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MASJID

A place of worship for over 100 years.

Our vision is to continue with the Islamic foundation and principles as practiced by our illustrious founders.

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

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جَامِعُ الْحَبِيْبِيَّةِ الصُّوْفِيّة

 

!أَهْلًا وَّسَهْلًا وَّمَرْحَبًا بِكُم 

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 more than a century. 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: www.channel4sa.com

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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Habibia's Imams: A Timeline

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Habibia’s Imams: A Timeline

1903 – 1916: Hazrat Soofie Saheb and Hazrat Moulana Abdul Latief, Imam Hassan Jakoet, Imam Sudley Dollie,

1916 – 1937: Hazrat Shah Muhammad Yusuf Parker al Habibi (Head Custodian), Imam

 Abdus Samaad Qazi, Imam Mustapha Qazi

1937- 1986: Imam Abdul Karriem Kagee (Head Custodian), Imam Abdul Latief Parker, Moulana Goolam Qutboodin Kagee, Imam Goolam Hoosain Parker, Imam Yusuf Parker.

1987- 2004: Imam Abdul Latief Parker (Head Custodian) , Moulana Goolam Qutboodin, Imam Goolam Hoosain Parker, Imam Muhammad Yusuf Parker, Sheikh Goolam Hafiz Rooknodien.

2004 to present: Moulana Goolam Qutboodin Kagee (Head Custodian), Imam Muhammad Yusuf Parker (passed away in 2011), Imam Goolam Hoosain Parker, Sheikh Goolam Hafiz Rooknodien, Shaykh Hafiz Mas`ood Ahmad Kagee (d. 2017) and Moulana Luqmaan Kagee.

The first Imams

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 at torneys 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.

On 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.

Habibia Soofie Madressah - Introduction

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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.

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

Moulana Luqmaan Kagee & Hafiz Naqeeb Kagee.

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.

The origins of Qira'ah

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When we listen to a qari's recitation of the Quran, there is undoubtedly a spirituality that is awakened in us. We feel the beauty of Allah's Word touching a cord deep within ourselves. It is a cord that connects us to our Creator. This occurs even if we do not understand the language of Arabic.

It is true that the source of such spiritual feelings is due to us listening to the Eternal Word of Allah. All Muslims are conscious of this. But there is also another reason why such strong spiritual vibrations occur at such occasions. It is because a qualified qari is not simply one who recites beautifully. Rather, such a qari is one who has studied under a teacher who has in turn studied under another teacher and so on in a chain that goes right back to the Messenger of Allah, the Salutations and Peace of Allah be upon him. It is the barakah (the blessings) of this chain- or silsilah as it is called in Arabic- that also contributes to the spirituality that is felt at occasions of qira'ah (Quranic recitals). To appreciate the true value of qira'ah we need to know the origins of this chain.

What is Qira'ah

At its most basic and most important level qira’ah means to recite the letters of the Quran carefully and correctly- in other words with what is called tajwid. This also implies having knowledge of how and when to stop and restart one' s recitation when one is not able to complete the recitation of an entire verse in one breath. This is so since the meaning of the verse is always taken into consideration and stopping or restarting incorrectly may change or distort the desired meaning of the verse.

Tajwid, which means "beautification", is of two types: beautifying the letters of the Quran by attempting to pronounce them as close to the Arab accent as possible; and beautifying them by being aware of the conditions in which they have to be recited with an empty and flat or full and rounded sound. One must also be aware of when they have to be applied with a slightly lengthened nasal sound (ghunnah) or read with an added elongation (madd) and so on.

To read the Quran with tajwid is Fard ‘Ayn- compulsory on every Muslim. This is the consensus of the 'ulama. The study of the theory of tajwid is Fard Kifayah which means that there need to be some people in each Muslim community acquainted with this branch of knowledge.

The seven Ahruf of the Prophet (The Salutations and Peace of Allah be upon him)

The seven Ahruf were seven ways of reciting the Quran which the Prophet, the Salutations and Peace of Allah be upon him, was permitted to teach his Companions to recite with, easing the process of learning and memorizing the Holy Book. While the Quran was revealed in the dialect of the Quraish, the tribe of the Holy Prophet, there were of course many other tribes in Arabia who spoke in different dialects of Arabic. The Holy Prophet, Allah's Peace and Blessings be upon him, wanted to facilitate the absorption of the Quran across Arabia. To this end, the following hadith is narrated in Sahih Muslim: "…Verily Jibril a.s. came to me saying: "Indeed, your Lord, the Almighty and Honoured, commands you to teach your people the Quran in one way." I said: "Oh Allah, make easy on my people (bring them relief)". He (Jibril a.s.) returned saying: "Indeed, your Lord, the Almighty and Honoured, commands you to teach your people the Quran in two ways." I said: "Oh Allah, make easy on my people (bring them relief)." He (Jibril a.s.) returned saying: "Indeed, your Lord, the Almighty and Honoured, commands you to teach your people the Quran in seven ways…" [A hadith contained in the Sahih Muslim].

As far as the method in which Jibril a.s. conveyed these ways to the Prophet, Allah's Peace and Blessings be upon him, if they took the form of general guidelines or if they were individually varying recitations each time one was received, we do not know. We do however know that annually during the month of Ramadan a revision of all received revelations occurred between the Prophet, Allah's Peace and Blessings be upon him, and Jibril a.s.  and that in the final year of Prophethood this revision was done twice. The final revision also included a revision of all the seven Ahruf.

Two years after the conquest of Makkah, the Holy Prophet, Allah's Peace and Blessings be upon him, passed away. In those two years the Holy Prophet was fundamentally engaged in conveying these means of recitation practically as opposed to having it theoretically documented. Time was of the essence and the Prophet, Allah's Peace and Blessings be upon him, chose to train and teach certain Companions in certain of these ways so as to preserve them and have it taught appropriately to others.

Among the Companions that the Holy Prophet chose to train in the recital of the Quran are the following:

Sayyidina ‘Uthman ibn Affan ra.
Sayyidina ‘Ali ibn Talib ra.
Ubbay bin Ka'ab r.a.
Zaid bin Thabit r.a.
Abdullah ibn Masud r.a.
Abu Musa al-Ashari ra.
Abul Darda Uwaimir bin Zaid r.a.

The Imams of Qirah

These Companions were spread throughout the known Islamic world at that time. Many students- the Tabi'in- would gather around them, absorbing their knowledge and turn later on teach it to their students (the Tab' Tabi'in) and so on. Knowledge was thus spread over the various parts of the Muslim world. In particular, there were five prominent centres of learning at this stage of Islamic history: Madinah and Mecca in Arabia, Basrah and Kufah in Iraq, and Syria. The students of these centres quickly expanded. Each of these five centres contained people who dedicated their lives to documenting, preserving and conveying what was taught by these noble emissaries of the divine message.

A high degree of precision was noted amongst certain individuals to the extent that they were unanimously chosen to fill the places of their predecessors as senior teachers of the Noble Quran. The documentation of each of these individual's teachings, which was ultimately what he had received from his chain of teachers- and the source of which was the Holy Prophet, the Salutations and Peace of Allah be upon him- is known as his Qira'ah [recital]. These individuals- who emerged from the ranks of the Tabi'in and the tab'Tabi'in became known as the Qurra [the reciters]. They were recognised as the leaders (A'imma) of the science of Quran recitation. The most famous of them were as follows:
Imam Nafi’ al-Madani (d. 169h.) of Madinah.
Imam ibn Kathir (d.120) of Makkah.
Imam Abu Amr al-Basri (d.154) of Basra.
Imam ibn Amir (d. 118) of Syria
Imam al-‘Asim bin Bahdalah (d.127) of Kufah.
Imam Hamzah bin Habib al-Zayyat (d.156) of Kufah.
Imam ‘Ali al-Kasa'i (d. 189h.) of Kufah.

The modes of qira'ah transmitted by these Imams are recognized as the seven most authoritative ones, although there are a number of other Imams in the field as well.

Later, scholars such as Abu Amr ad-Dani of Spain (d.444h) made a thorough record of all these modes of recital, thereby helping to preserve them for posterity.

The taqwa of the Imams of qira’ah

It is important to note that these scholars not only recited and taught, but lived the message of the Quran in their daily lives and were blessed by being engaged in this activity solely for the sake of Allah. We will just give few examples for the sake of illustration although there are many others.

For instance, with regard to Imam Nafi it is related that the scent of musk came from his mouth whenever he spoke. When asked whether he used scent before sitting to teach, he replied: 'I do not touch scent nor do I go near it. But I have seen the Prophet, the Salutations and Peace of Allah be upon him, in a dream reciting into my mouth and since then I have this scent in it." He was described as the "purest of people in character". On his deatbed his advice to his children was as follows: "Fear Allah and solve your differences. And obey Allah and His Messenger if you are true believers."

With regard to Imam ‘Asim, no less a person than Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal r.a. described him as "a very trustworthy, good and pious man." On his deathbed he was found repeatedly reciting the verse "Then they will be returned to Allah, their true Master."

Imam Hamzah bin al-Habib al-Zayyat was also recognized for his simplicity, humility and piety. The great Imam Abu Hanifah said to him: "There are two things which you have surpassed us in and about which we will never argue with you: the Quran and the laws of inheritance." It is narrated that whenever he was free between Dhuhr and Asr or between Maghrib and Isha, he would pass his time in prayer. One of the 'ulama said of him : "I do not think that Allah keeps bala (great trials and calamities) away from Kufah except through the presence of Hamzah.

The differences between the qira’at

The differences between these qira'at relate to minor, but equally acceptable, differences in the pronunciation of certain words in the Quran. Such differences, of course, do not change the fundamental meaning of any Quranic verse. The different pronunciation, though, may provide another shade of meaning to a word. It must always be borne in mind that the source of these allowable differences is the Holy Prophet himself, the Salutations and Peace of Allah be upon him.  

The most widespread form of qira'ah today
Due to inevitable historical circumstances, some qira'ahs became more well-known than others. Only two of the seven Qira'at mentioned are in widespread currency. The Qira'ah of Imam Nafi’ as narrated by his student Warsh is widely read in North and West Africa. Elsewhere in the Muslim world the qira'ah of Imam ‘Asim bin Bahdalah, as transmitted by his student Hafs, is dominant. The Quran as we read it in South Africa is in this qira'ah.

Sanad, Ijaza and Silsila

The basis of all Islamic sciences, be it Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh, Qira'ah and so on is sanad and ijazah. Sanad means that one is certified as competent in a particular Islamic science that has been studied under a teacher in that field. Ijazah means that, in addition, that the teacher gives one license and permission to teach others in that field. People who are declared competent in the field, and have been given license to teach others, are part of a continuous chain [silsila] stretching right back to the Holy Prophet, Allah's Peace and Blessings be upon him. When one listens to a qualified qari’, it is worthwhile noting that he or she has in this way a spiritual link to the Holy Prophet. It is also our duty as Muslims to be conscious of the enormous sacrifices that the Companions, tabi'in, the Imams of qira'ah and others have made to document, preserve and continue the modes of recital authorised by the Holy Prophet, the Salutations and Peace of Allah be upon him. We would have not known how to read the Qur'an otherwise.

Sheikh Ismail Londt

Tribute to Sheikh Hafiz Masood Ahmed Kagee

The Habibia Soofie Masjid Cape Town would like to pay homage to our Beloved Ustadh and Sheikh, Hafiz Masood Ahmed Kagee, one of the senior Imams of the Masjid and the Principal of the Habibia Soofie Madrassah.

Sheikh Masood was the eldest son of Hazrath Moulana Goolam Kutbudien Kagee. Having been instilled with love for the Quran from a young age, Sheikh Masood began reciting at the age of 4. In 1986, Sheikh Masood started his Hifth at the hands of Sheikh Fuaad Gabier. He later went on to complete his Hifth and pursue Quranic Studies in the Haram in Makkatul Mukkarramah. Here, Sheikh Masood mastered his Tajweed and recitation of the Quran, developing his own unique style of reciting.

Returning to Cape Town in 1992, due to the advent of the gulf war, Sheikh Masood started to assist in the Imamate duties of the Masjid. At his home in Flat Road, he began his life-long service of teaching the Noble Quran.

In 1996, due to the vast growth of students, Sheikh Masood opened Markaz Tahfiz Al-Quran Al-Kareem, at the Habibia Soofie Masjid. As time went on, many students graduated and completed their Hifth at the hands of the respected Sheikh, among whom are Moulana Luqmaan Kagee and many others. Sheikh Masood also instilled in his children the love for Quraan, leaving behind a daughter that is Hafiza and three sons whom are learning Hifth.

Sheikh Masood also assisted in the daily running of the institute and was also very instrumental in the Imamate duties and organising the Taraweeh prayers at the Masjid.

Sheikh Masood was well-known for his beautiful voice and melodious recitations. Men and women, young and old, would flock to the Masjid to listen to his recitation, particularly that of Surah Ar Rahman. Many referred to him as “Ustadh” due to the dedication he showed for teaching the Quran. He was of an easy disposition and was quite humorous at times. He reflected Adab in his character especially towards his elders.

As the years went by, Sheikh Masood’s health soon began declining and he found himself a regular occupant of a hospital bed. Although his physical heart and body weakened, his love for teaching and serving outshone his ill-health and he continued to serve the Habibia Soofie Masjid and its Madrassah.

On Thursday 28 December 2017, Sheikh Masood passed away at his home, surrounded by his family. Many of us will remember him as a teacher and mentor, a person who was admired not only for his unique recitations and melodious voice, but his enthusiasm and zeal in teaching the Noble Quran. To his family, he will be remembered as “Dada”, the first-born of a generation, and the first to return to the realm of the Divine Mercy.

We are reminded of the hadith wherein our Beloved Prophet Muhammad -sallalahu alayhi wa sallam- is reported to have said: “Allah has His own people among mankind.” The Sahabah then asked, “O Messenger of Allah, who are they?”. The Prophet -sallalahu alayhi wa sallam- replied, “The People of the Quran are the People of Allah and those who are closest to Him.” (Ibn Majah)

May Allah -subhanahu wa ta’ala- honour our beloved Ustadh and Sheikh and grant him the highest abode in Jannah. May Allah -subhanahu wa ta’ala- allow him admittance as one of His people, and may he be granted the company of our Beloved Prophet -sallalahu alayhi wa sallam-, the Ambiyaah , and our Pious Predecessors -may the Almighty be pleased with them all-.

May Allah -subhanahu wa ta’ala- count him as one of the special servants of Quran and allow him to be honoured as one of the Quraa of Jannatul Firdaus, Insha Allah. May his Qabr be filled with the Noor of the Quran and may it be a Garden of the Gardens of Paradise, Insha Allah.

The Kagee-Soofie family humbly request your Duahs during this trying time. May Allah Azza Wajal grant Sheikh Masood’s noble parents, his honourable wife, his children and his brothers and sisters, the patience and perseverance to carry on the legacy of love for the Quran and this Deen Insha Allah, Ameen.

“To Allah do we belong and unto Him is Our Return.”

Habibia Soofie Masjid- Cape Town

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.

Shukran

Was Salaam

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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.

 

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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

initiative.

 

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

suffering.

 

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.

Ameen.

 

Moulana Goolam Qutbuddien Kagee
Habibia Soofie Masjid- Cape Town

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.
THE HABIBIA SOOFIE TRUST COMMITTEE

 

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.

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