminar being, “Navigating through the Contemporary Challenges.”

The two day programme was held from 9am-12:30 in the Conference Hall, at IPSA’s campus in Rylands Estate, Cape Town.

The programme was co- presented by the internationally acclaimed scholar in Uṣūl al-Fiqh and one of the foremost experts in the field of Maqāsid al-Sharī’āh, Professor Jasser Auda (Egypt) together with global thought leader, and one of South Africa’s most respected and experienced Muslim rights activist, Dr Ebrahim Rasool.

This intensive úlamā training programme forms part of IPSA’s commitment towards enriching our communities; by facilitating opportunities whereby local students and ‘Ulamā could benefit from and share in the knowledge expertise and experiences of internationally respected scholars and field experts.

IPSA believes that 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.  IPSA thus felt it imperative to host a seminar of this nature for the `Ulamā, students and thought leaders of our community, with them being at the frontline of facilitating and dealing with community issues.

The event was well received with approximately 70 `Ulamā, students and thought leaders being in attendance on both days. The presentations delivered by both Dr Auda and Dr Ebrahim Rasool were thought provoking, with presentations on “Maqasid as a Thinking Methodology” and “Islamic Precepts: A strategic DNA of our Faith” respectively, which allowed for much engagement between the panelists and those in attendance. The attendees left with a refreshing appreciation for Maqāsid al-Sharī’āh as a tool to navigate and assist in resolving many contemporary issues faced by Muslims today.[/fusion_text][/one_half][/fullwidth]

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