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The Jumu’a Mosque of Cape Town was founded by Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi and the building was gifted by the Bukhari Foundation.

The Jumu’a Mosque’s Jama’at is young, mixed, dynamic and fast-growing, and there is a busy calendar of events, teaching and Da’wa at the Mosque.

Imam Habib Bewley and the Jama’at of the Jumu’a Mosque would like to extend a warm welcome to all the Muslims of Cape Town and beyond – and of course, to anyone wishing to find out more about Islam. People enter Islam regularly at our Mosque.

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Islam in Southern Africa

The first organized Muslim community of South Africa dates back to the 17th century in Cape Town. The prisoners exiled by the Dutch army from the Dutch colonies of Java, Sumatra and Malacca, mostly sultans, amirs, imams and scholars, leaders of the resistance, established an early Muslim community in the Western Cape as early as in the end of the 17th century. From that time, a vigorous Muslim community is a traditional segment of the South African society.

In the late 19th century and during the 20th century a numerous community of Muslims from India migrated to Natal in the Indian Ocean to work in the fields and to establish business. From there the Indian Muslims spread to the interior and have established significant urban groupings in the main cities of South Africa, specially in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Durban, but Mosques and madrasas can be found all over the country.

In the years after the end of apartheid (1994) South Africa has seen a continuous influx of Muslim immigrants for Somalia, Ethiopia, Malawi and to a lesser degree from West Africa. Many of these take modest jobs or set up small shops all over the country. A new wave of Pakistani Muslims coming to South Africa and marrying into the Muslim community can be seen in recent years with many shops, supermarkets and trading stores run by Pakistani Muslims.