Sunday, March 19, 2006

Empowering Muslim Women

All praise is due to Allah, and May His Peace and Blessings be upon the Prophet Muhammad and upon his family, and his companions and all those who follow his way until the Day of Judgment, Ameen.

The 2nd annual Sisters Deen Intensive Program will take place in San Jose, CA fromMarch 24, 2006 to March 27, 2006 at the Hyatt Hotel. Applications are open only to sisters.

“WHY SHOULD I ATTEND?”
This intensive is a unique program devoted specifically to female-related topics and it has been designed exclusively for Muslim women who wish to embody the great and noble Islamic tradition. The subjects offered will be covered by an impressive line-up of qualified teachers and will, Inshaa Allah, enlighten and empower the participants by providing them with an introduction to the core Islamic sacred sciences from a gender specific orientation.

THE TEACHERS
Praise be to Allah, several of the foremost female scholars are confirmed for the program including Ustadha Saira AbuBakr, Ustadha Rania Awaad, Ustadha Shamira Chothia, Ustadha Mona Elzankaly, Ustadha Ameena Jandali, Ustadha Umm Hassan (Saliha Shakir) and Ustadha Fadwa Silmi. In addition, Imam Zaid Shakir will be presenting a special session for the sisters. Biographies of all the teachers participating in this program follow below.

CURRICULUM
Daily sessions include:
Tajwid (all levels)
Tajwid sessions will cover the rules and fundamentals of proper recitation of the Holy Quran according to the Hafs recitation. Parallel beginner, intermediate and advanced levels will be taught by an impressive lineup of female Quran teachers whom each hold an Ijaazah (traditional teaching license) in the science of Tajwid from the greatest scholars of Quranic recitation of our time.

Fiqh (Hanafi, Maliki and Shafi’i)
Beginner sessions will cover a primary fiqh text focusing on the rules of purification, prayer and fasting. Intermediate fiqh session will provide an in-depth look into the chapters of menstruation (Hayd), postnatal bleeding (Nifas) and chronic/irregular bleeding (Istihada) for each of the three madhhabs. Both levels will also cover aspects of ritual purification (Ghusl) pertaining to each of the above topics as well as address the issues of discharge, contraceptive use and the fiqh of intimate relations. These are parallel sessions taught by Ustadha Saira AbuBakr, Ustadha Rania Awaad, Ustadha Shamira Chothia, Ustadha Mona Elzankaly, and Ustadha Fadwa Silmi.

Mahaaram al-Lisaan: Prohibitions of the Tongue
Ustadha Saira AbuBakr will present a detailed examination of the rules and etiquettes of speech in Islam based on the wisdom of the famous text, Mahaaram al-Lisaan, by Shaykh Muhammad Mawlud, and inspired by the prophetic warnings about “the harvests of the tongue. ” Not a word does one utter, except that there is an angel watching, ready to record it. (Qur’an 50:18)

Special Evening Sessions:
Foundations of our Methodology:
In this special session, Imam Zaid Shakir will be presenting an introduction to the fascinating science of Usul al-Fiqh, otherwise known as the essential principles in Islamic Sacred Law. Imam Zaid will address what it means to follow a madhhab and its role in allowing us to practice sacred law in our daily lives.

A Muslimah’s Guide to Home Etiquette
In this series of sessions, Ustadha Rania Awaad will be covering the essential etiquette (adab) of home life. She will delineate the rulings pertaining to everyday living according to the Sunna tradition, which if implemented, would ensure a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere in the home. Topics include the etiquettes of speaking, sleeping, eating, drinking, hosting guests, as well as entering and exiting the home with a focus on cleanliness, purity, modesty, worship, education and the relationship with other members of one’s home.

Muslim Supermodel: Redefining Body Image
This groundbreaking panel discussion will focus upon the negative realities of women’s images in our culture today, and provide a redefinition of body image from within our classical tradition. Led by Ustadha Saliha Shakir and Ustadha Ameena Jandali, this forum will touch on issues of self-image, modesty and practical applications to implementing Islam in the public sphere as a Muslim woman.

COURSE MATERIALS
Course materials for the Tajwid, fiqh classes in each of the three madhhabs as well as for the special evening sessions will be provided on site. Students participating in the morning Tajwid classes are expected to bring a mushaf, a copy of the Holy Quran in Arabic, with them to the program.

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