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    The Imam Development Program aims to assist currently employed Imams and Religious leaders to empower, develop and refine their skills.

    The Imam is supposed to be a confident, strong, passionate individual but unfortunately due to circumstances the Imam is usually underpaid, undeveloped, overworked and lacking in passion.

    Each Imam is ushered into a two-year program designed to hone
    his skills through thoughtfully selected Continuous Professional
    Development programs. Furthermore, the IDP aims to alleviate the
    financial burden an Imam has by offering him a monthly stipend of
    R1500 – R2000. The spend per Imam for the two-year program is

    No, the IDP will only assist currently employed Imams with a Top Up Package.

    Imams must complete an online application form and provide letters of recommendation.

    We will then interview the applicant and make our selection. The Imam will be required to submit an indemnity form from his employer permitting him to join the IDP.

    Some of the criteria that we consider:


    Level of Education


    Realm of influence

    Speaking ability


    The IDP is open to all legal residents residing in the countries that the IDP operates in.

    South Africa



    Yes, the best performing Imams will receive due incentive. We have allocated hajj trips, umrah trips, bursaries and vouchers for the best performing Imams.

    Imams are monitored and reviewed through four avenues

    1. Imams are required to submit a monthly progress report.
    2. They are also required to submit an ongoing engagement report which tracks their community work.
    3. They attend Professional Development courses monthly.
    4. Imams also write an exam which refines their knowledge on topics such as Islamic History, Fiqh & Hadith as part of their professional development.

    The code that we feel Imams should abide by:

    Linking the creation to the Creator

    Embrace truthfulness, fairness, with all others with whom they interact.

    Implement a code of behavior which reflects Islamic values, beliefs and always fulfill any commitment, promise and obligations made to the Muslim community.

    Treat all others regardless of their background with regard for their value as human beings and to speak up against any discrimination and disrespect that they encounter.

    Become responsible and accountable for actions and all consequences that might arise from all decisions.

    Strive to understand the feelings, thoughts and emotions of others in order to show compassion and fairness to all.

    To always hear every person’s perspective and treat everyone with respect.

    We can be contacted via


    Email: [email protected]

    Mobile: +27820600031 (Admin) / +27844147184 (Director)

    Tele: +27329441106


    Instagram: @imamdevelopmentprogram

    Postal address: PO Box 94, Maidstone, 4380

    The IDP is primarily a program of Mercy Mission World and our partners are WAMY, UNION OF AFRICAN SCHOLARS, IPCI, SANZAF, DEENCLASS, ALKAUTHAR INSTITUTE, CARING WOMEN’S FORUM, CARING SISTERS NETWORK AND AWQAF-SA & Charity and Welfare Foundation.

    We welcome any and all assistance from dua to a good work, from moral to financial.

    If one would like to assist financially:

    Zakah and Lillah funds are acceptable.

    Section 18A Tax Certificates are issued for donations R1000 and above.