On Sunday the 16th of August, two leading members of the Majlisul Ulama of Indonesia (MUI) Visited the Pretoria Islamic Educational Centre (Darul Uloom Pretoria). The guests were Dr Amidhan Shaberah, the chairman of MUI’s Halaal division and his associate, Dr Sumunar Jati, who is also the secretary of the World Halaal Food Council (WHFC).
Dr. Shaberah and Dr Jati expressed a keen interest in the Islamic activities of Muslims in this country as they first visited the Dawah Centre of Darul Uloom Pretoria. Later, they were guests at the institutes head office in Taj Street where they were presented with the English Tafseer of the Holy Qur’aan which was published by the institute. Dr Amidhan Shaberah addressed the staff and students and eloquently articulated the excellence of a Muslims character and expressed his appreciation for the warm hospitality accorded to him by the principal of the centre,Mufti M.A Hazarvi, and also for the work being done in South Africa amongst Mulsims. A vote of thanks was offered by Hafez Moorad Booley, chairman of the NIHT Management Committee.
The National Independent Halaal Trust (NIHT) were hosts to these two important guests from the Indonesia, who are leaders to the countries 215 million strong muslim population. They arrived in South Africa on Saturday the 15th of August 2015 for a brief visit.
Indonesia has close historical links with South Africa, especially the Western Cape, to where political leaders and Islamic scholars were exiled by the Dutch colonialists. These were the pioneers of Islam in this country. Indonesia has the worlds largest Muslim population which is purportedly in the region of two hundred and fifteen million.
During their visit, the delegates visited the offices of the NIHT and were presented with the operational procedures of the organization by its CEO, Moulana Abdul Wahab Wookay (a graduate of Darul Uloom Pretoria). They were also able to observe the infrastructure of the organization. A visit to the laboratory of the chairman of the NIHT’s Scientific Committee, Dr Arshad Mather, was done on Sunday morning. The laboratory is at the Agricultural Research Centre in Onderstepoort an is a national key-point. Dr Shaberah and Dr Jati were shown the state of the art equipment used to conduct DNA tests. Dr Mather explained the benefits of DNA sequencing as opposed to alternate methods of testing which produce dubious results.
On Sunday afternoon the NIHT hosted a lunch for the Indonesian guests who included amongst others, His Excellency, Mr Suprapto Martosetomo, the Indonesian ambassador to South Africa. Also in attendance was Mr Yunus Hoosen from the South African Department of Trade and Industry. Also amongst the guests was Professor Jasper Reece from the Agricultural Research Centre and leading authority on genetic sequencing and Dr Issa Sulaiman,who is based at the Research and Scientific Services Department of the National Zoological Gardens and a member of the NIHT Scientific Council.
The two day visit was concluded with a visit to the PMT Sunni School and the Indonesian guests attending the Indonesian National Day celebrations along with Moulana Abdul Wahab Wookay at the residence of the ambassador. The MUI members also visited a factory certified Halaal by the NIHT and met with NIHT ingredients analyst, Moulana Abdullah Tyebileyo, and NIHT food safety and compliance officer, Moulana Moneeb Martins. The members of MUI departed from South Africa on Monday afternoon, 17th of August 2015.
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