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MANHAJ AS-SALAF FI FAHM AN-NUSUS BAYN AN-NAZARIYYAH WA AL-TATBIQ

Translated as “The Way of the True Salaf: Theory and Application”

Translation by the International Peace College South Africa (IPSA) and jointly published with the Kaaf Trust of Cape Town

On 07 December 2015 a seminal work of one of the 20th century’s greatest Islamic scholars, Sayyid Muhammad ‘Alawi al-Maliki, was published in English translation by the International Peace College South Africa and the Kaaf Trust of Cape Town.

The Manhaj us-Salaf fi Fahm un-Nusus wan-Nadhariyyah wal Tatbiq [translated as The Way of the True Salaf] is a work aimed at correcting the error that fuels the fires of Islamic extremism world-wide. SHAYKH ISMAIL HANIF EDWARDS- HIS LIFE AND WORKS

By Dr Moegamat Hoosain Ebrahim

(Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Islamic Studies at IPSA)

Shaykh Ismā’īl Hanif Edwards was born during a time that could be considered a watershed in the history of Muslims at the Cape. A transition from an insular to a more inclusive phase was dawning in which people like Dr Abdurahman saw the need for alliances with other oppressed people in the country. This issue will be highlighted when we analyse his experiences in the Arab World.For now, the cardinal questions are: Did Shaykh Ismā’īl perceive the stupendous challenges that confronted any Muslim scholar in that milieu? Did he successfully resolve them?

The Cape Hajj Tradition: Past and Present

By Dr Moegammat Hoosain Ebrahim

(Senior Lecturer at the International Peace College South Africa)

It is said that Imam Abdulgamiet of the Palm Tree Mosque was the first person to undertake the Hajj in 1811. Imam Abdulgamiet never returned home. But he had planted the seeds of a tradition, which had profound consequences for the social as well as the economic lives of the Cape Muslim community.

However, there are quite a number of sources which state that Hajii Gassonodien, better known as Carel Pilgrim, was the first Cape Muslim to perform the Hajj. This pilgrimage took place between 1834 and 1837, notably within the first three years of the abolition of slavery at the Cape. On his return from hajj (after three years of studying) he managed to establish a congregation at his residence in Buitengracht Street, Cape Town, but he could never build a mosque or establish a religious dynasty like his contemporaries.

SHAYKH MOHAMED SALIE DIEN: A LEADER OF DISTINCTION

By Dr Moegamat Hoosain Ebrahim

(Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Islamic Studies at IPSA)

Shaykh Mohamed Salie Dien was born in Wynberg, Cape Town on January 13, 1920. His father’s name was Abdurahmaan (Manie) and his mother’s name was Ayesha. His mother was the daughter of a German priest, whose surname was Coert. The Coert family resided in Caledon. Shaykh Dien is the fourth eldest child of seven brothers and four sisters. Their names are; the eldest Abduragman, Ebrahim, Amien, (Salie), Sulaiman, Yusuf, Mogamat Allie, Isma`il, Fatima, Gadieja, Amina, Salega and Aisha. Shaykh Dien’s father who was a businessman moved from Wynberg to settle in Grassy Park – where he eventually died.

Since it’s inception, IPSA has taken an active interest in the development of Islamic Scholarship and Research at a national level.It’s commitment in this area of demonstrated through the range of programmes it offers. Through it’s institute if current Islam (ISCI) IPSA produced 10 issues of the IPSA Journals of Islamic studies.

 

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