Islam in Africa


1. Moulana Igshaan Hendricks, President, Muslim Judicial Council & South African Hajj N Umrah Council.
2. Sh. Ebrahim Gabriels, Imam, Masjidur-Raabie,Portlands, South Africa.

Chairperson: Professor Dr Mohammad Hashim Kamali,Founding Chairman & CEO, IAIS Malaysia.

Moulana Iegshaan Hendricks lives in South Africa. He is a specialist in the interpretation of the Holy Qur’an. He served as Imam, teacher, lecturer and Principal of various educational institutions. His interests include participating in debates, conducting research, and being active in community development. He describes himself as Palestinian activist.

Sh. Ebrahim Gabriels comes from South Africa. His interests include community development, poverty eradication, leadership development programs and enhancement of international relations. He graduated from Medina Islamic University in 1987 with a BA degree in the Faculty of Shariah. He served as Imam, lecturer, Principal and Teacher in various educational institutions.


On 9th October 2009 IAIS welcomed a two-member delegation from the Muslim community in South Africa. Iegshaan Hendricks, current President of the Muslim Judicial Council and the South African Hajj and Umrah Council, is a specialist in the interpretation of the Qur’an. He serves as teacher, lecturer, principal and founder of several educational institutions, and his interests include debating, conducting research, and community development. He describes himself as Palestinian activist.
Ebrahim Gabriels serves as imam at Masjidur-Raabie in Portlands. He is active in community development, poverty eradication, leadership development and international relations. In 1987 he graduated with a BA from the Faculty of Shariah at Medina Islamic University. He has traveled extensively and attended conferences worldwide, and serves as lecturer, principal and teacher in various educational institutions.

After an introduction by Hendricks, Gabriels gave a spirited talk on South African Islam. Islam was first brought to South Africa in 1668 by a Malay sheikh from Sumatra –Abdurahman Matebe Shah. After participating in the struggle for Independence and freedom from the oppression and the brutality of apartheid, Muslims in South Africa today are flourishing. They have managed to set up Islamic institutions such as mosques, schools and even a university, without any financial aid from the government. They emphasize cooperation, integrity, respect for people of other faiths, and the fact that all are accountable before God. While representing only 2% of South Africa’s population of 47 million, Muslims have been appointed or elected to about 10% of the posts in the civil service of South Africa. A lively dialogue followed the presentation.
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