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.

Hazrath Imam Muhammad Yusuf Purkar Habibi RA

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He was born in 1884 in Bankot, India and came to Cape Town in 1907 in search of his brothers. He subsequently stayed at the Habibia Darbar, and became the mureed and khalifa of Hazrath Moulana Abdul Latief Qadi RA.

After the demise of his murshid, he continued the traditions of the complex and invited people to take part in its various activities, which continued to flourish. he passed away in 1356 AH (1937) and was buried outside the mazaar of Moulana Abdul Latief Qadi RA.

After his demise, Hazrath Imam Abdul Kariem Kagee Siddiqi RA was given the task of administering the Darbar.

Hazrath Imam Mustapha Qadi RA

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He was born in 1900 and was the second eldest son of Hazrath Ahmad Qadi Siddiqi RA and Kulsoom RA. He received his early education at the Habibia Soofie Saheb Madressa in Cape Town, under Moulana Abdul Latief Qadi RA and Sheikh Sadley Dollie RA.

He assisted as Imam at Habibia from 1936, with his brother Imam Abdul Kariem Kagee RA. He passed away shortly after performing Hajj in 1952.


Imam Muhammad Yusuf Parker RA

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Habibia DomeFondly known as "Bhai", he is the second eldest son of Imam Baboo and assisted his late father at Habibia Soofie Masjid. He is hafizul Qur'aan, and studied under the late Imam Shamsuddeen and the late Sheikh Salih 'Abaadi. He assisted in the Imaamat with his brother Imam Goolam Hoosain Parker at Habibia.

Imam Yusuf passed away in 2012, having served Habibia for many years. He left behind his wife `Aqilah, his 2 sons Fuzail and `Abdul Kareem and his daughter Khadeejah.

Shaykh Mas'ood Ahmad Kagee

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The community of the Western Cape was profoundly saddened by the demise of our esteemed Shaykh Mas’ood Ahmad Kagee in 2017.

May the Almighty Allāh grant him a high abode in the Jannah and the reward of carrying the Holy Qur’ān in his heart, as well as the remuneration for

imparting it to several students throughout the course of his life.


Shaykh Mas’ood, as founding member of the Madressa, had taken the initiative to establish a centre of excellence in Islamic education.

Shaykh Mas'ood was the eldest son of Moulana Goolam Qutboodien Kagee. He matriculated at Belgravia High School and studied Tajweed under

Shaykh Fu`ad Gabier. He pursued his studies further in Makkatul Mukarramah, where he completed Hifz (memorisation) of the Holy Qur'an.


He returned in 1412 (1991) and served this institution until his demise. He wasactively involved in teaching students the Holy Qur'an and Islam at the

Habibia Soofie Masjid, as the principal of the Institute for the studies of the Holy Qur'an (established in 1996).

Hafiz Mas'ood was instrumental in leading and organizing the annual Taraweeh Salaah at the Masjid.

He will always be remembered for his love and commitment to the Holy Qur'an, and his passion in teaching it to others.

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.

Imam Abdul Latief Purkar Habibi RA

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He was the eldest son of Hazrath Shah Muhammad Yusuf Habibi. He was born at the Darbaar in Cape Town, where he received his Islamic education, and later on, received his education from the late Sheikh Muhammad Salih 'Abaadi. 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 assisted in the general administration of the musjid and was charge of performing nikah, janaza namaaz and other religious needs of the community. He assisted in the various major renovations and extension. He was conferred the khilafat by Hazrath Peer Hafiz Pasha Habibi of Hyderabad in 1988. He was the longest serving Imam at Habibia, serving the institution for over 50 years. He passed away in March 2004, at the age of 78 after which Moulana Goolam Qutbuddien Kagee became head custodian.

Hazrath Imam Abdus Samad Qadi RA

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He was born in 1890 and was the eldest son of Hazrath Ahmad Qadi Siddiqi RA and Kulsoom RA, and the eldest brother on Imam Abdul Kariem Kagee RA.

He married the youngest daughter of Hazrath Soofie Saheb RA. He performed Hajj, together with Moulana Abdul Latief Qadi RA in 1911, and pursued his studies for 4 years in Al-Madinatul Munawwarah. He was then conferred khilafat in the Edroosi Silsilah. Imam Abdus Samad was an outstanding Qari (reciter of the Holy Qur'aan) and taught many students, including the late Imam Ahmad Karjiker of Grassy Park Masjid.