Saturday, July 12, 2008

Concerning ilm

I'm optimistic about South Africa hosting the next world cup. Now, I'm generally known as the sarcastic one or the cynical one but I really want us to succeed. If only to get a chance to watch the games live. Lets face it - The World Cup wont do much for the economy at a grass roots level, we aren't getting a sustainable transport infrastructure out of it, Tsvangirai has a better shot of becoming President of the African Union than Bafana making it out of the group stage.. but hey - at least I'l get to watch some of the matches live. Is this a horrible intention? I'm not sure.


MJ, Great One and Zain 'The Don' Bhikha

The conference started on Saturday morning and went through to Monday evening. Every moment spent there was enjoyable and will remain with me for a very long time. Firstly, everything was so professionally done. from the name tags, to the programmes and even the personalised exampads. The staff were extremely helpful, and the snacks were also good. This is a dilemma that faces us as Muslims - its the one of being simple versus being extravagant. It helps to be simple at times (Funerals, weddings etc) but its also important to be ...hmm - I dont want to say professional as that would imply that simple is not professional but I guess you guys know what I mean.

Secondly - the speakers were amazing. Ilm SA did a wonderful job. If this was a wrestling event it would definitely be the Survivor Series or Summerslam (Wrestlemania would be Tariq Ramadan, Khalid Yaseen, Yusuf Qardawi, Badawi, Webb, Kutty and a few others) Most of us didnt realise the calibre and quality of some of the speakers (myself included) and only when I later looked up Shaik Salman Al Oudah did I realise in whose presence I had the opportunity of sitting in. The Man has a PHD in Fiqh and is considered to be one of the leading Ulema in the world today.

If I had to sum up the Shaiks main points during the conference (He gave three talks including an open panel) It is this - Islam is the most generic and natural religion in the world, and therefore is easy for Mankind. Two, When looking at any action we must think about the benefit of it - does it benefit society? (He used 9/11 as a case study) Three, we should Unite on the common bonds that make us Muslims because 90 percent of what we have is shared (Belief etc), so why fight over the ten percent. Four, we are a moderate nation. Five, our duty is to give the message and not to convert people. That is up to God.

There was a special Youth Question and Answer session on the Sunday night so I got a chance to pose two questions to the Shaik - the first was 'Is clapping permissible? He said that it is good to clap as it encourages the speaker and while it is better to say Alhumdulillah, there is nothing wrong with clapping whatsoever. Second question I asked was whether Oral Sex was permissible? This question made him chuckle. He then went on to give a rather detailed answer outlining everything between a husband and wife and that a husband must pleasure his wife and that sometimes penetration isnt sufficient etc. His fatwa was that everything between a Husband and Wife is permissible except the two things mentioned in the Quran i.e - Anal Sex and Sex during Menses. He cautioned that these things should be kept private (dont discuss it in the staff room i guess).Please bear in mind that while there are no hadith or Quranic injunctions concerning the impermissibility of oral sex, Fuquha differ on this matter therefore I believe that to each his own. Allahu Alam.

Ive attended a fair share of conferences in my life, and this was one of the best. Well done Ilm SA. I cant wait for the next one.

MJ

3 comments:

Irfaan said...

no pink and stink then. lol.
its good to rediscover a religion that covers all things, can be made relevant and interesting about all things.

Waseem said...

I see you didnt mention the indiscretions of the attendees, viz. grey kurta.

Thanks alot for taking me, especially to the conference, I think I got a real Deen boost, my post covered that I think.

My post missed out 2 of the biggest eye-opening things, firstly Salman al Oudha sitting amongst everyone and conversing with humility.
Secondly, was at the end when the Somalians thought they were facing a few degrees off and re-read their Magrib Salaah.

M Junaid said...

Irfan - the shocker!

Waseem - I loved your company and I hope in future we go for more conferences