Scholars from the United Ulema Council of South Africa (UUCSA) will take part in a panel discussion on Wednesday night, to dissect the controversy surrounding the alleged ‘hijacking’ of the organizations name. The discussion will be broadcast live on Radio Islam and simulcast on VOC and Channel Islam International.
The issue surrounding the rights to UUCSA’s name has been a contentious matter for many years. The ulema fraternity was formed in 1994 by founding members Maulana Yunus Patel, the late MJC president Sheik Nazeem Mohammed and MJC fatwa department head Maulana Yusuf Karaan, amongst others, but failed to register its name and logo with the Registrar of Trade Marks upon its formation.
In 2013, the UUCSA brand was usurped by Maulana A.S Desai from the Majlis in Port Elizabeth, after he registered the name with the Trade Marks Office. UUCSA were subsequently threatened with legal action if it continued to use the name.
According to a press statement released by UUCSA, Maulana Desai had justified his usurping of the name on the basis that his organization was formed in 1989, despite never releasing any statements or having no proof of existence prior to 2013.
UUCSA has accused Maulana Desai’s organization of releasing false public statements, ‘meant primarily to mislead the public’.
Wednesday’s discussion will seek to address the issue surrounding the ‘fraudulent’ use of UUCSA’s name, the various press releases issued in its name, as well as UCCSA’s response to the controversy.
The panel will include representatives of UUCSA and will be hosted by Radio Islam programme manager, Sulaimaan Ravat.
Be sure to catch the discussion live on VOC on Wednesday night, starting from after Esha until 10pm. VOC