The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) has joined the swarm of tributes for the late Shaykh Abd al-Rasheed Brown, founder of the Ibn al-Jazary Institute of Quranic Sciences and director of the Madina Institute who passed away on Wednesday evening. Fellow scholars, former students and members of the Islamic community have spoken glowing of Brown, considered by many as Cape Town’s foremost expert in the recitation of the Holy Quran.
In a statement released on Thursday, the organisation described the late icon as an inspiration and shining example to those seeking to follow the noble path of Islam.
“Sheikh Abd al-Rasheed was a young man who lived a full life and achieved much in the short time we were able to know him,” read the statement.
The MJC recognised Brown for his memorisation of the Quran at a tender age, as well as his quality and creativity in recitation. In addition, they honoured his commitment to sharing his knowledge through the Ibn al-Jazary Institute, as well as through lectures at the Medina Institute.
“We are deeply saddened by his loss as we dedicate this tribute to his honoured family and all his students whom he inspired and uplifted by imparting to them knowledge of the Quran and the deen of Allah,” the organisation said.
The MJC’s, Sheikh Isgaak Taliep said his personal affiliation with Brown stretched over more than 25 years having recited and studied together, further describing the scholar as akin to a brother.
“He was an amazing individual in more ways than one. His undying love for the memorisation and recitation of the Holy Quran is one that is known by many. He had a passion, not only for the Quran but it’s implementation in our daily lives as well,” he stated.
Over and above having an amazing mind, Taliep said Brown was also someone who cared for humanity at large, and who would always try to be of some service to humanity irrespective of an individual’s background.
“He had a passion for our youth and our children, and linking them with the methods of the Holy Quran.
He had also touched many an individual through his melodious recitation of the Quran, and through the sincerity in which he recited and tried to implement the message of the Quran in his own personal life,” he described.
To commemorate the life of Sheikh Abd al-Rasheed Brown, Essale Sawaab programmes will be held on Thursday at several mosques across the country. A surah Yaseen will be recited in his honour. The programs will be conducted at the following mosques:
Masjid al-Quds (Cape Town) – After maghrib
Masjid al-Rahmah (George) – After maghrib
Darul Uloom (Pretoria) – After esha, 7:45pm
Queensbridge Masjid (Durban) – After esha