Verulam Young Muslim Society. Serving the dis-advantaged communities of Verulam in their Social, Welfare & Educational needs since 1918
The education committee is tasked with the difficult responsibility to cement Islamic values, literally basic education amongst our young against the backdrop of aggressive Western tendencies and un-Islamic practices which are sweeping the world over.
To combat this, the Society has set up educational centres (Madrassah/Maaktabs) in various communities. Educators are employed by the Society to bring to these communities Islamic practices, ethos and literature. The Society has eight operational Madrassahs at Verulam, Waterloo, Ottawa, Trenance Park (2) , Redcliffe, Canelands and Mahlabatini.
Two hundred and eighty young minds are given Islamic exposure at the Madrassah. Fifteen educators are employed to teach in these Madrassahs. All staff are reviewed annually and training is provided to ensure that quality Islamic education is imparted.
The management and administration of the Madrassahs is the responsibility of the Society Trenance Park, Mahlabatini and Redcliff have resident lmaaams who also perform the five daily Salaah.
The education, syllabus and examinations are conducted via the Talimi Board in lsipingo, with highly respected Ulema controlling and supervising the Madrassah/ Maaktabs
Taraweeh Salaah is performed during the month of Ramadhan.
The Society is responsible for the following operational costs:
Staff salaries, payment of the student fees, transportation of the students
and the provision of daily meals.
The Society has recognized that the need for shelter and a home for a family is a basic and essential need. The growth, development and stability for any family is the dignity to secure shelter and security for the household. ln view of this the Society has re-directed its focus from being an organization which only provides nutritional handouts to being a more long term driven agenda.
lf a family has a home then they can build on the other social and Islamic needs. Furthermore, the huge housing backlog in our country as a result of the socio-political landscape of South Africa prior to democracy and the demand for decent housing for the vast majority, has re-assured the VYMS that comfort and security for ordinary people is a priority.
This has added strength to identifying the target community in which the housing project was primarily directed. The preservation, protection and the nurturing of a family is a deeny practice and the VYMS has acted accordingly in utilizing its energy through its housing programme
The Society has boldly extended its operations in the Black African townships and rural communities of Verulam. The Society has constructed homes for those living in shacks and with no access to basic facilities like water and electricity. Homes have been built in Ndwedwe, Mahlabatini and Oakford and families have been graced with the dignity of having a structure which they can call their home. The sheer joy, gratitude and tears of appreciation reflected on every family members face upon moving into their home paints the picture of how succesfull the housing project is.
The volunteer corps of the Society have been the drivers of the housing project as they have experienced the stark realities of sufferings and the resultant joy experienced by the poor families when the houses are handed over to them.
How ever the housing project is an expensive undertaking requiring access to continued funding and the VYMS can only reach out to the warm and kind hearts of our humanitarian Muslim Ummah and we make a humble appeal to the wider community for financial assistance to assist our beloved brothers and sisters who cannot afford a home.
Through the fantastic work carried out by staff a number of individuals have reverted to lslam from the outlying areas made up of primarily African Blacks. They have come and taken to lslam with great strides and this is evident in their commitment shown to improve themselves and their families.
Alhumdulillah, the Society has been able to run adult classes on Saturdays for male and female reverts at the Verulam Islamic School and at Waterloo. Seven educators have been employed to educate 100 students on a weekly basis.
Assistance is provided for the less fortunate in many forms via the Welfare Department.
This assistance could be in the form of payment for arrears in rental, lights or water. Cost of transportation for our students to the various Madrassahs, or for the elderly to clinics or hospitals.
Financing circumcision for babies, children and adults through the appropriate doctors. Assist individuals requiring medical care and hospitalization.
Financing self help schemes, acquiring a driver's license or a nursing diploma.
Alhumdulillah with the assistance of Almighty Allah Ta'ala the Verulam Young Muslim Society hopes to embark on a number of projects to assist the less fortunate and at the same time to help improve their quality of life and home conditions.
Build at least 30 houses per year for the poorest of the poor.
Build and establish an additional Jamaat Khaana (Musallah) facility at Ndwedwe and Waterloo.
Design and implement training courses for educators to ensure that the best educators are employed imparting Islamic knowledge. 0verall improvement to the Trenance Park facility
For an organization which provides such a diverse facility for the Muslim and other impoverished communities to survive it has to rely solely on the humanitarian gestures and heartfelt contributions of various individuals, families and the general public locally and outside of Verulam. The magnanimous support offered by the wider community instills the self-belief in the society that its course is a worthy one and it at the same time has the confidence to expand its operations.
The Verulam Young Muslim Society extends its thanks and gratitude to the many individuals, families, sponsors and locals for their continued support over the years that made all of the above possible. May Allah Ta’aala reward you abundantly in this world and the Hereafter. The Society looks forward to your continued support for the enhancement and development of lslam in its’ entirety.
Attending to the Welfare and Social needs of the community.
Assistance with medical expenses.
Provision of hampers - monthly, Ramadhan and Eid.
Assisting with disaster relief in the local community or area.
lmparting of Islamic education.
Assisting with arrears for rental, lights and water.
Assisting families with funds to purchase new and existing homes.
Negotiating with government and NG0's on behalf of individuals.
Education funding for students at both the primary and secondary levels
for Islamic and secular studies.
Funding of students at the private Verulam Islamic School.
Self help schemes for individuals.
Dawah to the local community.
Circumcision for males and children.
Our primary objectives:
Through the kind consideration of the Verulam Madrassah Koovathe lslam Trust the Society occupies premises at the Verulam Islamic School. The Society's office is the hub off all activities and programmes undertaken by the Society.
A committed band of volunteers shoulder the bulk of the responsibilities; however, with the Society making an indelible contribution over the years, in surrounding townships and rural communities, the Society has employed a full-time Administrative community coordinator to serve the growing demand from disadvantaged communities. Some of the communities serviced by the society are as follows:
Buffelsdraai, Roodekraans, Oakford, Canelands, Coniston, Hazelmere, Mahlabatini, Ndwedwe etc. The VYMS is the only registered organisation operating in these communities thus placing immense pressure on the society's organizational and financial resources.
To facilitate the activities of the society the organisation has three sub committees specializing in different operational aspects:
The Muslim community was an integral component of the indentured and merchant Indians who landed on the shores of Durban some 150 years ago. The Muslims struggled with other communities to entrench their religious culture, values and ethos in their initial years in South Africa. lt was only through the sheer tenacity of our early Muslim visionaries that saw lslam flourish in South Africa.
The concept of self-sustainability for the development and growth of lslam saw the formation of the Verulam Young Muslim Society during the First World War The astute leadership offered by the founder members was to foster and extend deeny work in the community it served.
This noble and insightful agenda set by the founder members saw the VYMS, over the past 90 years, extend its arm and wrap it around various impoverished communities addressing real lslamic development in the field of Dawah, welfare, education and social literacy.
200 Muslim and non-Muslims are provided Sadqa for
one basic meal
170 food hampers are distributed every month
1000 Special Ramadhan and Eid hampers are handed out.
Islamic Centers and Madrassas:
Aid to the Destitute:
The V.Y.M.S. assists in funding learners at both the primary and secondary levels for Islamic and secular education. Learners are enrolled at the Verulam Islamic School and other public schools.
Funding is also provided for students wanting to further their Islamic education at Darul Uloom's or students pursuing tertiary education. Opportunities are offered to individuals wanting assistance towards any self help project or persons wanting to pursue a career in nursing.
On an ongoing basis the society is involved in a feeding scheme to combat poverty and hunger in the communities the society serves.