Waterval Islamic Institute (Mia’s Farm)

By ‘Abd Allah bin Muhammad al-Afriqui

The famous Waterval Islamic Institute, commonly known as Mia’s Farm, is situated to the north of Johannesburg. Recently, the annual South African Tabligh Ijtima was held here and many reminisced on the early days of the Institute. The institute housed a school, hostel and madrasah and hundred of students attended over a period of more then 5 decades. Great scholars trace their routes back to the institute.

I have compiled below from various sources information on Mia’s Farm. The idea is to compile the available information in a logical, constructive way. Anyone willing to assist in this regard may contact us.Flashback: Waterval Islamic Institute (Mia’s Farm)


Bismihi Ta’aala

There are very few South African Muslims who have turned to the back of their 13-line Quraans and not wondered about the Waterval Islamic Institute. Of interest to many of us was how an obviously Muslim organization (in the times of crippling apartheid) managed to secure the address: P. O. Box 1, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa. In many ways the ‘one’ in the postal address is indicative of the Waterval Islamic Institute being the first to spark a series of da’wah flames that now light up many Islamic institutes in our country and beyond.

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Rare Radio Interview with Shaykh Mufti Shafi’ al-Deobandi

Interview with Shaykh Mufti Shafi’ on Radio Pakistan

Radio Pakistan Interviewer: Listeners, Today we are present in the company of Maulana (Mufti) Shafi Saheb (RA). Maulana (Mufti) Shafi Saheb (RA) is the founder of Darul-uloom(Karachi) and he is no need of elaborate introductions, he is a respected (Buzurg)personality, Scholar of Islam, graduate of Darul-uloom Deoband where he was born, student of Shaykhul-Hind Maulana Mahmoodul Hasan (RA), Allamah Anwar Shah Kashmiri (RA) and the great Scholar of Pakistan Allamah Shabbir Ahmed Usmani (RA).

After graduating from Darul-uloom Deoband, he also taught there as a teacher. He (RA) was also forefront in the movement of Pakistan. Today, we are fortunate to be in the company of Mufti Saheb (RA) so we can gain knowledge about his services to the Ummah, the Nation and to Islam.

So, Maulana (Mufti) Shafi Saheb (RA), if you permit us we would like to ask you a few questions.

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The Lives of South Africa ‘Ulama

A series of lectures are being conducted at Masjid at-Taqwa, Homestead Park (Johannesburg) on the lives of South African ‘Ulama. These are taking place on a Sunday after Zuhr Salah during the month of Ramadan.

  • Date: 9 Ramadan 1433 | 29 July 2012
    Speaker: Mawlana Sayyid Abbas ‘Ali bin Zubayr ‘Ali (DB)
    Topic: Lives of Mawlana Muhammad Akhalwaya , Mawlana Sayyid Zubayr ‘Ali and Mawlana Sayyid Cassim ‘Ali

  • Date: 16 Ramadan 1433 | 5 August 2012
    Speaker: Mawlana Yunus Daya (DB)
    Topic: Lives of Mawlana Muhammad Mia, Mufti Bashir Sanjalvi and Hafidh ‘Abd al-Rahman Mia

  • Date: 23 Ramadan 1433 | 12 August 2012
    Speaker: Mawlana Ahmad Hathurani (DB)
    Topic: Live of Mawlana Ahmad Muhammad Hathurani

Qari Abdul Hamid Dhudhat

Qari Abdul Hamid Dhudhat of Panoli, famously known in South Africa as the Imam and Ustadh of Kerk Street Masjid in Johannesburg, passed away in November 2011 in Panoli, India.

Below are links to various articles and audio pertaining to the life and times of Qari Saheb: