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Nurul Islam / Star of Islam
Cape Town, Western Cape

Date:1844 : 1895
Style:Eclecticism : Islamic Traditionalist
Street:Buitengracht Street


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33°55'19.07" S 18°24'55.56" E Alt: 43m

This, often referred to as the Star of Islam, is regarded by some as the oldest mosque in Cape Town, certainly the oldest established by a congregation. However it is not in its original form, having been altered and rebuilt over the years. It is in fact the third oldest mosque in South Africa. It was founded in 1844 by Imam Abdol Rauf, the younger of Tuan Guru's sons and served the Shafee congregation of the Bo-Kaap. In 1895 a rebuild of the street facade was undertaken, despite court cases as to mortgage rights on the property. The lower floor was intended as rental space for shops while the upper floor would serve as a madrassa (school) and residence for the Imam. Difficulties with mortgage repayments led to the sale of the property in 1905. Since 1912 it has served the local Nurul Islam congregation.

These notes were last edited on 2021 02 17

Writings about this entry

Cohen, Ronald. 2015. Cape Town : a study in watercolours. Cape Town: Fernwood Press. pg s.p.
Davids, Achmat. 1980. The Mosques of Bo-Kaap - A social history of Islam at the Cape. Athlone, Cape: The South African Institute of Arabic and Islamic Research. pg 55, 106 108, 127-137, 138, 142, 188