Hope and pray that you are all well and enjoying the blessings and mercies of this Blessed month of Ramadhan. Alhamdulillah it has been an exciting few months that concluded with my trip to South Africa. I arrived back to the United Kingdom safe and well, just a day before the beginning of Ramadhan.
The trip to South Africa began with Johannesburg, followed by Durban and then Cape Town. In Johannesburg I was fortunate to be invited for an interview about Aafiyah Healing on ITV (Islamic Television) “Trends” with Zaheera Bham. There after I was a guest speaker at the Eid Festival which was held at the Dome in Fourways in Gauteng, where we were able to create further awareness of Aafiyah Healing. We had many practitioners who offered their free services to people at the Dome and it was a huge success.
The Johannesburg workshop was exciting as usual with participants attending from afar and near. I am pleased to announce that we now have 4 new certified Aafiyah Healing Practitioners in the Gauteng area.
My visit to Durban was brief, but nonetheless, it is always good to be close to the ocean to unwind. We had a nice mix of attendees from therapists to housewives from all over KZN. We witnessed amazing shifts in the workshop and positive feedback has kept flowing in since. Alhamdulillah.
The highlight of the Durban sector was being able to meet with the Ulema of KZN Jamiat. I sent out an invite to meet with any Ulema who wanted to know more about Aafiyah Healing and an opportunity for us to discuss face to face any issues, concerns or questions that they may have had. I am so pleased that they obliged and we had a room full of attendees. We discussed the basic concepts of alternative healing and how they fit within the Islamic framework and discussed more poignant issues we are facing (globally) with regards to moral decline in society and the challenges it presents for the scholars. Alhamdulillah after an almost two hour discussion, all the attendees left very happy and content and Insha-Allah we look forward to future collaborations.
Last, but not least, back to the Mother City (Cape Town) where we had a meet and greet with all our old Aafiyah Graduates. It was a lovely opportunity for everyone to put names to faces from the old to the new group members. I had the opportunity to visit scholars in Cape Town to discuss about Aafiyah Healing further and also met with the Founder of Accidental Muslim, Khalil Aleker, and South African Comedian Riad Moosa.
Since returning back to the UK, my focus has been on making the most of Ramadhan and then start planning the next round of workshops for Birmingham, Leicester and Liverpool Insha-Allah.
I pray that you all attain the objective of this blessed month (Taqwa) and are able to build on that after Eid. Jazakallah for taking the time to read this and hope you enjoy the rest of the newsletter and the amazing articles shared within it by our Aafiyah Scribes, Nadia Latib & Naeema Bayat.
Founder of Aafiyah Healing