South Africans Muslims Urged to Connect More with their Country
South African ‘ulama’ need to develop a new Fiqh of Citizenship (fiqh al-muwatana) in order to empower the local community to navigate successfully within our broader nation state, says the former President of the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC), Moulana Ihsaan Hendricks.
Moulana Hendricks was delivering the keynote address at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Claremont Main Road Masjid (CMRM), that was held at the Sports Science Institute at Newlands on Sunday 19 June 2016.
The former MJC president said a new Fiqh of citizenship should emphasise the Muslim community’s peaceful co-existence with other faith groups in the country as well as the responsibility of individuals to make a positive contribution to the challenges we face in our country. In his address, Mawlana Hendricks also commended CMRM and proposed that its models be shared with other masajid, especially emerging Muslim communities . A full report on Moulana Ihsaan Hendricks’ speech will appear in the next issue of Muslim Views.
The AGM reported on the numerous outreach and social justice initiatives conducted by CMRM in 2015. These included inter-faith solidarity events, initiatives to advance gender justice and include more women’s voices in the masjid space, as well as involvement in environmental justice issues. A total of six women delivered pre-khutbah talks in the year and seven more women delivered post-tarawih talks.
Communities in Dunoon, Manenberg, Blikkiesdorp and Leeuwenkuil in Agter-Paarl, all benefited from various initiatives such as monthly meals, iftar meals, ‘Id lunches, as well as the distribution of food parcels, hygiene care packs and blankets.
CMRM also provided ongoing to support to residents of institutions such as Beitul Aman Home for the Aged, IHATA Shelter for abused women and children, and Emasithandane Children’s Home in Nyanga.
There were no nominations for new board members and the current board of the Masjid, headed by Chairperson Haji Yusuf (Jowa) Abrahams, remains in place.