Islamic Dawah Movement


Islamic Dawah Movement of Southern Africa Profile

Mission Statement

The Mission of IDM is to promote the message of the Unity of God to all the people of Southern Africa so that they may achieve their God given potential of excellence and purity; and in this way contribute to the moral, spiritual, social, intellectual and economic growth of the nations as a whole.


IDM’s Vision is to take Islam to as many hearts and homes as possible; and to help build strong Islamic Characters within the emerging and established Muslim communities in Southern Africa.

Core Values

The core values that underpins this movement include the belief in the Oneness of our Creator (Allah سبحانه وتعالي) and the prophethood of Muhammad (s) and other great messengers (peace be upon them all), the existence of angels, revealed scriptures, personal accountability on the Day of Judgement, and life after death. The core values include the brotherhood of mankind, social justice and equity, personal tolerance and respect for all people, and the preservation of God’s earth and all His living creatures.

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IDM was established in 1977 and has since grown tremendously over its 40 years of existence. Initially IDM was a localised semi-rural centre, based in Marianhill and Umlazi, called the Umlaz-Marianhill Islamic Centre (UMIC).

As other satellite Islamic Centres mushroomed in other parts of KwaZulu-Natal, the name was changed to the Islamic Movement of KwaZulu and Natal (IMKAN). When the movement grew beyond the borders of the KwaZulu-Natal Province and to the neighbouring countries as well, it was finally renamed to the Islamic Dawah Movement of Southern Africa (IDM).

IDM has attempted to keep pace with the challenges and changing needs of Dawah and education in the Southern African region. With the Qudrat of Allah (سبحانه وتعالي) and persistent and focused efforts, IDM has grown into one of the larger Dawah and education bodies in the region, which enjoys a high degree of confidence and credibility from the South African Ummah and abroad.

It has gained valuable experience and expertise over the years. As a result, IDM has developed and now has the capacity and infrastructure to deliver quality Dawah programmes in South Africa and selected regions of Southern Africa, given the funding to do so. The above strengths are vital and necessary for the furtherance of the Islamic cause in a professional and qualitative manner.

Target Audience and Beneficiaries
IDM’s outreach, target audience and beneficiaries are the people of South and Southern Africa in general, but primarily, the historically disadvantaged communities of Southern Africa. In the main, this encompasses primarily, people of African origin.
Modus Operandi

Since its inception, IDM had earmarked Dawah and education as top priorities amongst the entire spectrum of IDM’s endeavours. For over 40 years, thousands of people and scores of communities have benefited and been empowered through the activities of IDM.

IDM sought to reach out to the disadvantaged communities by establishing Masaajid and Islamic Community Centres, and employing resident teachers and duaats in the different areas. At each of these centres, a whole host of activities are conducted, as detailed elsewhere.

Little pockets of new Muslim communities mushroomed in these areas which were predominantly non-Muslim prior to the commencement of IDM’s Dawah activities. This has had a positive impact socially as well as Islamically, since Islam is taking root amongst the indigenous African communities which comprise about 80% of South Africa’s population.

IDM has always adopted a very basic needs-driven approach; providing boreholes where there was no water, or a Musjid where none existed; or teachers and Imams for various educational and religious needs; or scholarship education and training where required.

Dawah is promoting the pristine pure message of Islam. One vital method of achieving this would be to get the Quran translated into local languages, and further to make it easily available to the masses. Hence, IDM's efforts to date, of translating the Quran into 6 Southern African languages, and distributing over 100,000 Mus'hafs (Qurans).

Core Functions
IDM’S core functions encompass categories that include:

1 Education and training
2 Skills development and capacity building
3 Research, publications and literature
4 Dawah and religious activities
5 Welfare and relief.

Within these categories, IDM has initiated and conducts a whole host of activities (enumerated elsewhere).

Collaboration and Joint Ventures

Over the years of its existence, IDM has collaborated with scores of organisations, locally and abroad, in joint ventures, and as a team.

This synergetic strategy, so often employed by IDM, has proven to be a win-win methodology; and is in fact a positive response to the commands of Allah (سبحانه وتعالي) when He says: “... Cooperate and help one another in acts of righteousness and piety...” (Qur’an 5:2)

Social Responsibility

IDM believes it is incumbent upon every individual to contribute and give back to society, besides one’s own personal growth and development. This creates a society that is caring, benevolent and altruistic.

Islam is an Ummah, where individuals care for one another, help one another, and support one another.. The Prophet (s) said: “The similitude of believers with regard to mutual love, affection and fellow-feeling is that of one body, when any limb of it aches, the whole body aches.” (Muslim)

The Exalted Status of Dawah

The injunction for each and every Muslim to be actively involved in the work of Islamic Dawah, comes from none other than Allah (سبحانه وتعالي) when He says in the Qur’an: “Who is better in speech than one who calls to Allah (i.e. performs Dawah), works righteousness, and says, “I am of those who bow in Islam...” (Qur’an 41:33). Allah (سبحانه وتعالي) further gives the methodology of Dawah when He says in the Qur’an: “Invite to the Way of your Lord with Wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious...” (Qur’an 16:125).

The Elevated Role Of The Musjid

The Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (s) was to establish a Musjid, which played the role of an Islamic Community Centre, immediately he settled in a place. He initiated this is Quba and again in Medina. The Musjid became a focus of centre for congregational prayers, meetings, social events, and all kinds of gatherings. It became the focal point and hub of the nascent Muslim Community.

The Musjid has a multi-faceted role; It is the centre and fulcrum around which the life of a conscientious Muslim revolves; It is a place for prostrating in prayer and worshipping God; The first Islamic School (Madressah) was also housed in the Prophet’s Musjid in Medina.

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The Musjid became the hub and centre of religious, educational as well as social life of the early Muslim community; it served as a focal point for the caring of the poor; and a venue to convene consultative councils; or any other commendable activity.

Women participated freely in all the social justice programmes taking place in the Prophet’s Musjid. The Prophet (s) said: “Do not deprive women of their share of the Musjid when they seek permission from you".

This was the welcoming and broader social role the Prophet (s) himself sought to engender for the Musjid.


Islam has the potential to harmonise the total spectrum of man’s life, and to liberate man from all forms of corruption and injustice. For over four decades, IDM has taken Islam to as many hearts and homes as possible. For over four decades IDM has attempted to provide quality Dawah and service excellence. IDM has achieved this through a comprehensive and integrated programme of Islamic Dawah activities in Southern Africa.

IDM has now developed a strong foundation of experience, expertise, professionalism and excellence over the years, with the Qudrat of Allah (سبحانه وتعالي). In concluding a SWOT analysis, some of our strengths include attempting to operate along first world standards; building capacities of people and communities; developing resilience to accommodate for expansion; and staying focused on The Path of the Qur’an and Sunnah. This has enabled IDM to enjoy a high degree of confidence and credibility from the international and local community, Alhamdulillah!

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