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 AuliyAs 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.
A further attempt to resuscitate Islamic Education for the community, especially the youth occurred at Habibia. In 1992, Sheikh Mas’ood Kagee formed a separate class and started Markaz Tahfeedh Al-Qur’an Al-Kareem for studying the Holy Qur’an. Today, with the Power and Blessings of Allah, Habibia Soofie Masjid houses a centre of learning that includes a Madressa and Hifz class, as well as a nursery, while also being surrounded by Habibia Primary School and the International Peace College of South Africa.