Pictured from right: Abang Faheem, Tanzeelur-Ragmaan, Aunty Aasieya, and Boeta Kassiem Jassiem. They proudly show us an original hand-written Quran, written by their forefather, Tuan Guru Imam Abdullah bin Qadi Abdussalam.
On Friday evening, 15th February 2013 we visited Tanzilur-Ragmaan Jassiem at his home. His parents Aasieya & Kassiem Jassiem were present, and offered us fizzy drinks and some nice homemade cookies. Tanzilur-Ragmaan comes from a good family, being a 6th generation descendent of Imam Abdullah bin Qadhi Abdussalaam (Tuan Guru) from his maternal side. Our purpose was to draw up a report about his experience at the annual AYLI (Azhar Youth Leadership Institute) 40 day camp, which he attended in December 2012.
Tanzeelur-Ragmaan also partiipated in Silat training arranged by Pukulan Melaka South Africa, and Azhar Seni Beladiri Silat schools.
Parents' General Overview
Q) Do you feel Tanzeelur-Ragmaan has benefitted from this program, and have you seen a positive or negative change in him since his return from Jakarta?
A) He is now more mature and organised, and seems to have a better insight into life. We noticed an improvement in his attitude and he seems to be more independent. We feel this program has done him much good, and we thank the organisers very much for this opportunity granted to our son, we are very grateful.
Q) How have you found the program, and what changes, if any, have you noticed within yourself?
A) I found it to be very informative and enlightening in many ways, and the leadership course has made me a more responsible person. I felt that I previously lacked ambition, self confidence, and generally didn't push for excellence. It has been an eye-opener for me and I feel more prepared for lifes challenges.
Q) Tell us more about your experience when you first arrived in Jakarta, seeing that it was your first time there.
A) Some of the things I had to deal with was adapting to the time and climate etc, which I feel made me a stronger person.
Q) Your best and worst experience?
A) My worst experience was getting sick with a stomach bug.
Best experience was a race we had similar to the Amazing race. We were told to take a bus in various teams and finding clues along the way, not knowing our final destination. My team ended up taking 4 different vehicles to reach the end. Although we came last, it was fun.
Q) Being a Cape Malay of Indonesian descent, was it a cultural shock for you or did you find much similarities in the Indonesian people compared to the Cape Malays?
A) There were some similarities, as people are generally friendly and they shake hands to greet one another after solah. I was told they also have a legacy of dhikr gatherings and moulud, although I never attended any due to following the leadership camp.
Q) How was the food?
A) It was pallatable, though bland. My favourite dishes are Nasi goreng, Bubur ayam, and roti Keju. Milk was expensive so i avoided it, and I didn't find any koeksisters.
Q) How was the program structured?
A) We would train Silat after fajr from about 5 or 6am until 8am. In this session we do physical training and exercises. We get an hour to rest and freshen up. In the evening we have another 2 hour silat session which is more focussed on techniques. Ka' Jojo was our coach, and he coached us on how to coach others and management principles in being a trainer.
The youth Leadership course took place between 8-11am, and again between 3-4pm.
Q) how many youth attended the youth camp? and were there females as well?
A) Yes, more females than males, and we were a group of about 22. Some attendees from Johannesburg, Indonesia, malaysia, and Palestine.
Q) On a mental and emotional level, did you find yourself wavering from your purpose there at times?
A) I missed home at times, but never became homesick. The environment and being surrounded by good people all the time left no space for wavering. We encourage and inspire each other. I would say I was mentally and emotionally stable throughout my stay in Indonesia. One thing which was more challenging was sleeping in tents on an open field, sometimes accompanied by rats. But this made us stronger.
Q) We heard that for the last few days of your stay, you were the last remaining participant at the camp. How did this affect you, and did you slow down or lack the drive needed to put your best forward?
A) The last few days, I trained the Jurus tunggal (a series of 99 silat moves combined with empty hand, staff and sword techniques). It was challenging, but I never lost focus. I did however feel sad because leaving indonesia was soon approaching.
Q) Staying at an Islamic institution, Al Azhar University, was there a spiritually focussed program as well?
A) Pak Sariat was a father figure to us, and guiding us along the way in every aspect. I also maintained a close relationship with Qori Ustadh Mukhtar, the Imam of the Azhar Masjid, however we did have a little bit of a communication barrier. He made me lead the congregational prayers for Jumuah, which was a first for me in my life. I was also asked to give a nasihah (advice) to the local musallees after solah, where I spoke about the importance of the Quran in our lives. I spoke in english and I had an Indonesian translator.
Q) Do you feel that this kind of program could be applicable in Cape Town? What would you add or change to a program like this designed for Capetonians or South Africans?
A) The original 40 days leadership program which was initiated in 2011, was reduced to an intensive 2 week program. The organisers felt that the participants were fatigued after 40 days, and the same outcomes could be achieved within a shorter span. So this could work better for Cape Town. Some elements of that program would have to be replaced to reflect a Cape Town theme and capetonian needs. The AYLI program was designed to introduce the indonesian language and culture to its foreign participants. We could definitely use the AYLI program as a model.
Q) In terms of your silat, how will you maintain what you have learnt in Indonesia?
A) Apart from attending regular silat training sessions in Goodwood, I also go over my jurus at home. School takes up most of my time now, but i do train where I find the time and space.
Q) What are your concluding remarks?
A) The leadership camp was geared towards developing our leadership roles and skills, and trained us how to be more responsible role models for other youth. Of the valuable lessons :
We thanked Tanzilur-Ragmaan and his parents for their time, and for participating in the program. We hope he will becoming a shining example for others to follow, and wish him the best for his future.
Pictured above, is our small team of 15 youth who participated in our short course in Seni Silat, the Malay Martial art. The course ran over four days, between 12-19 DEC 2012, on mondays and wednesdays. Due to short notice, only residents of the Athlone / Crawford area attended, Alhamdulillah.
A similar program was run at the Taronga road Khidmatul Islam Masjid during the June Holidays, where the focus was on self-defense tactics, which ran over a period of 8 days. Kids were taught a series of techniques which will help them defend themselves and be aware of their surroundings at all times. This time, the focus of the Silat course was on the artistic expressive element of silat called seni. A series of silat stances were taught, which is called Jurus. In the end, participants were taught how to apply silat concepts in sparring, introducing them to the sport aspect of silat called Olah Raga.
"Are you coming again next holidays?" asked one of the youngsters eagerly.
We hope to be doing many more short courses in Silat at various venues, introducing people to this rich martial art. We do hope that many more people will join silat and learn how to defend themselves, and build their confidence, strength, and remove the fear of confrontation.
Heres what some of the participants had to say:
" I found silat to be very interesting and practical. It was also quite easy." A Akhalwaya
"Very interesting to learn something new. The way you step is similar to Ashihara Karate." M Thaakier Jattiem
"It was so much Fun. I really enjoyed it!!" :) From Nafeesah
"I found Silat very fun, and I hope they do it again." - F.P
"It was very fun. Thank you." - N.S
"Silat was very fun for a few days, its different to other fighting skills." Imraan
" Silat was quite interesting as Id never done it before. It was quite easy though" - Yusrah
"I enjoyed silat. Silat was quite difficult but then I got the hang of it. I will keep practicing it. Thank you." - Imaan
"Silat was fun" - Laila
"It was fun and I learnt alot. I hope you will start a full time class here"
December school holidays is here once again, and many people may be lost when it comes to finding suitable activities for themselves or their kids. Last year, the Pukulan Melaka Silat school hosted a martial arts program for 40 hours, running over 20 days of the holidays.
The feedback recieved from parents and participants was great, so this year we have put together another program. The 4 day course will run from the Monday, 10th December 2012, Insha Allah. It takes place on monday and wednesday afternoons at the Taronga rd Masjid, between 2-4pm.
During the mid year holidays this year, we ran a self defense program for youth at the same mosque. This program was aimed at providing the kids with the necessary tools and tactics to survive on the street and defend themselves effectively against empty hand attacks, leg attacks and also basic defense against weapons. A similar program was done for the adults at the Retreat Masjid Munowwar which was also well attended, Alhamdulillah.
Just recently returned from Malaysia, the course at Taronga rd will be conducted by Silat Pukulan Melaka instructor Abang Faheem. Registration will take place at the Masjid immediately after thuhr on monday 10th December. The course cost will be R100 per participant. The course content will be slightly different this year, as we intend to expose our youth to this wonderful martial art of Seni Silat.
Anyone can attend, male or female, starting from ages 7 and above. Dont hesitate to forward your questions to email@example.com. Or call 0718698240.
This December the AYLI Azhar Youth Leadership Institute in Jakarta will once again host the annual Indonesian International Leadership Camp. The 40 days even takes place from 1st Dec 2012 - 10th january 2013 Insha-Allah ..
Capetonian Youth aged 16 - 23 can apply. All you need is your airfare and your own spending money. All accomodation, transport, tours, activities and even food will be provided for sponsored by the AYLI. Its an event not to be missed.
This year, one of Pukulan Melaka South Africa Silat students will be journeying off to Indonesia to be part of this great event. The program includes many many beneficial learning programs and even Silat training, Qiraa'ah, business skills, and much more. contact AYLI Directly via website and complete the application form. You need a valid passport, to be scanned and emailed to the contact via website
EXTRACT FROM AYLI WEBSITE
Indonesia International leadership Camp 2012 is the 40 days quarantine programs which consist of the interesting and inspiring activities who will be the next future leader. Being A Leader needs many skills such as leadership, communication, management-strategic and other skills of leader. All those skills will you get in Indonesia International leadership Camp 2012 which contains exciting, fun ,andfull of knowledge activities also unforgettable experience. So, prepare for all Islamic youth all around the world by joining the Indonesia International Leadership Camp 2012 and be youth Moslem who will change the future world. Here are several materials that you will get in IILC.
Entrepreneur is one great activity to train our leadership ability. Ranging from planning, setting up, implementation, and control, which all managerials parts are apply. In addition, the product marketing function is to train our communication skills. Yes, we are going to learn to be an entrepreneur. Do not hope you will study a wide range of entrepreneurial theory. We will direct practice it in the field! You feel challenging? Of course!
The June Holidays is on our doorstep and once again we invite youth between ages of 7 and 14yrs to take up silat. This time, the objective of the course will be to learn the fundamentals of self defense. Techniques from various silat styles will be used to demonstrate just how easy it is to defend yourself, whether you are big or small, thin or fat, handsome or not. The course will run from the 2nd July until 12 th July between 10:30 am - 12:00pm at the Taronga rd Mosque in Crawford. Registration will take place on Sunday 1st July at the Taronga rd Masjid after Thuhr Solah insha Allah until 3:00pm.
With the spate of crime reaching an alarming level in the Western Cape, a mosque in Retreat has taken up the task of giving power to women in communities by introducing a self defence course. Al Munowar masjid based in Retreat, has created a Silat self defence course for women designed to teach them how to protect themselves.
“We feel like we need to empower women as they are not equipped to defend themselves in a dangerous situation. There are a lot of cases where women tend to conceal their abuse. We want to show them how to defend themselves by giving them the tools and showing them how easy it is if they know how,” explained Silat trainer Faheem Jackson.
Jackson believes women ought to be respected and if their rights are violated, they need to be able to stand up for themselves. The training will be guided by the imam of the masjid, Maulana Irshaad Sedick, who initiated the idea to conduct the course. Silat is the martial arts fighting style originating from Indonesia and Malaysia. Silat was apparently developed by a woman in Indonesia. The course intends to teach women how to deal with aggression, unleash their fighting spirit and also how to control it.
The course will be combining elements of different styles of Silat, showing people how to apply the basic techniques like using by body as a weapon. “We hope to expose the wisdom behind the martial art,” said Jackson. The lessons will be given inside the masjid and although the course is designed for women in mind, men are also invited.
“When we sent the request to the masjid, Maulana Irshaad said he felt like the course should be open to males and females because the males will feel left out. This is why it is open to all but it is going to be designed to show how easy it is for a weaker person to defend themselves against a stronger person,” said Jackson.
He stressed that self-defence has become a necessity and is not a sport anymore. The shocking rate of domestic abuse and rape against women in the Western Cape was clear evidence of this need. “Learning self defence is something communities should take note of as it is important for people to defend themselves against any form of aggression.”
The course will take place on the 29th June, 6th July and 13th July at Masjid Munowar from 19h30 until 22h00 and will cost R100 per person. For more information people call Faheem Jackson on 071 869 8240. VOC (Tashneem Abrahams)
The Perguruan Seni Silat Pukulan Melaka (Pukulan Melaka silat school) recently held its annual youth camp at the Gelanggang Solok Gaung (training grounds) in Melaka headquarters. The camp took place between 9th-11th March, and had 160 participants.
Pukulan Melaka now operates in 9 primary and secondary schools offering self defense classes for male and female students. The purpose of this camp was to grade successful participants in the first level to achieve the Bengkung Kuning (yellow belt level).
The Ujian (grading test) was done by senior Pukulan Melaka instructors and overseen by Master Guru Hj Mokhtar Yahya, the founder of PSSPM (Persatuan Seni Silat Pukulan Melaka). The grading ceremony was also attended by the Chief Minister ( Premier of Melaka) Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, who happens to be a good friend of Hj Mokhtar.
The Cape Town branch of Pukulan melaka is growing steadily Alhamdulillah, now having reached 100 students (adults and youth). Please check our training venues page for more information on how you or your kids could learn this Malaysian martial art. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or SMS/call: 0718698240 or 0718957452
_Alhamdulillah its been a tough 40 hours of silat training, but amidst the harsh summer heat, kids still turned up for training. This holiday course was held for 2 hours every single weekday, where participants trained inside the Goodwood street Masjid between the 12th Dec and 6th January.
The idea came about when I (Faheem Jackson) was approached by Moegammad Noordien on behalf of Imam Ebrahiem Tofa to start silat training at the masjid every saturday. I then offered the Imam 2 options; the first bieng weekly classes, and the second option was an intensive 40hours of silat aimed at youth over the holidays to give them a kickstart in martial arts education. Needless to say, option 2 was preferred.
Initially we had 58 applicants registered for the course, and 48 of them which actually followed the course. Eventhough only 30-40 regularly attended, the turnout was successful. The same course was also offered to the Colorado Park Masjid which gave us an extra 10 participants.
Seni Silat Pukulan Melaka was the silat style taught and participants learned the basis of self-defense tactics of the first level (bengkong kuning). Stretching, warm-ups, and martial arts drills were part of their daily routine. Although the training seemed very tough for some, only 40% of the actual course content was completed. This was mainly due to the fact that we worked with a vast age group ranging from 6yrs - 37yrs. Kids are naturally excited when they are taught something new and many of them were too eager to try out the techniques before instruction was given. Alot of time was taken to regulate and control the excitement.
Students felt an improvement in self-esteem and confidence which was evident from the improvement in application of techniques. Kicking, punching and blocking drills were also practiced with a partner. Learning to tolerate and work with each other during exercises helped students overcome self-esteem issues and taught them respect for their peers. The fear for aggression is decreased when martial arts is practiced. Correct breathing methods also helped maintain mental focus.
Not only were students taught martial arts, but mainly the correct co-ordination between mind, body and spirit through daily Tazkirah (islamic advice) which is important in silat training. Honour, dignity, respect, discipline and focus are words which will not be forgotten by participants of this course.
To officially conclude the 40hours course, participants will be honoured for their effort and sacrifice of their holiday time. A certificate ceremony will be held on Saturday 14th January 2012 at the Colorado Park Masjid between 5pm and 6:30pm Insha-Allah.
We let the students speak for themselves when we asked them to relate their experience in a short paragraph. Here are some of their comments.
"Assalamu Alaikum. My name is Abdun-Nur Jacobs and 10 years old. I was taught self defense, self discipline. I loved all the techniques that was taught to me. I would love to go to Malaysia to study silat further, Inshallah. Tramakasi, Abang Fahiem."
"Yes. I like the silat. I like the kicks and boxing and kudah. I will not forget is silat."From: Qudsiyyah May, 10 years old. Grade 5.
Ma'rouf Kriel: "To Aadang: The first time i came here I did not know what to expect. I never heard of the word silat. I whould to know more about the art. Yes, i would like to continue practicing silat.
"It was insperational, it helped boost my confidence and self esteem. During this course we met new friends and made peace with others. It taught me respect and honour to our fellow maits and others. We believe the class should continue becuase it keeps us busy, fit, and active during the holidayz"
From: Zaheer Boltman & M. Saliegh Kader - The Warrior Gang! ;)
"I enjoyed silat very much because it is not only a self defence but also a life skill. A life skill that teach you to respect other human beings and not to think you are better than the next human being. You become humble.
The Fatigah is one aspect I will forever practice. When I'm about to patrol at night in my community, I recite the Fatigah & I can feel the presence of Allah protecting me & the community.
Yes, I would like to continue with silat and live a life of fulfilling the 5 promises of silat."
Abduraghiem Latief. Wednesday 4 January 2012/ 9 Saffar 1433.
Sheikh Riyadh Walls (Imam of Aljaamiah Masjid) discusses Silat with Tuan Hilmy
_The First of its kind in South Africa, the Aljaamiah Academy will open its doors for future memorisers of the Holy Quran in January 2012 Insha-Allah. The complete name, Aljaamiah Quran & Seni Silat Academy was born from a discussion with The imam of Stegman rd masjid, Claremont. Sheikh Riyadh Walls approached us to initiate silat classes during the week at the masjid in order to bring beneficial activities to the masjid. The idea then progressed to become the first Haafith School in Cape Town integrating sports activity within the school curriculum.
This idea is not a new one, as this kind of Islamic educational system is the norm in Malaysia and Indonesia, whereby the teachers are educated in Deen as well as in Silat martial arts. We hope that this Academy will be one of the beacons of light for contiuous guidance, spiritually, mentally, and physically Ameen.
Join Aljaamiah Quran & Seni Silat Academy for our Open Day on the 3rd of December 2011 between 3-5 PM at the Aljaamiah Masjid, Stegman Rd, Claremont, and share our vision for the Huffaath of tomorrow.
The Aljaamiah Academy will ensure a safe and fun learning environment for anyone from the ages of 10 and upward. There is no age limit to learning the Quran. Other essential subjects offered are Fiqh, Aqeedah, Adaab wal Adhkaar (advices and etiquette from the Sunnah), Inshaad (islamic songs and musicality) and Bahasa Indonesia (conversational). Students will also be taught via audio visual learning aids in their studies of Quran, Inshaad, Arts or Silat. We believe that to be a Hafith (carrier of the Quran), one must cultivate the love and interest for the Quran and Islam using any beneficial means.
Our youth is one the most important sectors of the Ummah as they are the future of society and continuously need to be given tools to lead a good pure life. The vices of society are many, and we believe that if the youth have the necessary spiritual nourishment, their resistence to wrong will be much higher. A Muslim must be strong in order to faithfully carry out his or her duty towards Allah. That is why the nabi Muhammad (S.A.W) said "A strong believer is better than a weak believer." How much better will it be if our huffaath become useful with their hands as much as with their minds and hearts. This is the reason why we have included other subjects like Islamic Art & Calligraphy, Silat and Inshaad.
The carriers of the Quran should be humble, so that their hearts can be filled with wisdom. Learning Seni Silat martial arts along with the memorisation of Al Quran will teach us discipline, respect and humility and hopefully this will contribute towards producing better Huffaath Insha-Allah.
“In a time when Malays in Malaysia are straying further away from their religion and culture, our brethren across the sea are making strides in inculcating both beautiful Deen and wise Customs into their young. It makes me proud to see their efforts and I pray that Allah rewards them and saves us all because of it. Amin."
Mohd Nadzrin Wahab
International Islamic university Malaysia Alumni and founder of Silat Melayu Community
for more information go to www.aljaamiahacademy.co.za
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Since yesterday, the Goodwood masjied Silat program has had a huge response Alhamdulillah. We now have 25 young warriors (male & female) registered for the program. Parents were given a short briefing about the program, and were urged to bring their kids on time for silat training, as this would teach them discipline.
The door is not yet closed, as we still have 25 spaces available. Registration forms can be requested via email, and returned on sunday, 4th December between 4pm - 5:30pm at our next registration day. This will mark the official closing of registrations Insha-Allah.
For those in the Mitchels Plain Area, we will follow the same program starting the 12th Dec until 6th January 2012. Training will take place mon-fri at colorado park masjied between 1:30 - 3:30. Registration will take place on sunday 4th Dec between 1:30 - 3PM.
for more information contact us on 0718698240 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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