SALAAMUDIEN MOSQUE LENTEGEUR CAPE TOWN
SUNDAY 24 APRIL 2016.
Extract from document : Memoirs pg 40 – 77
Brochure: Rise of Islamic Extremism in South Africa
AL JAMA-AH PRESIDENT GANIEF HENDRICKS DEBUNKS LABEL “ISLAMIC EXTREMISM” AND FALSE FLAGS OF “MUSLIM TERRORISM” IN SOUTH AFRICA AT SECURITY CONFERENCE NORTH WEST UNIVERSITY POTCHEFSTROOM SOUTH AFRICA.
Argues that Muslims most peaceful community in South Africa with 300 year history of patriotism.
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.
After 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.
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.
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.
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.
The decision to have one Muslim Party to contest the 2014 elections under the banner of AL JAMA-AH has further consolidated the Muslim vote and there is once again a clear electoral mandate that the values policies, programmes and of the Party must be based on the shariah. The opposite view by the Imam of the Claremont Road Mosque Imam Rashied Omar, political commentator Naim Jeennah and other sought off commentators that this position is flawed has been rebuffed to a certain extent at least. Insha Allah one day the shariah will rule. The shariah can benefit all communities and not only Muslims. This can also happen in South Africa.
AL JAMA-AH received more votes than it did in 2009 and it received votes in all 9 provinces in nearly 4000 voting stations. So in future one more vote in each voting station adds 4000 votes. However AL JAMA-AH has not reached the magic figure of 50 000 votes to guarantee it a seat in parliament. The target for the future is 10 more votes in each voting station which is not a pipe dream.
AL JAMA-AH had a Party agent at Pollsmoor prison wearing a fez. The only other Party who had an agent was the Patriotic Alliance who had 4 party agents. In charge of the prison medium A was Mr Naidoo who is a Muslim according to the warders. He was very efficient and co-operative.
Our agent arrived at 7am as advised by the I.E.C. but they only pitched at 10H00. The voting was suppose to start at Mininum prison but commenced at maximum which cause caused some chaos in the planning. The first vote was cast at 10H30. Prisoners had to show a slip with there ID number and had to Que as there was only one voting booth. The IEC forgot their voters roll which caused another delay. Voting was private and our agent could observe the process which was free and fair.
Rashied Staggie cast his vote under the watchful eye of our Party Agent.
He moved from maximum to medium A and then medium B and then to the women’s prison and lastly to minimum.
Our agent signed on the ballot box after it was sealed. He wrote down the number of the ballot box for the ward which was ward 71.
400 voters cast their votes and there were about 40 Muslim voters with fezzes some who greeted our agent with the Islamic greeting.
Going through the prisons our agent established that 70% were Muslims. Rashied Staggie who is at Minimum cast his vote and he hugged the 4 agents and was allowed to chat to them.
Our own agent’s son voted and waved his hands so AL JAMA-AH at least got his vote.
Matters were delayed to wait for a bigwig who arrived with an ANC sweater. He cast his vote after some objections by our Party Agent.
Our agent’s duty came to an end at 4 p.m.
The Patriotic Alliance was granted 4 observers in the womens section which seemed irregular and there were reports of notes going to and for from party agent to prisoner which everyone know is the norm.