Umlazi Islamic Centre

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Brief Background

The Umlazi Islamic Centre, located in the W Section, holds the distinction of being the very first Masjid to be constructed in Umlazi. It was founded in 2001 as a response to the growing Muslim population in the region. As the Muslim community in the area was expanding rapidly, it became apparent that there was a need for a dedicated place of worship and Islamic support to cater to their spiritual needs.

Prior to the establishment of the Centre, a Muslim family opened their home for the Umlazi Muslims to use as a Musalla and Madressa to offer support to the Muslims as this area had no Muslim Community.

The Centre has done outstanding work in supporting the Muslims of Umlazi and has served as an anchor in the community.

Community Integrated Project
Impact report & Plans

Jan 2023 - Oct 2023

ISLAMIC DEVELOPMENT


In 2020 the Umlazi Islamic Centre was in a dire strain, with most activities put on hold, they had no Imam and a deteriorating building. The challenges faced by the centre were indicative of the severe impact of neglect and lack of maintenance. The deteriorating condition of the building posed safety concerns for the community.

In response to the challenges and changes faced by the Umlazi Islamic Centre, some Muslim members lost hope and chose to abandon the facility. Instead, they opted to travel to another nearby Masjid to perform their Salaah (prayers).

The consistently high electricity and water bills, along with the continuous disconnections done by the municipality, created significant operational challenges for the Centre.

HUDA SA and the Umlazi Muslim Committee formed a partnership and have been working together to enhance, manage, and facilitate programs at the Centre since April 2020. We started assisting with the Imam’s welfare grant every month which ensured that there were daily Salaah and programs at the Centre.

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ROOF DAMAGE
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CEILINGS WERE DAMAGED
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FLOODED AREA DURING RAINS
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POTHOLES IN THE PARKING

FEBRUARY 2022 - FAITH WAS RESTORED:

The activities at the Islamic Centre were stabilised and the need for renovations of the building couldn’t be ignored any longer. HUDA SA reached out to the Muslim Community for donations towards the repairs and renovations of the Centre.


NEWLY RENOVATED UMLAZI ISLAMIC CENTRE

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THE PARKING AREA WAS REVAMPED
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AWNING WAS ERECTED & FLOORING
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NEW GUTTERS & STORM DRAINAGE
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NEW CEILINGS WERE INSTALLED

PARTNERSHIP WITH HUDA SA & UMLAZI ISLAMIC CENTRE

Dates Programs Projects/Activities Projects Stats Beneficiary stats Frequency
Jan – Oct 2023 Masjid Jumu’ah Salaah 1 80 Weekly/Fri
Jan – Oct 2023 Masjid Daily Salaah 1 20 Daily
Jan – Oct 2023 Islamic Education Madrassa 1 35 Daily
Jan – Oct 2023 Islamic Education Ladies Islamic classes 1 45 Weekly/Sun
Jan – Oct 2023 Islamic Education Men's Classes 1 12 Weekly/Sat
22 Apr 2023 Masjid Eid-ul-Fitr Salaah 1 188 Annual
29 Jun 2023 Masjid Eid-ul-Adha Salaah 1 120 Annual
20 Sep 2023 Masjid Mic System 1 200 Annual
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EID-UL-FITR SALAAH 1444 AH/2023
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JUMUAH
SALAAH
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DAILY MADRESSA
CLASSES
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DAILY MADRESSA
CLASSES

FUTURE PLANS:

- Acquiring the adjacent land provides the opportunity to expand the existing facilities of the masjid.
- With more space, the masjid can host a larger congregation for prayers and other community activities.
- This land acquisition is an investment in the future of the masjid and the broader community.
- Insha'Allah, with proper planning and community involvement, this initiative can contribute to the enduring success of the Umlazi Islamic Centre.

- The computer centre will provide community members with access to computers and the internet, promoting digital literacy and technological skills
- It will serve as a space for educational programs, tutoring, and online learning, enhancing academic opportunities for local residents, including children and adults
- Access to Information: Computers and internet access allow individuals to access information, resources, and services more easily.
- Career development workshops, resume building, and job search support, helping community members advance in their careers.

NUTRITION PROJECTS

PARTNERSHIP WITH HUDA SA & UMLAZI ISLAMIC CENTRE

Dates Programs Projects/Activities Projects Stats Beneficiary stats Frequency
Jan – Oct 2023 Nutrition Madrassa Feeding 1 40 Daily
Jan – Oct 2023 Nutrition Ladies Feeding 1 45 Weekly/Sat
Jan – Oct 2023 Nutrition Men’s Classes 1 12 Weekly/Sun
Jan – Oct 2023 Nutrition Jumu’ah Feeding 1 120 Weekly/Fri
22 April 2023 Nutrition Eid –Ul-Fitr Lunch 1 188 Eid-ul-Fitr
29 June 2023 Nutrition Eid –Ul-Adha 1 120 Eid–ul-Adha
Jan – Oct 2023 Nutrition Sehri 1 50 Annual
Jan – Oct 2023 Nutrition Iftaar 1 50 Annual
Jan – Oct 2023 Nutrition OVF Hampers 1 10 Monthly
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EID-UL-FITR LUNCH 1444 AH/2023
 
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RAMADAAN IFTAAR 1444 AH/2023
 
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WEEKLY JUMUAH LUNCH
 
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QURBANI 1444AH/2023 MEAT PACKS
 
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DAILY MADRESSA FEEDING
 

Following the stabilisation of the Centre, numerous Muslim organisations have partnered with the Umlazi Islamic Centre in various activities.

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

Dates Programs Projects/Activities Projects Stats Beneficiary stats Frequency
April 2023 Nutrition Ramadaan Hampers 1 45 Annual
July 2023 Nutrition Qurbani Meat Packs 1 34 Annual
 
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ISLAMIC RELIEF RAMADAAN 1444 AH/2023 HAMPERS DISTRIBUTION
 
 

PARTNERSHIP WITH HUDA SA, IMAANI TRUST & ISLAMIC RELIEF SA

Dates Programs Projects/Activities Projects Stats Beneficiary stats Frequency
Jan – Oct 2023 Nutrition OVF Food Hampers 1 40 Monthly
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THE CHATSWORTH ISLAMIC FORUM MONTHLY HAMPER DISTRIBUTION
 
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THE CHATSWORTH ISLAMIC FORUM MONTHLY HAMPER DISTRIBUTION
 

FUTURE PLANS:

- Skill Development: Converting the kitchen into an industrial kitchen provides an opportunity for members of the community to gain culinary skills.
- Income Generation: An industrial kitchen can be used to prepare food for events, catering, or even selling food to the community. The revenue generated can contribute to the maintenance and operating costs of the masjid. This self-sustaining model can reduce the financial burden on the centre.
- Long-Term Sustainability: By generating income and promoting skill development.

AGRICULTURE

The Umlazi garden was established in 2022, the vegetables harvested are shared between the Islamic Centre and the Madressa Ladies class.

PARTNERSHIP WITH HUDA SA, ISLAMIC RELIEF SA & IMAANI TRUST

Dates Programs Projects/Activities Projects Stats Beneficiary stats Frequency
Jan – Oct 2023 Agriculture Gardening 1 45 Daily
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THE UMLAZI ISLAMIC FOOD GARDEN
 

EDUCATION: SCHOOLING

PARTNERSHIP WITH HUDA SA & UMLAZI ISLAMIC CENTRE

Dates Programs Projects/Activities Projects Stats Beneficiary stats Frequency
Jan 2023 Education Stationary 1 27 Annual
Jan – Oct 2023 Education School Transport 1 43 Daily
Jan 2023 Education Uniforms 1 40 Annual
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HIGHER EDUCATION

PARTNERSHIP WITH HUDA SA, UMLAZI ISLAMIC CENTRE & SANZAF

Dates Programs Projects/Activities Projects Stats Beneficiary stats Frequency
Jan - Oct 2023 Higher Education Fees 1 2 Annual
Jan – Oct 2023 Education Skills Training 1 14 Annual
Jun 2023 Education Skills Training 1 2 Annual
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CELLPHONE REPAIRS TRAINING
 
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COMPUTER CLASS
 

HIGHER EDUCATION AND SKILLS TRAINING

PARTNERSHIP WITH HUDA SA, UMLAZI ISLAMIC CENTRE & ISLAMIC RELIEF

Dates Programs Projects/Activities Projects Stats Beneficiary stats Frequency
Jan - Oct 2023 Higher Education Incubator of Dreamers 1 30 2 years
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THE ISLAMIC RELIEF INCUBATOR OF DREAMERS
 
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THE ISLAMIC RELIEF INCUBATOR OF DREAMERS
 

WELFARE

HUDA SA started assisting with the Imam’s welfare grant every month which ensured that there were daily Salaah and programs at the Centre. Additional Community workers were assigned tasks and programs such as the children’s daily madrassa, ladies' madrassa, men’s Islamic classes & nutrition activities resumed

PARTNERSHIP WITH HUDA SA & UMLAZI ISLAMIC CENTRE

Dates Programs Projects/Activities Projects Stats Beneficiary stats Frequency
Jan - Oct 2023 Welfare Welfare Grants 1 6 Monthly
Jan - Oct 2023 Welfare Winter Warmth 1 35 Annual
Jan - Oct 2023 Welfare Eid Clothing 1 20 Annual
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CLOTHING DISTRIBUTION
 
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WINTER WARMTH
 

CONCLUSION: BR BASHEER KHUZWAYO - AMEER OF UMLAZI COMMITTEE

The community is deeply appreciative of the ongoing generosity and support provided by HUDA SA from the Muslim Ummah. It acknowledges the positive impact these contributions have made on their efforts to serve the community and spread the message of Islam.