“Baitul Hikmah presents THE AL-GHAZALI FESTIVAL – a unique conference and workshop focusing on one of Islam’s Greatest Scholars Imam Al-Ghazali.


Shaykh Hamza Yusuf explains “that Islamic Education is understood as both Tarbiyya wa Talim – character building and teaching , moral and intellectual development which naturally lead to spiritual development.”

If knowledge is just information learned and not a state of being, it is just so many words. What we want most for our children and ourselves is good character. The Prophet Muhammad, Peace be upon him, said, “I was sent only to perfect good character.” But how is this achieved? Not by simply learning about the vices and virtues but through a systematic curriculum which not only clarifies deeper meanings but provides effective activities and practices which help make the virtues become second nature. Imam al-Ghazali’s Revival of Religious Sciences, now adapted for the young, meets this need.

Regarded in the Muslim world, over the centuries, as the greatest compendium of Islamic spirituality and ethical behavior for everyday life, the Ihya Ulum UdDeen lays down practical teachings and explains how the outer aspects of Islam can, through their inner spiritually transformative meanings, change every situation into one that strengthens the innate human nobility of character.


International Scholars Sr Gray Henry, Professor Mustafa Abu Sway, Sh Shariff Al Banna and Sh Hamza Maqbul will navigate his works and teachings and share their insights.

Aisha Gray-Henry

Aisha Gray-Henry is the founder and director of the charitable foundation and publishing company Fons Vitae. Fons Vitae is currently engaged in the monumental task of bringing out Ghazali’s Ihya in readable english for parents and teachers as well as adapting it for children with workbooks, school curricula and an instructional DVD.

The Book of Knowledge and Book of Creed educational sets are available and in use internationally with Purity and Prayer nearing completion. Included is a children’s interactive website www.GhazaliChildren.org, a pilot school project and prison program.

Translations into Urdu, Arabic, and Malay are underway. The Fons Vitae Ghazali Project has been launched with great acclaim in Morocco, Canada, Indonesia, England and the USA so far.

Professor Abu Sway (Palestine)

Professor Abu Sway was appointed as the first holder of the Integral Chair for the Study of Imam Ghazali’s Work at Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa and at Al-Quds University in 2012. He has been Professor of Philosophy and Islamic Studies at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, Palestine since 1996. He taught at the International Islamic University in Malaysia (1993-96) and was a visiting Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at the Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University, as well as a visiting professor of Islamic Studies at Bard College, NY.

Sheikh Hamzah Maqbul (USA)

Sheikh Hamzah was born in Whittier, California. He pursued a program of traditional Islamic studies. His educational tour took him to several countries, including Syria and Egypt, where he studied the Arabic language; Morocco, Mauritania, and UAE, where he studied the ethical and legal school (madhhab) of Imam Malik, grammar, transmissional criticism (usul al-hadith), and the Qur’anic recitation (qira’ah) of Imam Nafi`, according to its two renditions (i.e. those of Imam Warsh and Imam Qalun); and finally, Pakistan, where he had the opportunity to study Qur’anic exegesis (tafsir), tranmissional criticism (usul al-hadith), Prophetic traditions (hadith), narrator criticism (‘ilm al-rijal) and ethics and law (fiqh) according to the Hanafi madhhab.

Sheikh Sharif al-Banna (UK)

Sheikh Sharif MH al-Banna is the founding director of the Islamic Institute for Development & Research (IIDR) and an Advisory Board Member of the Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (Faculty of Islamic Studies, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation).

Sheikh Sharif MH al-Banna has authored and translated over ten works on Islamic history, law, thought and spirituality. His preliminarily studies of the classical Islamic sciences were with his father Shaykh Muhammad Abdul Qadir, a renowned scholar specialising in Quranic exegesis (tafsir) and later with other scholars. He holds a BA (Hons) in Arabic & Law (SOAS, University of London) and also studied at the Institute Européen des Sciences Humanities (France) and the University of Alexandria (Egypt). He is the principal instructor of the Journey Through Islamic Knowledge Series organised and delivered by IIDR.

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Join us from the 17th October – 27th October in Pretoria, JHB, DBN and Cape Town.

Tour dates

Event Day Date Time Venue Cost
Parents & Teachers Workshop Wed 17-Oct 10am – 1pm Al Ghazali College, Pretoria R100
Parents & Teachers Workshop Thurs 18-Oct 9:30am-12:30pm Qurtuba Islamic Academy, JHB R100
Parents & Teachers Workshop Sat 20-Oct 9:00am-12:00pm Qurtuba Islamic Academy, JHB R100
Conference & Book Expo Sat 20-Oct 1:00pm-6:00pm Qurtuba Islamic Academy, JHB R150
Parents & Teachers Workshop Sun 21-Oct 9:00am-12:00pm Orient Hall R100
Conference & Book Expo Sun 21-Oct 1:00pm-6:00pm Orient Hall R150
Parents & Teachers Workshop Tues 23-Oct 9:30am-12:30pm Hartley Primary R100
Cape Town
Parents & Teachers Workshop Thurs 25-Oct 9:30am-12:30pm Islamia College Seminar Room R100
Parents & Teachers Workshop Sat 27-Oct 9am-12pm Islamia College Auditorium R100
Conference & Book Expo Sat 27-Oct 12pm-6pm Islamia College Auditorium R150

Cape Town

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Workshop Tickets R100 and Conference Tickets R150.00

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