‘It’s time communities value the work of imams’

Over the years, local imams have prided themselves in working to transform their respective communities, from officiating at wedding ceremonies and funerals to standing ready to mediate in family matters, all the while not enjoying the deserved recognition for their efforts. Asserting that addressing financial constraints shuyukh face is long[…]

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Imams urged to delay Taraweeh

With iftaar time considerably earlier this year, the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) has called on masajid in the Western Cape to delay their Taraweeh prayer. For the past few years, Ramadan has been observed in winter in the southern hemisphere, which means shorter days for fasting Muslims. Muslims in Cape[…]

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French Muslim activists debate licences for imams

France’s leading Islamic body has called for imams to be licensed before being allowed to preach, a move that has prompted criticism from voices within the country’s Muslim community. Anouar Kbibech, the president of the French Council for the Muslim Religion, known as the CFCM, has called for imams to[…]

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HPark imams call for community meeting

A newly formed coalition of imams will meet with residents on Wednesday evening to discuss ways in which they can maintain a peace agreement with gangsters in Hanover Park in the lead up to the festive season. For the past seven days, gang leaders, most of whom are Muslim, have[…]

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Al Aqsa imams to visit CT

With renewed concern around the recent Israeli attacks and desecration of Masjidul Aqsa, Muslims locally will be able to hear a first-hand account from imams at the holy site. A delegation of five imams from Masjidul Aqsa are expected to visit Cape Town this weekend. The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC)[…]

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China jails ‘wild imams’ in mass crackdown

China has imprisoned almost two dozen people – mostly Muslim religious leaders – in the western region of Xinjiang, in a stepped up crackdown on “illegal religious activities”, Chinese media reported. The 22 suspects, including so-called “wild imams”, were given prison terms ranging from five to 16 years at a[…]

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MPlain imams take legal action against state

Three Mitchell’s Plain imams who were wrongfully arrested in January this year following an altercation with an alleged conman were acquitted of all charges against them last week. The three imams, Erefaan Martin, Shahied Lackay and Faried Hendricks, was arrested after confronting the man who allegedly scammed community members in[…]

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'Education needed on marriage officers'

Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Fatima Chohan plans to travel around the country addressing communities on the significance of Muslim marriage officers under South African law. Chohan was in Salt River on Monday night, delivering a talk at Daroel Ielm on the implications of imams working as marriage officers.  The[…]

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