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Eid al-Adha Message

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Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu.

We express our immense praise and deepest gratitude to the Almighty Allah, the Most High, for his infinite blessings and mercy, having gifted us with the opportunity to experience another blessed and beautiful month of Ramadaan. May He shower His peace and blessing upon the Holy Prophet, Nabi Muhammad, Peace be upon him, his companions, his family and followers.

The Habibia Soofie Trust Committee and the Imaamat wishes to extend our sincere gratitude to the Musallis of Habibia Soofie Mosque, the communities of the Western Cape and your families and friends. May the Almighty Allah accept all your good deeds and reward you for all your Ibaadat.

The world has witnessed the tragic onslaught, and genocide committed against the Muslims in the Middle East. Our hearts and Du’a are with those that are suffering immensely. May the Almighty Allah ease the suffering of the Palestinian peoples, and Muslims around the world, who are being persecuted on a daily basis. May Allah grant victory to the Palestinians, and freedom from the Zionist atrocities, and may He grant the Muslim Ummah the Imaan, and wisdom, to become united, and rebuild the bond of brotherhood.

Dear Brother and Sister-in Islam, the Habibia Soofie Mosque wishes you and your family a joyous Eid Mubarak.


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Welcome, Oh Blessed Month of Ramadan!

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All praise is due to Allah, Lord, Creator, Nourisher and Sustainer of the worlds. Peace and salutations upon His Most Beloved, the Choicest of His creation, Sayyiduna Wa Moulana Rasoolullah SAW; and upon all his pure household RA, companions RA and those who follow in righteousness.

Once again; Allah SWT has afforded us, through His infinite Grace and Mercy, to find ourselves on the dawn of the holy month of Ramadaan. We beseech His forgiveness and pardon, and ask Him to grant us the opportunity to observe the holy month of Ramadan and everyday of our lives, in a way that will take us closer to Him.

Ramadan, the month of immense blessings, is the month of patience and perseverance. It is given this name because it burns ones sins away, and therefore, the one who observes it’s fasting correctly to the best of his ability, is free from sins like he was on the day when he was born. it is undoubtedly, the greatest month of the year, and being such, according to the Hadith of our Beloved Prophet SAW, “Whosoever does an a voluntary act during it is like one who has done a compulsory act during any other time of the year, and whosoever does a compulsory act, is like the one who does 70 compulsory acts during any other time of the year.” Charity during this month is the best of charities and a `Umrah during this month is equal to a Hajj.

We are thus, encouraged and inspired to follow the Sunnah of our Illustrious Master, Sayyiduna Rasoolullah SAW in every aspect and moment, so that we can attain eternal success and happiness. With these few words, Habibia Soofie Saheb Masjid wishes all Muslims, a beautiful month of Ramadaan.

Ramadaan Kareem, Ramadaan Mubarak

Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuhu

Moulana Goolam Qutboodien Kagee


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Our Ramadan Programme

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The Taraweeh Salaah will be lead by the following Huffaaz this year insha Allah:


Sheikh Mas'ood Ahmad Kagee, Sheikh Sulayman Benjamin, Hafiz Ebrahim Bagus, Moulana Luqmaan Kagee, Hafiz Naqeeb Kagee, Hafiz Siddiq Parker, Hafiz Tahir Ebrahim, Hafiz Naeem Zalgaonker, Hafiz Rameez Khan, Hafiz Mu'aaz Kagee and Hafiz Zhareef Khan.

The short talks will be delivered by Moulana Goolam Hafiz Rooknodien and Moulana Luqmaan Kagee, between the Athaan and the Fard Salaah and before the Taraweeh commences.

 The Jumu'ah lectures will be delivered by guest speakers every week. The Jumu'ah Programme commences at 12h10

with a Qiraah (recitation) of the Holy Qur'aan. Jumuah Athaan will be at 12h40 and lecture commences at 12h50.


All welcome!


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Sayyiduna Muhammad Rasulullah's (SAW) sermon on Ramadan

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Al-Imam Al-Baihaqi (RA) reported on the authority of Salman Al-Farsi (Radhi Allah ‘Anh) that Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi

Wasalaam) delivered a sermon on the last day of the month of Sha’ban. In it he (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) said, “O

People! The month of Allah (Ramadaan) has come with its mercies, blessings and forgiveness.

Allah has decreed this month the best of all months. The days of this month are the best among the days and the

nights are the best among the nights and the hours during Ramadan are the best among the hours. This is a month in

which you have been invited by Him (to fast and pray). Allah has honoured you in it. In every breath you take is a

reward of Allah, your sleep is worship, your good deeds are accepted and your invocations are answered.


Therefore, you must invoke your Lord in all earnestness with hearts free from sin and evil, and pray that Allah may help

you to keep fast, and to recite the Holy Qur’an. Indeed!, miserable is the o­ne who is deprived of Allah’s forgiveness in

this great month. While fasting remember the hunger and thirst o­n the Day of Judgement. Give alms to the poor and

needy. Pay respect to your elders, have sympathy for your youngsters and be kind towards your relatives and kinsmen.


Guard your tongue against unworthy words, and your eyes from scenes that are not worth seeing (forbidden) and your

ears from sounds that should not be heard.


Be kind to orphans so that if your children may become orphans they will also be treated with kindness. Do repent to

Allah for your sins and supplicate with raised hands at the times of prayer as these are the best times, during which

Allah Almighty looks at His servants with mercy. Allah Answers if they supplicate, Responds if they call, Grants if He is

asked, and Accepts if they entreat. O people! you have made your conscience the slave of your desires.


Make it free by invoking Allah for forgiveness. Your back may break from the heavy load of your sins, so prostrate yourself before Allah for long intervals, and make this load lighter. Understand fully that Allah has promised in His Honour and Majesty that, people who perform salat and sajda (prostration) will be guarded from Hell-fire o­n the Day of Judgement.


O people!, if anyone amongst you arranges for iftar (meal at sunset) for any believer, Allah will reward him as if he had freed a slave, and Allah will forgive him his sins. A companion asked: “but not all of us have the means to do so” The Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) replied: Keep yourself away from Hell-fire though it may consist of half a date or even some water if you have nothing else.


O people!, anyone who during this month cultivates good manners, will walk over the Sirat (bridge to Paradise) o­n the day when feet will tend to slip. For anyone who during this month eases the workload of his servants, Allah will make easy his accounting, and for anyone who doesn’t hurt others during this month, Allah will safeguard him from His Wrath o­n the Day of Judgement. Anyone who respects and treats an orphan with kindness during this month, Allah shall look at him with kindness o­n that Day. Anyone who treats his kinsmen well during this month, Allah will bestow His Mercy o­n him o­n that Day, while anyone who mistreats his kinsmen during this month, Allah will keep away from His Mercy.


Whomsoever offers the recommended prayers during this month, Allah will save him from Hell, and whomever observes his obligations during this month, his reward will be seventy times the reward during other months. Whomever repeatedly invokes Allah’s blessings o­n me, Allah will keep his scale of good deeds heavy, while the scales of others will be tending to lightness. Whomever recites during this month an ayat (verse) of the Holy Qur’an, will get the reward of reciting the whole Qur’an in other months.


O people!, the gates of Paradise remain open during this month. Pray to your Lord that they may not be closed for you. While the gates of Hell are closed, pray to your Lord that they never open for you. Satan has been chained, invoke your Lord not to let him dominate you.”


Ali ibn Talib (Radhi Allah ‘Anh) said: “I asked, ‘O messenger of Allah, what are the best deeds during this month’?” ‘He replied: ‘O Abu Al-Hasan, the best of deeds during this month is to be far from what Allah has forbidden’.”

Ramadan: The month of abundant blessings

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All praise is due to Allah, Lord, Cherisher and Sustainer of the universe; and peace and salutations upon the Choicest of His creation,

Sayyiduna Rasulullah Muhammad SAW, and upon his noble Ahlul Bayt and Sahaabah RA.

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah RA reports: "The Holy Prophet SAW used to give his companions glad tidings by saying: "Indeed, the month of

Ramadan has come to you. It is a month full of blessings, and Allah has prescribed upon you to fast during the month. The

doors of the gardens are open in it, the doors of the Fire are close and the devils are chained. In it there is a night more

virtuous than one thousand months, and whosoever is denied its blessings the mercy of Allah is prohibited for him."

Narrated by Imam Ahmad RA

Every year, the blessed month of Ramadaan comes and goes, but we do not grasp the opportunity in the way that we should. Few are

those who really obtain its full blessings and few are those who are spiritually enriched. Just as it is important for us to observe the fast of

this month, at the same time we have to realise that fasting is an `Ibaadah that is spiritual more than physical, and it has been prescribed

for us to attain consciousness of Allah SWT and gain closer to Him.

Imam Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali RA beautifully states in poetry in Lataa'if Al-Ma`aarif:

Ramadaan, the field of cultivation for the servants of Allah has come

In order to purify their hearts from corruption

Therefore, give it its due rights in your sayings and actions

And store away your provisions for your return to Allah.

Ramadaan is the ideal opportunity to improve ourselves and awaken from our negligence and heedlessness. Fasting is a shield that protects

us as long we do not damage it, and it is an act of patience and perseverance. That is why it is the only act for which the reward is not

limited to 10 times or even 700 times, but Allah alone knows its full reward.

Ramadaan is the month for us to make a determined resolution to observe and enjoin what is good, abstain from and forbid what is evil. It

is the best time of the year for us to plant strong roots and sincerely become embodiments of sacrifice and benevolence. Sayyiduna

Salmaan Al-Farisee RA reports that Rasoolullah SAW said: "Whosoever does one voluntary act of good, will get the reward of

doing an obligatory act in any other part of the year. And whosoever does one obligatory act, he will get the reward of

doing 70 obligatory acts in any other part of the year."

The blessings that the holy month of Ramadaan contains cannot be counted. It is up to us to put the utmost efforts in everything we do

during this month, so that we can progress further in our journey towards Allah and the Hereafter. 

Generosity during Ramadan

Rasulullah SAW said, 'O people!, if anyone amongst you arranges for iftar (meal at sunset) for any believer, Allah will

reward him as if he had freed a slave, and Allah will forgive him his sins. A companion asked: "but not all of us have the

means to do so". The Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) replied: Keep yourself away from Hell-fire though it may

consist of half a date or even some water if you have nothing else'.

Ramadan Message

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Assalamu Alaykum

All praises are due to the Almighty Allah (SWA) for His infinite blessings and mercy. May His peace and blessing be upon

the Holy Prophet, Nabi Muhammad (PBUH), his companions, his family and followers.


As we reach the dawn of a very blessed month of Ramadaan, the Habibia Soofie Mosque Committee, on behalf of the

Habibia Soofie Trust and the Imaamat, wishes you and your family, and all Muslim communities around the world a

very spiritual RAMADAAN KAREEM.


May the Almighty Allah bless you with the opportunity to take full advantage of His mercy, blessing and generosity

during the month of Ramadaan. We encourage you to fill your time in His remembrance and Ibaadat, extend continuous

Durood Shareef on the Holy Prophet, Nabi Muhammad (PBUH), join us for Taraweeh and Thikr, spend time with your

families, visit the graves of your beloved deceased and immerse yourself in the blessings of the Ramadaan.


Please also remember the poor especially during this time and give generously to those

who are in need of basic sustenance and support. The Habibia Youth Forum is

maintaining the annual "Zammilooni" Blanket Drive for the second year now. They are

currently running collections of a R 100 per blanket and food parcel, which will all go

towards the underpriviledged. Please support them generously by contributing to this



We also encourage all Musallis to make continuous dua for all the Muslims that are

suffering in Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Burma and Palestine, North Africa, and all over the globe. May

the Almighty Allah ease their pain and release them from all forms of oppression and



Jazakum Allah Khairan and Ramadaan Kareem to all.

Tribute to Hadrat Shah Muhammad Saied Soofie RA

Assalamu Alaykum

All praise is due to Allah -Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala-, and our choicest blessings and Salutations upon the Master of all creation, Sayyidina Muhammad Rasullulah -Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam-, his Purified Household and companions – may Allah have mercy on all of them -.

Bahaqqe Khwajegane Chiste Murshid, Sa'ide Basafa Meri Khabar Lo!

By the right of the spiritual kings, Oh spiritual guide of the Chisti Order, Sa'id the Purest, come to my aid!


The Habibia Soofie Masjid and family would like to bid a sore and sombre farewell to Hazrath Hajee Shah Mohamed Saied Soofie Siddiqi, the head custodian of the Habibia Soofie Saheb Badsha Peer Darbaar in Durban and the Sahibe Sajjada (Head) of the Chishti Nizami Habibi Soofie Order of South Africa, who passed away whilst on Umrah, in the holy land of Makkatul Mukarramah.

Hazrath Hajee Shah Mohamed Saied Soofie was the second eldest son of Hazrath Shah Goolam Muhammad Soofie Sani (may the mercy of Allah -Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala- be upon them), and was honoured with the head custodianship of the Mazaar of Hazrath Soofie Saheb - Rahmatullahi Alayhi - and Hazrath Sheikh Ahmed Badsha Peer - Rahmatullahi Alayhi - after the demise of his father in 1978. Hazrath played a very instrumental role and was often the supervisor to the renovations of various Soofie Masaajid such as Soofie Masjid Riverside, Soofie Masjid Kenville, the Soofie Masjid in Cape Town as well as the Mazaar of Hazrath Soofie Saheb, Hazrath Sheikh Ahmed Badsha Peer and Hazrath Moulana Abdul Latief Qadi (may the mercy of Allah - Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala - be upon them). Hazrath Saied was also the most senior member of the Soofie family.

It is at this time we remember the Hadith of the beloved Prophet - Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam - "A person who passes away while performing the Hajj or Umrah will not be questioned (in the qabr) nor will any reckoning be taken from him (on the day of Qiyamah). He will be told: “Enter Jannah in peace with those who have attained salvation” (Bayhaqi). It was the wish of Hazrath to pass away in the holy lands of Makkatul Mukarammah or Madinatul Munawarrah and by the grace of Almighty Allah - Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala - and through his infinite mercy, the wish was accepted and Hazrath passed away in the precincts of the Holy Haram of Makkah in the hour of Thuhr Salaah on Sunday, 7th Rabi-ul-Akhir 1437. Hazrath was honoured to have his Janaaza Salaah in front of the Ka’aba in the Haram of Makkah with over a million people reading for him. Hazrath was then buried in the cemetery of the Haram, which is located a few kilometers away from Jannatul Mu'ala.

Hazrath Shah Mohamed Saied Soofie will be remembered for his humble, kind and modest ways. He was a person who occupied himself with the remembrance of Allah -Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala -. His nights were spent in voluntarily and Tahajjud prayers, whilst the day was spent attending functions, visiting the sick and ensuring the needs of the community was fulfilled. He would ensure that he always honoured the invite of his Muslim brother, whether they be rich or poor. Hazrath has left a great legacy and history will judge his unselfish contribution to the Muslim community in Durban and all over South Africa.

When the news of Hazrath's passing reached South Africa, thousands of Mureedeen, devotees and followers gathered in Riverside and other Masaajid across the country, whilst others took to social media expressing their deepest sympathy and condolences, in respect to this great Sufi master. What more can be said about a man who lived his life in the service of Allah and Islam, illuminated his days and nights with Athkaar and Durood, and in reward, he was granted an Illuminated end.

We pray to Allah - Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala - to grant him a high abode in Jannah-Tul-Firdaus, to make his grave a Garden from the Gardens of Paradise, to widen his grave and to fill it with Light upon Light Insha Allah. May Allah - Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala - honour him with the company of the beloved Prophet Muhammad - Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam -, the Awliyaa and the Saliheen and may he be raised on the day Qiyaamah with all the great personalities amongst whom he lays buried in Makkatul Mukarramah.



Moulana Goolam Qutbuddien Kagee
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جَامِعُ الْحَبِيْبِيَّةِ الصُّوْفِيّة


!أهلا وسهلا بكم في جامع الحبيبة الصوفية

Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu

All praise is due to Allah, Lord, Sustainer and Creator of all existence. Eternal peace, blessings and salutations upon the Choicest of His creation, His Beloved Seal of all Divine Emissaries, Sayyiduna Muhammad Rasoolullah SAW, and upon his pure Ahlul Bayt and Companions.

Habibia Soofie Saheb Masjid has a rich spiritual legacy of serving the community for the past 107 years. This foundation was solidly laid by our Illustrious Predecessors, the founding fathers of this institution, Hazrath Goolam Muhammad Soofie Saheb Siddiqi RA and Hazrat Moulana Abdul Latief Qadi Siddiqi RA.

This legacy has been inherited by us and future generations, inspiring us to follow the teachings of the Holy Qur'an and the Pure Sunnah. It is the wish of our founders that this institution continues to see to the needs of the Muslim community at large, as well as to the non Muslim community. We will be posting, from time to time, links to addressing contemporary issues, at the end of this article.

We dedicate a token of special appreciation and gratitude to the following personalities, without whom this website would not see the light of day: Brother Thabiet Davids, Brother Iqbal Kagee and Brother Samier Saban. Furthermore, we are grateful to all those whose articles and pictures feature on this website, and with whom the copyright of their content is vested.

Through the infinite mercy and blessings of Allah SWT, we utilise today's technology through our website, to cater for the needs of everyone. We are now able to live stream at the following website:

We take this opportunity to offer our heartfelt thanks and deepest gratitude to all those who donated towards the complex, and who continue to do so on a regular basis. May Allah SWT reward everyone generously.

Furthermore, we make du'a that Allah SWT showers His infinite mercy and blessings on the Muslim world as a whole. May Allah SWT grant us all the guidance and inspiration to become fully conscious of Him and devoted to Him.

Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu

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The History of Habibia Soofie Saheb Masjid

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When Hazrath Soofie Saheb travelled to Cape Town in early 1905 in search of land to build a khanqah, he stayed at the residence of Abdul Ganie Parker in Cross Street, which was later known as District Six. One Friday morning, Hazrath Soofie Saheb requested from his host, who was from Kokan, India, to arrange for a horse and cart so that they could look around for suitable land. After a while, the horse stopped in Rylands, what was then known as Doornhoogte, at the spot where the present institution stands. He got off the cart, accompanied by Abdul Ganie and a few other muslim brothers who had accompanied them on this historical ride. He walked for a while around and then decided to purchase the land.

He stayed for about seven months in Cape Town while the necessary documents were being prepared by his attorneys for the transfer in Trust of the properties concerned. In Cape Town a small wood and iron house was built on this land where the local people came to meet him when news of his arrival spread. He won the hearts of many, including the leading sheikhs, imams and huffaaz, because of his spiritual outlook, character, and his dedication to serve Islam and the ummah. People visited him daily during his short stay. Many entered the fold of the Chistia Silsila. Meanwhile, his brother-in-law, Moulana Abdul-Latief Qadi, who lies in the mazaar next to the mosque, was in charge of the khanqah in Durban during his absence.

After laying the foundation of the present Masjid and completing the madrassa, which was used as a jamatkhana, he returned to Durban. He then instructed Moulana Abdul-Latief Qadi to proceed to Cape Town and take charge of the khanqah that was being built there. He at once set off for Cape Town. He carried on with Hazrath Soofie Saheb’s mission with extreme dedication. He went about his duties following the tariqa of the Mashaikhe Chist. People were being accepted and enrolled as mureeds (disciples) in the Chisti Silsila. They were also given training in Tasawwuf. Thus, the khanqah was fulfilling the needs of the community under his leadership.

Hazrath Soofie Saheb made a trip to Cape Town in 1906 and was very satisfied to find the khanqah complete and functioning well. There was a masjid, madressa, yateemkhana, musafirkhana and cemetery. The Urs shareef of Hazrath Sayed Abdul-Qadir Jilani, Hazrath Khwaja Moinuddeeen Chisti and Hazrath Khwaja Habib Ali Shah were held annually. Ashura in Muharram and all the auspicious nights in the Islamic calendar were observed. After the demise of Hazrath Soofie Saheb on 29 June 1911, and after paying his respects at his mazaar shareef in Durban, Hazrath Moulana Abdul-Latief returned to Cape Town a very broken-hearted man.

Habibia: Old DarbarOn 18 Jamaadul Aakhir 1335 (17 April 1916), at the time of Thuhr Azaan, he passed away. Imam Husain Jakoet of Habibia Soofie Masjid, who was one of his mureeds, gave the ghusl and performed the Janaaza Salaah, as was requested by Moulana.

He was buried in the Darbaar where his mazaar now stands. After his demise, Hazrath Shah Mohammed Yusuf Habibi took over. He went out inviting people to take part in the various activities. Orphans were well cared for. The madrassa was functioning well.  He passed away in 1356   AH (5 August 1937). He was buried near the mazaar of Moulana Abdul-Latief.

After his demise, Hazrath Shah Imam Abdul-Karriem Qadi Siddiqui was given the control and the administration of the darbaar. He was 24 at the time. He was assisted by family members and certain members of the congregation. With the help of the community, he brought changes at the darbaar. In the 1940’s he enclosed the verandah of the original Masjid. He undertook the present extension at the rear of the Masjid in 1964. The madrassa was rebuilt with brick. A shelter was built between the madrassa and the mosque for feeding purposes during functions at the darbaar. In 1986, the present foundation was laid by him and other family members as well as members of the congregation.

Habibia in the 1990s.Imam Abdul-Latief Purkar (Imam Baboo), and his younger brother, Goolam Ahmed assisted Imam Abdul-Karriem in the affairs of the darbaar. From the early 1940’s he was charge of performing nikah, janaza namaaz and other religious needs of the community. He assisted in the various major renovations and extension. 

When Imam Abdul-Karriem passed away in 1986, Imam Baboo was given control and administration of the darbaar. In 1990, Haji Umar Abrahams of Surrey Estate took over the alterations. He asked his brother to help him. Imam Baboo served the darbaar until he passed away in 2004. Moulana Goolam Qutboodin Qadi, the eldest son of Imam Abdul-Karriem Qadi, is presently serving the darbaar. Haji Ganief Adams and Muhammad Saeid Soofie from Durban came to design the dome. All the minarets were built by Husayn Kaffaar after Haji Umar had made the templates. By 1995, the major extensions and renovations were complete.

Hazrath Sheikh Abdul Kareem Kagee Siddiqi Habibi RA

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Imam Abdul Karriem RA presenting Sheikh Abdul Basiet RA with a garland.He was born in 1912, and was the youngest son of Hazrath Ahmed Qadi Siddiqui and Kulsoom. His mother Kulsoom was one of the seven sisters of Hazrath Shah Moulana Abdul-Latief Qadi Siddiqui (R.A.). 

He received his education at the Habibia Soofie Madrassa, Doornhoogte, Cape Town. He was given the administration and control of the khanqah at the age of 24. In 1936, he married Khurshid Bi, the daughter of his maternal uncle, Hazrath Shah Mohammed Yusuf Habibi.

With the community assisting him, he brought changes at the Darbar. In the 1940's he enclosed the verandah of the original masjid. In 1947, he became the mureed of Hazrath Shah Goolam Hafiz Soofie (Bhaijaan R.A.), the fourth son of Hazrath Soofie Saheb (R.A.). He received the khilafat from his murshid (Hazrath Bhaijaan R.A.) in 1952. In 1964, he undertook the present back extension of the masjid. The madrassa was rebuilt by brick. For feeding purposes during functions at the Darbar, a shelter between the madrassa and the masjid was built. In 1981, Sheikh Abdul-Basit Abdus-Samad R.A., the great Egyptian Qari, visited Cape Town. He received a garland from Imam Abdul-Kareem R.A.

In 1986, he laid the present foundation for the extension, assisted by members of the family and members of the congregation. On the 13th Shawwaal 1406 H (Sunday 21 June 1986), he passed away at the of 74.

The following are his off-spring: Goolam Ally, Mohammed Yusuf, Abdur-Raheem, Goolam Qutboodeen, Zubeida Khatoon, Goolam Rasool, Zohra, Khairunnisaa, Goolam Shabeer, and Goolam Sabier. Goolam Ally, Muhammad Yusuf, Abdur-Raheem, and Goolam Rasool passed away.

* Eid al-Fitr Mubarak 1437! *

Dear beloved Brothers and Sisters,

Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

On this special day of Eid ul Fitr, we express our immense praise and deepest gratitude to the Almighty Allah (SWA) for his infinite blessings and mercy, having gifted us with the opportunity to experience another blessed month of Ramadaan. May he shower His peace and blessing upon the Holy Prophet, Nabi Muhammad (PBUH), his companions, his family and followers.

On behalf of the The Habibia Soofie Trust Committee and the Imaamat we wish all the Musaalis, the residents of the surrounding areas, all communities of the Western Cape and our visitors from near and abroad, a very blessed and joyous EID Mubarak. May the Almighty Allah enlightened your homes, bless your families with peace and happiness and may he keep us all on the Siratul-Mustaqeem. We express our gratitude to all those that have contributed to activities at Habibia Mosque during this very blessed and spiritual month of Ramadaan.

• We thank all the Hufaath who have led us during Taraweeh, Salatul Layl and Tasbih Salah, having the beautiful Qur'an with so much passion and sincerity, often bringing tears to our eyes
• Thank you to the Muattheens who woke up during the early hours of the morning and stayed up till late at night to call us to salaah and reciting during the salaah breaks
• We thank our local Moulana’s and visiting Shuyukh for the lectures conducting during the Jumuah and Taraweeh Salaahs.
• We also thank the cleaning staff and all those that have contributed to the maintenance of the mosque. It’s a huge task to ensure that the mosque is kept clean and all provisions for the Musaalis are met with a high standard.
• Finally, we also thank those that have contributed financially and in kind toward the Ramadaan programs, the food hampers, the Zamillooni Blanket and Food Initiative and towards the maintenance of the mosque, both local donors and throughout Southern Africa.

Jazakallah to all and may Almighty Allah bless you and your families for your contribution.


Shabe-Baraat 1437

Insha Allah, the programme will take place after Maghrib on Saturday 21 May.

The lecture will be delivered by Shaykh Goolam Hafiz Rooknodien.

For more info, please see the Masjid noticeboards.

All welcome! Ladies accommodation provided. Light refreshments will be served thereafter.

The Everlasting Mercy of the Noble Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

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All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds, and peace and blessings upon the most noble of His prophets, Nabee Muhammad (SAW), his family, his companions and upon everyone who follows them with goodness until the Day of Judgement.

Allah’s purpose for the creation of mankind is that man should worship Him. To assist mankind in this regard Allah sent His prophets as a guide and a form of mercy unto humanity. All the prophets of Allah possessed bravery and determination, but on Muhammad (saw) Allah bestowed the greatest qualities that would make him a worthy leader. Prophet Muhammad (saw) is the prime of Allah’s servants, the best of His creation and the dearest of his servants towards Him.

Allah chose for Muhammad (saw) some of His own attributes thus distinguishing him from the other prophets. Allah named the Noble Prophet as ‘the Merciful’ when he said: ‘ A messenger has indeed come to you, from amongst yourselves. It grieves him that you should suffer, he is very anxious over you and to the believers he is most Kind and Merciful.’

Allah has an abundance of mercy that is specifically for the believers, and Allah has bestowed on the Prophet (saw) a great blessing by making him a mercy unto mankind and creation. Allah says: ‘And We have not sent you but as a mercy to all the worlds.’ ‘The worlds’ refers to man, Jinn, animals, trees, stones and the entire universe; therefore what an honour for Nabee Muhammad (saw)! This characteristic of mercy became manifested in the Prophet (saw) until it dominated his being and led him to excel to the greatest level of excellence. Thus Nabee Muhammad (saw) became a leader to man, a perfect example, a Guide and the greatest messenger to mankind.

This mercy that Allah had placed in the character of the Prophet (saw) manifested itself and impacted on all aspects of his life; it affected his interactions with not only his family and companions, but his enemies and all of creation as well. A few such examples will now be illustrated.

The Mercy of the Prophet (saw) to the Believers

This mercy was manifested in his dealings with the believing servants of Allah. Prophet Muhammad (saw) was like a ray of grace, kindness and thoughtfulness. His living example of excellence in all facets of life led to the believers trusting him and accepting his message as the final prophet of Allah. This meant that the Prophet (saw) was able to lead them to worship Allah as he should rightfully be worshipped. Through this mercy the Muslims became sincerely affectionate among themselves; they had mercy on each other and took each other as brothers. Therefore, some of the believers were a mercy for others like one body: if one part of the body is injured, the rest of it becomes unstable/imbalanced with pain and fever. Through the abundance of Allah’s mercy, the believers became the most merciful of people over themselves and their families; they managed the harm that the disbelievers inflicted upon them, and bore with patience the insolence of people as a mercy to them.

The Mercy of the Prophet (saw) to all of Mankind

The Prophet’s mercy was not limited to the companions; it encompassed all people. When Allah sent the Angel of the Mountains to crush the mountain over the disbelievers, the prophet interceded by saying: ‘No, perhaps Allah will bring out from their offspring who will worship Allah as One.’ He did not want their destruction and ruin even though they had injured and insulted him and his companions. Such was the mercy of Prophet Muhammad (saw)! The Prophet said to the people: ‘The Most Gracious will have mercy on those who have mercy, so have mercy for those on the earth, and the One in the heavens will have mercy on you.’ The Prophet is also reported to have said: ‘Whoever does not have mercy, will not be shown mercy.’ This is a general call to all humankind: the believer and the disbeliever, male and female, the young and the elderly. Nabee Muhammad (saw) is calling out to all people that this is the mercy of Allah so we should accept it properly and not let it go to waste, else our spiritual side will be wasted.

The Mercy of the Prophet to Small Children

It is narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (saw) was joking with the small children and kissing them while his companions were around and observing him. A man from the Bedouins went to the Prophet (saw) and said: ‘It is strange of you; you are joking with children and kissing them. I have ten children, and I have not kissed one of them!’ The Prophet replied: What can I do for you while Allah has certainly removed mercy from your heart?’ From this it can be concluded that great emphasis was placed on treating children with love, kindness and compassion, because they are the adults of the future and in turn would continue the cycle of love and mercy.

The Mercy of the Prophet (saw) to the Jinn

The Prophet Muhammad (saw) was sent as a messenger to the world of man and jinn; and just as he was a mercy to mankind he was a mercy to the jinns as well. The Prophet (saw) did not harm the jinns, nor did he cause them grief. The prophet (saw) advised his companions to fulfil the needs of the jinn by instructing them to not ‘clean yourselves with bones or dung, for indeed, it is the food of your brothers the Jinn.’

The Prophet (saw) as a Mercy to the Animals

The Prophet Muhammad (saw) came to mankind with a religion that says to them ‘There is not a thing, except that it glorifies His praise.’ This implies that everything in the universe praises Allah, including the animals. The Prophet (saw) admonished people that they should treat animals with kindness and mercy, as this was a means of pleasing the Almighty, and a means of showing gratitude to Him for having provided animals as a form of sustenance to man. It is narrated that a woman entered the fire of jahannam for not feeding a starving and thirsty cat, while a man was granted jannah for climbing down a well to get water for a thirsty dog. Thus the Prophet (saw), through his example and his teachings was a mercy unto the animals.

The Prophet as a Mercy to the Trees and Stones

The Prophet Muhammad (saw) was as merciful to the trees and stones as he was to any other creation. He used to advise his soldiers who were going to battle to not unnecessarily cut down a tree or destroy a nest. It is also narrated that before a mimbar was built for him, the Prophet (saw) would place his hand on the trunk of a cut date palm while he was lecturing. As soon as the mimbar was ready and the Prophet (saw) began using it, the trunk began to cry like a small child. When the Prophet (saw) heard it, he descended from the mimbar, placed his compassionate hand on it and did not take his hand away until the trunk calmed down. This was a great act of kindness and mercy

The Prophet Muhammad (saw) was indeed a distinguished person with an exemplary character. He was honoured with the Almighty’s attribute of mercy for the benefit of mankind and all of Allah’s creation. With this mercy

the Prophet (saw) was able to lead mankind to becoming more tolerant, more caring, more compassionate and more loving. We pray to Allah that all His servants will have mercy on each other, and through this attribute of mercy we become His dearest servants, Ameen.

Adapted from, Dr Jamaal Abu Hassaan, Lecturer of Uloomul Qur’aan and Tafseer, Zarqa Private University, Jordan. January 2007


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Remembering the birthday of the Noble Prophet Muhammad (saw)

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This article is dedicated to the Beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) and all Muslims, especially the Muslims of South Africa.

Remembering the birthday of the Noble Prophet Muhammad (saw)

Every year, in this month of Rabbi-ul-Awwal, Muslims through out the Islamic World commemorate the birth of the beloved and most esteemed Prophet Muhammad (saw). He was sent as a messenger from Allah to guide and lead mankind from a state of ignorance and darkness to one of light and spiritual awakening.

When the Prophet (saw) was born, the signs of goodness, peace and tranquillity slowly began to manifest itself in the lives and characters of the people of Makkah, and all they interacted with, including the trees and animals. Thus the birth of the beloved Prophet (saw) was a mercy unto all creation.

Verily this birthday represents the movement of the rebirth of human nature from the bonds of injustice and evil to justice and goodness; it represents the spreading of mercy in this world that was overcome with corruption and sin. This birthday came to enlighten mankind to its true nature of goodness and kindness, so that the veils of ignorance would be lifted and truth and justice would reign supreme.

The birth of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) marked an end to the social injustices that existed not only in Makkah, but everywhere in the world. The Qur’aan states ‘All of you are from Adam and Adam is from sand.’ This implies that all people are equal, irrespective of their social background. There is also no differentiation between male and female: ‘Oh mankind! Verily, We created you from a male and a female, and We made you into nations and tribes so that you may know each other. Indeed, the most honourable of you in front of Allah is the one who is the most God-conscious.’ This illustrates that the male and female complete each other, and neither of the two can live without the other. Thus the birth of the Prophet (saw) had tremendous implications for the concept of equality and social justice.

The celebration of the Prophet’s birthday is also a reminder of the brotherhood and unity of Islam. It is a form of unification of Muslims when all are remembering and commemorating the birth of the noblest of prophets whose message of Islam brought with it a new way of life that resounded with mercy, truth, kindness, love, compassion, justice and equality for all. It is also a celebration of knowledge and spiritual awakening. The Prophet Muhammad (saw) was a teacher who led by example, and his teachings encompassed all facets of life in all its diversity. Thus he brought about an awareness and an appreciation for their existence that was previously lacking in his followers. They gained a new and enlightened perspective on the world, and were empowered in this way.

The birthday of the Prophet (saw) is a reminder of the courage that Islamic Aqidah nurtured in the spirits of the Muslims. They chose to face the challenges that confronted them, rather than running away; they began loving death for the sake of their religion and yearning for it, rather than fearing it. Thus the Muslims died for the highest and most honourable of reasons: the survival of the religion of Islam.

On the 12th of Rabbi-ul-Awwal we recall all the goodness, all the love, all the brotherhood, all the cooperation, all the strength, all the courage and all the humanity of the Muslims. It marks the day of moving from a state of ignorance and darkness to one of enlightenment. Thus, are we aware that the birthday of our beloved prophet Muhammad (saw) is, without a doubt, the real day of our birth!

Adapted from, Dr Jamaal Mahmood Abu Hassaan, teacher of Uloomul Qur’aan (Sciences of the Qur’aan) and Tafseer, Zarqa Private University, Jordan.

Prophet Muhammad S.A.W: An Exalted Example of Character

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In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger S.A.W.

In the beginning, it should be noted that our love for our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is really great. This love places many obligations and duties on our shoulders. Among these duties is to show respect to him, study his Biography and follow in his footsteps, defend him against any misconception and to try to spread the truth about his morals, manners and Sunnah.

Referring to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) Allah, Most High, says, “And you (stand) on an exalted standard of character.” (Al-Qalam 68: 4) “Ye have indeed in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct) for any one whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day, and who engages much in the praise of Allah.” (Al-Ahzab 33: 21)

Muhammad SAW: A Unique Character

The uniqueness of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is that he was not only a great person in his own time, but he is great for all times, for all people of any race, color, nationality or geographical location. His example was good for the 7th century Arabs and it is good also for the humanity living now at the beginning of this 21st century. He is an excellent example for the rich and poor, for young and old, for rulers and ruled, for the most intelligent as well as the most common people. Allah sent him as His Prophet for all humanity. Allah says in the Qur’an: Say: “O people! I am sent unto you all, as the Messenger of Allah, to whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth: there is no god but He: it is He that gives both life and death. So believe in Allah and His Messenger, the unlettered Prophet, who believed in Allah and His Words: follow him that (so) you may be guided.” (Al-A`raf 7: 158)

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) practiced what he preached. He very carefully and meticulously followed the Qur’an, Allah’s Word that was revealed to him. He followed and lived the Qur’an at every moment in every detail of his life. His life was the reflection of Allah’s Words. He became the Qur’an in person, the embodiment of the Qur’an, or one may even say in a metaphorical sense “the Word in flesh”. It is reported in a Hadith: Sa`d ibn Hisham said that he asked `A’ishah, Prophet’s wife (may Allah be pleased with her) “Tell me about the character of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).” She said, “His character was the Qur’an.” (Musnad Ahmad, Hadith No. 24139)

Some of His Attributes

The morality of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was not restricted to just a few moral attributes, but included diverse traits and aspects of life. He was kind, compassionate, caring, generous and humble, but he was also strong, brave, eloquent, wise and insightful. He was a great planner, organizer and thinker, yet he was also a man of faith, trust and devotion to Allah. He was involved and active with his family and community but he did not neglect his prayers, fasting and devotion to Allah. Actually, he prayed so much that no one prayed like him. He was exemplary as a teacher, preacher, Imam, leader, statesman, and judge, commander of the armies as well as a husband, a father, a grandfather, a businessman, a neighbour and a friend.

Before he received the honor of nubuwwah (Prophethood), he was known among the people of Makkah as As-Sadiq Al-Amin, the most honest and trustworthy person. He kept this character throughout his life. He never broke a pledge or promise. Even his enemies could not accuse him of being dishonest. He was a most humble person. He used to mingle with the poor and sit with them. He stopped people standing up for him. He used to sit wherever there was a place available in an assembly and never sought a prominent or elevated place. The newcomers sometimes would not know who was the Prophet among the people. When he entered the city of Makkah as a conqueror leading a big army, he entered in a most humble manner. In a unique demonstration of humility his forehead was touching the saddle of his camel!

Muhammad: A Mercy to Mankind

He was the most merciful person. Allah called him as “A mercy to the worlds” (Al-Anbiya’ 21: 107) He was merciful to his family, followers, friends, even enemies. He was merciful to young and old, to humans and to animals. Those who persecuted him in Makkah and killed his relatives and his followers, when they were defeated in the battles and brought as captives, were forgiven by him. He did not ever take revenge or retaliated. He was the most forgiving person.

Constancy was a very important aspect of his moral behavior. Once he established some good way or practice he used to follow it and adhere to it always. He used to say: “The dearest deed to Allah is the one that is performed regularly, even if it was a little.” (Al-Bukhari, No. 5983)

His Names

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) has many names reflecting his attributes and qualities. Some of the most beautiful names of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) mentioned in both the Qur’an and Hadith are the following: Muhammad (the praised one), Ahmad (most praiseworthy), Hamid (the giver of praise and thanks), Ar-Rasul (the Messenger), An-Nabi (the Prophet), Shahid (the witness), Rashid (the righteous), Bashir (the giver of good news), Nadhir (the warner), Da`i (the caller to Allah), Hadi (the guide), Mahi (the remover of evil), Fatih (the conqueror), Ra’uf (the compassionate), Rahim (the merciful), Mujtaba (the chosen one), Mustafa (the selected one), Murtada (the well-pleasing in the sight of Allah), As-Sadiq (the truthful), Al-Amin (the trustworthy), Musaddiq (the confirmer of truth), Habibullah (Allah’s beloved one), Safiullah (the one selected by Allah), Najiullah (the one protected by Allah), Shakur (the most grateful one), Karim (the noble one), Hakim (the wise one), Sayyid (the leader), Siraj Munir (the shining lamp), Jawwad (the generous one), `Adil (the Just), and Khatam Ar-Rusul (the final Messenger). May peace and blessings of Allah be upon him!

by Mufti Muzzammiel Siddiqi