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Sheikh Yusuf Gassiep

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Yusuf was born in 1981 and raised in Manenberg on the Cape Flats. After completing high school in 1999 he traveled to Egypt to meet up with his Ghifth teacher from Cape Town who at the time was also in Egypt pursuing higher studies. It was in the dusty city of Cairo where he spent the following 9 years of his life enrolled at the Al Azhar Institute and later majored in Hadith at the Al Azhar University’s faculty of Theology. Amongst his teachers are Dr Mohammed Yousri, Sheikh Shareef Husain Abdul Qadir, Sheikh Tariq ibn Iwadullah and Dr Omar Abdul Azeez. He also completed the Fajr Centre Arabic courses and pursued the Khitaba course offered by the Fajr Centre.

He is currently conducting classes at the Ottery Islamic Society and teaches at the Al Hijra Foundation. He is also a regular khateeb at various masajid.

Mufti Abdool Kader Hoosen

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AK Hoosen

Born in 1957 at Heidelberg, Gauteng and completed hifz in 1970, pursued an alim course in Karachi, Pakistan and graduated in 1980. Lectured in Darul Uloom Newcastle from 1981-2000.

In 1990 obtained an MA degree from RAU in Islamic Studies. The thesis was on Imam Tirmidhi's Contribution Towards Hadith. In 2001 joined Channel Islam International and the portfolios include mufti presenting tafsir of the Noble Qur'an, Hadith, Fiqh, Q&A. He is also a regular guest on the local Muslim radio station Voice of the Cape’s Q&A programme.



Professor Abdulkader Tayob

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Abdulkader Tayob

Abdulkader Tayob is originally from Brits (in Gauteng) where he completed his Hifz studies. His initial training as a maths teacher included a BA (cum laude) in Arabic, Islamic Studies and Mathematics at the University of Durban-Westville. This was followed by a BA(Hons) in Mathematics which he completed with distinction at UCT and a Higher Education Diploma at Unisa. At the same time he completed a 2 year Arabic Language Program at the University of Riyadh (now King Saud University). In 1985 he enrolled at the Temple University, Philadelphia (USA) where he completed his MA (Religion) and in 1989 his PhD. The title of his dissertation was “Islamic Historiography: The Case of al-Tabari's

Ta'rikh al-rusul wa 'l-muluk on the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad”.


•He joined the department of Religious Studies at UCT in 1989 and was appointed full professorship in 1999. From 2002 to 2006 he was also ISIM Professor, Social Processes in Modern Islam at the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World, Radboud University Nijmegen.

Dr Mogamat Faadiel Arnold

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Faadil Arnold

Mogamat Faadiel was hails from Bo-Kaap. He was formally trained as a teacher having obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Higher P Teaching Diploma. After teaching for a number of years he started the ICRA Learning Centre using the Holistic Leisure Learning approach which he developed.

Presently he is the Director of the ICRA Comprehensive School home-based tutorship service and a local & international consultant in Arts in Islam, Holistic Education, Educational Resource Development, Learner-centredness, Integration in OBE, Transformation of Disruptive learners, Holistic Problem Solving and Whole School Development.

He took part in 4 international educational conferences, published various books and was featured in an article in Leadership magazine on youth empowerment. He received an honorary doctorate from Cape Town Campus of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. He is presently writing "Discovering the Spirit of Bo-Kaap" and is busy with a Masters in Arabic on Transliteration usage in the Bo-Kaap Mosques.


Dr Eshaam Palmer

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Eshaam PalmerDr Palmer is the Chief Director of Legal Services for the Western Cape Provincial Government and legal adviser to the Premier.  He is a lawyer by profession and was previously the Chief Legal Adviser to Parliament.  The subject of his master’s thesis was a comparative analysis of the Islamic and western legal systems regarding the issue of judicial punishment.  Dr Palmer is currently planning a proposal for a doctoral thesis on the influence of the works of Imam Shafi’i on the development and evolution of Islamic jurisprudence.



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