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Professional Development Seminar for centre imams: Facilitator - Sheikh Ayub Rashid

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is the means through which people maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge and skills and develop the personal qualities required in their professional lives. To enable the Imams cope with the challenges they face in their day to day lives, a 10 day seminar was conducted by Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya in conjunction with the Africa Federation and

Islamic Education Board of the World Federation of KSIMC from the 20th December 2011 to the 30th December 2011. A total of 59 participants attended the seminar. Shk Ayub Rashid was the lead facilitator for this event that took place at the Bilal Hall.

Sheikh Ayub Rashid born in Arusha, Tanzania, has done a BA in Islamic law, MA in Islam and Community Studies, is a qualified Muslim Chaplain from Markfield Institute of Higher Education in Leicester UK, he is currently a lecturer of Islamic College for Advanced Studies in London and the Imam of Friday Jamaat with Khairul Amal Trust in London.

The Seminar was based on the following topics:

  1. - Sciences of the Holy Qur'an & Hadith
  2. - Nahjul Balagha
  3. - Logic & Philosophy
  4. - Islamic Laws & Jurisprudence
  5. - Shi'sm in the World
  6. - Islam in theory and practice
  7. - Imam Husein's Revolution
  8. - Caliphate
  9. - Tarekh of Abbassids & Ummayyads

Sheikh Ayub’s remarked upon closing this seminar,

“Based on this year’s seminar, I hope you the participants will put all the theories learnt in practice and bring a change in yourselves and the people around you. I believe the seminar awakened most of us and showed us the right path to deal with the daily issues that come about in our day to day lives. I pray and wish to Allah (S.W.T) to help and guide you in the right way so that you can share your knowledge from the seminar with the people in the centers as well as the people close to you. My final advice to you is that ’when you do your work, do to your best, as our beloved messenger taught us.”

A key paper entitled “Evolution of Jafferi’a – communities in East Africa” was presented by Brother Hassan A M Jaffer. This highlighted the proposed Marriage, Divorce and Inheritance Bill and enlightened the participants of key areas in the proposed Bills. The participants were allotted time for questions to clarify doubts they had.


Comments from the participants:

“I pass my gratitude to the World Federation through Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya for organizing this seminar. It is out of the seminar that I have come up with new methodologies of teaching the Madh-hab of Ahlul Bayt (A.S). The seminar has developed me spiritually, morally and has made me intellectual on various religion aspects of Ahlul Bayt (A.S) madh-hab and how to nurture the problems of Wahhabi who are undermining and denting the dignity of shiasm through media and websites. May Allah (S.W.T) reward the sponsors and organizers of the seminar a high rank in paradise together with Ahlul Bayt (A.S). Amin”

Commented by Ustadh Twamimu S. Hussein

Ahlul-Kisaa Center



“I wholeheartedly thank Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya and the Islamic Education Board of the World Federation for organizing the educative seminar. The seminar has enlightened me on various challenges facing our Madrassas, if implemented, it can result to positive achievements. It is also out of the seminar we have developed the attitude of interacting with various people with different lifestyles.”

Commented by Ali Mohamed Hirbae

Zainabiyyah sponsored student in education


Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya would like to thank the Islamic Education Board of the World Federation and the Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa for their support and for Co-sponsoring this seminar. The Mission would like to thank all the participants from BMM Tanzania and various Tableegh institutions for attending the seminar.

January 2012

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