Developing our character with the Holy Qur'an.

To empower the community, especially the youth, through the Holy Qur'an.
To help our people understand the importance of the Holy Qur'an in our lives, in both learning and application

Our Future Plan for the Madrasah

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Our aim is to have our teachers fully based at the Madressa with a liveable wage, so that full attention may be given to the needs of the learners. We would like to expand the Madressa by having full-time classes from the morning, which will include classes for adults.

Our plans are to incorporate in the syllabus: 

  • Basic Fiqh
  • Morals and Ethics
  • Du’as
  • Tafsir and understanding of the Holy Qur’an
  • Explanation of the Sunnah and Hadith
  • Aqidah (Our belief system)
  • Sirah and Islamic History
  • Conversational Arabic and Qur’anic Arabic
  • Marriage classes
  • Parenting classes
  • Classes for women and reverts

   Proposed Budget for Madressa

The proposed budget for the Madressa is based on ensuring that the Madressa functions as a self-sustaining institution as part of the complex in a similar manner to other educational institutions.

The requirements for a fully functioning Madressa, which offers learners a comprehensive Islamic Education, are as follows: 

  • Administration and Staffing
  • Electricity and Water
  • Classroom rentals
  • Materials (charts and readers) and photocopying
  • Resources include textbooks and worksheets
  • Functions and graduations
  • Petty cash

 We pray that Allah, The Most High, makes this institution and all similar institutions grow from strength to strength. May He give those who support these well-needed centres of learning the best of this world and the Hereafter. 

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Habibia Soofie Madrasah

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Institute for Studies of the Holy Qur'aan


This madrassa was established by Hafiz Mas'ood Ahmad Kagee in 1995.

The madrassa caters for all students from 6 years and older. Learning how to read the Holy Qur'aan, memorisation and subjects that form part of the curriculum are taught. These include: Tajweed (rules of the recitation of the Holy Qur'aan), Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence), Aqeedah (Islamic Creed), Du`aa (Supplications and invocations) and Memorisation Skills. Hafiz Mas`ood is assisted by Moulana Luqmaan Kagee.

The current number of students ranges from 60 - 70, consisting of male and female.

To register, please contact us on: 021 638 6509, 021 638 7350.

3rd Term letter 1435

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                   HABIBIA SOOFIE MASJID


                        GLOSDERRY                                               (021) 638-7350

                        7702                            Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Sha`baan 1435 / June 2014

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu

Dear Parents/Guardians

We make Du’a that all is well with you, Insha Allah. Our sincere gratitude goes to those parents who have been cooperating well with us thus far. The following areas apply to the rest of this term and to next term:

  • Attendance and progress of learners

The attendance of learners this term has generally been very poor, especially in the senior class (Grades 7+). Please note that we will not be allowing those learners who have not been attending the lessons to return until the parent has spoken to the teacher of that particular class. We appeal to the parents of those learners whose attendance and/or progress has been poor to address these issues of major concern.

  • Mid-Year Examinations and Reports

All learners will be undergoing the mid-year exams, during August, as we have stipulated in the timetable below:

Monday 11 August:         Tahdhib (Islamic Manners)

Tuesday 12:                        Fiqh (Islamic Teachings)

Wednesday 13:                                Hifz (Oral memorisation of Du'a book)

Thursday 14:                      Islamic History

Monday 18:                        Arabic

Exam Rules: All exams will take place during Madrasa hours only. We will not allow a learner who is absent to write the exams on another day unless the bring a letter and have a valid excuse. Learners who are absent and do not bring a letter, giving a valid excuse for their absence, will forfeit the exam.

  • Ramadaan and School Holidays

We wish you a Ramadaan Mubarak and hope that you have a fruitful and highly uplifting month of Ramadaan. Please take note that since the school holidays are coinciding with the month of Ramadaan this year, we will close for the entire month of Ramadaan. We thank those parents who have paying regularly and on time. We urge those parents who have outstanding fees to kindly settle the full amount. Please note that fees is payable for all 12 months of the year (as mentioned in our Prospectus) and that the fees for July must be paid before we close at the end of this term.

  • End of Term

The Madrasa closes on Thursday 26 June 2014. Please ensure that all learners are present for the rest of this term. We will be issuing the reports on the same day, which have to be returned on Monday 04 August 2014, at the start of the 3rd term. We wish you a pleasant holiday and hope that you will ensure that the learners continue reading the Holy Qur'an on a regular basis.

Jazakum Allahu Khayran, Was Salaam

Madrasa Committee

General Information

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Madressa Address: Habibia Soofie Mosque, Cnr Duine & Flat Road, Rylands 7764

Telephone: 0216386509 (Sheikh Mas’ood Kagee), 0216387350 (Moulana Luqmaan Kagee)

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Fax: 0216332304



Teaching Staff: Sheikh Mas’ood Ahmad Kagee, Moulana Mohammed Luqmaan Kagee, Hafiz Muhammad Naqeeb Kagee and Hafiz Uzair Coe.

Madressa Hours:

Mondays - Thursdays: 

16.00-17.00 (Grades 1-3)

17.00-18.30 (Grades 4 and above)


Saturday mornings: 10am - 12pm

Qur’an reading and Tajweed


For more information, please download our Prospectus 1435.

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The Habibia Junior Madressa: A legacy of love and learning

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In the 1960’s, while sitting in a barbershop, Mr Dawood Firferey heard a young Muslim child singing “Fishing for Jesus”. Concerned that Muslim youngsters were unaware of their own beliefs and heritage, he raised the issue with Moulana Qutbuddien Kagee of Habibia. Moulana Qutbuddin, together with other concerned members of the community such as Mr G. Moosa and Mr H. Sayed, saw the need for a pre-school that catered specifically to the needs of Muslim children. They pooled their efforts and the Habibia Junior Madressah- or Habibia Nursery School as it is popularly known- came into being in 1969.

The school is located on blessed ground. It is on the ground where Hazrath Soofie Saheb’s RA horse stood still, out of its own accord, prompting Hazrath Soofie Saheb RA to build the mosque complex in this vicinity. It is also located on the ground on which Hazrath Soofie Saheb RA delivered the first Khutba (before the construction of the mosque proper). In fact, we firmly believe that it is due to the barakah and dua of Hazrath Soofie Saheb RA that the nursery enjoys such a vibrant existence.

In fact, the contemporary Sufi author, Dr Saadia Chisti, on a visit to the nursery a few years ago declared that “’ilm is felt here” even though there were no children present there at that particular time. She then asked about the surroundings of the nursery and when informed about the saint (Maulana Shah Abdul Latif (R.A.)) who rests besides it, she remarked that the nursery “will never die”.

Such blessings that are associated with the nursery derive from the fact that it exist to serve its community and for nothing else. The keyword is sincerity. The nursery’s primary aim is to inculcate an Islamic ethos into the young Muslim child. Such an ethos is underpinned by love for Allah and love for his Holy Prophet, the Salutations and Peace of Allah be upon him and it is this love that, in the first place, is instilled into the children. All other aspects of education - such as having respect (adab) for parents and elders, gaining basic knowledge of Islam, and gathering one’s first skills in “secular” subjects- are imparted on the basis of this love.

With regard to the teaching of adab (respect) the nursery holds firmly on to the motto that “knowledge without respect is like rain clouds without rain.” Respect is the cornerstone of our religion and without it knowledge is worthless. Inculcating respect at this age helps one in later life to remain humble, no matter what one’s accomplishments, as one realises how thankful one must be to one’s parents and teachers. Respect is, of course, also vital the smooth functioning of the Muslim community and contributes to social stability.  

As to the Islamic knowledge, pupils are taught the pillars (arkan) of Islam and Iman, the Kalimahs, short surahs and dhikrs, Taharah (purification), other basic fiqh, short duas that are relevant in their daily lives, proper dressing, and rudimentary Arabic. The Islamic curriculum not only acquaints the youngster with essential Islamic teachings, but in that process also builds his or her self- conscious Muslim identity. And it may be remembered that it was due to fear of losing this identity that the nursery was started in the first place. The school also holds an annual Moulood celebration.

As to “secular” studies, the school keeps abreast of all new developments and is OBE (Outcomes Based Education) compliant. Thus, besides Islamic education, students are suitably versed in numeracy, literacy and life skills. In fact, we are proud to say that the nursery outstrips many others in these fields. This is because we have not been content to merely keep within the standard guidelines, but constantly strive to achieve the child’s full potential. Many of our graduates have accomplished great things in numerous and diverse fields.

The school presently has a role of approximately 400 students and twenty six teachers. The experience and training of these teachers can be seen in the fact that the workbooks used at the school have been compiled by them. In fact Habibia has proved a fertile training ground for teachers who have set up Muslim pre-schools in other areas, even internationally! The school also has after-care facilities.

At a personal level, as one of the founder teachers of this school (together with Mrs Moosa and Mrs Moerat) the school is my life. I firmly believe that the prayers of the children are accepted by Allah. One feels honoured to teach them. One feels very blessed when one sees a child inculcating the respect, knowledge or skills that one has taught him or her.  And I feel blessed to be part of what is not only a school, but in reality is a family.

Nursery Website

Foreword to the Noble Gyarwee Book

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


One of the many positives of Islam is that Allah Almighty did not leave the "Ummah" without any religious guidance after the demise of Nabi Muhammad (SAW). Other than the generations, which came after him, there were also individuals who could be classified as revivers of our religion. Some of their names are very well known, such as Imam Ghazzali and Shaykh 'Abd Al-Qadir Al-Jilani (RA), who, amongst others, played major roles in the revival of Islam and in the establishment of Islam in areas where the religion was not known. Without these revivers Islam would have found it very difficult to continue to be the vibrant religion that we have come to know.

Of course, there are geographical areas in which things have gone badly wrong for our religion, but matters would have been much worse if Allah Almighty did not send revivers at regular historical periods to preach and spread Islam. Perhaps one of the most famous revivers in Islam was Shaykh 'Abd Al-Qadir Al-Jilani (RA), who established the Qadiri Tariqa Order. His teachings, especially his arrangements of "Athkar" have come down in our history right up to today. All over the world the Qadiri Tariqa flourishes and is one of the most important vehicles in Islam for the remembrance of Allah Almighty. There are very few countries where the remembrance of Allah Almighty has not been introduced to people through this order, and the order has produced a large number of spiritual luminaries who have continued the work started by Shaykh 'Abd Al-Qadir Al-Jilani (RA). The arrangement of "Athkar" and its use by large number of Muslims throughout the world have kept the remembrance of Allah alive in the hearts of the people. If for no other reason, this order has played a significant role in the continued revival of our religion through "Athkar".

The present work, which is a translation of a very well-known Qadiri Thikr, 'the Noble Gyarwee', is a further step in giving the disciples of this order a better understanding of what they recite. Although the words carry with it its own spiritual power and bring about spiritual changes in the hearts of the disciples, this translation stands to enhance these changes and should bring about considerable spiritual progress to those who are on the path.

Shaykh Professor Yusuf Da Costa,
Naqshbandi Muhammadi Order of South Africa

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Our Heritage and Foundation

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The establishment of Habibia Soofie Masjid took place in 1905, in an area that was desolate at the time. Since its very inception, Habibia has not merely been a place of worship, but also a complex actively devoted to the welfare of the community. This is because the lifestyles of the Auliya inspired the founding of Habibia- personalities who emphasised selfless service to humanity as an integral part of one's worship to Allah. Hazrath Moulana Abdul Latief Qadi RA made sure that the masjid made its priority the feeding of the poor, the housing of orphans, and a place of solace and assistance for individuals and their problems.

As the needs of the community developed, the founders recognised the importance of having a centre of learning that would incorporate Islamic spirituality, education and social upliftment. Thus, in the precincts of Habibia Soofie Masjid a centre of Islamic learning and knowledge was established. Our founders illustrated education in the example that they set, as it was a key pillar of their teachings. The great legacy that they left for us highlights this. The institution conducted Islamic Classes for various categories of learners. This included advanced classes for Islamic Educators and for the training of Imams. Thus, the wider Muslim community recognised the institution in its earlier years for the quality of the Islamic Education disseminated to them. Unfortunately, due to a lack of funding and resources the centre could not sustain itself.

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Enrolment for 2016

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Habibia Junior Madressa:

Contact 021 637 8516. Nursery Website


Habibia Soofie Madressa: Qur'an Institute:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 021 638 6509 or 021 638 7350.


Enrolment for The Madressa is currently open until the end of January.

(Madressa hours only: Mondays - Thursdays, 4pm - 6.45pm)

A Portrait of Perfection

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Message from the Committee

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All praises is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds, and Peace and salutations upon His Most Beloved, our Master Sayyiduna Muhammad (SAW), and upon His Righteous household and companions.

The pursuit of knowledge is encouraged by our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as it serves to bring us closer to our Almighty Allah. Furthermore, it empowers us to continue fulfilling the mission of our Beloved Prophet (SAW), of aligning our lifestyles to wholesome values and spreading the word of Islam through our action and words. 

Sheikh Mas’ood, Moulana Luqmaan and the staff assisting them have taken the noble initiative to lead a Centre of Excellence in Islamic Education. They are motivated and tireless in their efforts to invigorate the study of the Holy Qur’an and Islamic studies. The Habibia Soofie Management Committee fully support and endorse their drive and determination. The next step in educational establishment will further uplift this community. 

We make Du’a for their success and that you and your young learners’ will derive value and empowerment, Insha Allah.