History

Beit-ul-Aman is run under the auspices of the Bureau for Muslim Family Care (BMFC).  The Bureau was founded in 1965, with the aim of caring for the aged that are destitute and orphans.  Land was bought from the Cape Town City Council in 1976 on the corner of Mars Road and Druif Street in Wynberg, Cape Town.

In 1978, the Beit-ul-Aman Old Age Home was opened.  It was unique in that it was the only Muslim Home for the aged in South Africa.  Of its first residents were Muslims that were brought in from Non-Muslim institutions.

In 1991, the members of the Bureau, started a “Meals-on-Wheels” project, taking hot meals to many destitute aged who were often found to be lonelier in their own homes. A few years later, the members realised the need for an Orphanage.  After years of negotiation with the City Council, the land next to the Home was acquired.  In the late 1990’s two cottages were erected for the purpose of housing orphans and destitute children. There was no great demand for orphan service in the community and the cottages are today rented out to an educational institution generating regular rental income.

Without contravening any religious rules and principles, the Bureau is very strict and selective on their admissions. The members discovered that there was a greater need to care for the aged and frail.  Today, Beit-ul-Aman accommodates approximately 72 residents, most of whom are frail or disabled.