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Hajee Dawood Sithole(R) (Biography)


Allah Ta’ala has mentioned in the Holy Qur’aan, “Every soul shall taste death and On the day of Qiyaamah every soul shall receive their rewards.”

On Saturday night 18 October 2008 at approximately 7:00pm, Hajee Dawood Sithole (RA) after short illness passed on from this temporary abode to the eternal life of the Aakhirah at the Wentworth hospital. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raaji’oon. May Allah Ta’ala make his maghfirah and grant him the highest position in Jannah. Aameen.

Hajee Dawood Sithole Marhoom (RA) was born in Sydenham, Durban in 1949. He moved over to Umlazi in 1955 and lived there until he passed. After completing matric in Umlazi, he went to Butterworth in the Cape to further his secular studies. He always had a love for the Muslim religion. He learnt how to say Assalaamu alaykum in Arabic and whenever he saw a Muslim he would greet him with the words Assalaamu alaykum, even though he was not yet a Muslim at the time.

Prior to accepting Islam, he always had a burning desire in his heart to find the truth. He initially studied the Shembe religion and thereafter embraced it thinking that he had found what he was looking for. Nevertheless he mentioned that he still felt darkness in his heart. Thereafter he joined the Zion church but still did not find peace. This was followed by embracing the Christian Faith and he was baptised in the Roman Catholic Church. Once again he realized that this was not what he was looking for.

It was in 1986 that a great sense of inspiration motivated him to accept Islam. He read many books on Islam and began studying the Deen. Eventually he visited Mr Ahmad Deedat at the Islamic Propagation Centre and accepted Islam at his hands. He always mentioned to his colleagues that one should never laugh at the youngsters in the rural areas who make salaam to the Muslims, as this salaam could be a means of hidaayat for them later on just as it was for him.

Service to Deen

In 1996 Hajee Dawood Sithole joined the Jamiat and was primarily involved in the field of da’wat. Many people accepted Islam through his efforts. Daily he would sit for hours with people explaining to them about Islam, resulting in many people embracing the Deen. Initially he would go door to door inviting people towards the truth. Four days before he passed away he mentioned with tears in his eyes, “My greatest regret in life is that I did not spend more of my time inviting my own people towards Islam. If Allah Ta’ala grants me a second chance I will dedicate all my time in giving da’wat to my own people.”

Zulu Translations

Among his greatest contributions to the Jamiat was his assistance to the publications department. He translated many books into Zulu and was also responsible for launching the Zulu Al-Jamiat. Al-hamdulillah many people benefited from his books and are continue to derive benefit from them. Among the books he translated into Zulu were the following:

  1. What is Islam? by Hadhrat Moulana Manzoor Nu’maani (RA)

  2. Shu’bul Imaan by Imaam Bayhaqi (RA)

  3. Stories of Sahaabah by Hadhrat Moulana Zakariyya (RA)

  4. Virtues of Ramadhaan by Hadhrat Moulana Zakariyya (RA)

  5. Virtues of Zikr by Hadhrat Moulana Zakariyya (RA)

  6. Virtues of Tableegh by Hadhrat Moulana Zakariyya (RA)

  7. Virtues of Salaah by Hadhrat Moulana Zakariyya (RA)

  8. Seerah of Muhammad b by Qari Siddeeq Baandwi (RA)

  9. Duroosul Islam by Sakhulwazi Education Trust

  10. How a Muslim should live by Mufti Aashiq Ilaahi (RA)

  11. Islamic Aadaab by Mufti Aashiq Ilaahi (RA)

  12. Hidden treasures of the bible by Moulana Anwar Bismillah


It was Haji Dawood’s deep concern to convey Deen to the masses that resulted in several primary maktabs being established in Umlazi and Folweni. Some were established by him personally which, Al-hamdulillah, continue to operate presently.

Da’wat and Tableegh

After accepting Islam he had a deep passion for the effort of da’wat and tableegh. He spent most of his free time in the path of Allah Ta’ala and had also spent few chillahs (40 days) locally. He was very punctual in attending the weekly program at the Tableeghi Markaz. He had also been planning to spend four months in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Noble Qualities

Hajee Dawood was a very soft spoken person with a very noble temperament. He had a very gentle approach and was very warm towards people. Many people were attracted to his good nature and were drawn to Islam by his good character. He always kept muhabbat (love) with everyone.

In Umlazi, many people called him “Jessu” This was due to him always donning the sunnah attire. Without fail he would dress in his kurta and wear a neat turban on his head. Though many people who were deprived of Imaan would mock his attire, it never deterred him at all from adopting the sunnah dress.


At the age of 58 he finally bid farewell to this temporary abode and went ahead to meet his Rabb. His Janazah salaah was led Hadhrat Mufti Ebraaheem Salehjee Sahib (daamat barakaatuhum) at Madrasah Taaleemuddeen. He was finally laid to rest in the Dayal Road Cemetery in Clairwood.

May Allah Ta’ala fill his qabar (grave) with noor (effulgence) and grant him the highest stages in Jannah. Aameen.

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