History of the MJC

10 February 1945

62 Founder Members attended the MJC inaugural Public Meeting at the Cathedral Hall, Queen Victoria Road, Cape Town

17 February 1945

An Executive Committee of 19 members were elected and a Draft Constitution adopted. The Executive Committee comprised the following Sheikhs and Imams:

Achmat Behardien, Mohammad Shaakier Gamieldien, Igsaan Gamieldien, Abdullah Gamieldien, Ismail Edwards, Mogamat Salih (Abadie) Solomons, I. Moos, M. Tape Jassiem, M. Moos, M. Abbas Jassiem, I. Taliep, Abdullatief Parker (Imam Babu), Abdullah Behardien, Muawiyyah Sedick, Abdul Bassier, Sulayman Harris, Abduragman Salie, Armien Mustafa, Ariefdien Manuel. Brother Hashiem Edross was the General Secretary

March 1945

A well attended Public Meeting for Muslims was held in Cape Town’s City Hall where the public was informed of the founding of the MJC. The Constitution was read out and approved by those present


Moulana Abdul Aleem Siddiqui suggested to the Council to amend the Constitution to include a Supreme Council, which after a number of years, became known as the Imaarah. The Imaarah is still operating today.


A significant move by the MJC Executive Committee was establishment of the Halaal Trust Board, which became the first independent Halaal authority in South Africa. The MJC has been doing Halaal inspections since 1945


The MJC Head Office moved to Cashel Avenue, Athlone, a former church


The MJC Halaal Trust was registered for halaal certification and other activities in the halaal industry

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Past and Previous MJC Presidents MJC

Shaykh Achmat Behardien (1952 – 1955)
Shaykh Mohammad Shakier Gamieldien (1955 – 1970)
Shaykh Igsaan Gamieldien (1970 – 1978)
Shaykh Abubakr Najjaar (1978 – 1982)
Shaykh Nazim Mohamed (1982 – 1998)
Shaykh Ebrahim Gabriels (1998 – 2006)
Moulana Ihsaan Hendricks (2006 – 2016)
Shaykh Irafaan Abrahams (2016 – to present)

MJC Life Presidents

Shaykh Achmat Behardien
Shaykh Igsaan Gamieldien
Shaykh Salieh Dien