As South Africa celebrated a historically different Heritage Day in 2020, the Muslim community in the Western Cape is being urged to add their voice to calls for the Cape Town Kramats to be declared National Heritage Sites. It comes after the Cape Mazaar Society and Vidamemoria heritage agency initiated[…]
Another sacred site has been violated in Cape Town – this time the resting place of the auliya Sayed Abdul Haq Al Quadri. The kramat or mazaar of the great saint is situated within Deer Park in Vredehoek at the foot of Table Mountain. Mahmoud Limbada, chairperson of the Cape[…]
The ANC welcomes the decision by the Cape Mazaar Society to push for official recognition of the tombs, also known as Kramats, of the founders of Islam in South Africa. On Thursday, the Cape Mazaar Society is set to announce at a ceremony in Constantia that the National Heritage Council[…]
With ongoing forensic investigations into the fire that partially damaged a kramat in Constantia on Tuesday, questions are being raised about the safe-keeping of graves of individuals who have for centuries been revered by the local Muslim community. The Sayed Mahmud Kramat was set alight around 06h00 on Tuesday morning,[…]
By Yaseen Kippie The fire on the slopes of Twelve Apostles mountain in Camps Bay has reportedly made its way past a number of Kramats of Awliya Allah in Belsfontein and Bakoven, near Oudekraal. According to Sanparks spokesperson Merle Collins, the fire has now reached the picnic area of Oudekraal.[…]
There are approximately 23 kramats (shrines or tombs) in the Cape Town region that hold the remains of pious Muslim men known by some as the ‘friends of God’. These men have been laid to rest in the kramats because of the contribution that they made to Islamic identity in[…]
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