Cape Malays…

and their Heritage

Self-Empowerment: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (1900 – )

Posted by tahirfarrath on March 2, 2010

(History of Muslims from South Africa)

Zeenat al-Islam Masjid, Volshenk Drive (off Reynolds Drive), Barham Green, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe was built and used by Cape Malay Muslims who had settled there from Cape Town and Kimberley, South Africa, during the early 1900s, this small mosque is otherwise known as the “Cape Malay Masjid”. Although the local people have lost all traces of “kombuis” Afrikaans, good “Cape Malay” surnames such as Cassim and Hendricks abound. A brass plaque says that the mosque library was opened by Boeta Moghammed Volkwijn.


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