was in 1993 that a small group of Elders in the Muslim community
purchased a house at 92 Harris Crescent in Sherwood for the purpose
of establishing a Maktab and Musalla. This property adjoined the
Sherwood Park. The Elders envisaged that part of the large park
could, in future, be purchased from the Durban City Council to build
a proper Madrassa and Musjid. Alhumdulillah, with the help of Allah
SWT and the vision and foresight of the Elders of the community,
a Maktab and Musalla was established in 1994, despite many objections
from the mainly White residence of Sherwood. South Africa was just
coming out of the apartheid era with democratic elections planned
for 1994. Muslims were purchasing properties in the area and their
population was increasing. The Maktab had about 40 students and
was held in the afternoon. The first Taraweeh was performed in the
Musalla in 1994. Alhumdulillah, Hifz classes were started with about
15 students in 1996.
Minimum renovations were made to this house to accommodate the Musalla,
as the vision of a new building in the future was foremost in the
minds of the Elders. Despite the cramped situation, the Maktab grew
and more people attended the Musalla for salah. Fajr, Maghreb and
‘Isha Salawat were held in Jama’t. This arrangement
continued until 2009.
In 1996, a Madrassa for Muslimaat (females), Islahul Muslimaat,
was established. There were about 40 girls attending this school
at inception. The Maktab continued to be held in the afternoon,
catering for boys and girls and the hifz classes for boys also continued
in the same premises.
Accommodate the increasing numbers, steel containers and Wendy houses,
modified as class rooms, were used. The Musalla catered for about
40 people, with others using the classrooms. A PA system was used
in the Musalla and the class rooms. During Taraweeh, the courtyard
of the house was also used.
1998, a house at 90 Harris Crescent, adjoining the original property
was purchased. Some of the classes were moved into this house. Again
minimal renovations and no extensions were done to the house.
A need for a new building became urgent. Negotiations were entered
into with the Ethekwini Municipalty for the purchase of a section
of the park. Many objections were again received by the Municipality.
Municipality finally gave the go-ahead for the purchase of a portion
of the park adjoining the house at 92 Harris Crescent and extending
to Abrey Road.
many years of planning and extending the plans to include a Musjid
and an under-cover car park, the vision of the Elders was finally
Musjidus Saliheen was officially opened on Sunday, the 10th of July,
2011, much to the delight of the residence of Sherwood. After the
opening of the Musjid, there was a sudden surge of people coming
to the Musjid for salah, more than three times the number attending
the Musalla. This clearly showed the need for a Musjid in the area.
After many years of planning, a building, which accommodates the
Musjid and Madrassa, was completed.
Muslimaat (girls Madrassa) now accommodates about 350 girls in the
morning, about 120 boys and girls in the afternoon Maktab and about
15 boys in the hifz classes.
the Blessing and Barakah of Allah SWT and the sincerity and humbleness
of the ‘Ulema and Elders involved in this magnificent project,
the Madrassa and Musjid play an important role in the lives of the
Muslim Community in the area. The vision and foresight of the Elders
was finally fulfilled.
ask one and all to make sincere dua’ to Allah SWT for His
Blessings and Barakah to continue unabated in the future, Insha