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

Habibia Soofie Madressa: Heritage & 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 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.

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Habibia Soofie Madressa: Applications 2018

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Habibia Soofie Madressa announces that its 2018 applications for all new learners will be open until Thursday 01 February 2018.

Learners over the age of 6 years will be accepted. Please apply early to avoid disappointment, as space is limited.

All classes are conducted by male educators for the male learners, with accommodation for female learners being provided by female educators.

The Madressa curriculum includes the following subjects:

  • The recitation and memorisation of the Holy Qur’ān;
  • Tajwīd studies, memorisation skills and etiquette;
  • Commentary on selected chapters of the Holy Qur’ān;
  • Supplications and invocations for daily usage and for occasions;
  • Islamic manners and interaction;
  • Fiqh of devotions and worship;
  • The Prophetic biography, Islamic history and Islam in South Africa; and
  • Conversational Arabic and Arabic writing skills.

For the application form, and for more information, please see our prospectus below.

The Habibia Soofie Madressa is the only Madressa affiliated to the Habibia Soofie Masjid, Cape Town.

Habibia Soofie Madressa: Employment Opportunity

The Habibia Soofie Madressa, situated at the Habibia Soofie Masjid, Rylands Estate, Cape Town, wishes to employ a qualified senior female Mu'allimah.
The Madressa consists of learners from the age of 6 upwards, and the hours are as follows: Mondays to Thursdays (16h00 - 18h45).
The criteria that the candidate must fulfill include the following:
- The ability to recite the Holy Qur'an fluently;
- The relative experience required to teach children;
- Full knowledge of all Islamic Studies subjects and conversational Arabic;
- Availability and commitment of being at the Madressa during the above-mentioned hours; and
- Own transport.
Responsibilities include the following:
- The teaching of Qur'anic recitation/memorisation and all subjects part of the Madressa curriculum on a daily basis;
- Class teacher duties, such as marking of assessments and exams, and the preparation of results and reports; and
- Availability for Madressa meetings and programmes.
Please note that initial employment will be based on a part-time 3-6 months contract, which will be renewed at the discretion of the Madressa committee. Furthermore, respective candidates will be subject to an assessment of their Qur'anic recitation and/or memorisation.
For applications, please forward your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Thursday 18 January 2018.