The Southern African Ulama Forum (SAUF) held its 9th conference of Ulama at Crescent Hall, in Parlock, Durban on the 18, 19, 20 of October 2019. The Southern African Ulama Forum (SAUF) holds a biennial conference of Ulama within the Southern African Region as a professional development programme (PDP) for scholars.
SAUF was initiated 18 years ago with 9 conferences held thus far in different SADIC countries. Darul Ihsan Humanitarian Centre, based in Durban, was nominated to host the 9th SAUF conference. Hundreds of Muslim scholars from over ten regional countries (SADIC region) and even beyond, participated. Many senior and leading Ulama, directors of Ulama bodies, senior lecturers, Mashaaikh, foreign Ulama, guests, dignitaries and young Ulama who are actively involved in serving the Ummah through various community work were present.
This year’s programme once again brought to the fore important and critical discussions affecting the Ulama and the Ummah. A series of insightful presentations were delivered by a host of expert Ulama from different countries on major challenges facing the Ummah. Topics such as: Lessons from Muslims of Sri Lanka, Emotional Intelligence, Social Cohesion among scholars, the neglected duty of Dawah to non-Muslims, Marginalisation of Ulama, Islamic Economics and Banking among other topics were presented and discussed. Extensive time was allocated for interaction and contribution from the floor through a Q & A session. The enthusiasm of the Ulama and their robust engagement was a breath of fresh air in a time of despondency, especially among young Ulama. The spirit of discussions was balanced, moderate and held with utmost decorum and respect shown for the differing views and opinions.
The SAUF conference seeks to stimulate the youthful energy of the younger Ulama and wisdom of the elders and seniors – a blend that is most essential for the success of our communities. We humbly request dua for the positive outcome and benefit of this conference. It was most encouraging to observe that Ulama from such diverse regions travelled long distances to attend the programme. There was great optimism among delegates about unity, cohesion and networking for the greater good of the Ummah.
Many expressed their gratitude and hope that the SAUF platform can play a major role in contributing to addressing the challenges of the Ummah and cohesion of the Ulama.
May Allah Ta’ala take the Ulama from strength to strength and crown the sterling efforts of all Ulama with success and acceptance. Aameen.
Darul Ihsan Media Desk