Thornwood Islamic Centre

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Brief Background

The cosy Thornwood Islamic Centre was established and managed by Sheikh Isaac Kassim in 2009 in his backyard. He used to teach the Madressa students on his veranda for 6 years, thereafter in 2018 a Muslim organisation a 1 room Musalla to assist Sheikh Isaac in his endeavours.

Due to not receiving any funding from the community, Sh Isaac contacted HUDA SA for assistance as the Musalla was on the brink of closing.

Thornwood Islamic Centre has been in partnership with HUDA SA since 2020. The Centre is buzzing with activities that extend to the rest of Marianhill. The Musalla has a holding capacity of 60 people.

The activities at the Musalla include 5 daily Salaah, daily Madrassa & feeding projects, and weekly men’s & ladies’ classes.

Community Integrated Project
Impact report & Plans

Jan 2023 - Oct 2023

ISLAMIC DEVELOPMENT


Present-Day:

The current Musalla Structure isn’t sufficient for the activities done at the centre. The structure is in Sh Isaac’s yard and cannot be turned into a Waqf due to the Municipality’s by-laws

As the Muslim community grows and stabilizes they must have an Islamic centre that they can associate with, for spiritual guidance and support.

Since the beginning of 2023, IEOSA has partnered with HUDA SA to facilitate the implementation of a Madressa syllabus.

The Future Looks Promising:

The process of purchasing property which will be established as an Islamic Centre is in the works. The Centre will be registered as a Waqf and will be used as a safe haven for the Muslims of Thornwood and Marianhill.


PARTNERSHIP WITH HUDA SA & THORNWOOD ISLAMIC CENTER

Dates Programs Projects/Activities Projects Stats Beneficiary stats Frequency
Jan – Oct 2023 Islamic Education Salaah 1 45 Daily
Jan – Oct 2023 Islamic Education Madressa 1 65 Daily-Weekdays
Jan – Oct 2023 Islamic Education Islamic Classes for Ladies 1 33 Weekly/Sun
Jan – Oct 2023 Islamic Education Islamic classes for the youth 1 23 Weekly/Sun
Jan – Oct 2023 Dawah Ladies Dawah program 1 120 Weekly/Sun
Jan – Oct 2023 Islamic Education Men’s Dawah program 1 60 Weekly/Sun
Jan – Oct 2023 Musalla Tarawih 1 50 Annual
Jan – Oct 2023 Dawah Ladies Dawah program 1 33 Monthly
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DAILY MADRESSA CLASSES
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DAILY MADRESSA CLASSES
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LADIES CLASSES

NUTRITION PROJECTS

Nutrition activities started at the Centre after the partnership with HUDA SA.

PARTNERSHIP WITH HUDA SA & THORNWOOD ISLAMIC CENTER

Dates Programs Projects/Activities Projects Stats Beneficiary stats Frequency
Jan – Oct 2023 Nutrition Daily Madressa feeding 1 65 Monthly
Jan – Oct 2023 Nutrition Groceries - OVC 1 20 Monthly
Jan – Oct 2023 Nutrition Sehri 1 100 Annual
Jan – Oct 2023 Nutrition Iftaar 1 85 Annual
April 2023 Nutrition Eid –Ul-Fitr Lunch 1 80 Annual
July 2023 Nutrition Eid –Ul-Adha 1 80 Annual
July 2023 Nutrition Qurbani Meat Packs 1 80 Annual
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DAILY MADRESSA FEEDING
 
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QURBANI MEAT PACK DISTRIBUTION
 

PARTNERSHIP WITH HUDA SA, ISLAMIC RELIEF SA & THORNWOOD ISLAMIC CENTRE

Dates Programs Projects/Activities Projects Stats Beneficiary stats Frequency
Jan – Oct 2023 Nutrition Ramadaan Hampers 1 35 Annual
Jan – Oct 2023 Nutrition Qurbani Meat Packs 1 43 Annual

EDUCATION: SCHOOLING

PARTNERSHIP WITH HUDA SA & THORNWOOD ISLAMIC CENTER

Dates Programs Projects/Activities Projects Stats Beneficiary stats Frequency
January 2023 Education School Uniforms 1 64 Annual
Jan – Oct 2023 Education School transport 1 1 Monthly
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UNIFORM DISTRIBUTION 2023
 
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UNIFORM DISTRIBUTION 2023
 

HIGHER EDUCATION

PARTNERSHIP WITH HUDA SA, THORNWOOD ISLAMIC CENTER & SANZAF

Dates Programs Projects/Activities Projects Stats Beneficiary stats Frequency
Jan - Oct 2023 Training Computer Course 1 1 Annual
Jan – Oct 2023 Higher Education Varsity Fees 1 2 Annual

PARTNERSHIP WITH HUDA SA, THORNWOOD ISLAMIC CENTER & HUMAN AID

Dates Programs Projects/Activities Projects Stats Beneficiary stats Frequency
March 2023 Training Business Centre 1 1 Annual
 
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SEWING SKILLS TRAINING CENTRE
 
 

WELFARE

PARTNERSHIP WITH HUDA SA & THORNWOOD ISLAMIC CENTRE

Dates Programs Projects/Activities Projects Stats Beneficiary stats Frequency
Jan - Oct 2023 Welfare Welfare Grants 1 4 Monthly
June 2023 Welfare Clothing 1 100 Annual
July 2023 Welfare Winter Warmth 1 35 Annual
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WINTER WARMTH BLANKET DISTRIBUTION
 
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WINTER WARMTH BLANKET DISTRIBUTION
 

SPORTS

PARTNERSHIP WITH HUDA SA & THORNWOOD ISLAMIC CENTRE

Dates Programs Projects/Activities Projects Stats Beneficiary stats Frequency
Jan - Oct 2023 Sports Soccer 1 45 Weekends
Jan – Oct 2023 Sports Transport 1 45 Annual
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THORNWOOD ROCKETS SOCCER TEAM
 
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THORNWOOD ROCKETS SOCCER TEAM
 

CONCLUSION: SH ISAAC KASSIM – THORNWOOD ISLAMIC CENTRE

I worked at Isipingo for 2 years and left due to the small pay of R2000 a month which was too low for my needs.

I then went to stay in Thornwood where I put a veranda in my house and started a madrassa on the veranda. Then due to a big influx of Madressa children, Darul Ihsan built a structure in my yard to use as a Madressa and Musalla. Life became unbearable in 2019 and 2020 when there was a lockdown. I could not sell what I was sewing and had no other income at all. I depended on the R350 government relief.

Then towards the end of 2020, Brother Ismat visited my Madressa and promised to assist with a welfare grant for the time being. I was very happy and eventually HUDA SA started paying an amount I had never earned in my life. Then suddenly HUDA SA started assisting the Madrassa in a way I never imagined where the children started getting food every day and the community's most desperate started getting food relief every month. Honestly, I have never experienced such generosity before.

My job of teaching and Dawah became much easier and I don't want to remember the hardships and economic difficulties. May Allah bless and strengthen HUDA SA, and keep it as long as Allah wants for hundreds of years to come.