Moulana Yunoos Daya RA | A Tribute

The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa has received the news of the demise of Moulana Daya (Rahimahullah), a senior scholar of our community in South Africa, with sadness and profound sorrow. Inalillahi waina ilayhi rajiun.


Moulana Yunoos had started his pursuit of the knowledge of Deen at the Waterval Islamic Institute, with the memorisation of the Noble Qur’an, under the tutelage of Hafiz Abdurrahman Mia RA. Having studied several books under the guidance of Mufti Ibrahim Sanjalwi RA, Mawlana Ibrahim Mia RA, Mufti Bashir Sanjalvi RA and Mawlana Nazir Sanjalvi RA, Moulana Yunus travelled to Dabhel where among his teachers was Mufti Ahmad Khanpuri.


Moulana Yunoos qualified as an Aalim at Darul Ulum Deoband where he counted illustrious scholars such as Qari Muhammad Tayyib RA and Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi RA among his teachers.


His dedicated service towards Deen extended for a period close to 50 years. Since 1973 when he had returned from overseas, he was based in Alexandra and later Marlboro Gardens, where he was known to serve with sincerity and staunch resoluteness in the guidance of the community.


Moulana Yunoos was concerned about the gulf between the Ulama and the general public. He therefore urged ulama to be close to the people, in their moments, of both joy and need. Moulana Yunoos recognised the great harm of ideologies that take people out of the fold of Islam. He addresses issues of apostasy at his gatherings, so that people can take heed of the insidious trend of the loss of beliefs among Muslims.


Having lost a number of Ulama of the generation in the past months, the passing of Moulana Yunoos Rahimahullah represents a lamentable continuing lifting away of ilm from our midst. May the Almighty protect us from such a deprivation of His Light. (Aameen)


We pray to the Almighty to forgive the soul of Moulana Yunoos, illuminate his resting place and grant him Jannatul Firdaus. May the Almighty be the Comforter of the bereaving family and close ones, so that they bear the sense of loss with patience. (Aameen)

Executive Committee
Jamiatul Ulama South Africa


28 Dhu al Hijjah 1442 / 08 August 2021