Kramat of Tuan Dea Koasa and Tuan Ismail Dea Malela
For hundreds of years residents of Simonstown had known of the existence of two holy shrines situated just above Runciman’s Drive, there in a forest clearing above Goede gift, people from far and wide came to pay their repsects. In the early year of Simonstown, the community was a small amd concentrated one-all living within the immediate proximity of the two shrines. While the precise identity of these Auliyah could never be verified, regular visitors have been unanimous in their opinion that buried in these graves are indeed the “friends of Allah”. Typical of all Kramats, the area has always been enveloped in an aura of calm and tranquility.
It was only earlier this century that a translation of a kitaab, passed from generation to generation, revealed with any define certainty the identity of the Auliyah buried here. Written in ancient Sumbawanese, the kitaab identifies these Auliyah as Iman Abdul Karrien bin Imam Jalil bin Imam Islam of Sumbawa in Indonesia. (aka-Tuan Ismail Dea Malela and Tuan Dea Koasa).
In 1969,a second part of the “mystery” was put to rest by a UCT student, certain Mr Muller who conducted his these on the Muslim community in Cape Town, and specifically this area in Simontown. His research findings revealed what oral history had claimed for centuries – that Tuan Ismail Dea Malela and his son, Tuan Dea Koasa are of royal descent. His research cites the Kitaad as the most valuable piece of evidence linking the families of the Dea royal family in Pemangong, Sumbawe, Indonesia and Sultan Kaharuddin to the Dea royal family in Simonstown
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