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Mapping the Discipline of Theology

On Saturday, 9 September, the Higher Certificate in Islamic Studies male students, under the guidance of their Aqidah lecturer Shaykh Allie Khalfe. The seminar, Mapping the Discipline of Theology, was received extremely well, the enthralled audience asked many questions at the end of the session which was answered by Shaykh Khalfe.
Aqidah is an Islamic term meaning “creed” or “belief”. Any religious belief system, or creed, can be considered an example of aqidah. However this term has taken a significant technical usage in Muslim history and theology, denoting those matters over which Muslims hold conviction. Some topics covered was Theology connecting us to our natural disposition: Knowledge and Power, three major aspects of Tauhid: Lordship, Prophethood and the Sam’iyaat – those things we believe that cannot be rationally proved but are guided through revelation. Science of Tauhid, Rational and Irrational Proofs, Ruling and the Sacred Law, and that which is necessary, possible, and impossible for Allah.
A group poetry performance as well as a short play about the certainty of death was performed.
The play:
Almighty Allah (SWT) made Prophet Sulayman (as) King of a vast kingdom, which included His entire creation. The Jinn and men obeyed his will and even the birds adhered to his commands, to the extent of using their wings to provide shelter for him. He was also given many other powers such as being able to talk to animals and control the wind so that it could carry him wherever he wished to go. Prophet Sulayman (as) was blessed with an extraordinary power of perception and intelligence.

It is narrated that one day, a man entered the court of Prophet Sulayman (as), looked around at all the people and went out again. When the court adjourned, one of the people present approached Prophet Sulayman (as) and asked him whether he knew this strange man.

“The person you saw was the angel of death (Izrael)” replied Prophet Sulayman (as). The man was taken aback and looked worried.

“Why was he staring at me as though he wanted to take my soul?” he asked.

“What do you want me to do?” enquired Prophet Sulayman (as).

“O Sulayman!” exclaimed the man. “You have power over the wind. Command it to transport me to the land of Hind (India).”

As the man was a believer, Prophet Sulayman (as) agreed and granted his wish.

A few days later, Prophet Sulayman (as) saw the angel of death again. He asked him why he had been staring at the man so intently on that particular day.

“O Sulayman!” replied the angel of death. “Allah (SWT) commanded me to take the soul of that man on the soil of Hind. When I saw him sitting in your court, I could not understand how I could carry out Allah’s order. Nevertheless, as it was a divine command, I left for Hind and fortunately found the man there. I took his soul as Allah (SWT) had commanded.”

There is nothing more certain than death. It is a reality, which nobody can escape from. Allah (SWT), the Almighty says: “Wherever you may be, death shall overtake you, even if you were in fortified towers”. Noble Qur’an (4:78)”
The play was short yet powerful. The seminar was information-packed and inspirational, and had the audience enthralled from beginning to end.

Taj Akleker public speaking seminar period

Taj Akleker shares his public speaking gems with students during the seminar period on Mondays 7 and 14 August.
Public speaking is often the number one personal fear of people.
Know that it will never be perfect; your opinions will never be accepted by everyone.
Take criticism as a learning curve.

Must do:
When you arrive at the venue, after you have done your research etc, always arrive early. Get a sense of the place and audience. Visualise the crowd.
Spend five minutes before the speech, quietly, in a spiritual space, ask the Almighty to guide your speech.
Institution of auctioneering was self-taught. To be able to speak incredibly fast w
When you start your speech
Three words to always remember: “Prepare, prepare, prepare”

TIPS
You’re a human being. If you’re a public speaker and you’re not nervous in the first two or three minutes, you are dead. 2 second pauses between phrases helps lower nervousness levels.
Always smile at the audience
Make good eye contact with as many people as possible
Deep breaths are needed.

If the introduction is executed correctly, people eagerly anticipate what comes next.
Create something special for the audience
Make a bold statement, capture the audience with something such as a current event, or a personal experience.
Watch your time. Make sure you are on time and make sure you stick to your time: If you have ten minutes – finish at 9.
Keep the audience captivated.
Move with technology – use Visual Aids.
Keep your eyes focused.
Always quote references.

Before your walk up the stage, make sure your attire is set correctly – button your jacket before you get on to the stage.
Look at the audience and smile a few seconds before you start speaking.
Speak slowly, gather your thoughts – you’ll make a far better opening statement and will get their attention. Speaking fast says that you are nervous.
Create a sense in the audience that you want to give – that you’re not a taker. “I have been waiting for this day for so long, I have been preparing for three weeks because I am so excited to meet you.

Turn your nervousness into excitement
Most important tip: Thank You. ALWAYS thank the audience profusely. When people clap for you, acknowledge it.

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Edris Khamissa and Adv Vahed Public speaking workshop

The Dynamics of Public Speaking: An Islamic Perspective – the book launched by Edris Khamissa and Advocate Vahed was the premise of the workshop hosted at IPSA’s campus on Thursday, 10 August 2017. The duo took to the stage with gusto and spurred on the student body to do the same. They motivated, inspired, and cheered on each student in turn, their dynamism was infectious and the staff and students alike were encouraged to become better public speakers.

What made this workshop extraordinary was that it usually took place over a couple of days whereas it was presented to the students in just under four hours. Nevertheless, the knowledge they imparted was invaluable as the students were readying themselves to present public seminars as well as the Jumuáh talks across Cape Town.

Mr Khamissa started out intensely with, “If your life is not changed within 48 hours of a presentation, no change will be made. Information must lead to transformation.”
Mr Khamissa and Adv Vahed were chosen by the Department of Education as Ambassadors for the Read to Lead campaign. They presented the students with gifts of their book; Dynamics of Public Speaking.

They used the example of the Prophet (PBUH) and his Farewell Sermon as the perfect orator and the most perfect speech ever delivered.

IPSA Community Dialogue Forum: MMB

Sunday, 27 August, an emergency meeting was called by IPSA to create a dialogue around the Muslim Marriages Bill. The court case was once again being heard at the Western Cape High Court on Monday, 28 August 2017. Many Muslims in Cape Town remain uninformed of the case, Bill, and its consequences. Currently Muslim marriages are not recognized under South African law and thus are not governed by and therefore unprotected by its tenets.

Legacy of the Illustrious Imams Seminar

On Saturday, 26 August first year Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies students presented on the four Imams: Imam Abu Hanifah, Imam Ahmad, Imam Malik, and Imam Shafi’i. This illuminating seminar gave insight into the lives of these great scholars and their seminal works.

The Fiqh of Marriage

The Fiqh of Marriage Seminar
The second year Bachelor of Arts students hosted a seminar on Saturday, 19 August 2017. The subject matter covered every aspect of matrimony, from the selection criteria of a spouse, to discussing the Muslim Marriages Bill the event was incredibly well presented and positively received. A mother of one of the students commented on the immense progress that her daughter has shown through her studies.

“Alhamdulillāh, today the IPSA 1st year BAIS students presented a seminar on the illustrious four Imāms, Imām Abū Hanīfa; Imām Mālik; Imām al-Shāfi’ī and Imām Ahmad ibn Hanbal, who are the founders of the four most widely known and followed schools of Islamic Jurisprudence.

After weeks of hard work, and dare I say a few tears due to nerves, they outdid themselves. Māshā Allāh. They made themselves, their parents and their asātidhah proud, especially since all of what they put together today was done by themselves, from the catering logistics, to the PowerPoint presentations to the items they presented.

The objective of the event, in my humble opinion, was attained, for the students to develop their organisational skills, their public speaking skills, their research skills, but most importantly for them to be exposed to and live up to their amānah (responsibility) to teach what they have learnt, for the Hadīth narrated by Uthmān ibn ‘Affān, as recorded in the Sahīh al-Bukhārī, is clear when it says that the best of you are those who learn the Qur’ān and teaches it to others (this refers not only to Qur’ān recitation but to all forms of Islamic knowledge).
Alhamdulillāh, may this be the first of many such opportunities for our students, may they always remain humble throughout their journey in seeking knowledge and beyond, may they remain guided, may their akhlāq (manners and character) be a testimony to their knowledge gained, and may they become good, just and well informed leaders of the future generation. Āmīn.”

Qatar Debate

IPSA participates in the Arabic debating championship in Qatar.

Students from the International Peace College South Africa (IPSA) participated in the 4th International Universities Arabic Debating Championship – Qatar Debate (IUADC). IPSA’s students Arham Rahimin Nasution, Ameer Harneker, Suhail Dalvie and M Zaid Cassiem was led by Shaykh Omar Chariff, one of IPSA’s Arabic lecturers. IPSA’s flag flew high as they won 4 of 5 preliminary debating rounds. They were defeated in the opening round by Poland and won the rest of their qualifying rounds against Sri Lanka, Portugal, Pakistan and their fellow South Africans from the University of the Western Cape (UWC) respectively. The students were well composed and regrouped after losing their first match and began to display positive dispositions as they battled well-contested rounds.

IPSA’s debating team left the shores of South Africa from Cape Town International airport on Thursday, 6th April 2017 where they were bid farewell by their family and friends. This was the first time that IPSA participated in a debating championship in Arabic. Considered as “underdogs” in the competition, the students had mixed feelings as they left for Qatar but highly optimistic. Student Arham Rahimin Nasution from Malaysia who is studying at IPSA was confident and positive and believed that IPSA will proceed far in the competition.

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Graduation 2017, Class of 2016

Graduation 2017 for the Class of 2016 took place on Friday, 31 March 2017 at the Centre for the Book. The Keynote Address was delivered by former Ambassador, Dr Ebrahim Rasool.

Dignitaries such as the Indonesian Consulate General Kundal and religious adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in France Jean-Christophe Peaucelle attended the ceremony.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dr Hoosain Ebrahim by Prof Ebrahim Arnold. Dr Hoosain Ebrahim was born March 1, 1942 in District Six. He attended Shaykh Joseph Moslem School, better known as Salie Dollie. Thereafter he attended Ashley Street Primary School, better known as George Golding after which he attended Roggebaai High School. He attained his BA and BA Hons at Unisa. He received his Masters at the University of Durban-Westville and D. Phil at the University of KwaZulu Natal.

He has over thirty years organisational and teaching experience and taught at the Islamic College of South Africa (ICOSA), The Institute of Islamic Shariah Studies, Jam-Iya-Tus-Sabr Madrasah and Adult classes, at the University of Western Cape, and International Peace College South Africa. His publications: “Shaykh Ismail Hanif: His Life and Works”, “The Cape Hajj Tradition: Past and Present”, “Shaykh Muhammad Salie Dien: A Leader of Distinction”, and several articles have been published in the ICOSA and IPSA journals and various other publications in the Muslim Views, Cape Argus and Cape Times.

Of the 36 HCIS graduates, 29 were female, and 7 were male. Of the 7 BA graduates, 5 were female, and two were male.

Israeli Apartheid Week 2017

International Peace College South Africa supports Israeli Apartheid Week #IAW17. It took place between 6-10 March 2017. Students prepared for a week of campaigning including a film screening of “The Wanted 18” on Monday, 6 March, to raise awareness. The students held placard demonstrations during break and before campus which was quite successful. Also in support of IAW17, World renowned speaker Pedro Charbel addressed IPSA Students on Monday, 13 March 2017.

Pedro Ferraracio Charbel who hails from Brazil was on a South African speaking tour as part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2017. Charbel is the BDS Coordinator for Latin America. He is deployed to South America by the BDS National Committee (BNC) based in Ramallah which is the head office of the international BDS movement. The BNC is the largest Palestinian civil society coalition that leads the BDS movement and has often been compared to the 1980s United Democratic Front. Pedro Charbel has been involved in various campaigns and struggles for justice, equality and freedom in Brazil and around the world. He holds a degree in International Relations from the University of São Paulo (USP) and was one of the founder-members of the Palestinian Front of USP and of the Educational Network for Human Rights in Palestine/Israel (FFIPP-Brazil).

He has previously served on the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine/Israel (EAPPI) and has presented at several meetings of the United Nations on the issue of Palestine and Israel. He motivated the student body to become more active in the Palestinian struggle, starting in small actions like boycotting certain products identified by BDS.

Registration Day 2017

Past students, as well as new recruits, registered for their courses on 17 and 18 January 2017. This date, however, was extended to 20 February 2017 to accommodate students who received late responses from universities due to the disruption of the Fees Must Fall campaign which happened around South Africa. International Peace College South Africa appeared on the Education Indaba discussing its Registration extension on Voice of the Cape Radio – VOC.

On air was Manager of Academic Affairs Prof Ebrahim Arnold and the Head of Department Islamic Studies and Humanities Shaykh Fakhruddin Owaisi.

Mawlid 2017

This annual IPSA event is in celebration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). Students are given the task of creating a presentation in which they venerate the Prophet (PBUH), be it in the form of poetry, song, rap, etc. The talents that emerge from this platform are incredible! The event was coordinated by Shaykh Fakhruddin Owaisi, HOD of Islamic Studies and Humanities. The Honourable Shaykh Irfaan Abrahams, President of the MJC, addressed our blessed Shuyukh and students.

He advised that studies are infinite, there is no end to knowledge and seeking knowledge. The rendition of Mawlid Al Barzanji 3rd and 4th riwaayats, Ashrakal was led by Shaykh Safwaan Sasman and live streamed on IPSA’s Facebook page to much approval by the public. Various performances were uploaded to IPSA’s YouTube channel here.

Prof Dr Ihsan Sureyya Sirma

IPSA co-hosted a public talk with AwqafSA on 7 February 2017 at Islamia’s Academia Auditorium. Prof Dr Ihsan Sureyya Sirma is a world-renowned and foremost Islamic scholar, academic, Islamic historian and writer. Prof Sirma has been noted as being one of the most important figures in the current Islamic revival taking place in Turkey (2017) and acts as a teacher, mentor and moral guide to many of the current political, religious and educational figures in Turkey, including the President of Turkey, Receo Tayyib Erdogan and many others.

Prof Sirma has written over 160 books on various Islamic topics. The Professor delivered a powerful speech about the history of humanity and linkages to key political developments.

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