The Founders

How does man attain “immortality”? His devotion to the truth makes him immortal. Moulana Cassim Mohammed Sema (r.a.) is one such man. Moulana Cassim Mohammed Sema (r.a.), a person who has dedicated his life for the upliftment of Islam, was born on 12th May 1920. He was an educationalist with a holistic Islamic approach in whatever he undertook. In 1971, Moulana Sema (r.a.), then in his early fifties, with the able assistance of three far-sighted men amongst others, succeeded in bringing to fruition the first official Darul Uloom in South Africa. A Darul Uloom is an arabic name for an institution in which higher Islamic knowledge is imparted.

These men were Haji Moosa Vawda, Brother Ismail Patel and Brother A. H. Moola. One should remember that all this is happening at the height of the apartheid regime. We can all imagine the hindrances and obstacles they must have endured. This in itself speaks volumes of their sincerity, single-mindedness and total reliance on the Almighty.