National Awqaf Foundation of South Africa

National Awqaf Foundation of South Africa

 Argun_Selim Prof. Selim Argun

He completed his BA in al-Madinah al-Munawwarah, Masters in Johannesburg and PhD at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. After returning to Turkey he started working at Istanbul University, Faculty of Divinity. He is a specialist on the Islamic Religious Endowments (Waqf) and also has some works in the field of Ottoman Africa and Elite Conflict Theories. He also oversees the Presidency of Religious Affairs’ International Relations Office in Istanbul.


Aysen_Gamiet Ghamiet Aysen

He has a MBA from the University of Durban (UDW) passed with seven distinctions) and a Doctorate Degree in Business Administration (PhD) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

He is the Founder member and President of The Greater Edendale Muslim Society (GEMS), which he started in 2007. GEMS is a Non-Profit Organization and the focus is on education in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) phase in centers of excellence in the rural area of South Africa.

Aziz_Haroon Haroon Aziz

Haroon Aziz is a quantum physicist by profession. His secondary discipline is writing history and biography. He served in the underground ANC and its military wing as combatant and in political education and martial arts instruction. He was imprisoned with and without trial a few times as ‘saboteur’, ‘terrorist’, and ‘thief’ through FBI and Zionist interference. He has engaged in solidarity work with Cuba, Palestine, and Iran. He has campaigned against the globalisation of torture and interrogation techniques used on Muslim prisoners. He is the author of 7 published books and 11 unpublished books, including 3 seminal books on the philosophy of energy, the neuro-scientific theory of cognitive-spiritual education, and the energy-field theory of the mind. His newest passion is ‘Leadership for Freedom from Poverty’ amongst small businesses.


Asmal_Fatima Fatima Asmal

She is the founder of the Institute for Learning and Motivation – South Africa (ILM-SA), a non-profit organisation based in Durban. She is a freelance journalist by profession and has written extensively on a wide range of topics for the Mail & Guardian newspaper. Fatima holds an honours degree in Culture, Communication and Media Studies, and recently completed a Master’s dissertation in History, via the University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban.

 Braaf_Nezaam Nazeem Braaf

He is the head of control, finance and compliance at a multinational oil and gas company, based in South Africa. He also serves as non-executive Director of South African Petroleum Refinery (SAPREF), the largest oil refinery in Southern Africa,  and Masana Petroleum, a leading Black economic empowerment company in the oil sector in South Africa. He is a graduate from the University of the Western Cape.

Bowa Dr. Husein Mohammed Bowa

He is a PhD graduate from the Islamic University in Medina in Islamic Creed

He has been a lecturer for the past 18 years. He served as the Secretary General of Markaz Da’wa Al- Islamiyya of Uganda and between 1999-2007 Director of Jinja Islamic Centre. 2000 -2001 Director of Initiation of Mosques and charitable foundation 2004-2005.

Cajee_Yousuf Yousuf Cajee

He is a South African with a career in education as former school teacher and principal. He completed a Secondary School Education Diploma (JSED) in teaching after which he studied part time for Accounting Science Degree (B.Compt), the Honours Degree (B.Ed). He became active in the struggle for the liberation of South Africa since his days at teachers’ college, in the Muslim Youth Movement of SA and liberation movements, Azanian People’s Organisation (AZAPO)and the African National Congress (ANC).

Dadoo_Yusuf Prof. Yousuf Dadoo

In 1999, he became the first local Muslim academic to be granted full professorship in Arabic and Islamic Studies. He began his academic career at the University of Durban-Westville in 1979 and moved to Unisa (Pretoria) in 1989 where he currently heads the disciplines of Arabic and Islamic Studies.

He has taught and supervised studies at all levels. He has supervised twenty-four masters’ dissertations and eleven doctoral theses.

Dangor_Suleman Prof. Suleman Dangor

He is a professor of Islamic Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). He obtained a BA Honours MA and D. Phil. at UKZN and a Higher Diploma in Arabic from the Arabic Language Institute in Riyadh. Professor Dangor has supervised 15 BA Honours projects, 12 MA students and 8 Ph D students. Currently, he is supervising two post-graduate students.

Docrat_Ashraf Mawlana Dr Muhammad Ashraf Ebrahim Dockrat

Mawlānā Dr Muḥammad Ashraf Ebrahim Dockrat is a graduate of Madrasah Arabia Islamia, Azaadville, South Africa. He also holds degrees in Semitic languages, Islamic studies and religious studies. Ashraf Dockrat is a teacher at the dārul ʿulums at Madrasah Raḥmaniyyah, Masjid Dārus Salam and the Jāmiʿah al-ʿUlum al-Islāmīyyah. He is an associate researcher at the post-graduate School for Languages at the University of Johannesburg. He was appointed by the President to serve as a commissioner with the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities. He is a founding board member of SA History Online. Mawlānā Ashraf Dockrat is a senior member of the Council of Muslim Theologians (Jamiatul Ulama South Africa est.1923). He has a weekly book review programme on Radio Islam. Dr Dockrat serves on the board of the Pretoria North Muslim Education Institute and the Tshwane Muslim School. His research interests include Qur’anic studies, Arabic lexicography, the study of Muslim thought, community rights and histories. He has a number of accredited publications. His latest book is “Medicine of the Prophet: Tibb al-Nabawī ” (2015).

Haron_Muhammed Prof. Mohammed Haron

He is a South African based in the Department of Theology & Religious Studies at the University of Botswana where is teaches Religious Studies courses as an associate professor. He is also an associate researcher in the ‘Study of Islam’ program at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) as well as an executive member of the Centre for Contemporary Islam at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

 Kasule_Ahmad Dr. Umar Kasule

He graduated at Makerere University for both first and masters degrees and pursued doctoral studies at the famous International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC – under the scholarship and patronage of Prof. Syed Naquib al-Attas), an affiliate of International Islamic University Malaysia. He specialized in Islamic studies with a bias in Islamic civilization. contributions and relationships.

 Mahomed_Haroon Haroon Mahomed

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Mall_Ayesha Ayesha Mall

She is an academic at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). She is the HoD (Acting) of the Department of Media, Language and Communication (MLC) and heads the Journalism Programme, one of the four Programmes in the MLC department. Her main research areas centre on community media, new media, social media and journalism, Muslim media and journalism ethics. She has presented the findings of her research at conferences in South Africa and abroad,  some of which have been published.

Morton_Shafiq Shafiq Morton

is an award-winning Cape Town-based photo-journalist, editor, surfer, and radio and TV presenter with 40 years’ experience. He presents the Drivetime slot at Voice of the Cape. In a varied career, he had a surfing column at The Cape Times from 1977-88, was South African correspondent for Arab News (1994-95) and was a photographic stringer for AFP, AP and Reuters (1989-95). He joined Voice of the Cape in 1995, setting up its news department and working as News Editor until 1999.

 Nadvi_Lubna Dr. Lubna Nadvi

Dr. Lubna Nadvi is a lecturer and researcher in the School of Social Sciences at UKZN. Her expertise are in the fields of Political Science, International Relations, Gender/ Feminist Studies, Civil Society, Middle East / Indo-Pak / African Politics, Political Islam and Identity issues. She is also a community activist and comments frequently in the media on contemporary issues.

 Rhode_Ebrahim Ebrahim Rhoda

In 2001 he participated in the Cape Slave Heritage Project organized by UCT and UWC. Was allowed to register in UWC History Department for a Masters Degree in 2003 at the age of 65 years (without any prior degrees) with a scholarship from the National Research Foundation.

Saidoo_Edwin Edwin Salim Saidoo

Sheikh Edwin Salim Saidoo earned his BA in Islamic Law (Shariah) from the Islamic University of Madina, KSA. He is currently pursuing an MA in Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Botswana, and the title of his Thesis is “The Interconnection between Islam and Tswana Culture: A case-study of marriage amongst the Ngwaketse (one of the tribes in Botswana)”.

Sayed_Faried Farid Sayed

In September 1986, Farid launched Muslim Views, following the closure of Muslim News, to continue the legacy of its predecessor. He served as its founding editor.

Farid also has experience in other community media platforms, having served as station manager at Radio 786, a Cape Town-based community radio station, from January 2002 to December 2003.

Sengendo_Ahmad Dr. Ahmad Sengendo

He is the first Ugandan to serve as the Rector of Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU). He has had a distinguished career as Lecturer, Scholar and Academic Administrator in IUIU, which he joined as one of the Pioneer staff when the University opened its doors in 1988.

Dr. Sengendo holds a bachelor of Science degree and Masters Degree from Makerere University (UG) and a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas (USA).


Suitor_Anabelle Anabelle Suitor

She a 4th year student at The George Washington University, where she studies International Affairs. Her research interests include Islam, colonialism, film, literature, and Indian Ocean trade history, migration, and cultural exchange. She hopes to get her PhD in Anthropology. Her current research arose from her thesis on Gujarati Muslim religious history and experiences in South Africa.


SSempe Nurudean Ssempa

He obtained his MSc in Applied Marine Science and a BSc Hons in Zoology at University of Cape Town. He has contributed both to print and electronic media several articles on Migration, Refugee issues, impact of climate change on least developed countries, Science education, arts and culture.


Zvingowanisei_S Silindiwe Zvingowanisei

She is a PhD student and lecturer in Islamic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies, Classics and Philosophy, University of Zimbabwe. Her areas of interest include the history and doctrine of Islam and Islam in Africa. Her area of specialisation is religion and development and she has researched widely on Islam, law, gender, African Traditional Religions and inter-faith dialogue.