The Jami'atul 'Ulamâ South Africa was established in 1923 as Jamiatul Ulama Transvaal (JUT) to service the religious needs of the Muslims.
It was originally founded by Moulana Mohammed Waliullah (R.A.) but was later revived by Moulana Muhammad Mia (RA) and Mufti Ebrahim Sanjalvi (RA).
Many 'Ulamâ, too numerous to mention, spent their lives serving Islam and the Muslims through the Jami'atul 'Ulamâ Transvaal.
As the needs of the Muslim community grew, the JUT correspondingly responded. It was in the 1980s, that more branches and representatives were needed to service the ever-growing and geographically diverse Muslim population.
Alhamdulillâh, today the Jamiatul Ulama South Africa has six fully operational branches and six zonal representatives operating in six of the nine provinces in South Africa.
Core Purpose Statement
Recognised leadership, uniting, developing, guiding and representing Muslims.
The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa has a membership of well over 800 scholars and huffaaz of the Qur’an of Limpopo, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, North West, Freestate and Northern Cape. The different levels of the ulama body has a shura council, an elected executive board and a consultative assembly.
Departments and Specialised Arms
In the pursuit of the objectives of the organisation, the Jamiatul Ulama South Africa uses different arms and specialised agencies as follows:
- Verdicts, Estates and Advisory: Darul Iftaa
- Call and Guidance: Dawa wal Irshaad
- Counselling: Islamic Careline, Islamic Helpline & Islamic Hopeline
- Islamic Education: Taalimi Board
- Relief & Welfare: Welfare Department
- Matrimonial Affairs: Social Department
- Mediation and Arbitration: Muslim Mediation and Arbitration Council
- Moonsighting: Central Hilaal Committee