The Muslim Judicial Council (S.A) [MJC] is a Muslim Judiciary whose main functions relate to:
Religious guidance, spiritual and moral rejuvenation, education, Fatawa (Religious Decrees), Da’wah (Islamic Outreach), Halaal Dietary Provisions and Certifier, marriage counseling services, socio-economic development and social cohesion.
It is a Muslim Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and a Faith-Based Organization (FBO), but essentially a Non-Profit Organization (NPO), in a country where Muslims are a minority group. The Muslim community comprises approximately 5% of the South African population of 47 million people. The organization adheres to the code of belief of the Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah.
It is the most representative and influential Muslim religious organization in the Western Cape, recognized locally, nationally and internationally for its religious, economic, socio-cultural, political, organizational and moral regeneration roles it plays in the Republic of South Africa and abroad.
To promote the value systems of Islam and give guidance to the community, based on the Shari’ah of Islam in accordance with the Holy Quran, Sunnah, Ijmaa’ (Legal Consensus) and Qiyaas (Analogical Deductions), and with due reference to the Four Sunni Schools of Islamic Jurisprudence, which are recognized by the Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah.
To preserve and strengthen Islam through education and exhortation toward personal and spiritual development.
To promote the ideal of unity amongst all Muslims, specifically targeting the leadership amongst Muslims.
To encourage and work towards the diverse skills-development and leadership programmes for community enhancement and empowerment.
To provide religious guidance and consultation on socio-moral, cultural and economic issues, which affect Muslims and non-Muslims.
To supervise the administration and execute functions relating to the provision of essential services and religious affairs of the Muslim community in conjunction with various organizations and in accordance with the Quran and Sunnah based on the Four Sunni Schools of Islamic Jurisprudence.
To work in co-operation with other FBO’s, NGO’s, NPO’s and other organizations and/or groups of individuals with similar objectives, for the general upliftment of the community.
To establish and maintain links and working relationships (i.e. networking) with Muslim and Non-Muslim organizations, and institutions locally nationally and internationally, whilst retaining its Islamic Ethos.
To develop a business arm, based on Islamic Principles, Ethics and standards, for the purposes of self-sustainability and to sustain other projects and initiatives with similar objectives, which are also poised at development and growing the economy of the country.
The MJC consists of three organs of administration to ensure organized execution of the general and departmental/project functions and duties of the organization, viz.:
The Imarah comprises the most senior members of the MJC and serves as the conscience and custodians of the MJC, as well as, the Appeal Board of the Arbitration Committee. The President and his two Deputies also serve on the Imarah.
The Executive Council
The Executive Council consists of the President, the two Deputy Presidents, the Treasurer, the Secretary-General, the Administrator, and five elected members. The EXCO is responsible for the general administration of the MJC and the implementation of decisions made at the General Majlis.
The General Majlis
It is the General Assembly of the MJC, which consists of all its members as stated under Membership. The membership is comprised of religious leaders and associated members, as determined by the Executive Committee.