Islamic Council of South Africa (ICSA) was originally formed as an umbrella body of Muslim organizations in South Africa. Prior to its establishment in 1975 the affairs of the Muslim community were expressed in local and regional bodies and institutions, but the need for a central organ for the better ordering of its life, had been long felt.Attempts in this direction had been made in the past, but it seemed that the time was not yet ripe for the consummation of such an ideal. During 1974, a group of active Muslims made preliminary soundings throughout the country with a view to preparing the ground for the launching of such an organization. Other forces were also, providentially, moving in the same direction.During 1975, Dr. Inamullah Khan visited South Africa as representative of the Rabitul Alam.An Islamic, Makkah. Dr. Inamullah felt that the Muslims of South Africa urgently needed a common platform and a single voice to enable the community to become a living and prosperous part of that great body, the World Muslim Community. His urgent plea created the impetus that soon after led to the establishment of the Islamic Council of South Africa (ICSA) on 29 November 1975. Representatives from 109 organisations, covering nearly all major institutions of the country, assembled in Durban and unanimously approved a provisional Constitution and elected the first interim Board of Directors. Membership of the Council reached 150 organisations.Islamic Council of South Africa (ICSA) played a significant, albeit low profile role in representing the interests of the Muslim Community, both within and without South Africa. The same stance has characterized the Council to this day, and we continue to maintain links as far as possible with authorities and organizations locally and internationally. Our members have contributed significantly in matters concerning the Muslim community particularly, and we pray that with greater support, we will be able to playa greater role.
The Management Structure of ICSA
The first President of ICSA was Hafez Aboobaker Mohammed, who served as an Acting Judge in the South African Judiciary, followed by the Late Sheikh Abu Bakr Najaar who served as President of the Muslim Judicial Council and of the Muslim Assembly in the Cape.
The third and current President is Dr. Rashid A. M. Saloojee, an ANC Member of the Gauteng Legislature.
The Head of Judiciaary for Islamic Affairs is Sheikh Thafier Najjaar.