About Jam ‘Eyyatul Qurra’

Jam ‘Eyyatul Qurra’ (JEQ) started as a Tilawaat Jamaa under the leadership of Sheikh Ismail Talib in 1969.
The notable Huffaath at that time with Sheikh Ismail Talib were Sh. Ismail Moos, Sh. Yusuf Gabier, Qassim Solomon, Noor Hendricks, Sh. Yusuf Booley, Sh. Moosa Goder, Sh. Abu Bakr Najaar, Imam Malik Heuvel, Sh. Ismail Soeker and Sh. Armien Soeker.

In 1971 Sh. Yusuf Booley assumed the leadership of JEQ and established its first Haafith School in the Mowbray Mosque under the tutorship of Sh. Abduraghiem Salie. This initial Haafith School had various tutors and they used different venues. The first learner to graduate from JEQ was Sh. Mohammad Adams who was tested by Sh. Shakier Gamieldien. This graduation took place at the Chiappini Street Mosque. The second learner was Imam Miraai Abrahams who graduated at Masjidus Salaam and was tested by Sh. Abu Bakr Najaar. The third graduation was also held at Masjidus Salaam and these five learners were tested by Sh. Saleh Abadi: Sh. Abdullah Awaldien, Sh. Ismail Davids, Sh. Abdullah Hartzenberg, Sh. Faried Majiet and Sh. Ridwaan Salie. During the first ten-year period Haafith Shamiel Soeker, Sh. Faiek Basardien and Sh. Kashief Basardien also graduated.

From the 1970’s into the next millennium JEQ formed a strong tilawaat jamaa spearheaded by Sh. Yusuf Booley that recited regularly at private houses and public venues. The stalwarts of JEQ during this period were: Hadj Yusuf Gabier, Imam Malick Heuvel, Sh. Armien Soeker, Sh. Ismail Soeker, Sh. Ganief Moos, Imam Saleh Adams, Imam Hashiem Lamara, Hadj Ismoonie Taliep, Imam Faldie Cornelius, Imam Kashief Basardien, Imam Miraai Abrahams, Imam Muhammad Ederies, Imam Madnie Mayman, Imam Abdurakiep Jacobs, Haafith Ebrahim Galant, Sh. Faried Majiet, Sh. Ebrahim Moos, Sh. Muhammad Adams, Haafith Allie Davids, Haafith Abdullah Bhayat, Toyer Jackson, Abdullah Abrahams, Hadj Sedick Bailey and Majedi Jackson, the late Dawood Khan, Imam Ebrahim Samaai, Hadj Tahir Abrahams, Hadj Sulaiman Boltman, Tape Takay and Hadj Ya’coob Jacobs.

Hatmah Al-Quran, lead by Sh. Saleh Abadi, played a complimentary role to JEQ in also servicing the community.

In 1985 Sh. Yusuf Booley started Yusufiyya Madrassa at his home in Lotus River. Together with the twenty learners that completed their Quranic memorization while he was Imam at Grey Street Mosque in Durban, a further 75 huffaath and haafithaat completed their memorization under him.

On the 11th February 2001 Sh. Yusuf Booley officially opened the JEQ Male Haafith institute in Schaapkraal with 35 learners. The premises, which is still being used today, was kindly made available by the A.K. Peer family. This campus is ably managed by Sh. Achmat Siers, the acting principal. This was followed by the JEQ Female Haafith Institute in 2006. The initial classes were held at the International Peace College Campus in Rylands for the first two years. In 2008 the JEQ female hifth learners were relocated into their own building in Thirteenth Avenue Schaapkraal under the leadership of Sh. Suleiman Benjamin. During the same year, the JEQ Pre-Primary school was also started under the leadership of Mualima Nawaal Abdurauf. In January 2015, the Pre-Primary school relocated to its own campus adjacent to the female institute under the leadership of Nadiema Benjamin.
By the end of 2017, approximately three hundred first class huffaath and haafithaat would have graduated under the banner of JEQ.

The current chairman of the board is Shreef Abass and alongside him are: Dr. Ismet Booley, Anwar Van Der Schyff, Sh. Bassier Benjamin, Sh. Ebrahim Gabriels, Shaheed Dollie, Aslam Gierdien, Advocate Thabiet Booley, Yusuf Booley, Hajir Bawa, Muhiedeen Sedick, Haroen Hendricks, Shafeekah Booley, Nazeck Booley.

Since 1969, when JEQ first started as a tilawaat jamaa, it has now evolved into an institute with an integrated model of Islamic education with the Quran being the central focus of its curriculum. This has been realised through the establishment of the Pre-Primary and the Preparatory school. This curriculum aims to educate these learners spiritually and academically to fulfill all their career aspirations and to ensure that they are well-rounded individuals who can contribute to society in a meaningful way.

Structure of Jam ‘Eyyatul Qurra’


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Male Hifth Institute

Tel: 021 703 9324
Email: mhi@jeq.co.za

Female Hifth Institute

Tel: 021 007 3368
Email: fhi@jeq.co.za

Pre-Primary School

Tel: 021 007 3368
Email: pps@jeq.co.za

Preparatory School

Tel: 021 007 3368
Email: pps@jeq.co.za

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