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Islamic Education in South Africa


Learners attending Madrasah (1800s)

The foundations of Islamic education in South Africa were laid by Imam Abdullah ibn Qadi Abd al-Salam - more popularly known as Tuan Guru. Tuan Guru was exiled to the Cape in 1780 and imprisoned on Robben Island

Upon his release in 1793, he settled in Dorp Street,  Cape Town, where he established the first madrassah(school) and mosque. This combined mosque-madrassah model remains till today, and it is not uncommon to find new complexes being specifically built to accommodate this structure.

Today, one finds not only the afternoon madrassahs, but fully fledged Muslim primary and secondary schools, Islamic colleges and universities, as well as courses in Arabic, Islamic Studies and Islamic Law offered by the mainstream universities.

Islamic Universities / Colleges

Waterval Islamic Institute (Mia's Farm)

Waterval Islamic Institute (Mia's Farm)

Waterval Islamic Institute was opened in July 1940 at Halfway House (between Johannesburg and Pretoria) by Haji Moosa Ismail Mia and Maulana Mohamed Mia. It was one of the first Islamic boarding institutes and has had a major impact on Muslims in South Africa via the numerous Islamic publicati

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Part-Time Courses

Madrasah At-Tayyibah School of Arabic

Madrasah At-Tayyibah School of Arabic

The Madrasah At-Tayyibah School of Arabic is situated at the Gatesville mosque in Cape Town South Africa. The focus is to teach Arabic and especially the understanding of the Noble Quran.

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University Courses

Department of Religion Studies - University of Johannesburg

Department of Religion Studies - University of Johannesburg

The UJ Department of Religion Studies focuses on diverse religions including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, African and Eastern religions.  All of these faith traditions have for millennia, in their own unique way articulated the human search for meaning and continue to do so. In order to

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Latest News & Updates for Islamic Education in South Africa

Benoni Muslim School girl bags eight distinctions

Published on Wednesday, 15 January 2014

The desire to please her parents motivated Zainab Motala (18) to get eight distinctions in her matric results. The Benoni Muslim School learner scored distinctions in English first language, Afrikaans additional home language, Arabic, mathematics, accounting, life sciences, physical science and life orientation.

Madrassa Noor launches audio website to enlighten Ummah

Published by Channel Islam on Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Madrassa An-Noor for the Blind, a specialist educational institute for the visually impaired, has launched a dedicated new audio website, facilitating access to a wealth of audio books and recordings produced by the Madrassa.

MJC hosts annual Al-Azhar lunch

Published by Muslim Judicial Council on Friday, 16 December 2011
The MJC hosted their annual lunch for the Al-Azhar Institute of learning. Representing the Al-Azhar Institute was Mr.Cristians and his capable staff. The full MJC contingent was present headed by Moulana Ihsaan Hendricks.

Speak Arabic Today

Published by Madrasah At-Tayyibah School of Arabic on Sunday, 27 November 2011
Course Dates: 21 January 2012 - December
 
Venue: Masjidul Quds
 

Dr Toffar on "The Middle Way in Islamic Law: A principled flexibility"

Published by International Peace College South Africa on Friday, 25 November 2011
This is the paper delivered by Shaykh Dr Abdul Karriem Toffar, Dean of Islamic Studies at IPSA, at the IPSA Spring Symposium held on the 20th November 2011.

Mufti Smith's response to Dr Toffar

Published by International Peace College South Africa on Friday, 25 November 2011
This is the response by Mufti Ebrahim Smith (of Darul Iftaa, Western Cape) to Dr Toffar's paper.

Safiyyah Surtee on Women in the Middle

Published by International Peace College South Africa on Friday, 25 November 2011
This was Safiyyah Surtee's presentation on "Women in the Middle: between hyper-liberalism and ultra-conservatism"" presented at the IPSA Spring Symposium held on the 20th Novemver 2011. Safiyyah is a postgraduate candidate and a part-time lecturer at the University of Johannesburg.

Nafisah Patel's response to Safiyyah Sutee

Published by International Peace College South Africa on Friday, 25 November 2011
This is Nafisah Patel's response to Safiyyah Surtee's presentation on "Women in the Middle: between hyper-liberalism and ultra-conservatism". Nafisah is a graduate of IPSA and is currently a postgraduate student in Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town.

Dar al-Mahamid's Annual Summer Festival 2011

Published by Dar al-Mahamid on Friday, 25 November 2011

The festive season is quickly approaching and whilst for many, this symbolises a holy and spiritual time of the year, we are also aware that it is a time in which many fall prey to the various ubiquitous vices within modern society.

In an attempt to safeguard and contribute to the progression of our community, Dar al-Mahamid will, for the 2nd year running, host our annual Summer Festival.

Scholarships and Fellowships on Islam, African Publics and Religious Values (Closing Date Extended)

Published by Department of Religious Studies - University of Cape Town on Thursday, 24 November 2011
We have decided to extend the closling date for applications. If you are interested in applying, please send your application to Nabowayah Kafaar at the details below:

The Centre for Contemporary Islam
Department of Religious Studies
University of Cape Town
Private Bag
Rondebosch
7701

Contact the CCI:
Phone: 021 650 3889 (09h00—13h00)
Email: Nabowayah Kafaar