Durban to host convention to address societal challenges facing Ummah

Ulama, social experts and leading political figures will be at hand to offer guidance at the two-day convention, writes an Al Qalam Reporter.

Durban is gearing up to host a unique convention called UMMAH in December that will draw a broad spectrum of Islamic organizations involved in uplifting communities in various faculties such as welfare, education, women and child abuse, marital problems, jinn-jaddu afflictions, healthcare, drug rehabilitation and other forms of social responsibility.

The UMMAH convention will be held on December 1-2 at the Overport Secondary School grounds, and will provide a platform for various organisations that have adopted the model of the Sunnah to better the lives of all communities.

Apart from the religio-social community attending, top political leaders are expected to attend, including MP and Palestine activist Mandla Mandela, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Fatima Chohan and Durban’s deputy mayor Fozia Peer and former ambassador to the US, Ebrahim Rasool and Minister of Police, Bheki Cele.

 Respected Ulama will be there – and can also be consulted on a variety of issues.

Nazir Malek, PRO, of the Sunni Jamiatul Ulama South Africa, which is organizing the event,  said the acronym for UMMAH stands for “Universal Messenger of Mercy And Hope” and seeks to introduce and rekindle the lifestyle, character and teachings of the Noble Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

The UMMAH aims to bring an array of socio-religious organisations in ONE gathering that will offer meaningful services to the public.  

Members of the public will be free to consult any of the experts in their field who will provide structured presentations, give advice or answer questions privately in over 40 interactive cubicles. They will provide competent solutions and direction pertaining to their respective matters in a safe and confidential environment.

Malek told Al Qalam that the convention will be open to all faiths. He said communities, including the Ummah was facing a multitude of social problems – including moral degeneration – and experts will be on hand to offer advice and guidance where needed.

He said the Ummah, both locally and international have been facing challenging times in the face of negative perceptions of Islam brought on by terror groups like ISIS, and more lately, the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Kashoggi – believed to be orchestrated by the top echelons of the Saudi leadership. “These are NOT the values that Islam stands for, and by hosting a convention like this, we hope it will show the true, peaceful face of Islam and Muslims – not the ones pumped up by global media.

“By opening the UMMAH convention to all faiths, it would be an ideal opportunity for non-Muslims to clear up misconceptions about the fundamental teachings of the Noble Prophet (peace be upon him), thereby promoting religious tolerance, dialogue and a harmonious communities,” he added.

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