Self-Empowerment: Port Elizabeth (1894 – )
Posted by tahirfarrath on March 2, 2010
(History of Muslims in South Africa)
1894 – Rudolp Street Masjied
This Masjid was built in 1894 on Lot no.34 when the farm of Paapen Bietjies was sold to develop the new suburb of South End. There is little history on how the Mosque came to be built. (Rather than a split in the Grace Street Mosque congregation, it is more likely because of the increasing Muslim population in South End.) Emaam Jalaludien was the first Emaam and the father of Emaam Moegamat Baakier. His father was Abdul Wahab Salie, the Emaam of Pier Street Masjid. The second Emaam was Tayboe, the father of Abduraoaf Tayboe. Next was Emaam Awalie who had five children, one of whom was Hadji Jawaiyer – mother of Sheikh Jamiel Jardien. Ayoob Sandan who lived opposite the Masjid was the fourth Emaam, and he was the father of Galiema, Fagma, Jalaludien, Hassiem and Abduraoaf. The fifth Emaam was the second Emaam’s son, Emaam Abduraoaf Tayboe.Then came Emaam Omar Mallick who was the father of Hadji Ganief, Abu Bakar, Mallick, Yusuf, Zainab and Amina. Emaam Sadaka Abader, son of Hadji Moegamat Abader, was the seventh Emaam (Abdul Gakiem Abrahams, 1989?). His sister, Mariam, was married to Ebrahiem Safedien, and his cousin, Hadji Hishaam Abader was married to Hadji Tougeeda Adams of Cape Town. Their daughter, Nuruniesah, married Toyer Farrath. The son, Abdullah, married Ebrahiem Safedien and Mariam’s daughter, Nuru. Hafis Majedie, theyoungest son, is now married to Zainab. Hadji Hishaam’s sister, Farida, was married to Achmat Khan of Cape Town. As mentioned previously, Abubakr Effendi’s second son, Hisham N’imatullah, ran a Muslim school in Port Elizabeth for a number of years.
South End Cemetary
One only has to visit and stand next to the graves to feel those who lie buried here. Some of the unmarked graves and slates tell their own stories. There are graves that are cared for by those who remember them and others are forlorn, unrecognisable and forgotten among the overgrowth of weeds and shrubs (Abdul Gakiem Abrahams, 1989?).