Respected scholar laid to rest

Several roads in Hazendal were closed on Saturday afternoon as hundreds of mourners flocked the area to pay their last respects at the home of Moulana Ihsaan Hendricks – one of the country’s most powerful voices in human rights activism.

Hendricks, a highly respected Islamic scholar, died on Friday night at the age of 54, after a long illness.

Several high profile politicians and scholars, who include former Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool, attended his funeral alongside his family and friends on the day.

Hendricks was born on Wednesday 16 September 1964 in Worcester and previously served as the president of the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) for 10 years.

He was also the founder of Al Quds Foundation in South Africa which provides support for the Palestinian citizens, and was executive member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), a member of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth and the director of the Shaykh Abu Al-Hasain Ali Al-Nadwi Leadership Academy.

Other positions held at the time of his passing include chairperson of the MJC Halaal Trust, chairperson of the MJC Imaarah’s senior council and executive member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars­. Hendricks was a trustee of the International Union for the Memorisation of the Holy Quran.

His funeral service was conducted at his home in Oasis Street, Hazendal, on Saturday and he was later buried at Johnson Road Muslim Cemetery. Hendricks is remembered for his outstanding leadership and passion to serve his community, country and other nations in struggle.