Hoping to bridge the mainstream Muslim community with local African Muslims, the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) will host the first ever unified madrassa graduation for all township madaris on Saturday. The initiative is hosted by the Ulema African Townships (UAT), one of the various imamat councils in different communities in and around the Mother City, established by the MJC. The UAT is a body with ulema members from local townships such as Langa, Gugulethu, Khayelitsha, Phillipi, Browns Farm and Mfuleni.
According to the MJC’s deputy presidet Sheikh Riad Fataar, 360 madrassa students from 13 masajid will graduate on Saturday at the Desmond Tutu centre in Macassar, Khayelitsha. Musallees from the Husami masjid in Cravenby are sponsoring the graduation, and will provide thoubs and burqas for all students. Humanitarian agency Muslim Hands will also assist with transport and certificates for each learner.
“The MJC has always been extremely keen on strengthening the arms of ulema. It is a great idea and the MJC has been having continuous meetings to ensure that it becomes a success. This is always a great form of dawah in the townships,” Fataar said.
At the graduation, each madrassa will do a presentation.
While Fataar could not give an estimate on the number of Muslims currently residing in local townships, he said the number was in fact increasing. VOC (Ra’eesah Isaacs)