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[…]
A 36-year-old man believed to be a foreign national has sustained serious burn wounds and is recovering at the Tygerberg hospital. The man known as Hamza is believed to be a caretaker at the kramat located on the signal bridge where the late Shaykh Mohamad Hassen Ghaibie Shah is buried.[…]
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 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[…]
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.[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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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