HOW THE SHARIAH CAN HELP TAKE SOUTH AFRICA INTO THE SECOND PHASE OF ITS TRANSITION[all_in_one_thumbnailsBanner settings_id=’1′]
It is 18 years since the negotiated settlement in South Africa but the transition from oppression and inequality to full employment and decent work, quality education and a plan for reparations and the eradication of poverty, provision of housing and basic services like water, toilets and rubbish removal has been slow .
The Ruling Party is putting together a second phase of its transition. In this transition an opportunity exists for Muslims to share the shariah with the broader community in S.A. and get more South Africans to embrace shariah policy positions.
The theme of the AL JAMA-AH 2013 National , Policy and Elective Conference captures this mission of the Party and it calls upon the Ulema, researchers, and scholars locally and internationally to come up with shariah policy positions, share their ideas and submit papers, posters and take part in policy round tables.
With the absence of a true Muslim Voice in parliament there will always be a gap in any effort we make to nurture the spirit of national unity which shares with everyone some of the shariah laws of Islam. Moral degeneration seems to be occupying the space left by apartheid and the combination of Islamic tenets with Ubuntu has the answers to many of the poverty, unemployment and social problems we have. We believe this will provide the moral juvenation most of our concerned compatriots have been talking about with great compassion. There is no intention to attempt to change South Africa into an Islamic State but rather to inform policy decisions on its future.
“How the Shariah can help take South Africa into second phase of its transition”
The aim of the conference is to give the Muslim ulema, scholars and researchers, locally and
internationally, the opportunity to share their ideas and knowledge on how the laws of Shariah could
pave a future in the policy decisions of the South African ruling party. The policy round tables at the
Shariah Conference will not attempt to change South Africa into a Muslim state but rather highlight the
principles of equality, justice, and the importance of linking rights to responsibilities and risks to
It will be attended by ulema, researchers, scholars, party members and members of civil society, which sets
the expected delegate list at 100 people. The conference is designed to maximize policy decisions, by
promoting policy round table discussions and best practice “case studies”.
The Shariah Conference 2013 will address policy issues on gender rights, economic transformation,
social transformation and health issues facing the South African ruling party.
The theme, “How the Shariah can help take South Africa into second phase of its transition” will focus
specifically on how a combination of „Islamic tenets with Ubuntu‟ could bring about moral rejuvenation
to a country that is spiralling at a rapid space downward into a moral degeneration.
Through networking, plenary sessions and roundtable discussions, the conference will provide
delegates the opportunity to explore innovative solutions to the challenges facing South Africa.
Who should attend?
The event will take place over a period of either 2 or 3 days in the form of a conference. It will
take the form of interactive sessions with panellists acting as catalysts for discussion. The
format is designed to create an intimate setting in which participants can exchange information
and learn from others, identify and examine ways to promote policy decisions within
The proposed Shariah Conference will run over three days 26, 27 & 28th April 2013. These
dates fall on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, 27 April 2013 will be the main day
when the actual conference takes place.
Friday, 26 April, will be the opening day of the conference. Delegates will be able to register (weather permitting) on Table Mountain recently declared the the 7th Wonder of Nature or register on Robben island where former President Nelson Mandela was imprisoned or register at Cape Point where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic ocean or register at the welcome reception.
Delegates will register on this evening and receive a conference bag with contact information,
conference house rules, tourist programme options after the conference etc.
The convenor of the conference will give a
brief talk on the conference and then introduce the Keynote speaker.
The ideal speaker should have an understanding of the laws of Shariah and also have a political understanding of the South African government and its policies or would be briefed. The speaker‟s speech should be able to set
the context of what type of thinking will be required at the policy roundtables.
Acknowledgement will be given to all sponsors on this night.
Saturday, 27th April, will be the day of the conference. It will start with the plenary session of expert speakers in the four policy categories. Four breakaway sessions in the form of policy roundtables, headed by a chair to monitor and collate information for debriefing session.
Sunday, 28th April, breakfast de-briefing by Chairs to all delegates on the policy decisions
from the different roundtables
Friday, 26 April 2012
Registration of Delegates
Keynote Address – Guest Speaker
Saturday, 27 April 2012
Open : Convenor – Brief outline of day
Plenary Session: International and National Guest Speakers in the following policy
sectors (Sectors still to be confirmed):
Chair : Local Person
Panellist 1 : Health & Education Policy (Abortion)
Panellist 2 : Gender Policy (Gender Rights)
Panellist 3 : Economic Policy (Islamic Finance)
Panellist 4 : Social Policy (Poverty Eradication)
Questions & Answers Session
Breakaway to Policy Roundtables
4 breakaway rooms
25 persons at a „policy roundtable‟
4 Chairs – 1 in each breakaway room
Chairs will collate information during the session
Main policy „highlights‟ to be presented next day by chairs to delegates
CLOSING OF CONFERENCE
Sunday, 28 April 2012
Summary and next steps – Early morning breakfast where policy highlights will be presented by the
Chairs of the different roundtables
Vote of Thanks
Close of Conference
The conference will be held at the Capetonian Hotel in the CBD, which will also include
accommodation. It will be close to all tourist attractions for those delegates who would want to
experience the Mother City.
Budget and projected costs for the event
The current projection is R1.2 million which cover basic costs of hosting this conference.
Delegate fees are not included in the budget as we need to establish whether they will be
charged a conference fee or whether their costs will be sponsored.
A budget calculation will follow soon.
The conference is dependent on funding to operate, we therefore would have to seek
sponsorship from the private sector. The possible ways of raising money for sponsorship could
take place in the following form:
Lump sum amounts (main sponsors)
Sponsoring elements of the conference eg. Cocktail evening, breakfast, conference
bags, venue etc
Sponsoring a policy roundtable eg R20 000 per table x 16 tables = R320 000
Sponsors will be given exposure at the conference in terms of branding the venue and in the
conference proceedings book.
In the process of researching potential speakers but below are possible candidates:
Mufti Hassan Kaleem – Sharia‟a Schoar – leading expert in the field and works with
Deloitte in the UK on Sharia‟a issues
Sheikh Muhammad Taqi Usmani – Chairman of AAOIFI Sharia‟a Board
Imam Dr Hamid Slimi – Chair of Canada‟s Imam Council
In order to gain publicity for the conference, we will approach media partners for free
exposure. The exchange for free publicity will have to be defined. We should look at potential
partners in all muslim radio stations and newspapers.