At a recent dinner hosted by the presidency and attended by a small group of invited guests – including Awqaf SA – President Cyril Ramaphosa was gifted a copy of Shafiq Morton’s From the Spice Islands to Cape Town, the Life and Times of Tuan Guru. The book, which reveals[…]
Ahead of the swearing in of members in the National Assembly on Wednesday, the President of the first Muslim party to enter parliament took a pledge on an invaluable Quran in Bo Kaap. Al Jama-ah president Ganief Hendricks said he chose the Auwal Masjid as it is the first masjid[…]
“Tuan Guru was a sophisticated and educated human being. He is a legend that must be remembered.” That’s how VOC presenter, journalist and author Shafiq Morton described the personality of Imam ‘Abdullah bin Qadi ‘Abd al-Salam, affectionately known as Tuan Guru, considered a father figure of Islam in South Africa.[…]
The life of Tuan Guru, one of the South African Muslim community’s most iconic figures, has been re-visited in a fascinating new book. “From the Spice Islands to Cape Town: The Life and Times of Tuan Guru”, is written by VOC presenter and journalist Shafiq Morton and brings to fruition[…]
By Yaseen Kippie Imam Abdullah bin Qadi Abdus Salam, affectionately known as Tuan Guru, described by his 5th generation descendent Shaykh Luqman Rakiep as ‘an immortal soul’, was a pioneer of Islam in the public life of Muslims in the Cape Colony during the 18th century. But if it were[…]
By Yaseen Kippie With the recent revival of research into the contribution of Tuan Guru at the Cape, the descendents of the scholar and prince, known for establishing Islam in the public life of Muslims in South Africa, will host a symposium on his life, legacy and family reconnection. The[…]
By Shafiq Morton I have been researching a book on Tuan Guru, Imam ‘Abdullah ibn Qadi ‘Abdus Salam of Tidore, one of our iconic historical figures at the Cape. What has emerged, so far, is that what we know is fragmentary, and that we have absolutely no details of his life[…]
By Yaseen Kippie Historians have long been trying to join fragmented accounts of Cape Malay history, but newer narratives are coming to the forefront. One of these fascinating stories is that of religious scholar Imam Abdallah ibn Qadi Abdus Salam. Also known as Tuan Guru, the scholar was exiled to[…]
After months of hard work behind the scenes, VOC has finally launched its radio drama detailing the life and history of Tuan Guru, one of the great icons of Islam in the Cape. The story was researched, written and compiled by the late Moulana Yusuf Karaan, originally in the format[…]
A man considered the father of Islam in the Cape and a man considered an icon of the Cape Malay musical tradition were both remembered on Wednesday when two of seven footbridges along Nelson Mandela Boulevard and Rhodes Drive were renamed after them. Tuan Guru and Taliep Petersen, along with[…]
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