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Did you know that some of the greatest Islamic scholars such as Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Imam Ibn al-Jawzi, Shaykh-ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah, Imam al-Dhahabi, Imam Ibn al-Qayyim, Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali and many other great Imams and scholars had female teachers? Even though it is not widely known, thousands of female scholars have enriched the Islamic tradition through out history. Shaykha Fest is intended to honor the legacy of female Islamic scholarship and draw attention to contemporary female scholars. At Shaykha Fest we will embark on an exciting journey into the past and learn from contemporary female scholars, thinkers and activists from around the world in a nurturing, non-cultural and inclusive atmosphere. Shaykha Fest in essence is a celebration of life, love and sisterhood. Come and join with us so we can revive this tradition together.

2013 Shaykha Fest Program Outline:

 9am to 10am                              Check-in & Breakfast

10:05am to  10:10am                Introductory comments(moderator)

10:15am to 10:25am                 Qur’an recitation by Qaria Salam Aref

10:30am to 10:50am                 Tafsir by Dr. Heba Musharraf

10:55am to 11:55am                 Shaykha Dr. Malka Zorar(with English translation). Title: Empowering and enforcing the divine protection of women Part I

11:55pm to 12:00pm                  Break

12:05 to 1:00pm                         Shaykha Dr. Malka Zorar(with English translation). Title: Empowering and enforcing the divine protection of women Part II

1:00pm to 2:00pm                       Lunch and Dhuhr Prayer

2:05pm to 2:55pm                       Prof. Amina McCloud. Title: The academic life and lack of a community life

3:00pm to 3:05pm                       Short presentation by Sr. Daaiyah Shakir

3:05 pm to 3:10pm                      Poetry Recital by Sr. Najla Muhammad

3:10pm to 3:15pm                       Break

3:20pm to 4:15pm                       Shaykha Reima Yosif. Title: Back to the Future

4:15pm to 4:20pm                       Break

4:20pm to 5:10pm                       Prof. Mona Siddiqui. Title: A personal journey of faith through service by Prof.

5:15pm to 5:25pm                       Short presentation

5:25pm to 5:30pm                       Break

5:35pm to 6:20am                       Ustadha Sarah Joseph. Title: Fitting In, Standing Out

6:25pm to 6:55pm                       Break and Asr prayer

7:00pm to 7:25pm                       Ustadha Maryam Sharrieff. Title: Muslim Women's Religious Leadership : Transforming Spiritual Lives From Without to Within: Am I My Sister's Keeper?

7:25pm to 7:45pm                       Nasheed, reflection and concluding dua                 ----end of program --      


Event Venue: Crownplaza Hotel, South Brunswick/Monroe, New Jersey.

Event Date: Sunday June 16, 2013

Event Duration: 9am to 7:30pm

In Person Admission Fee After April 30, 2013: $50(breakfast and lunch included)

In Person Admission Fee(Students: 10 % discount with ID)

Live WebCast Fee After April 30, 2013: $35

Registration: Due to limited seating capacity pre-registration is required. Please click here to complete your registration.

Overnight Accomodation:

If you need overnight accommodation at the hotel please visit the following link. Click here for Crownplaza Hotel where the event will be held. You must mention June 16th, Al-Rawiya Event to receive discount.

You may also want to consider staying at the Marriott Hotel located right across from the Crownplaza hotel. Click here to visit the Marriott reservation page.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us through email or 877-4-Rawiya.


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