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As it was the first movement of its kind, very quickly SIM established branches in several localities and secondary schools. Students were encouraged to perform salaat on school premises. Qur'an and Hadith studies were started in many mosques, and there was a strong quest for Islamic knowledge all over the island. Seminars, national and international Youth Camps were organised and attended by guest speakers from abroad. An incessant dissemination of Islamic literature was set up to develop an Islamic consciousness and awareness among the youth.

SIMOI is committed to providing the community with firm grounding in moral and ethical values in Islam. The Students Islamic Movement was founded in 1971 at the University of Mauritius and motivated the awakening of the Muslim Youth in Mauritius.
As it was the first movement of its kind, very quickly SIM established branches in several localities and secondary schools. Students were encouraged to perform salaat on school premises. Qur'an and Hadith studies were started in many mosques, and there was a strong quest for Islamic knowledge all over the island. Seminars, national and international Youth Camps were organised and attended by guest speakers from abroad. An incessant dissemination of Islamic literature was set up to develop an Islamic consciousness and awareness among the youth. This revival of Islam encouraged many students to learn Arabic and Islamic culture. A few sisters started wearing hijab without any hindrance at school, in office and in public. Islamic reference, lending and sale libraries were set up. Information and education were disseminated through availability of books and audiovisual materials. The Movement organised regular Tarbiyyah programmes. Radio and television programmes were regularly aired on the national Radio and Television station. Such programmes were appreciated by people in other French-speaking countries of Africa and the surroundings. Da'ees and Islamic workers were periodically sent to neighbouring islands of Seychelles, Rodrigues and Madagascar.

Over the years, due to its increasing role in the community, SIM opened its doors to all age groups, and was renamed Société Islamique de Maurice (Islamic Society of Mauritius). Following a resolution at the 3rd Indian Ocean Youth Camp held in Mauritius in January 1983, SIM agreed to set up a regional organisation for the Indian Ocean to be henceforth called the "Société Islamique des Mascareignes et de l'Ocean Indien" (Islamic Society of the Mascarenes and the Indian Ocean)- SIMOI. The organisation was officially registered in July 1983 under the same name. The Movement is affiliated to WAMY and IIFSO and it maintains good relations with numerous Islamic organisations around the world. Furthermore, it enjoys a close collaboration with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), since it is the counterpart organisation for the Bank with respect to a scholarship scheme for deserving Muslim students.

Many distinguished personalities have visited the Movement since its creation. Among them were Dr and Mrs Ahmad Sakr, Dr Ahmad Totonji, Maulana Adam Makda, Dr Salah ed dine Kechrid, Dr Samarai, Dr Basahel, Sheik Tijani Ghabiche, Yusuf Islam, Professor Rafik Beekun, Umar Chapra , Prof Tariq Ramadan, Dr Abu Bakr Asmal to name but a few. Members of SIMOI have participated actively in different Youth Camps, Conferences and Tarbiyyah programmes held in Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Malaysia, Pakistan, India, Turkey, Sudan, Canada, England and in regions of the Indian Ocean as well as Burundi and Rwanda etc. Since its establishment, there has been a lot of developments, both on the national and international scene, which has prompted the movement to continually review its orientation, organisation structure and strategies in order to bring its activities in line with the needs of the Muslim Community of the day.

SIMOI Departments:

WIM (Women Islamic Movement)

IIET (Islamic Institute of Education & Training)

IDB (SIMOI Educational Trust)

Masjid GHULAM JILANI SOOBIAH (Masjid Reduit)

SIM Bookshop

SIM National ZAKAAT Fund

Social Engagement

Kids and Teens Club

Young Muslim / Muslima