56TH INTERNATIONAL QUIRAAT RECITAL AND MEMORIZATION ASSEMBLY KUALA LUMPUR 2014: WORLD CLASS PERFORMANCE BY SOUTH AFRICAN CONTESTANT (MALE CATEGORY)

The South African contestant gave a world class performance at this world class Quranic Recital event. The contest was won by Malaysia.

The AL JAMA-AH nominee was Sheikh Harun Moos from Cape Town. The talent search was conducted by South Africa’s prime Muslim  TV station DEENTV who also recorded the recitals of contestants. The contestant was selected by different panels under the watchful eye of convenor  Imam Mohamed Edries of the Maitland Mosque.  Thoerria Najaar took charge of the PR work . Ms I.Cloete the admin and Ismail Davids tasked to raise funds for a support team. The nominations were submitted   by the President of AL JAMA-AH Ganief  Hendricks.

The results for the Tilawah segment  scanned below was forwarded to AL JAMA-AH by the organisers representing the Malaysian Government.

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Sheikh Harun (contestant), Sheikh Abduragmaan Salie, AL JAMA-AH President Ganief Hendricks and Qudsieyah Allie (contestant)

AL JAMA-AH CONTESTS INTERNATIONAL QURANIC (MAQAAMAT) RECITAL CONTEST

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IMG_1617IMG_1614IMG_1607IMG_1632After a talent search  in South Africa AL JAMA-AH  has sent a Qari and a Qariah to contest the 56th International Malaysian Quranic Recital Assembly in Kuala Lumpur starting on 16 June 2014. To celebrate Youth Day in South Africa which is also held on 16 June and which was the turning point to bring down apartheid young Qutsieyah Allie a sixteen year old who is a  current student of AL JAMA-AH stalwart Sheikh Abduragmaan Salie will be the female contestant. It is our dua that her selection will encourage the youth to love the Quran, recite the Quran and recite it melodiously and highlight moderate islam which is the theme of this year’s Assembly. Sheikh Harun Moos is the male contestant and a favourite to win as he was a finalist seven years ago. Sheikh Abdul Aziez Brown is part of the voluntary support team and a Maqaamat coach. Both he and Sheikh Harun are a new breed of Qari’s which aims to make the Muslim community in South Africa a thikr community. Cape Town is set to become the training City  for up and coming Qari’s and Qariah’s.

REDUCED WORKING HOURS ON THE CARDS

AL JAMA-AH Office has submitted proposals to reduce working hours from 45 to 40 hours at the invitation of the government. Depending on collective bargaining has not worked over the past 6 years since the project started and it is time the government legislated Ganief Hendricks submitted. Some of the proposals is not to reduce pay but to ensure increase in productivity by reducing waste and management costs.

MUSLIM MARRIAGE OFFICERS MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

One cannot be a Muslim swearing allegiance to Allah’s marriage laws and be a Muslim swearing allegiance to the Marriage Act of 1961.  Two marriage certificates and Allah forbid two divorce certificates. Also two marriage ceremonies.

The South African government spent R5 million to issue  150 marriage officers licences to nominees of the MJC and the Islamic propagation Centre in Cape Town and Durban.

According to Naeem Jinnah of the MYM and head of several research centres “nothing has changed” in a rebuttal to senior members of the MYM.  The  ”Imara” oversight body of the MJC slammed its executive body and acting President (of the Cravenby Mosque)   for the hype around the issuing of these licences saying that it does not legalise Muslim marriages in any way. In fact in a submission to the Constitutional Court its chief spokesperson on marriages Imam Mouti Saban on behalf of the “Imara” and its leadership over the past 40 years condemned Muslim marriage officers in terms of the Marriage Act of 1961 as the Act is Haraam and swears  allegiance to the Act and not Allah’s marriage  laws.

The MJC executive lobbied the Department  of Home Affairs for these licences which led to the Deputy State President creating a media hype that Muslim marriages are legal. A sad way to end his office at least in the Muslim community.

As far as AL JAMA-AH is concerned Nikah’s have legal consequences and the clauses in the Marriage Act of 1961 being used to negate these marriages are unconstitutional. Further Muslims do not need a secular state to  give  Nikah’s recognition. Islam recognises it. All Muslims want is legal consequences which it has.  The administrative actions of the Department of Home Affairs is with respect unlawful.

RADIO ISLAM BIASED MOULANA’S RAVAT AND BOBAT INVITED TO APOLOGISE

Instead of asking ICASA to close down Radio Islam in Gauteng, sanction the Radio station    or asking Radio Islam to discipline them AL JAMA-AH  has asked the stations two  biased Moulana’s Bobat and  Sulaiman Ravat  - well known scholar and radio personality  to apologise for their allegedly  unlawful and unconstitutional conduct and attempts to  influence and derail the 2014 elections.   Moulana Ravat also features on Voice of the Cape’s editors Forum.

The Party’s attorneys have written to them with a view to settling this matter.

 

I.E.C. CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER LOOKING INTO SEAT COMPLAINT

Mr Mosotho Moepya the Chief Electoral Officer of the I.E.C. is looking into the complaint by AL JAMA-AH that the “remainders” of  three(3) parties were less than AL JAMA-AH  yet they got extra remainder seats and AL JAMA-AH none. Also votes meant for AL JAMA-AH were allocated to AGANG like in Surrey Estate.

Mr Moepya personally phoned AL JAMA-AH President  Ganief Hendricks to advise that the matter is receiving his personal attention.

This gesture is appreciated by the Party and the first step for the Party to regain trust in the I.E.C.

The Party is also concerned about getting nil votes in voting stations fro the Provincial ballot while it got hundreds of votes on the national ballot in those voting stations and letters from irate supporters that their votes were not counted.

 

COUNCIL SEATS IN CAPE TOWN AND JOHANNESBURG METRO SPURRED AL JAMA-AH’S 50% GROWTH IN VOTER SUPPORT.

The Party increased its voter support in the City of Cape Town and the City of Johannesburg  where it has PR council seats by nearly 50% and support for Muslim political Parties has grown fourfold since AL JAMA-AH registered as a political party in 2007.

Twenty seven parties contested the Western Cape elections and AL JAMAA-AH came out proudly  in 5th position – no mean feat. At national level out of 29 parties it was in the top dozen.

If  the party gets council seats in the other 100  municipalities it will reach the magic figure of 50 000 to get a seat in parliament in 2019.

The Party is also a platform for other community parties and activists  that don’t have a quarrel with AL JAMA-AH’S Islamic values and them using the AL JAMA-AH platform will further swell its numbers.

GETTING READY FOR THE 2016 MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS

There is 24 months to go before the next national municipal elections in South Africa. AL JAMA-AH will contest most of the over 100 municipalities in the nine provinces and aim for a  PR councillor seat in most of the municipalities and 100 ward councillor seats where it had the most support in the 2014 elections.

Membership of the Party is renewed on 1 July each year and this is a reminder and an invitation in this regard. There is a two year consecutive membership requirement to be a candidate for the Party and to meet this constitutional requirement we are suggesting that early membership for 2016 be done simultaneously with the 2015 membership renewal. That means a membership fee of R30 must be paid for the two years.

The Party needs a sustainable budget as  the present bridging finance loan  for the  elections deposits of R440 000 ( R210 000 for 2009,  R8000 for 2011 and R222 000 for 2014 ) for the past 7 years   has come to an end.  The Party will now open a new banking account as determined by the finance committee already  in place who will administer the funds as from 1 June 2014.

In the membership campaign that is launched now the focus will be on PR candidates and ward councillors for the Party and supporters and those who voted for the party but who are not available as candidates.

At the same time of the membership campaign the Party is now calling for nominations and applications for PR councillors and ward councillors. Applications will only be accepted when the R30 membership fee is paid. There will be a voluntary requirement that aspirant councillors sign a debit order of R20 per month or more to fund the office of the Party managing the membership and candidate campaign process. THis will raise R480 per candidate for office expenses. Once accepted as a candidate the aspirant candidate will have to raise a provisional R1000  towards the deposits required by the I.E.C.  and organise fund raising activities and collection drives to raise money for  their campaign and the Party’s campaign funds. A special fund will be established to assist aspirant candidates who cannot meet these  financial requirements.

Branches of the Party will be  organised  in terms of the wards that presently exist and where there is an interest to contest the elections. As soon as 20 members are signed up as paid up members (R30) in a ward a branch meeting will be called to plan the AGM of the branch where an executive committee will be elected and an application be made to the General Secretary of the Party for the branch to be accredited. Once accredited the branch will be required to appoint a selection committee to consider all applications for councillor positions and submit their nominations to the Party Leader for approval. An appeal process will be put in place for applications that are not successful and an objection process will be put in place against successful candidates.

There will be an initial 3 month  campaign starting 1 June 2014 and ending 31 August 2014 to draw up the candidate list for  the 2016 municipal elections. If there are not sufficient candidates there will be a second 3 month campaign. The first  target is 25000  paid up members and 1000 candidates. A higher target will be considered after 31 August 2014. This will raise an estimated  R1 million in membership fees and donations. The 1000 candidates if they pay their R20 per month  or more as from 1 June 2014 for 2 years will raise an additional R500 000 . Each candidate is expected to raise R10 000 in fundraising and collections which will raise an additional R10 000 000. It is forecasted that the party will raise R11 500 000 that is just under R12 million in this membership and candidate nomination process in the next 3 months.

Once   a minimum of 25 councillors has been nominated by their branches the aspirant councillor and two elected branch members      ( An elected conference of 75 delegates plus the present interim NEC and NW working committee members and experts appointed by the party leader(maximum 10)  will elect the NEC of the Party and elect a Party Leader.

The present Party Leader will appoint 5 long standing members that has served the Party since its launch to serve as National Working Committee members to play an oversight role in terms of the Constitution. Nominations by any paid up member can also be submitted for consideration.

 

ELECTION DIRT ON RADIO ISLAM IN GAUTENG

On the eve of the elections Moulana Ravat of Radio Islam lambasted AL JAMA-AH for getting dissenting Mufti’s to unban voting in South Africa. “How can you reach accords with Mufti’s that ban eating Sanha certified chickens.” This he did in the same week that his Mufti Bam met the dissenting Muftis  twice in conciliatory efforts supported by AL JAMA-AH .  Rather unprofessional for a radio presenter also  flouting ICASA regulations. Then after the poll closed Moulana Bobo(spelling ?) also of the hostile Radio Islam community radio station lambasted AL JAMA-AH for wasting  R600 000 of the community’s money by contesting the elections as if the community in away contributed to the deposits. He is under investigation by ICASA  for incitement unless he apologises.

Their other Moulanas in their wider camp   went on the rampage on  social media to say the Party was owned by Imam Rashid  Omar of the Claremont Main Road Mosque, further that he headed up an Iranian business consortium  in South Africa who funded the Party and further that AL JAMA-AH  was  a Shia Party.   Nothing can be further from the truth. AL JAMA-AH’S Party leader is a trustee of the Majlisush Shura Al Islami whose views on Shiasm is well know. For his membership  with Shura Ganief Hendricks was denied a visa by Iranian  Embassy.