PRESS RELEASE | JUSA Clocks Hundred Years of Service

Jamiatul Ulama South Africa | A Century of Service and Leadership


A Press Release
(For Immediate Release)


This year, the Jamiatul Ulama South Africa is marking a hundred years of founding. The council of Muslim theologians, with a head office in Johannesburg, started as Jamiatul Ulama Transvaal in 1923.


The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa (JUSA) has served the Muslim community of the former Transvaal by guiding, representing and advocating for their socio-religious needs. Whereas the focus during the early period was on Islamic education and the guaranteeing of halaal status of food and beverages, the activities of the organisation have since diversified. JUSA today stands to protect Islamic religious expression, Muslim rights and interests. Additionally, JUSA partners with state as well as non-state agencies in furthering the goals of common good for all humanity, through relief and support for nation-building causes.


While its footprint, through United Ulama Council of South Africa, the umbrella formation of Muslim theologians in the country, is national, JUSA is mainly active in the inland provinces of the republic.


The two main events of the centenary will take place during the weekend of 9th and 10th Sep 2023 as follows:


  • The JUSA Centenary Gathering will take place on Saturday 9 Sep 2023 at Tshwane Muslim School Hall, in Laudium, Pretoria, from 10:00am till 12:30. Invited guests, from South Africa and overseas will be in attendance.


  • The 2023 JUSA Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be a special one attended by members of the organisation and invited guests, from the country as well as abroad. The AGM will be held at Nurul Islam Centre Hall, in Lenasia, on Sunday 10 Sep 2023.


For more information on the centenary, media inquiries as well as arranging interviews on the anniversary events, please contact:


  • Moulana Ebrahim I Bham: 083 786 2859
  • Moulana Yusuf Patel: 082 577 8311
  • Moulana Suliman Ravat: 084 588 0186


Release by:

Media Desk
Jamiatul Ulama South Africa

Tel: 011 373 8000


08 September 2023



It has been a century since the Jamiatul Ulama South Africa (JUSA) was originally established in 1923 as Jamiatul Ulama Transvaal. As the first Muslim theologians’ body in the country, JUSA’s core purpose is to represent, guide and serve Muslims in their socio-religious affairs. JUSA members serve as imams, teachers as well as perform community and civic leadership roles.

Nearly 170 religious school are under JUSA’s supervision. JUSA’s religious verdicts are sought by a substantial proportion of the Muslim community. In its advocacy role, JUSA engages various governmental and non-governmental agencies in order to advance Muslim rights and interests. JUSA co-founded the United Ulama Council of South Africa, a national umbrella body of major Muslim theological bodies in the country.