Jam Eyyatul Qurra Academy (JEQ) is celebrating a significant milestone today, with the tamat of its 100th student since the institute opened its doors in 2001. A graduation ceremony and khatam-al Quran programme was held at packed Shukrul Mubeen masjid in Lansdowne on Sunday, where excited and nervous students gathered with their family, friends, shuyookh, hufaath and elders of the community.
Top class adjudicators were brought in to verify that all students who graduate are of the requisite standard. The judges present are the Muslim Judicial Council’s Department of Quranic Affairs chairman Shaykh Abdullah Awaldien, Shaykh Ismail Londt and Shaykh Igsaan Davids.
Celebrating the achievement as the 100th student, 14 year old Mishaal Steenberg from Mitchells Plain said he was honoured and “humbled”. According to JEQ chairman Shreef Abbas, the teenager was taken through rigorous testing and passed “with aplomb”.
“People here were emotionally moved by his performance, Alhamdullilah,” he enthused.
Abbas said it was fitting that the graduation was taking place Shukrul Mubeen masjid as JEQ founder, the late Shaykh Muhammad Yusuf Booley used to recite in this mosque in the seventies.
“There’s a close attachment between JEQ and Shukrul Mubeen. I remember coming to visit the masjid to hear Shaykh Yusuf recite here in his heyday. It was exciting times listening to him. Shaykh Yusuf also collected huge sums of money for the renovation of Shukrul Mubeen. So we’ve come back to reaffirm that attachment.”
Shaykh Muhammad Yusuf Booley completed the memorisation of the Qur’an at the tender age of 18 years old. Shaykh Booley initially started teaching in Grey Street
Mosque Durban and remains a a respected icon in the teaching of the Qur’an. He dedicated almost 60 years to the teaching of the Quran and has guided many of South Africa’s top academics, and other professionals through their individual journeys of memorisation. Ever since completing his Hifz, Shaykh Booley has had the dream of starting his own school where students would be taught the proper and correct recitation of the Qur’an.
With this vision in mind, Shaykh Booley, together with Shaykh Moosa Goder and others founded Jam`Eyyatul Qurra Hafiz Institute in 1973. There was no start-up capital and the school was mainly funded through donations from the public. Despite the lack of funds, classes commenced in the Mowbray Mosque under the able guidance of Shaykh Abduraghiem Salie one of Cape Town’s renowned Shariah scholars. The first Hafith tudent to graduate from this school was Hafith Muhammad Adams.
Approximately 12 students eventually graduated from this school. Due to financial constraints the school was eventually closed and Shaykh Booley started teaching from his home, but he never gave up on his dream. Many years and many successful Huffath later, his dream was to become a reality. VOC