International Peace College South Africa
Based in Cape Town, the International Peace College South Africa offers undergraduate as well as postgraduate courses in Arabic, Islamic Studies and Islamic Law.
International Peace College of South Africa
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Al Wasatiya or seeking the middle way in Islamic affairs is indeed a commendable act. Almighty Allah has commanded us to seek the middle way in metaphysics and believe "Say:" O people of the Book! Exceed not in your religion the bounds' trespassing beyond the truth, nor follow the vain desires of people who went wrong in times gone by-who mislead many and strayed from the even Way". Maida 77
The shari`ah consist of two main sources, namely, the primary sources or original textual sources which are the revealed Qur'an and authentic Sunnah (prophetic precepts and practice). All major sects subscribe to this thought. Besides these, there is what is called supporting sources which are all based on ijtihad (considered juristic opinion of jurists) ranging from ijma` (consensus of various kinds) to the weakest form, al-istishab (presumption of continuity).
In his welcome, IPSA principal and deputy president of the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC), Sheik Igsaan Taliep, said the issue of wasatiyya - charting the middle way - was of pertinent importance to Muslims at this time, both in South Africa and abroad; more so for the graduates of IPSA who have been introduced to this concepts in the underlying theme of their study. With graduates expected to take positions of leadership in the community, it was all the more inportant for them to understand this approach, the alim said.
According to Dr Auwais Rafudeen, director of the Institute for the Study of Current Islam, there has been a healthy response to the symposium and thus far over 100 people have confirmed their attendance. He explained that the event traditionally draws a large number of academics, but there was equal interest among general members of the public.