South Africa’s first Shariah Conference to inform government on its policies and political parties on their political manifestoes and the legislature on laws for the country received a boost when its website will go officially live on Laitul Quadr traditionally observed on 27th Ramadan. Pro-Bona Webmaster is Abdul Aziz Latiff Hendricks a respected java developer of a JSE listed company.
While it is still work in progress and in beta phase the website will make it easier to submit abstracts and for ordinary Muslims, Muslim businesses and Muslim bodies to become founder sponsors and register for the conference to take place on June 16th 2013 insha Allah. Abstracts will be posted on the website followed later by papers submitted for the Shariah Conference.
The Conference will have 10 policy round tables with 10 thought leaders each. The first policy round table will be headed by an icon of shariah banking from Indonesia on an interest free state bank for South Africa and an interest free Continenal Bank for the African continent as part of the debate on economic transformation in South Africa in the second phase of its transition and the vision that Africa is set to have high levels of economic growth in this decade.
A policy round table headed jointly by a Qadi and a High Court Judge debating a Muslim Marriages Court based in a Divorce Court of the Regional Court supported by a Pro-Bona Desk will be held in the run up to the Conference and a policy on Muslim Personal Law further debated at the Shariah Conference. A Muslim Marriages Court with a Muslim Bench of Qadis was the determination of the Law Commission of South Africa and signed by its chairman The Hon Chief Justice of South Africa Ismail Mohamed. Other members of the Law Commission at the time was respected Silk Jeremy Gauntlett. A proposal by AL JAMA-AH for a seperate Muslim Marriages Court to be incorporated in the Superior Courts Act is before Parliament.
Policy round tables on International Relations include Palestine and the Haj Pilgrimage. Labelling of Halaal products and Service Delivery will add a grassroots flavour to contemporay issues in the Muslim community. A policy on gangsterism and illegal drug use and drug peddling will address the serious socio-economic challenges in the Muslim community.