Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2016 11:30 pm Post subject: ITREB Activities
Foundations of Faith ITREB Canada Education Series
Foundations of Faith is a standardized national curriculum developed by Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Board (ITREB) Canada that provides an introductory exploration of the key principles and practices of our Tariqah. The curriculum consists of 12 modules and offers members of the Jamat the opportunity to explore issues and questions of relevance to them. Online readings and resources for personal study are now available for the following topics:
1.Human Existence and Religious Quest
Explore the role of religion in the human search for meaning and the challenge of secularism to the religious worldview.
2. Islam and Muslim Civilizations
Learn about the emergence of Islam, the life of Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.), and the flowering of richly diverse civilizations.
3. The Holy Qur’an
Examine the Noble Qur’an’s historical context, form, content, and the multiplicity of its interpretations.
4,Ethics and Values of Islam
Discover the foundational sources for Muslim values and their application in making moral choices in our contemporary world.
For more information on Foundations of Faith, please see the prospectus brochure.
Click here to read more at the source: Foundations of Faith – Resources for Personal Study
Dr. Hasan Ali Khan: Constructing Islam on the Indus
BY ISMAILIMAIL POSTED ON MARCH 22, 2019
Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Board (ITREB) Pakistan under its initiative INSPIRE has organised a discussion session with Dr Hasan Ali Khan (Assistant Professor, Habib University) on his book ‘Constructing Islam on the Indus’. The book talks about the interaction and shared heritage of Suhrawardi Sufi Order and the Ismailis of South Asia.
Ninety Educators gather in Houston for ITREB USA’s Continuing Education Program
“Training and development of volunteer educators is a key priority of ITREB USA. During these sessions, participants engage with IIS scholars and each other to improve their pedagogical skills and content delivery. Crucially, we discussed ways in which they can facilitate the Jamat’s inquiries around their own faith, strengthen their sense of belonging in the community, and help them navigate contemporary ethical dilemmas.”
ITREB Chairman Murad Abdullah speaking about the Continuing Education Program (CEP)
Over ninety Waezeen, teacher educators, STEP Teachers (including the Regional Academic Leads and Teacher Leads), and youth facilitators gathered in Houston during the weekend of January 20, 2020, to participate in the annual training session organized by the Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) and the Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Board for the United States (ITREB-USA).
This year, Dr. Shiraz Kabani, Head of the IIS Department of Community Relations, and Dr. Karim Gulamali, Course Director of the International Training Programme, facilitated a discussion around the articulation of Imamat focusing on the frequently asked questions from the Jamat. The session highlighted the difference between an essentialist or static approach to Islam, versus one that encompasses the ethos of dynamic thinking, with scope for intellectual inquiry, adaptation, and fluidity. It also helped educators to contemplate on the needs of the Jamat and called on them to nurture an empathetic and thoughtful disposition. The training included a skills-development module where educators were challenged to provide responses to case studies reflecting the prominent concerns and inquiries from the Jamat.
Dr. Kabani and Dr. Gulamali also led a hands-on workshop on the art of elocution, focusing on the delivery of waez. In addition to emphasizing tone, pitch, and the use of pauses, they noted that affect and emotions, too, are didactic.
On the final day of training, participants learned about how to conduct literary analysis with Professor Karim Dharamsi, Chair of General Education and Philosophy at Montreal’s Royal University. Studying the works of Plato, they examined questions of epistemology – from the situatedness of knowledge and different ways of knowing, to learning how to analyze the validity and soundness of arguments, with a focus on common fallacies made in the construction of such arguments.
Sarfaraz Abdullah described his time at the training as, “an exhilarating experience to be in a room with so many talented, experienced, and knowledgeable individuals, immersed in high energy discussions and debates on issues of key significance to the many segments of our Jamat.”
Nahid Husain-Habib, a youth facilitator, said, “The Houston CEP was a wonderful platform to begin new conversations between a variety of stakeholders who interact with the Jamat in different ways. Together, we shared ideas to better serve the Jamat and its changing needs. Insha’allah, these conversations will continue and lead to positive change within our institutions.”
Board members for ITREB USA, Furhana Husani and Warda Ali expressed satisfaction that the sessions were well received. “We feel that such continuing education platforms are crucial for us to build community across educators as well as to ensure that there is a platform for us to discuss emerging issues,” said Furhana. Warda agreed, noting that “ITREB USA will continue to create additional training opportunities for educators, including exploring online platforms.”
ITREB Angola would like to thank all the volunteer work of Dar-a-Talim teachers and kindly request for new teachers help.
ITREB Angola would like to thank all the volunteer DAT teachers whose dedication and hard work behind the scenes has been remarkable and an incredible asset for our future generations. We want to make sure that their work is valued, admired and provide them with all the support they need.
In Islamabad, Pakistan, October 2000, Mowlana Hazar Imam said: “…Giving can take many forms – funds, time, ideas and professional skills. Everyone can and should be a donor, not just the wealthy, and all forms of giving should be encouraged and recognized. Volunteerism is critical and is obtaining greater and greater recognition and encouragement.”
We would like to take this opportunity to invite members of the Jamat who may be interested in joining DAT team either for Talim lessons or Recitation (Krias) classes even if they don’t have availability on Saturdays. New teachers help is needed.
Please contact either DAT coordinators or any member of ITREB Angola.
ITREB UK are delighted to launch the Kitab Corner postal service. During this uncertain time, this remote service aims to provide comfort and solace to members of the Jamat of all ages. It enables individuals and families to request devotional material, curriculum books, and other publications to be sent to their homes during the temporary closure of Jamatkhanas.
We are often encouraged to find opportunity in a crisis. The current global situation could be a chance to take a different perspective, to break out of a standard routine, and engage in lifelong learning. You might choose to finally spend time with a book you've always wanted to read, or to read something you might not usually have a chance to.
The Kitab Corner service enables members of the Jamat to request the following:
Devotional material, including Du’a books, Ginan books, the recently published Farman books, or even a tasbih
Curriculum material, including Primary curriculum (Ta’lim) and Secondary curriculum books
Other materials, including IIS and AKTC publications
Once you have finished reading the book requested, you may choose to return it when Jamatkhanas reopen, or you can keep it in your home as reference material for you and your loved ones.
The Conference of the Birds is a mystical tale originally compiled in 4,500-line poem by Farid al-Din Attar. ITREB Mozambique will take you through this intriguing journey where Hoopoe leads the seekers through seven valleys to see the king.
In the twelfth century, a group of birds realise the need to know more about their king and meet him. However, Simurgh, the king lived too far and the journey to reach to him seemed arduous. Hoopoe a clever bird steps forward and offers to lead these birds through this intense, interesting and scary journey, calmly!
The Conference of the Birds is a mystical tale originally complied in 4,500-line poem by Farid al-Din Attar. Through the use of metaphors, the Sufi poet relates to the journey, all human beings should undertake in search of God. This unique piece is published by the Institute of Ismaili Studies in the Primary 4 book ‘Fountain of Stories’.
ITREB Mozambique will take you through this intriguing journey where Hoopoe leads the seekers through seven valleys to see the king. What happens after the birds cross the seven valleys? Do they see the king? Is the king exactly as they expected? Maybe ‘yes’ may be ‘not’. The journey to experience the reality imperative!
The conference of Birds will be broadcasted in four episodes from 4th to 7th June 2020.
ITREB USA presents Aspire, a webinar series that features conversations of a stronger future built on the foundations of our faith. Plagues! Reason and Piety in Muslim Ethics features​ Dr. Amyn Sajoo and is moderated by Maria Budhwani.
In the first Heritage Webinar, organised by ITREB UK, Dr Farouk Mitha discusses the various features of Farid-ud-din-Attar’s poem Conference of the Birds, including the aesthetics of the piece and its relation with Ismaili identity.
"Join Dr. Shainool Jiwa as she takes us on a journey to understand the values of our tradition and how they have found expression in manifestations of the Imam-murid relationship, as well as created more inclusive and equitable societal frameworks."
ITREB India Presents: Rahat: Imamat Day Special: Introduced by President Ashish Merchant
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