This year’s Spouse Programme was a huge success, heralded by Dr Ameerah Adam who graciously and humbly shared her spiritual journey. She had the audience gripped as she spoke about overcoming challenges, her spiritual motivation and love for The Quraan. Her tafseer of Surah Sajdah was so powerful that it had most of the audience in tears. Her session became the talk of the conference and spread so quickly that we had to add two further sessions, the last of which only ended as the Convention Dinner was waiting.
Reheema Essack delivered an impressive and very informative presentation on the Islamic Wills. Although this is a complex topic, she simplified the issues and the ladies were left with a better understanding and more insight about inheritance.
Most of the spouses also participated in the Archery, a Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Mohammad (SAW). It was great fun and we blame the cold weather for not hitting the target!
The fashion show was well attended and buzzing with displays of the latest trends and stunning styles.
The Spouse Programme concluded with introducing the benefits of cupping, another Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Mohammad (SAW), with thought–provoking discussions leaving them wanting to experience it themselves.
We would like express our gratitude to the Almighty for granting us this privilege to experience this inspirational programme and give thanks to the hard-working team that organized and facilitated it. Last but not least thank you to our beautiful and inspirational Speakers and attendees.
The Prophet (SAW) said: “Whoever follows a path in the pursuit of knowledge, Allah will make a path to Paradise easy for him.”
(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, Kitaab al-‘Ilm, 10)
May we all be amongst those. AAMEEN
The IMASA Youth camp facilitated by the Brotherhood Adventures at the Chelaya Lodge in Somerset West hosted a few teens, who bonded and became a close-knit group over the 3 days. The youth arrived at the lodge Friday evening at 7pm where they were welcomed by the facilitators on duty. Once all the campers were received, there was a camp briefing, and everyone introduced themselves. The first night was mainly fun games and ice-breakers to get to know each other and as the night progressed the laughter echoed in the chalets and the “camp vibe” was soon felt. The night ended with some snacks and hot chocolate around a very pleasant warm bonfire.
After the daily morning prayers, day-2 started with a wholesome breakfast to prepare all for an exciting day ahead. The morning consisted of physical and fun activities that challenged the camper’s skills and abilities to work together as teams. At this point in time one could see the brotherhood and sisterhood bonds forming between the campers. After lunch the campers had some personal time to plan a skit for the evening. However, the day carried on with more activities and challenges to prepare the campers for the ultimate event of the camp and that was the AMAZING RACE. By the time the Amazing Race commenced, the girls had already plotted against the guys. A very competitive race with the girls taking the lead and as the race unfolded the skills of the campers were tested, their abilities to communicate and work together were tested, and the lessons taught during the camp to this point were tested and the boys eventually caught up with the girls leaving them neck and neck at the finish. Congrats to our young gentlemen who proudly took the winning position.
At this point the “buzz” around the campsite was amplified, the excitement of the campers was evident, and everyone was looking forward to supper. A delicious braai was prepared around the bonfire, the teams presented their skits, some bonfire games were played, and the night ended with all the campers not wanting the night to end.
On the 3rd day after breakfast, the programme had one last stretch of fun activities in store.
Thereafter, it was that time for the camp and the experience to come to an end. Sadly, the facilitators hosted a closing ceremony and offered vote of thanks. Everybody’s experiences were shared, and the farewell was bitter sweet. Nobody really wanted the weekend to end but with a final group huddle, it was clear that new and maybe lifelong friendships were formed.
Those that came with their families, were not at a loss for keeping the little ones entertained either. Our Action Ball team kept them busy with loads of fun activities in the “Amsterdam” venue from early the morning till late in the evening, whilst parents were able to attend all the talks and participate in the social events. The beautiful, sun-kissed garden of the Lord Charles Hotel, made for exciting supervised walkabouts for the enquiring little minds. Alhamdullilah.