The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC ) will mark its 70th Anniversary on the 10 February 2015, a significant milestone for South Africa’s leading ulema body. Preparations are under way to commemorate and give recognition to the scholars who have served the MJC and the community since 1945.
As part of the commemoration program, MJC president Maulana Ihsaan Hendricks has requested that special recognition be given to senior ulema who have dedicated their lives towards maintaining the foundation of Islam built by the great forerunners of Islam in South Africa.
The central religious authority which was established to represent the Muslim community and to address religious requirements for the growing community, has played a vital role in nurturing Muslim identity and navigating the community through the challenges faced during the Apartheid years.
As many of the ulema have passed on, the MJC has invited senior scholars of the community to share valuable information about the history of Islam in South Africa as well as the challenges, victories and developments that Muslims faced and continues to address in Southern Africa.
The inaugural commemorative program will be the special ‘Listening to our Elders’ programme which takes place on the10th February 2015 at 11h00 at Masjidus Salaam, St Athan’s Road, Athlone. This program will be followed by a thikr which takes places on the 19th February 2015 after Mahrib at Masjidus Salaam, St Athan’s Road, Athlone. VOC