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Islam Here April 2014 Edition

April 2014 edition of the Islam Here Newspaper.

Durban North Musallah and Madrasah

Poster by Jamiatul Ulama KwaZulu Natal on the Durban North Musalla and Madrasah

Arabic-Afrikaans Literature at the Cape

Type: Research Paper

By Prof Suleman Dangor

Tuan Guru – the first official imam at the Cape – used Malayu as the medium of instruction in the Dorp Street madrasah (Muslim religious school) which he established at the end of the 18th century. This changed in the middle of the 19th century when Cape Dutch was adopted as the language of instruction. While the children were familiar with this language they could not read the Latin script since they were barred from attending the public schools. Cape Muslims could, however, read the Arabic script which they had to learn for liturgical purposes - though they could not speak Arabic. To overcome this conundrum, numerous scholars and teachers began to translate Arabic texts into Cape Dutch and then transcribing these in the Latin script. These “readers” came to serve as official textbooks in the madrasahs at the Cape. This article traces the development of this genre of literature which came to be known as Arabic-Afrikaans, comments on manuscripts that were identified by Adrianus van Selms, Achmat Davids and Hans Kähler and highlights the daunting challenge of transcribing Afrikaans phonetically in the Arabic script.

The Legacy of Shaikh Yusuf in South Sulawesi

Type: Research Paper

by Thomas Gibson

Shaikh Yusuf was perhaps the most famous Islamic Saint ever born in South Sulawesi.  He was, however, only one of many Bugis and Makassarese who set sail across the Indian Ocean in the seventeenth century in search of the source of ilmu, esoteric Islamic knowledge.  In this paper I will treat his life as a prototype for this whole class of adventurers, and the kinds of Sufi knowledge he acquired as typical of the Islam that was implanted in the villages of South Sulawesi in the seventeenth century.  The cosmopolitan consciousness induced by these trans-oceanic intellectual links remains in force to this day.

The Miracle of Miraj

Type: Islamic Book

This book discusses in detail the incident of the Miraj Shareef as it has been described in the books of Hadith, Tafseer and Seerah. Translated by Mufti Afzal Hoosen Elias.