Registration Deadline: Feb 28th, 2017 or registration maximum capacity reached.

 

 Topics for the Upcoming Conference on
Contemporary Issues Related to New Muslims

 

First Topic: Contemporary Issues of a Creedal Nature

The steps to deal with one who has learned Islam via a heretical or extremely deviant understanding (the theological and ideological struggles that are transplanted onto a new Muslim) Contemporary Issues of a Dawah Nature 

Second topic: Contemporary Issues of a Dawah Nature

  1. The manner in which the person’s Islam is declared, to what extent are witnesses required, is it necessary to state the statement of faith in Arabic
    • Is it necessary to declare one’s Islam in a mosque or in front of a group of people?
    • Is it necessary to state the declaration of faith in Arabic for the one who does not know Arabic or is it sufficient to translate it into the language that the convert is proficient in?
    • Is it necessary to declare the humanness of Jesus and that he is a servant of Allah in order to affirm one’s Islam?
    • Is it a must to have witnesses to one’s acceptance of Islam?
  2. Conveying Islam in a step-by-step fashion in relation to the person’s ability and capability to perform the actions.
    • What is obligatory to be conveyed to the new Muslim upon his entering into Islam?
    • Is it permissible for the Muslim caller to Islam to temporarily feign ignorance of certain issues that a new Muslim asks about due to the Muslim not being able or capable of implementing them?
    • Is there a specific timeframe that one should adhere to in completing the conveying of the faith?
  3. The peculiarity of the new Muslim when it comes to Fatwaas and Islamic rulings.
  4. Protecting the New Muslim from extremist and liberal movements
  5. The Dialectics of the Relationship between Culture and Religion 
    (Dress, relationship between the sexes, manners of visiting and communicating, social events and occasions)

Third Topic: Contemporary Issues related to Ritual Acts of Worship

  1. Regulations related to ghusl, removing hairs, circumcision, changing one’s name and removing tattoos upon embracing Islam
  2. Concealing one’s Islam from one’s family and society, and to what extent is this allowed, not performing some of the rituals or performing them not in their prescribed manners
  3. Exemptions related to the prayers for the new Muslims:
    • For the one who cannot recite al-Faatihah in Arabic.
    • For the one who cannot recite the supplications in Arabic.
    • For the one who cannot recite the tashahud in Arabic.
    • Reading from a translation of the Quran during the prayer or while following along with the Imam.
    • Performing the prayers silently or in places that are not pure.
    • Unknowingly violating the requirements of purification and praying in that state for a lengthy period.
    • Unknowingly violating the requirements of the prayers.
  4. Unknowingly not paying the Zakaat for a number of years.

FourthTopic: Contemporary Issues related to Family and Society

  1. The one who discovers that his wife is pregnant from another man after he had wed her
  2. Marriage to a woman who has her own children and they are forced to reside with his children in one house (the interaction and seclusion among step relatives)
  3. Marriage to an extremist or liberal or to one who one thought was a Muslim
  4. Not providing the proper customary amount of dower when marrying a new Muslimah
  5. The relationship of the new Muslim with his old society
  6. The relationship between the new Muslim and his spouse, children and relatives (with respect to paternity, maintenance, inheritance and bequests)
  7. The relationship between the new Muslim and employment issues
  8. When is it mandatory upon him to leave his forbidden type of work.
  9. How can partnership and other contracts be made sound

Fifth Topic: Contemporary Issues related to Wealth

  1. Wrongful wealth and rights and mixed wrongful wealth earned before Islam
  2. Distinguishing between what occurred in the past and what is currently occurring.
  3. Taking care of a new Muslim with zakaat money due to need or to bring him closer to Islam
  4. Zakaat on wealth attained through forbidden means

Post-Conference Workshops

Date: Monday, March 27th, 2017 (8:00 AM – 4:00 PM) 

The Art of Adult Education

Description:

Adult learning and education also known as “Andragogy” is a science that not so many public speakers including Imams are aware of. Learning how to communicate effectively is an art and a great skill. It is also a sunnah of the Prophet peace be with him. The Messenger of Allah was a great communicator who mastered the skill of teaching adults. In this workshop we will cover the main areas of the science of adult education to help our Imams take their teaching skills and styles to the optimum level . Imams are on the front lines of educating the masses and they spend most of their precious lives doing that. In this workshop we will insha’Allah make their time in their communities worth their life investment. 

1- What is adult education or “Andragogy”?
Andragogy is a scientific term that describes the art and science of teaching adults. In this session we will study the depth of adult learning and how it is different from Pedagogy or the science of teaching children. Imams need to differentiate between the two styles to deliver a successful message. 

2- The five principles of adult education that make it successful
Adult learning is based on scientifically proven five main principles. These principles are what make adult learning willing to listen, learn and achieve. Imams will learn these principles and how to apply them in their preparation for khutab and duroos.

3-The five stages of adulthood and its different needs for learning
Adult learners men and women grow in life phases. Each phase has its unique needs for learning. Imams will learn how to understand their diverse audience and how to design their programs to meet the needs of all the members of their congregation.

4-Teaching vs. Educating…what is the Imam’s role at the masjid?
All people communicate but few connect. What are the reasons for that? Imams will learn the difference between being a teacher whose focus is on the content and an educator whose focus is on the learner and what are the tools for each style to enrich the learning experience of congregation

5-The ABCDEFG style of delivery
Why some speakers and lecturers are more successful that others? Imams will learn a successful model of delivering any speech or khutbah no matter what the subject is or the length of it. 

Speakers:
Sh. Yasir Birjas

 

Youth Counseling

Description:

Our imams are overwhelmed with the amount of work and different roles they are expected to play, often alone or with limited staff, – teacher, counselor, administrator, public speaker, youth director, recruiter, fundraiser and more.  Our masjids typically don’t attract or engage the majority of youth from within the community. Although our imam’s have sacred knowledge, there are several personal skills of growing and developing people that are often missing or weak.  This workshop will help you to better serve your community overall, and especially the youth.  You will learn to

1.   Understand the core principles of mentorship
2.   Help others change their behaviors
3.   Praise effectively
4.   Manage expectations
5.   Improve communication skills
6.   Use active listening
7.   Build self-esteem through empowerment
8.   Develop and teach how to set SMART goals

9.   Teach problem solving and critical thinking
10. How to attract and maintain volunteers. 

Speakers:
Riyad Shamma is the founder and Executive Director of the Institute of Youth Development and Excellence. His work spans over 30 years in the vanguard of Muslim youth development in the USA. His work with the youth has been parallel to his work as an industrial engineer, counselor, and adjunct imam and khateeb in his community and at different masjids in Ohio and Kentucky. 

Fees & Guidelines                                                                                                                                                                         

Main Conference: $50 for Imams, $100 for students of knowledge. Includes:

  • Shared Room Accommodations (2 per room) (Friday & Saturday nights only)
  • Meals starting Friday night until Sunday noon.
  • Conference Materials

Monday post-conference workshops: $100 for Imams only. Includes:

  • Shared room accommodation on Sunday night (March 20th) only.
  • Meals starting Sunday night until Monday noon
  • Workshop material

Extra charges apply for extra stay or private room. 
AMJA guarantees accommodation ONLY for those who registered before deadline. 
AMJA can accommodate roommate requests only if requested partner consents, and both attendees are arriving and departing on same days. 
No children under 16 years of age allowed in conference halls.  No accommodations for childcare will be provided.