The concept of having a foundation was initiated by Adnan Adams and Luqman Lamara in 2001. They wanted to see growth of the Qur'an by a Hafith institute that would be able to be financially sustainable.
It was decided that the best way to approach this 'project' was to interview a few past students of Sheikh Yusuf Booley about their Qur'anic studies and how they progressed from there to attain great heights academically. Adnan Adams, Luqman Lamara and Zaddiq Bailey were given the task to interview Dr Ahmad Omer in Johannesburg, Moulana Ebrahim Limalia, Moulana Abdurrahim Khan, Hafith Zahiruddin Kazee and Hafith Advocate Abu Bakr Mahomed in Durban. These academics used their studies as a springboard to prepare their minds and intellect for their intended careers. These interviews were held to canvas the idea of a foundation and its workings. It was also used to get their moral and financial support.
The Foundation was financially launched in November 2007 at the Capetonian Hotel. Prominent dignitaries attended this ground-breaking event. The rationale was to co-opt the broader public to participate in the activities of the foundation and to also sustain the programmes under the umbrella of JEQ.
Shortly after this event, trustees were appointed across South Africa on the Sheikh Yusuf Booley Foundation.