The tradition of memorising the Glorious Qur’an was established by our Noble Prophet Muhammad (s) in the 7th century (ce) and has been practiced with great reverence ever since. South African Muslims, particularly in Cape Town, have continued this tradition and today we have many Huffaz throughout South Africa, practicing and promulgating the promotion of the Glorious Qur’an. We are extremely humbled that South African Muslims (over the past ±300 years of Islam in South Africa) have been blessed with talented Huffaz and Qurri who are well known and highly respected, internationally, Alhamdullilah.
One of these renowned Huffaz is Shaykh Muhammad Yusuf Booley, who completed the the memorisation of the Qur’an at the tender age of 18 years old.
Shaykh Boooley initially started teaching in Grey Street Mosque Durban and has since become a respected icon in the teaching of the Qur’an. He has been teaching for almost 60 years and has guided many of South Africa’s top academics, and other professionals through their individual journeys of memorisation of the Glorious Qur’ān.
Ever since completing his Hifz, Shaykh Booley has had the dream of starting his own school where students would be taught the proper and correct recitation of the Glorious Qur’an, thereby following the Sunnah of our Noble Prophet (s). He also had a vision of formalizing this tradition into a structured institution where both boys and girls (of all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds) would be taught to memorise and recite the Glorious Qur’an. Naturally the teaching method, employed at the school, also had to include the rules of TajwÌd and other sciences of the Qur’an.
With this vision in mind, Shaykh Booley, together with Shaykh Moosa Goder and others founded Jam`Eyyatul Qurra Hafiz Institute in 1973. There was no start up capital and the school was mainly funded through donations from the public. Despite the lack of funds, classes commenced in the Mowbray Mosque under the able guidance of Shaykh Abduraghiem Salie (one of Cape Town’s renowned SharÌ`ah scholars). The first Hafiz student to graduate from this school was Hafiz Muhammad Adams. Approximately 12 students eventually graduated from this school. Due to financial constraints the school was eventually closed and Shaykh Booley started teaching from his home, but he never gave up on his dream. Many years and many successful Huffaz later, his dream was to become a reality.