Introduction - by Judge President Jagyaa Hlophe, Brother-in-law of Imam Hashim, Husband of sister Gayaat
As-salamu alaykum to all my brothers and sisters in Islam. It is an honour for me to be a part of the commemoration of, not only the passing of Imam Hashim, but also the life that he lived. I would like to thank the Boorhaanol Islam Movement for hosting this occasion in honour of Imam Hashim.
My name is Jagyaa Hlophe, husband to Gayaat Salie-Hlophe. I first met my wife in May 2013, where after I had the honour of meeting my brother-in-law in October 2013. I have known Hashim for a period of 8 years, thus I am suitably qualified to speak on behalf of the Salie family. On 26 April 2015 when I got married to my wife, Hashim played a very active and supportive role in the wedding. Since then I have become closely related to the Salie family.
Imam Hashim Salie as a Professor and a jurist of Islamic law
My wife has given a very detailed account of my late brother-in-law and his role as a Professor and jurist of Islamic law. In addition to what she has said, he was a very well-known Islamic scholar. His contribution was enormous, he always availed himself to those who sought his counsel without fail. He gave selfless advice to many people at any given time. He was a highly regarded Imam in the Islam community.
As an Islam scholar, he always found new ways to engage us on Islamic topics and to think critically in respect thereof. He provided guidance in respect of Islamic laws and teachings. He always referred to the Holy Quraan and the teachings of Islam as a solution to any adversities one may have faced.
Hashim’s Charity Work
Hashim believed in education. He believed that education was the key to success, prosperity and self-reliance. He recognised that there are many children that come from hitherto disadvantaged communities, children who would go to school without food. Therefore, he realised that such children would not be in a position to acquire education and that is why he believed, in his own words “die kinders moet eet”.
Thus, he started a charity many years ago that operated largely in the Manenberg and Gugulethu area in which food would be prepared and donated to schools and deserving communities. Hashim pioneered this, he spent a lot of personal money to ensure there was food prepared and he was also assisted by many people. This charity still continues to feed the hungry. Imam Hashim literally fed thousands of poor pupils and helped many of them to go school. He had a very generous heart and was always willing to share and give to those in need.
Contribution in Politics
Imam Hashim Salie was very politically astute. He was the President of the SRC at Belgravia High School in the early 1980’s at a time when there was a mock burial of Apartheid which was indeed his brain child. He had several confrontations with security police and had to subsequently go into hiding. Even presently, we have not fully achieved his dreams of total liberation of the oppressed. Indeed, he was right, we have not achieved the complete liberation of our people. The fact that we still have thousands of people who are evicted from their homes, we have countless homeless people and those begging for food. Thus, we have not achieved total liberation of the oppressed. The struggle for genuine equality, redistribution of resources, including land, is far from being over.
Profession as an Accountant
As an Accountant, Hashim was a highly regarded professional. I know this because he hosted a big conference comprising of nearly a thousand accountants across South Africa, at the ICC in Cape Town. On the 20th of October 2017 he invited me to deliver a paper on the topic of whether a Trust is a juristic entity or not. I could see that he was highly regarded by his peers as an Accountant. We all know how much pro bono work he did for family members and poor communities without charging them anything or at least the bare minimum.
As a Community Leader
He was a very well-known religious leader. He was indeed an Imam of note and highly regarded as such. There are highly regarded Sheiks in our midst who had the honour of being taught by Imam Hashim.
Conclusion – Hashim as a Person and How He Was Viewed At Home
Hashim was very humble, reliable, dependable, smart, intelligent, polite, God-loving and a God-fearing person. He was an imposing figure who was very articulate and an orator of note. He loved his nieces, nephew and his sisters Malikah and Gayaat. Those who knew him well knew that Hashim loved his food very much. Once, while he had dinner, the chair which he sat on broke. As he fell, he had a potato in his hand which he did not let go. Instead, he first sat and ate the potato before he got up again.
In conclusion, Hashim died prematurely and left a huge void in the family. In fact, last week I consoled my wife who was tearful as she missed her brother. I visited Malikah who also painfully said how much she miss her brother. Hashim will never be forgotten, we will continue to keep his memory alive.
May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Shukran to all my brothers and sisters.
COMMEMORATIVE TRIBUTE TO IMAM HASHIM SALIE (Al-mahroom)
By Prof Rashied Small
Imam Hashim Salie is a giant of a man is physique, but even more so amongst the fraternity and development of the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA), as well as it evolution to the current Professional Accountancy Organisation (PAO) it is today. I would like to briefly touch on his contributions to SAIPA and the profession at large under four areas, viz. (i) SAIPA as an institution, (ii) professional assessments, (iii) education development, and (iv) human development.
SAIPA as an Institution
Imam Hashim has contributed significantly to the evolution of SAIPA from its earlier stages of being IAT which provided a home for the accounting technicians, to SAIPA which provides a home for professional accountants rendering services, other than audits, in practice, private sector (commerce and industry) as well as the public sector. Throughout this journey of SAIPA (40th anniversary during February 2022), Imam Hashim contributed significantly in the development and implementation of structures that serve the members, while at the same time supporting the sustainability of the institution. The footprint of his contributions can be measured by the following: (i) the expansion of infrastructures to support members at district level, (ii) the infrastructures develop to support young professionals, and (iii) the implementation of succession and leadership planning within the structures of SAIPA.
Imam Hashim was chairman of the assessment processes of SAIPA which ensured the integrity and quality of assessments of graduates meet the proficiency standards of the profession. He never compromised on compliance to assessment standards but was equally tough on ensuring compliance to examination legislation with a focus on authenticity and fairness to the candidates. He was a rock in guiding the examiners of the responsibilities of compliance to the assessment standards and balancing it with fairness to the candidates. His major contribution in the area of assessment policies and procedures is the transition of mark-based examinations to competency-based assessments which involves the transformation of from a technical-based to skills/competency-based assessments. In addition to the transformation of the assessment process Imam Hashim also contributed to the introduction of a competency-based rubric grading system that focused on assessing the skills and competencies of the candidates rather than focusing on the regurgitation of the technical knowledge.
Imam Hashim’s most significant contribution to SAIPA was in the area of education where he integrated the principles of Islamic education and learning into the secular educational landscape of the professional pathways. Imam Hashim focused on education from a platform of learning development that contribute to capitating people to add value to their learning experiences beyond the professional qualification.
Imam Hashim contributed to implementing the strategies of Islamic educational development into the education system of SAIPA as follows:
(i) a focus on the fundamental principle of the technical knowledge (principles-based teaching and learning framework) – this is based on the fundamentals of the Quran that lays down the principles,
(ii) a focus on developing the skills to apply the technical knowledge in the workplace (applied skills in different situations) – this is based on the principles of the Hadith of our beloved nabi Muhammed (saw),
(iii) a focus on divergent and critical skills to develop simple, practical and implementable solutions to complex – this is based on the mathaabs of the scholars of Islam who never violated the principles of the Quran or the essence of the Hadith, but used them to find solutions in the context of the environments prevailing (the Quran is for all times and circumstances), and
(iv) a focus that education and training must enhance the moral values of humanity – this is based on the principles that the mission of our beloved nabi Muhammed (saw) was to contribute to the well-being of humanity.
Imam Hashim’s contribution to SAIPA and the profession was admired by many that have crossed his path, always mention how he has touched and changed their lives at both professional and personal level. Imam Hashim was always focussed on the development of people to ensure that they meet the goals and aspirations of becoming the best they can be as professionals. To this extent, Imam Hashim was extremely hard on everyone involved in developing people along their path to becoming professionals, to such an extent that many training providers (principals of Approved Training Centres), facilitators preparing them for professional life, and even examiners/assessors feared him for his passion in putting the interest of the candidates first. Furthermore, Imam Hashim was also involved in the initiation of implementing structure to support learners through the implementation of the National Accounting Olympiad including the development of support material to enhance the performance of learners in their matric examinations.
The passing of Imam Hashim Salie is a major loss to me personally in implementing educational changes in the profession but also as a colleague and friend, and to SAIPA and the profession the loss of the guidance in their development is even more significant.
Thank you for the opportunity to celebrate the achievement and contribution of Imam Hashim Salie to SAIPA, the profession and all those whom he toughed throughout his lifetime.
TRIBUTE BY SHUYOOG REPRESENTITVE
MESSAGE FROM SISTER MALIKAH
MESSAGE FROM Malikah Salie - by Fayruze Fakier, Cousin.
I greet you all with Assalamu Alaykum wa rahmatullah, the universal greeting of peace.
I hope I will do justice in paying tribute to our beloved Hashim, my only brother. Hashim was diagnosed with lymphoma earlier this year (2021). I accompanied him to all his chemotherapy sessions.
We were excited as he was reaching the end of these sessions. He could then ring the bell which is an achievement for a cancer patient in the oncology unit. Unfortunately, Hashim passed on due to Covid, in the week of his last session. However, he can be proud of so many other achievements beyond ringing the bell.
I shared our family home with Hashim for 48 years of my life. We have very fond memories of Hashim. Since a young age, he was always direct, he was stern but remained true to himself throughout. He said a thing like it is. I believe he was born clever, intelligent, gifted, a leader, and most importantly, in a nutshell: Hashim was born to serve.
I asked him once whether he is on the organisation that saves the penguins, and he jokingly said: "Ja, die perre, die donkiekarre en die losse honne!”
He was active on a vast number of platforms, with oceans of knowledge. Our parents, Edroos and Mariam, had noticed since a young age Hashim wanted to be an imam, and nurtured him to always carry the lamp of Islam with him.
Through the years, he carried out so many religious duties. He had time for all of it. He never hesitated to do various things on the same day - be it making dua for pilgrims before leaving their homes; in the next hour performing a nikah; later giving a lecture in accounting (his profession) at a conference and in the evening giving naseegah or words of wisdom at the bridal room of wedding ceremony he performed that morning! How he did it, was just amazing! He didn't turn anybody away, no matter at what time it could be they needed his assistance. Our Boeta, was just one of a kind. One in a million.
Ever since my son Aadam was born and grew up with Hashim in our home, Hashim said we must “give our children roots and give our children wings”. Through roots, we preserve our culture and traditions, and heritage which was very important for him.
At Boorhaanol and other organisations, he could practise those values dearest to him.
His love for the Afrikaans language, and how to preserve it for our youth, then Mouloods, cutting of rampies, were all important.
He wanted to make our maternal grandmother, Hajja Salama Booraan proud. He was the apple of her eye. When she, like hundreds of families were forced out of District Six, Hashim vowed to become an activist during his high school years, to lead the students in the height of the struggle. He wanted to bury the monster of Apartheid, so that he could help reform, transform and in his way preserve our culture and heritage, to honour our grandmother.
He was instrumental in playing a pivotal role in the Holy Cities in the Saudi Kingdom. Being with SAHUC for two terms, Hashim secured bilateral agreements not only for South African Hujjaaj, but also for Africa, as a continent not only for the Hajj and Umrah Operators, but also for our young shuyoog studying abroad. His input there was awe-inspiring. I heard, he sprinkled his love all over Makka and Madina, SubghanAllah. He flew across the miles for many years to put these negotiations in place.
Ramadaan and the two Eids were the highlights of Hashim’s year as then he was in his element! He helped Boorhaanol as an advisor with the Taraweeg survey, Boeka Treats, the orphanage outreach and the famous Maghrajaan project, cooking for Labarang Day so that all in need of a meal, could enjoy Eid too.
I always got the apron afterwards; he was so proud to hand it to me! He had road trips with members of the Boorhaanol team to break fast or boeka on the long road. Then I had to make whatever Hashim felt like having. He loved food, especially home-cooked meals! There had to be vegetable soup and mince samoosas, not with any other filling. He never skipped a night of Taraweeg. He visited different masjieds as the keynote speaker or visiting Imam.
He ran the soup kitchen in Manenberg even after holding the post at Jordaan Street Masjid. The feeding scheme continues to this day, Algamdulilah. He loved to slaughter, one day he was running late. Everyone was ready but he wasn't here when we had a qurbaan. He rushed in and told me he needed to fetch the sheep. I went out and low and behold “a candid camera moment” – Hashim was so desperate to bring the sheep to our house, he loaded them in his car on the front seat, even putting on safety belts for them!
On the evening of Imam Abduragmaan Bassier's janazah, he borrowed my car. He came home but parked it overnight on the pavement. Next morning, it was gone. I was frantic. Hashim, however, remained as cool as a cucumber and said firmly that the stolen car was a non-issue for him, and it was more “afthal vir hom” to attend Imam’s Janazah. He said: "Boorhaanol is in my heart, Imam is my family, the stolen car means nothing to me" and he left for Bo-Kaap on 25th of July 2004.
I thank the Boorhaanol Islam Movement for this beautiful and insightful tribute and the Arwaag on his 100 days. Hashim was a person larger than life, who has left big footsteps to fill. I hope Aadam and Gayaat’s daughters will be given the opportunity to be part of the Boorhaanol family and continue his legacy, Insha Allah.
I salute Hashim. While almost during the last week of his life, he still performed the burial procedures/Janazah of my own husband, Siddeeq Railoun, who passed away at home, due to Covid. He said he would feel hurt if I asked anybody else to do it. Frail, sick and weak, he was determined as he never broke his Niyah. Nine days later Hashim passed away too.
We have lost two anchors and advisors in our lives. I have to navigate a new way forward for Aadam and me. I thank all of Hashim’s family, friends and friends that became family; for the part you played in his life. I pray that he has left a small piece of himself in all your hearts.
May Allah most high be pleased with both Hashim and Siddeeq. May Allah forgive them and all Marghooms for their shortcomings. May Allah be pleased with them and grant the deceased Jannatul Firdous, Ameen.
And as Hashim would always end off … Baie Tramakassie.
MESSAGE FROM NEPHEW AADAM
AADAM’S TRIBUTE by Zimkhitha Gunguluza, Household child raised by Imam Hashim
My Boeta as an iconic character. He was brave until the very end. I will miss my uncle whom I have lived with since I was born. He hardly watched TV, always busy with a pen and paper and working on his laptop.
He always had time to play with me. We played “sword fights” and I would jump from the windowsill onto Boeta’s big stomach!
He loved food, tomatoe bredie, pumpkin food was his favourite and bread! Ramadaan will not be the same as Boeta will sit ready, waiting for the athaan and say "bismillah my klong, ons het hard gepwasa, iet lekker!” then he said we must see who eat the most fritters but he was the winner! I loved Boeta more than boontjie curry.
Eid cannot happen if there wasn’t big mince pie with egg inside. Mom couldn't buy anything ready. She had to bake and cook everything.
Boeta told me that it’s important to have qurbaan at our home for the barakah but also for children to see and understand the meaning of it.
Boeta loved looking for the moon. he took me with to Green Point by the lighthouse and he explained over and over where to look. He even worked out the time to sight the moon. I could never see it myself.
The trolley dash happened every year, but during the lockdown it ended. However, Boeta still bought me an Xbox. I love playing on it. He took me and Sisipho to Ratanga Junction, and the aquarium, but mostly he was lazy to walk around so Zimkhitha had to always tag along. The last outing Boeta planned for us was going to Grand West and I really enjoyed it. My favourate moment was when my dad and I went fishing, and I caught 2 Galjoen fishes for the first time and Boeta was in hospital then but he insisted that my mom grill him one of the fishes I caught.
Boeta was the best, always caring and loving and giving so much of himself to anybody and everybody that needed anything. Having to lose Boeta so shortly after losing my father is very sad, but they both have taught me to put Allah first and be the best Muslim I can be, Algamdulillah.
Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh
My relationship with Al Marhoom Imam Hashim Salie stems from the fact that both Imam and myself served the Manenberg community. He, as the Imam of Jordaan Street Mosque and I, as the principal of Phoenix High School down the road of the mosque. He often visited the school to deliver talks to the learners. He had his finger on the pulse of the community. He spoke their language and empathised with their struggles and daily challenges. He would always challenge the staff to produce learners that can be role-models in the community.
This challenge was always taken up by the high schools but we couldn’t assist these talented and intelligent learners beyond matric because of financial constraints, both on the part of the school and the community. It was always disheartening for Imam and the teachers when learners who we know had the potential to excel academically fell by the wayside after matric because they couldn’t afford the application fee needed by the tertiary institutions. We sometimes financed some of these students ourselves and are very proud of how far they’ve come in their careers. Here are just some of those success stories.
1. Imam Hashim would regularly challenge my learners during jumuah to study so that the masjid must have an Imam from Manenberg. He used to say,”Ek woon in Surrey Estate. Hoekom moet ek hier Imam wies. Een van julle kan mos die Imam wies.” I am very proud to say that the current Imam at Jordaan Street Mosque is Sheikh Abdullah Lakay, an ex-learner from Phoenix HS, who completed his studies at Al-Azhar University. His successful completion of his studies was made possible by his family and more so by the financial support of the community in the form of Eat-n-Treats and Cake Sales. Imagine there was a Bursary Fund at the time which would enable young men and women to pursue their dreams.
2. Another success story is that of Cohen Charles. Another ex-learner of Phoenix HS who completed his Honours Degree in Linguistics in Oslo, Norway. The article about him appeared in News 24 in 2019. When Cohen matriculated, he so much wanted to continue studying but didn’t have the money to pay for his application. Like with so many other learners, we encourage them to apply online and when the application was successful then the school would source the finance for the application fee. This source would most times be by the teachers donating towards the fee.
There are many other success stories, some of which are now teaching at schools in Manenberg. Sadly, there are too many learners who could not pursue their dreams because of the lack of funds.
The establishment of the Imam Hashim Salie Memorial Scholarship Fund would be a fitting tribute to Al-Marhoom Imam Hashim Salie whose legacy is serving and uplifting the poor and the needy.
Dr M Majedi Bassier - On behalf of the Boorhaanol Publications Committee
At the janaazah of IHS on the 3rd of September, the idea of a Tribute to him was mooted in the light of the multifaceted role that he played in the affairs of the Boorhaanol Movement as well many other organizations over the past 3 decades. However it was only about 2 months later, on the 6th of November, that a meeting was convened of the Task Team(TT) that met to finalize the details of that Tribute. Members of that TT were as follows: Mohammad Groenewald, Abdul Muhaimin Bassier, Sh Muhammad West, Achmad Kamalie, M Majedi Bassier, Sh Waseem Abrahams, Sh Ebrahim Charles, M Aadil Bassier and Kiyaam Bassier.
The challenge of the task lay not in the paucity of material, but rather the wealth of it.
How do you encapsulate the notion of a 10-yr old boy teaching his younger siblings the Deen via the Socratic Method, in the best tradition of Prof William Kingsley of Beste Professor fame?
How do you convey the satirical mastery of the 11-year old boy whose mimicry of the finger wagging PW Botha, having the Salie family in stitches?
Or the precocious administrative talents of a 15 yr old teenager entrusted by the illustrious Imam Ismail ‘konfyt’ Johnstone to be the Secretary of the Pluto Rd mosque Exco?
What about the bravery of the 18 year old matriculant who handed over a memorandum of demands to the Apartheid Army that led to the Battle of Belgravia and ultimately the Trojan Horse massacre?
Or the patience and ingenuity of the young ‘maankyker’ who recorded on a spreadsheet the details of each moon sighting at the Cape since 1945?
Or the compassion of the Imam of the Manenberg mosque that established a feeding scheme that till today conforms to his famous mantra that ‘die kinders moet iet’
The list goes on and on…..
The short answer is that you can’t.
Additionally, the 100 days commemoration of his passing was only 35 days away, which left precious little time to accomplish the task.
Luckily the Boorhaanol had previously produced Tributes in honour of Al marghoom Imam Abdurahman Bassier, Boeta Achmat Davids and Dr Imam Saleh Adams, and thus had some knowledge of how to proceed.
Our first task was to inform the siblings of Imam Hashim, Malikah and Gayaat, to obtain their blessings and support as well as their input. Alghamdulillah, both of them gave their wholehearted support, not only then, but throughout this hectic journey.
After some lengthy debate, the TT settled on a plan they felt would go some way in honoring the legacy of our beloved IHS on the one hand, but would also be achievable in the short space of time before the 11th of December. The plan consisted of 3 parts, firstly a printed and digital Tribute in the form of a Calendar, secondly a Commemorative Event coinciding with the 100 days when the Tribute would be launched, and thirdly, the launch of a Memorial Fund in honour of Imam Hashim.
1. The Tribute : 2 parts
A) Brief Biography: this was an impossible task as Imam Hashim’s life was so full that all the details could never be included due to the constraints of time and space. However, a valiant effort was made, thanks largely to all the wonderful people who knew him and shared their invaluable insights into his life. One could almost feel the intense love and respect that they all had for him, the deep void that still exist 100 days on, and the comfort that something is being done to capture the legacy that Imam has left behind.
A. BRIEF BIOGRAPHY
A. BRIEF BIOGRAPHY
B) Composite Calendar: this part of the Tribute endeavored to outline the most important roles that IHS played in his life, and we settled on 12 of his most important, like Imam, educator, ambassador, mentor etc. In addition, the TT felt that IHS’s passion for education had to be reflected in the Tribute, and so each page has, alongside the tribute rendered by an expert or close associate of him in that field, an education piece of utility value to assist readers in the future. Among these would be duas that can be rendered for exams, duas when embarking on journeys, tips on how to write an Islamic Will and even the recipe of how to make a 100 liter pot of akni.
If nothing else, IHS was a leader, in whichever field he participated, and we felt it incumbent to capture a slice of his quotable quotes that will endure for many years to come. Who of his jamaah in Manenberg will ever forget IHS’s “gekke ekke” caricature of the person who thinks too much of himself, or his oft-quoted insistence that we must never turn kids away from the masjid, however noisy they may be, as long as they are aware that it’s a place to find solace, peace and a warm meal.
B. COMPOSITE CALENDAR
B. COMPOSITE CALENDAR
B. COMPOSITE CALENDAR
B. COMPOSITE CALENDAR
2) Commemorative Event
The Cape Muslim community traditionally commemorates the passing on of their beloved after 100 days, so as to grant the nearest and dearest a further opportunity to effect closure on their loss. Today’s Programme encompasses both that spiritual element, as well as the platform for some family members and others to share their insights into our Imam. Algamdulillah, on today’s Programme will also be the handing out of copies of the commemorative Tribute, to which so many of you have contributed. We hope you find it useful, both psychologically as well as a tool of empowerment, a true tribute to IHS.
3) Imam Hashim Salie Memorial Scholarship Fund (IHSMSF)
The TT felt that, while this Commemorative Event and The Commemorative Tribute were worthy legacies to honour IHS, a more longer term instrument had to be created to best encapsulate what IHS stood for in his lifetime. IHS fought for the dignity and empowerment of all people by developing their innate potential at every opportunity, and his designated stomping ground for many years was the impoverished suburb of Manenberg.
To ensure transparency and accountability, we have gone to some lengths to open a dedicated bank account at alBaraka from and to which funds will be operated. This Memorial Fund is thus a vehicle of empowerment and upliftment of the people of Manenberg and surrounds, and our humble appeal is to assist us financially on this journey by pledging any amount that will bolster the Fund on an annual basis.
May we take this opportunity of thanking you in advance for the trust you have invested in the vision of Imam Hashim, for the commitment you have displayed in the upliftment of the community of Manenberg, and may Allah Almighty reward you and your family abundantly with ghayr and barakah. Who knows, from the proceeds of your investment, another Abdullah Ebrahim may emerge that will light up the world stage with his or her version of ‘Manenberg’, insha Allah aameen.
I thank you and bid you
Assalamu alaykum waragmatullahi