JUSA’s Introductory Brief
The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa (JUSA) was founded as Jamiatul Ulama Transvaal in 1923. Members of the Ulama fraternity, congregations and other agencies have for many years recognized JUSA’s leadership in representing certain Muslim interests through advocacy and in providing guidance on religious matters.
JUSA has historically included an introductory brief when corresponding with government agencies and various other organizations. Most recently, JUSA corresponded with the chief justice of Pakistan in the wake of a demolition order against a masjid in Karachi. The same introductory brief was included in our correspondence to the chief justice of Pakistan.
With the recent rise in number of Ulama organisations in South Africa, JUSA acknowledges that the introductory brief no longer accurately reflects the emerging realities within the Ulama fraternity in South Africa. It can no longer claim as it was in the historical introductory brief that: ninety per cent of mosque imams of the region are members of JUSA; fataawa issued by JUSA are binding on all Muslims, and also that UUCSA represents “all” ulama formations.
The purpose of the introductory brief was never meant to overshadow any of the Muslim organisations in the country. JUSA regrets any misunderstanding this might have caused and apologises for any such misunderstanding.
Jamiatul Ulama South Africa
09 Rajab 1443 / 11 February 2022