Self-Empowerment: Cape Muslims Power Struggle (1866)
Posted by tahirfarrath on February 10, 2010
(History of Muslims in South Africa)
1866 – Disputes over succession and/or appointment of imams
Over the years the Cape Muslim `clerical’ order developed with the imams wielding appreciable power. The status of the imams, together with economic security and in many cases prosperity was due to the generous monetary donations and gifts by the congregation. Between 1866 and 1900, over twenty cases pertaining to masajid in the Cape peninsula were heard in the Supreme Court with regard to the positions of imams and their succession. (It’s a real pity to see that we must rely on non-Muslims to resolve our disputes. What still of the costs!) Practically every masjid at the Cape in the 19th century faced this problem.