Whether you’re new to the Reviving the Islamic Spirit Conference or you’re a seasoned attendee, here are some insider tips that will help you navigate RIS like a pro. Make the best of your RIS weekend – be a savvy attendee.
Print out/review the schedule in advance; plan out your days accordingly. Tip: Give yourself a 10 minute buffer before and after each lecture for time fluctuations in the schedule.
With thousands of people in the venue, bathrooms can get quite crowded. Here is a list of the least used washrooms in the south building, in order of least used to most used:
With hundreds of stalls in the RIS bazaar, it can get overwhelming
If possible, stagger your own meal times around major lunch/dinner breaks – get lunch either before lunch break, or after. It’ll save you a lot of time. Bring snacks from home to eat between meals. Dhuhr/Lunch break is from 12-1:30pm, Asr/Maghrib/Dinner break is 4:00-6:00pm.
Bring a water bottle with you (refill at water fountains or the water stations inside the conference hall). Conference days can get quite long, and when your brain is working hard taking in all that beneficial knowledge, staying hydrated will keep you energized and focused.
Hate lugging those big winter jackets around? Use the coat check, it’s well worth it. Available on the 600 level.
Head over to the RIS booth in the bazaar – enter through the main bazaar doors and it’ll be right in front. Here you can find DVDs of the lectures you watched as well as meet some of the speakers!
Want to run into one of your favourite speakers? Here are some tips:
The RIS bazaar is a great place to find new initiatives, new businesses, new causes etc. Added bonus: there’s always someone giving something away!
Overwhelmed with all the flyers? Take a minute to go through everything and find things you might regret throwing away – be responsible, recycle what you don’t need.
Every year, RIS collects food and clothing donations for the needy, give back to your community by bringing in something – even if its a small item each day of the conference. Get involved: find a new cause to volunteer for or donate towards.
What if we told you, in just 5-7 minutes you could drastically improve the quality of your prayers? Come visit us at the Tanzeel Booth (Booth # 817, 819 in the center of the bazaar). Take a live Qur’an class with one of our highly trained and certified English speaking Egyptian teachers. You will be able to correct common mistakes in recitation of surah Fatiha and get a better understanding of the Ummul Kitaab (Mother of the Book).
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