By Al Qalam Correspondent
AWQAF South Africa has announced the establishment of the Moulana Ihsaan Hendricks Waqf Fund as a tribute to the well-known scholar, community leader and activist who passed away, aged 53, on August 10 after a long illness.
“We are delighted to say that the proceeds of the Moulana Ihsaan Hendricks Waqf Fund will go towards training young scholars through the Shaykh Abul-Hasan Nadwi institute that he founded,” said Mickaeel Collier, Deputy CEO of Awqaf SA.
Collier said an initial amount of R50 000 in endowment funds will be donated to his Shaykh Abul-Husain ‘Ali al-Nadwi Leadership Academy. He said the trust will have to be sustainable and held in perpetuity according to Islamic laws.
Hendricks was born into a politically active family in the Boland town of Worcester, and became an assistant imam at the local mosque when he was only 25. He studied at Islamic seminaries in Newcastle‚ KwaZulu-Natal‚ and Lucknow‚ India.
He went on to be imam at the Wellington Mosque‚ principal and president of the Islamic Education Council of the Boland‚ a lecturer in Qur’anic studies at the Islamic College of South Africa‚ and served as an imam at the Nurul Hudaa mosque in Belhar and the Awwal mosque in Cape Town.
He was a keen educator, and founded the Nurul Hudaa Early Learning Centre‚ the Belhar Islamic Primary School and the Shakireen Educare Centre in Wellington.
He was first deputy president of the Cape Town-based Muslim Judicial Council from 2001 to 2006‚ then president until 2016 where he was instrumental in establishing the Department of Qur’anic Affairs and the Al-Quds Foundation, of which he became head after his sojourn as MJC president.
A passionate campaigner for awareness of Palestine, and other causes, he was recognised as being amongst the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by the Royal Islamic Strategies Centre in Jordan.
He was an executive member of the Association of Muslim Scholars, founded by the famous Egyptian-born legal scholar Shaykh Yusuf Qaradawi, and was a member of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY).
At the time of his passing he was chairperson of the MJC Halal Trust and of its senior body, the Imarah.
Hendricks had a keen interest in Islamic scholarship and was adamant that Islamic scholars and leaders had to live in this world, and be aware of current realities, which made him a proponent of what he called the “Fiqh of minorities”, the application of Islam’s tenets in non-majority societies.
He was director of the Shaykh Abul-Hasan ‘Ali al-Nadwi Leadership Academy, which he had founded in the name of his Shaykh and teacher, to further his vision of guiding the youth.
“We are delighted to say that the proceeds of the Moulana Ihsaan Hendricks Waqf Fund will go towards training young scholars through the Shaykh Abul-Hasan Nadwi institute that he founded,” said Mickaeel Collier, Deputy CEO of Awqaf SA, on the announcement of the R50, 000 trust that has to be sustainable and held in perpetuity according to Islamic laws.
“Maulana Ihsaan Hendricks was a visionary with outstanding leadership abilities. We feel that his selfless passion and willingness to serve the community is something we had to pay tribute to,” said Collier, adding that the community had lost a great leader who had made a massive contribution.