Sunni Muslim Masjid
The Sunni Muslim Masjid in Harvey Road, Claremont was built in 1908. Its first Imam was Imam Mogammad Amien Mustapha. He had officiated there for 54 years. Imam Mogammad Amien’s daughters Asa (d. 1944) and Gadija (d. 1943), and wife Salega nee Ryklief (d. 1953) had passed away before him. Imam Mogammad Amien Mustapha had died on 22 March 1962 aged 74 and was buried at the Mowbray Cemetery. He was survived by his children, Haji Mogammad Rashaad (d. 1986), Abdul Gamied (d. 1985), Mariam (d. 1987), Jogerah (1929-2008), Mareldia (d. 1992), Asma (b. 1938) and his adopted daughter Fatima (b. 1934).
Imam Toyer Latief (d. 1947) had assisted Imam Mogammad Amien Mustapha and had taught there. Hafith Abduragmaan Ely (d. 1960) had led the taraweeh salaah. Before taking up the Imamate post at Masjid al-Waqaf in Kimberley, Imam Yusuf Gallant (b. 1927) had, for three months in 1964, deputised as the Sunni Muslim Masjid Imam.
Hafith al-Qur’an Imam Gasan Abdurahman was the Imam of the mosque until his death in 1975. Boeta Abu Bakr Levy (d. 1967) had presided as his second-in-command. The last remains of Imam Gasan Abdurahman were interred at the Mowbray Cemetery. Boeta Ismail Cassiem, Boeta Imraan Stemmet, Boeta Amardien Stemmet, Boeta Omar Adams and Haji Ismail Noordien (1924-2004) had, over the years, called the worshippers to prayer.
The shuyukh Abu Bakr and Ebrahim Gabriels had cut their teeth at the Sunni Muslim Masjid and had qualified in al-Madinah al-Munawwarah, Arabia. Arabic grammarian Sheikh Abdullah Abduroaf (d. 2004) had studied in Mecca and had served the Harvey Road faithful from 1975 till 1988. By this time, most people of colour had been forced from Claremont by apartheid and the Group Areas Act. Sheikh Abdullah Abduroaf was succeeded by the current incumbent, Imam Mogammad Ali Gierdien (b. 1930).
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