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History of the Jamiat Ulama

The Jami‘ atul 'Ulama (JU) well known as the Jamiatul Ulama Transvaal was established in 1923 to service the religious needs of the Muslims. It was originally founded by Moulana Mohammed Waliullah and was later revived by Moulana Muhammad Mia & Mufti Ebrahim Sanjalvi (may Almighty Allâh be pleased with them).

Many Ulama, too numerous to mention, spent their lives serving Islam and the Muslims through the Jamiatul Ulama. As the needs of the Muslim community grew, the JU accordingly responded. It was in the 1980's, that more branches and representatives were needed to service the ever growing and geographically diverse Muslim population. Alhamdulillah, today the JU has six fully operational branches and six zonal representatives operating in six of the nine provinces in South Africa.

The JU has been the forerunner in co-ordinating educational syllabi in Madrasah institutions from the early 1940's. It has been serving the needs of the community in various areas some of which are as follows:

  • Publications
  • Social Services
  • Counseling services
  • Mediation and Arbitration
  • Community Radio
  • Aids Awareness
  • Burial Services
  • Government Liaison
  • Dawah (Propagation)
  • Welfare Assistance
  • Judiciary
  • Fatwa Council
  • Youth Development
  • Disaster Relief
  • Institution for higher learning
  • Halaal Consumables

The 1990s inaugurated the JU into a completely new era: an era of new challenges, rapid change, expansion, and diversification. It is a founding member of the United Ulama Council of South Africa (UUCSA), a national Ulama body representing Muslims on national issues.

The JU is a founder member of SANHA and has ceded the activity of Halaal certification and monitoring to SANHA since inception. Due to its strategic position and valuable input the JU along with the JU KZN was awarded an additional seat on the SANHA Board of Executives. The JU also serves on SANHA's Ulama Council and Theological Committee.

The Jamiat maintains branch offices in the following areas: Tshwane, Lenasia, Azaadville, Benoni, Klerksdorp, Vaal [Roshnee], Delmas [South East], Springs [Far East], Middleburg [Mpumalanga], Bela Bela [Limpopo], Bloemfontein [Free State], Rustenberg [North West]

The Jamiat Headoffice contact details:

Physical Address: 1st Floor, Baitul Hamd, 32 Dolly Rathebe Road
Fordsburg, Johannesburg
Telephone: +27 [0]11 373 8000
Fax: +27 [0]11 373 8022


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