The formation of the Sheikh Yusuf Booley Foundation is the beginning of a new chapter in the illustrious history, not only of one of South Africa's distinguishes Qur'an teachers, Sheikh Muhammed Yusuf Booley, but also of the history of Huffaz in South Africa as a whole.
Seldom in the intellectual landscape of Islam have there been scholars, sheikhs, ulema and imams who have not memorized the entire Qur'an or at least a portion of it.
The history of Islam from the time of the Companions to the present day bears witness to the achievements of the memorizers who have advanced to excel in many fields of human endeavor inspired by what they have imbibed.
The great and historical role of the Huffath in the preservation of the authenticity and accuracy of the Noble Qur'an aside, there is the undoubted role that such memorization enables such individuals to practice the science of Akhlaq and thus attain refinement of their personalities, clearly a much treasured ambition of all parents for their beloved children.
Such children who have imbibed the Noble Qur'an and who strive for the refinement of their character and personalities are worth their weight in gold. If a political, religious, economic or ideological system is judged by the individual it produces, then such challenge is that of the Sheikh Yusuf Booley Foundation.
The support to be given to the Sheikh Yusuf Booley Foundation by the Muslim community is also a challenge for which history has shown that such challenge is always met by the economic generosity and large heartedness of many of those blessed by Allah Almighty and the moral and material support of concerned parents and of the pious.
Hafith Abu Bakr Mahomed
Graduate of Sheikh Yusuf Booley (1959),
Senior Counsel and former Acting Judge,
Adv of the High Court of South Africa,
Adv of Dubai International Court,
Chairman of Sheikh Yusuf Booley Foundation.