Friday, 15 December 2017
 

Kramat of Shaykh Abdurahman Matebe Shah

On the 24th January 1667, the ship the polsbroek left Batavia and arrived at the Cape on the 13th of May 1668, with three prisoners in chains defeat at the at the Castle of Soeroesang in 1667. One of them was incarcerated on Robben Island, while the other two were to the Company’s forest at Constantia.

Shaykh Abdurahman Matebe Shah , the last of the Malaccan Sultans, was one of the two. He was regarded as Orange Cayen, a title which means ‘man of power and influence; and viewed as particularly dangerous to the interest of the Company.

In 1667, and after a fierce battle. Soeroersang fell. The Sultan, Shaykh Abdurahman Matebe Shah , and his two religious advisors, were captured. His execution would have made him a matyr, and thus an inspiration to his people to continue the war. The three were thus banished to the Cape becoming the first political exiles here. Oral history relates that Shaykh Abdurahman Matebe Shah , soon befriended the slave population he met at Constantia, teaching them the spot, near the river, where he took his ablutions, meditated and said his prayers. His shrine is at the gateway to Klein Constantia. Its was contained in a wooden shack quaintly situated amongst the trees, adjacent to a stream of running water. Visiting the shrine was unique experience. One felt as if one was in the living presence of history, standing in a sacred spot filled with a spiritualism. The place had a serene atmosphere, with the tranquility sweetly broken by the process some of the trees were sacrificed. A beautiful edifice, designed by one of Cape Town’s leading architects, Gawie Fagen, and constructed by The Cape Mazaar (Kramat) Society.


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End of Klein Constantia Road
Constantia
Cape Town

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Places Near Here:
  1. Kramat of Shaykh Abdurahman Matebe Shah (0.3km)
  2. Kramat of Sayed Mahmud (1.26km)
  3. Masjid Monier (2.03km)
  4. Masjid Mahmoud (2.56km)
  5. Masjid Musnyne (4.41km)
  6. Nizamia Mosque (5.19km)
  7. Masjid al-Munowar (5.74km)
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Places Near Here:
  1. Kramat of Shaykh Abdurahman Matebe Shah (0.3km)
  2. Kramat of Sayed Mahmud (0.97km)
  3. Masjid Monier (1.74km)
  4. Masjid Mahmoud (2.32km)
  5. Masjid Musnyne (4.11km)
  6. Nizamia Mosque (4.99km)
  7. Masjid al-Munowar (5.49km)