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)
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.