From the Chairperson’s desk

Ramadan 1442 ٱلسَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ‎ With the grace and mercy of Allah, we have completed the first ten days of Ramadan 1442. We are also fortunate that the COVID infections have been reasonably under control. However, we should remain vigilant and take all the necessary precautions. As we did last year, JHESS will again honour all the children that are fasting for the first time this Ramadan. We encourage you to submit their names on our website email at or call or SMS 072 464 7474. Please provide us with both parent’s names, the recipient’s name, physical address and mobile and email contact details. The deadline for registration is 4 May 2021 but if you could submit the names sooner rather than later, we would be grateful. May Allah guide our children and reward them generously, Ameen. We will also be distributing our annual Food Parcels and Orphan Gift Packs to the most deserving recipients who are confirmed to be deserving of Zakaah and Fitra.To facilitate a smooth handover, we would be grateful if all funds could be deposited by 4 May 2021 into the respective accounts listed below. We distribute 100% of funds collected and do not levy any administration fees. All our members render their services voluntarily. We encourage our youth to come and support us with the distribution.Please support these noble causes for the pleasure of Allah (SWT). Bank Standard BankAccount Name JHESS Zaakah & Fitra FundAccount Number 035 971 428Branch Code 051001 Bank Standard BankAccount Name JHESS Orphan AppealAccount Number 072 848 707Branch Code 051001 We remain thankful for your past and continued contributions. We... read more

Message from JHESS President

بسم هللا الرحمن الرحيمنحمده ونصلي م على رسوله الكريم Dear Member In a few days, in the midst of the continuing COVID pandemic, we will be welcoming Ramadan 1442. Between last Ramadan (1441) and now, 38 JHESS members departed from this world. May Allah grant all Marhomeen Jannatul Firdaus, Ameen, and grant their families Sabrun Jameelan. I was humbled at the generosity of spirit demonstrated when our Executive and bereaved family members completed multiple Quran Khatams in memory of their loved ones a few weeks ago. May Allah (SWT) accept these efforts and our duahs. Humankind was graced with the revelation of the Quran in the month of Ramadan. Let us make every effort to continue connecting and immersing ourselves in the lessons the Quran holds for us, so that these words of Allah (SWT) permeate our lives always. Let us also remain extremely vigilant as a possible third wave has been forecast. We beseech Allah (SWT) to protect us so that we are granted the opportunity to maximise the blessings we can reap in the auspicious month of Ramadan, In Shaa Allah. While our masajid are open this year (albeit with limitations), the vulnerable should take all the necessary precautions to protect themselves. A glimmer of hope flickers on the horizon with the much-anticipated roll out of vaccines. We pray that Allah makes this possible sooner rather than later. This year we will employ the same successful logistical approach in respect of Fitra, Food and Orphan parcel distribution as we did last year. I once again call on you to support these initiatives. It is only through your... read more

From the Chairperson’s desk

15th Sha’ban 1442 ٱلسَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ The 15th of Sha’ban is one of the most blessed nights, a night to be spent in solitude, engaged in the remembrance of Allah (SWT), seeking His forgiveness, His mercy and His protection.This night is known as “Lailatul Barah”, or “Nisf Sha’ban”, and locally as “Ruwah”. However many names it is known by, it remains a night of deep reflection and preparation as Allah decrees to His angels what the future holds for His creation.Two weeks after this blessed night, the auspicious month of Ramadan will commence for 1442.Last year we entered Ramadan during the onset of the COVID pandemic. This pandemic is still with us this year, accompanied by continued untold hardships and loss of lives and livelihoods.With the lessons learnt from last year, our partners have agreed to work with us again to continue supporting the needy and infirm as we have done during this pandemic.Our closing date for bursary applications has been extended until 31 March 2021 to cater for the many deserving applicants with their educational needs. Should you wish to donate (Sadaqah or Zakat) towards our bursary fund, please do so as soon as you can and obtain your Section 18A Certificate. Our bank details are: Bank: Standard Bank Account Name: Janjira Habsani Bursary Account Number: 270 326 006 Branch Code: 051001 Branch Name: Vangate Mall Our scientists have predicted a possible third wave and we therefore call on you to dispense your donations early so that we are able to distribute our food, fitra and orphan gift parcels earlier than usual, thus ensuring the safety and protection of... read more

From the Chairperson’s desk

The Month of Rajab 1442 ٱلسَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ‎ Jummah Mubarak The month of Rajab is the precursor to the months of Shabaan and Ramadaan. The significance of this month is heightened as we have now commenced the first vaccination of frontline health care workers against the COVID virus in our country. We hope this is the beginning of reaching population immunity against the COVID virus as we emerge from the second wave. We pray that the predicted third wave will be nullified, In Shaa Allah. We also take this opportunity to congratulate the Class of 2020 for achieving academic success in their Matric exams, which were written under challenging learning conditions. Mubarak to all! We wish to remind learners that our deadline for the JHESS Bursary applications has been extended to 31 March 2021. Application forms are available online on the JHESS webpage. On 5 March 2021, it will be the first anniversary of the first COVID case in South Africa. We remember all Marhomeen who succumbed to this virus over the past year. We also salute all health workers for risking their lives daily to take care of us. Let us continue to seek Allah’s forgiveness and mercy. JHESS members committed to complete Quran Khatams in memory of our loved ones. We will be concluding the Quran Khatam led by Shaykh Ismail Isaacs virtually on 5 March 2021 at 20h30. Shaykh Sadullah Khan will be making the closing duah and we invite you all to join us on Zoom by clicking on link below: Should your family wish to complete a Khatam, please let us know. Whilst the... read more

From the Chairperson’s desk

The Beginning of the New Year 2021 ٱلسَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ‎ Jummah MubarakToday I am writing to you with a heavy heart at the sad loss of so many of our family members and friends over the past two weeks. In our circle, we have witnessed 14 Janazah’s from 1 January 2021 to date.We convey our sincerest condolences to all the families that have suffered losses and May Allah grant the Marhomeen Jannatul Firduas and sabr jameelan in the hearts of the families.We also pray for so many more suffering from COVID, who are hospitalised or at home May Allah grant them a speedy recovery Insha’Allah.We once again appeal to each one of you to adopt a voluntary lockdown so that you protect yourselves and your families. Whilst most are adhering to the non-pharmaceutical protocols which we have termed the GOLDEN RULES others are still not compliant to these protocols fully by wearing the masks properly over the nose; social distancing at family get togethers; and washing of hands.We are also concerned of the dropping of our guard of these protocols particularly at Janazah’s and the indiscipline of burial societies, religious leaders, and families by non-conformance of these protocols and directives. Janazah’s, family get togethers and social events are potential super spreaders and therefore every effort should be made to cease these activities/occasions immediately for our own safety and for the safety and respect towards others.During the 1st Wave the vulnerable and aged were at risk however with the new variant the infections are affecting all age groups and the fatalities are also impacting the younger age groups. This 2nd Wave... read more

Chairperson Message 2021

The past year (2020) in review and the future (2021) ٱلسَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ‎ Jummah MubarakAs we bid 2020 farewell South Africa has recorded the highest daily number of infections of 17,700 two days ago. We will never forget 2020 that has taught us crucial life lessons such as: patience, empathy, surviving severe challenges and adoption to minimalism.We have witnessed a year of destruction losing lives and livelihoods yet we as mere mortals refuse to take heed of this devastating virus COVID 19. After 10 months of misery some people are still in denial, others remain irresponsible and undisciplined refusing to adhere to the health protocols that have been publicised continuously.As we enter 2021 we see no light at the end of the tunnel because this virus will continue to mutate and bring further hardships, vaccines will be limited in the near future and 2021 will be equally dire as 2020 unless we take responsibility individually; collectively guide our communities; and leaders of society rise to the occasion as true leaders to encourage one and all to adhere to the health protocols to save lives and minimise hardship. Previous pandemics have lasted at least 3years. This pandemic is no exception. We are currently in the 2nd wave which is worse than the 1st wave due to the virus variant which is highly infectious with a high viral load and affecting younger individuals more severely. Be prepared for a possible 3rd or 4th wave.On this platform we have continuously urged our membership to adopt the Golden Rules of wearing a mask over the nose, wash hands regularly and showing respect to one... read more

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