A call for tolerance and unity amongst South African Muslims

The month of Ramaḍān 1439/2018 has been extremely difficult and strenuous for Muslims in South Africa. It was plagued by much controversy, discord and disunity from defamation and slander to blatant disrespect and takfīrism (excommunication).

This discord had a direct impact on our reputation as a tolerant and dignified community who pride ourselves on our Dīn (religion) in our beautiful land.

Whilst the Muslim Judicial Council (SA) has NOT endorsed the Cape Accord, we reject the declaration of Kufr (disbelieve) on our Úlamā, individuals, and organizations, associated with the Accord.

The South Africa National Zakah Fund (SANZAF), Awqaf (SA) and others, which have faithfully served this community for many years, do not deserve the vitriol that has been levelled at them – which is unbecoming of Muslims. We call upon the community to continue their support to these organizations, especially in this season of fiṭrah distributions to the needy.

We are reminded and cautioned by Allāh Almighty in the Glorious Qurān:
“And co-operate in righteousness and piety, but do not co-operate in sin and aggression. And fear Allāh; Indeed! Allāh is severe in penalty.” [Sūrah Al-Māidah: verse 2]

Abdullah ibn Ámr (RA) reported: The Messenger of Allāh (PBUH) said: “Those who are merciful will be shown mercy by the Most Merciful (Allāh). Be merciful to those on the earth and the One in the heavens will have mercy upon you.” Recorded by Al-Tirmidhī

Following our historic tradition of being a tolerant community, we call upon Muslims to uphold this legacy of co-existence and reflect on our spiritual development during the final moments of Ramaḍān. May Allah accept all our Íbādāt (acts of worship).

The MJC (SA) wishes the entire Muslim community a blessed Eid Mubārak!