Elders of the Shia Ithna Asheri Muslim Communities around the globe have made significant contributions throughout their lives to the betterment of their communities.
Posted on Sun, 2014-05-18 01:09
Mahmood Dhalla outlined the importance of gathering data on the community, which is the first step in making better strategic decisions and understanding their implications. The data that would be collected would be both quantitative and qualitative in nature. A budget related to this initiative was presented.
The capacity building presentation was made by Maria Pattinson and Dr. Akber Mohamedali who spoke about the progress and impact of the Leadership Development Program (LDP) conducted across the world. In 2013, an academic research project to evaluate the impact of the LDP was commissioned and the project was run by Maria under the auspices of King’s College London University. An on-line survey was conducted and one of the key results showed that 75% of the respondents of the survey reported that the LDP is life changing. This 60-page report has been completed and is available on The World Federation website:
Regional Federations came forward and shared the impact of the LDP in their regions:
NASIMCO reported that they have started seeing people talking the language of empowerment after taking the course.
CoEJ reported that The World Federation has built capacity across Europe and is touching people’s hearts. They are seeing that the youth are motivated to take on leadership roles in their communities.
Africa Federation reported that thanks to the Capacity Building team and their efforts, they have trained local leaders who are now training others.
The Capacity Building Team is aspiring to train 10,000 people over 5 years using best practices learned from the Madrasah Centre of Excellence.
WOMEN’S NEEDS ASSESSMENT
The Women’s Needs Assessment Report was presented by Sr. Saida Jiwa. The paper contained information from data collection that started in 2010, from community women aged 16 to 65 and found the five top priorities for women were:
- Marriage and Marital Issues
- Political Inclusion
- Social Interaction
The resulting action plan has managed to empower some women in pockets of the community, including:
- Formation of a Women’s Board
- Regular educational and health related workshops and seminars
- Leadership training and opportunities
- Economic Upliftment – such as the Lady Khadija Grant Scheme – have assisted ladies to set up small businesses
- Plans to develop a mediation structure
- Close working with the European Committee for Islamic divorce which assists with Khula matters
In North America:
- The 33rd Annual NASIMCO Conference stipulated that new applicant jamaats were required to amend their constitutions (if necessary) to reflect the right for women to vote and to hold office in any capacity in the organisation.
Sr. Saida pointed out a number of specific recommendations, including:
- Tackling domestic violence
- Encouraging equal voting rights
- Ensuring divorces are handled properly and timely
- Regional Federations to form matrimonial boards
- Regional Federations to encourage female entrepreneurship/enterprise
- Regional Federations to continue promoting LDP programmes to their female members
The following resolution was unanimously passed:
IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED THAT
‘’The Conference recommends that all its Members ensures that Constituent Members consider the membership for the female members of the community.
In addition, the Conference ensures that the ladies management committee are elected by the ladies of the community.”
THE WORLD FEDERATION FOUNDATION FUND
The World Federation Foundation Fund (WFFF) is a strategic investment fund aimed to create the necessary income stream for The World Federation’s long term growth and sustainability. The WFFF Team recently travelled to various cities across the world to successfully raise additional donations to build the fund to a new grand total of $4 million (USD) in both donations and pledges. The World Federation takes this opportunity to extend its heartfelt gratitude to all of the donors who have so generously contributed to this fund to ensure that the activities of the organisation continue to serve the community in the years to come.
APPRECIATION AWARD PRESENTED TO SAYYID HASAN NAQVI
An award of appreciation was presented by the Territorial Council of Madagascar to Sayyid Hasan Naqvi in recognition of his leadership role in supporting Islamic scholars across Madagascar. Sayyid Hassan facilitated the gathering and formation of an infrastructure to strengthen the function and impact of these scholars in communities across Madagascar.
The Media Sub-Committee Presentation was delivered by the Vice President, al-Hajj Munawer bhai Rattansey. In his presentation, Munawer bhai explained that the Sub-Committee has teleconferences every 6-8 weeks where they review current affairs and identify items the teams can address. They also select topics on which to write press releases for external media. At times, the team responds to more serious matters with press releases and articles. So far, the team has released five press releases in 2013 of which three have been sent out to the external media.
Coming onto current projects, the Sub-Committee is working on:
A pamphlet on attending a Muslim wedding in Islamic centre
A Pamphlet on attending a Muslim funeral
Strengthening relationships with the media
KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT ELECT
President Elect, Dr. Asgar Moledina, began with the Qur’anic verse regarding those who will be successful in the Hereafter as those whose scales will be heavy with good deeds.
Dr. Moledina described the great responsibility that has been given to him to lead the community over the next 3 years. He implored the Conference for their ongoing support. In his address, he:
Highlighted the constant threats faced by our global community and the need to forge ties of support and collaboration across the world with governments, agencies and other bodies.
Advised the Conference that we should not allow our own actions to fuel the attacks of hostile forces. Respect and tolerance must be shown by us and then expect the same to be shown by others to us. He also mentioned the importance of fully accepting and internalising the concept of Tawheed, and to be aware of portraying the true image of Islam that is one of peace and education.
Emphasised the need to make our centres places of relevance, rather than ritual and backward thinking. He encouraged centres to adopt a holistic approach including sports facilities, and the importance of making them modern, attractive and fit-for-purpose.
Commented on the need to work towards unity, and not fragmentation, and stressed for the pulpit to find new meaning and relevance. He then mentioned the emergence of Najaf as a place of higher learning and the offer of Ayatullah Sistani to our youths to studying there.
Pledged to work closer with Najaf and with our Marja, whilst linking with academia.
On the issue of MCE, welcomed the Tarbiyah document and looked forward to the curriculum being released in time, and will achieve education with nurturing piety. For this to succeed the support of all regions is necessary, and will require the involvement of parents as well. He also encouraged the learning of Arabic so that community members can access the teachings of the Qur’an.
Requested regions to look into quality and sustainable leadership and to ensure that the Jamaats have innovative youth-led strategies. He also warned against the danger of the rising materialistic and consumer culture.
On the matter of donations, emphasised the need to pay Khums, and to spend of the other 80%, as well as legacy giving that he has already begun conversations on.
Touched upon the personality of Marhum Mulla Asghar M.M. Jaffer who was a ‘God-given gift and a hard act to follow’. He pledged to continue his legacy of modernising the modus operandi in order to be effective.
Looked forward to the Generation Plan which will take us into the future. He looked forward to the collection of data relating to the community members.
Encouraged Jamaats to uphold values and promote volunteerism. He also asked for a ‘me and you’ approach to be turned into a ‘we’ approach.
Looked forward to further education support from the communities in Gujarat and Kutch, and stressed that The World Federation would never abandon genuine cases, but emphasised that the local communities must also come forward and contribute to such initiatives.
Regarding economic upliftment, emphasised that this is a pressing need, but the first consideration must be towards the local communities to contribute.
Finally, he reiterated his commitment to uphold the pledges made, and to truly honour the motto of The World Federation: ‘We Exist to Serve’.
The World Federation of KSIMC and its Regional Members stand together with rest of the world to mourn and condemn the execution Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a leading Shia Muslim cleric in Saudi Arabia.
The World Federation of KSIMC attended the 22nd Special Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva to strongly advocate for greater support to the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) of Iraq and a long term solution to the current crisis.