An advisory body has been born to address the issue of poorly paid Imaams. 

MINACSA Founding background


The constant complains and report of the working condition, poor salaries and governance issues made it urgently necessary to initiate a composite dialogues with all stakeholders to find a short-term and long-term solution for the prevailing problem which is equitable and acceptable by all concerned. It was then the birth of MINACSA.

This initiatives were born out of the discussion and heated debate on Whatsapp discussion forum and it was seen as an urgent need that we should form a focused discussion group to deliberate, discuss and find creative way to find solution which concern Ummah at large.

We invited over 130 ulloomas, Alims,Imams,Mauzzins, Apas,Ustads, trustees and management members of various organization across South Africa and among them are over 40 different NGOs, activist and civil societies organisation and religious institutes of note to discuss this critical issue and find solution.  

With robust and frank discussion we have come to the following formula to resolve the issue:

There number of model one can look into for the short term and long term maintenance of the Masjids/jamat Khanas and its employees.

1.      Short term limited subsidy

2.      Short term unlimited subsidy

3.      Long term sustainable solution limited to currency of situation.

Taking into account a mini case study that a masjid in Jo’burg affluent suburb collect on average of R35,000 every Jummah while a humble masjid in Riverlea will not be able to collect more thanR200 on jummah, these disparities prompt us to think that something need to be done to cross subsidies and masjids in dire need of help, another phenomena emerging in recent years that we are building masjids in excess of 40 Million while Imaam goes unpaid in Cape flat for months, where is the justice for the application of financial resources of the Ummah.



The prevailing problem noted and reported from various masjids/jamat khanas across the country are three fold.

A, Staff members does not get paid enough (fiscal resources scarcity)

B, Staff doesn’t get paid enough and on time (fiscal resources scarcity & governance issue)

C, Staff doesn’t get paid enough on time and un-professional handling of issues related to it by Trustees or Mancom (fiscal resources scarcity ,governance issue & ethical issues )

The common denominators are (Fiscal resources & Governance issue), not easy to overcome but it can be resolve if Ummah at large wishes to do so.

Remedial recommendation:

Studying Masjids/jamat khanas around the world there are commonalities in the all successful models applied to maintain and employees social and welfare, these are as follows:

They all have built on following components,

1.      Provisionlism.

2.      Traditionalism.

3.      Fiscalism. 

There number of supporting scheme have been put in place to assist Masjids and Imaams like “Adopt a Imaam, Twining of Masjid, Adopt and Masjid, sponsor medical scheme for Imaam, Imaam economic empowerment opportunities and donation into National Waqf for Masjids & Imaams, for full details please visit our website





MINACSA (Masjids and Imams National Advisory Council of South Africa)

 is an advisory and facilitatory body. Its function is to promote good governance in Masjids and religious Institutions, through the process of self-regulation and capacity building. The MINACSA is a community-led and inclusive organisation, which is guided by the following principles 

Mission statement:

MINACSA is an advisory and facilitatory body. Its function is to promote good governance in Masjids and religious Institutions, through the process of self-regulation and capacity building.

MINACSA Principles:

The MINACSA is a community-led and inclusive organisation, which is guided by the following principles,

· An independent body

· Non-sectarian outlook

· Representing the diversity of Islam with no role in matters of theology

· Broad based structure with an accountable system of representation

The MINACSA is governed by its membership through an open and democratic process. The MINACSA standards are upheld via a quality assurance system and framework, which are developed through a wide consultation to promote good governance and good practice. The 6 standards are:

Standard 1: Corporate Governance (Minimum wage, employment conditions and contracts)

Standard 2: Service Provision by Qualified Personnel

Standard 3: Participation of Youth

Standard 4: Participation of Women

Standard 5. Long-term sustainability (formation of National Waqf endowment)

Standard 6: Promotion of Civic Responsibility

Members will self-regulate on these set Standards and will be offered accreditation by the MINACSA team when it is felt that all of the Standards are being met. This approach provides an opportunity to build capacity within the Muslim community and empowers members to share their learning and good practice. This report has been developed to support Masjidss to meet the MINACSAStandard 5, ensuring they play a key role in promoting civic responsibility, through a commitment to social action, community cohesion and localism.

The MINACSA is unequivocal in its support for the principles of democracy, the rule of law, and equality of opportunity. These principles are embedded in its broad range of programmes which include increasing the participation of women & youth in society and helping faith leaders broaden their skills and expertise, allowing them to better reach out to local communities.

Masjids and Imams can play a central role in building a better society

which underlines the importance of the work the MINACSA will be doing in a practical and outcome focused approach. For further information and participation in process please contact us by visiting our website or email us on [email protected]

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