Public comment opens for Kramat national heritage

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[…]

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Questions raised over safekeeping of kramats

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,[…]

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Kramat caretaker describes his ordeal

By Najma Bibi Noor Mahomed “I don’t need anything… there are people that don’t even have running water.” These were the words of 48 year old Abdurahmaan Roopen, who despite his home gutted by a devastating blaze last week, is remarkably content. Roopen is the caretaker of the Shaykh Nurul[…]

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Kramat untouched by Camps Bay fire

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.[…]

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Macassar masjid burgled of priceless artwork

Following a spate of robberies, the Nurul Latief Masjid, located steps away from the Macassar Kramat, was last night once again burgled. This time vandals  destroyed priceless calligraphy that adorned the walls of the mikhraab. According to the imam of the masjid, imam Adam Philander, the stolen items  were gifted[…]

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Kramats could be at risk with Maidens Cove development

There are concerns that the City of Cape Town’s planned redevelopment of Maidens Cove near Camps Bay and Clifton, which is already facing stern opposition from residents, could have dire consequences for the kramats situated in the area. The area is a popular destination amongst Capetonians and the City is[…]

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Kramat fest begins tonight

The Easter weekend is usually a busy weekend in Cape Town and for the Muslim community, all roads lead to the annual Sheikh Yusuf Kramat Festival in Faure, Macassar. Organisers have said that final preparations for the event at the foot of the 320 year shrine of the iconic sheikh[…]

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