The Hajee A.M Lockhat Wakuff - IEOSA
THE HAJEE AHMED MOHAMED LOCKHAT WAKUFF TRUST
To fulfil the need of a structured Madrasah Education System including Teacher Education & Training the Hajee Ahmed Mahomed Lockhat Wakuff Trust (established by Ahmed Mahomed Lockhat in 1933) set up the Islamic Educational Organisation of Southern Africa in 1985.
Alhamdulillah, since inception the Hajee Ahmed Mahomed Lockhat Wakuff Trust has played a pivotal role in the establishment of many Madaaris and various community based projects for Muslims as well as non-Muslims.
The Cator Manor area near Durban which has today one of the largest informal settlements in South Africa, had in the early 1940's a very large working class Muslim population. Therefore, in 1942, the Trust built and till today maintains the Lockhat Masjid.
In the field of education the government of the time had advised Indians that they were prepared to provide the secular education if Muslims build their own schools. To fulfill this need the Hajee Ahmed Mahomed Lockhat Wakuff Trust was the largest donor to the Anjuman and Orient State Aided Schools and was solely responsible for the Ahmed State Aided School in 1949 in Cato Manor adjoining the Lockhat Masjid. Whilst the state provided the secular education the Hajee Ahmed Mahomed Lockhat Wakuff financed the Islamic Education and other expenses to provide free education for the pupils.
In the 1960's the Nationalists enforced apartheid by law. This resulted in businesses and communities being uprooted and relocated to under-developed areas allocated by the White regime. This had such a negative effect on the pupil roll at the School, that from a peak of 1600 pupils per year, the roll decreased to just 100 pupils per year.
In the early 1980's a need arose to establish private Islamic schools. Thus in 1985, the Trust took a bold step by allowing the School premises to be used to set up the first Islamic Private School in the region and the second in the country, viz. Lockhat Islamia College.