November 1, 2000
|The morning of November 1st began
at 3:00 am as the mureeds from all over the Western Cape came to the home
of Professor DaCosta to attend tahajjud and morning prayers with the
The Shaykhs and their companions from abroad had breakfast at 10:00 am and then the Shaykh sat with the gathered mureeds and addressed a number of philosophical questions posed to him by Dr. Nazeer Ahmed.
|After the eight rakats of Salat
ad-Duha, Shaykh Nazim delivered a special talk to the ladies present.
|Outside host Dr. DaCosta's home,
the guests prepare to travel in Cape Town to visit various maqams (ziarats)
of Awliya, the Saints who brought Islam to the Cape and to South Africa
and who established its teachings and preserved them with Allah's support
during all kinds of difficulties and trials.
|At the maqam of Sayed Abdul-Malik,
a Wali, most likely from the Dutch East Indies, buried near downtown Cape
Town. His grave indicates he was born in Batavia and died in 1669.
Professor Yusuf DaCosta explained that Sayed Abdul-Malik may have known
the famous Wali Hazrat Yusuf Makassar, considered the first Muslim slave
to bring Islam to the Cape and was likely a slave with him. Hazrat Yusuf
was brough in chains to South Africa, having been involved in revolting
against the Dutch in Indonesia.
Shaykh Nazim here shows the underlying covers of the grave, and requested the Ziayarat Committee to modify the grave to indicate the location of the head by putting a turban above it, as is done by Ahl as-Sunnah in most countries, and to raise the center of the cover.
|This incredible scenery is the backdrop for the maqam of the Wali Sayed Muhammad Hasan Ghaibi Shah. The huge granite wall of Table Mountain, covered by the famous "tablecloth" of clouds that constantly pour down the rocky escarpment and whisp away like a fog, is the most famous landmark of Cape Town and gives the city a truly unique beauty all its own. The Maqam itself is situated at the top fo a plateau overlooking the sea on one side and Lion's Head, another granite mountain, to the north, with the city to the south and Table Mountain to the West.|
|Shaykh Nazim and Shaykh Hisham pray
for the soul of the Saint Sayed Muhammad. Shaykh Nazim noted with anger
the bullet holes in the glass, stating that whoever assaults a wali will
undoubtedly suffer, and in this case the person's hand had been injured.
|The Atlantic ocean and the wealthy
portion fo Cape Town, with Robben Island far in the distance. Nelson
Mandela is one of the more recent "graduates" of the Robben
Island prison, where he spent over 20 years. The island has been used as a
prison for over four hundred years and included among its inmates a number
of great Awliya, some of whom are buried within its shores. It is related
that Nelson Mandela's proximity to the sould of these Awliya has been a
reason for his being drawn towards Islam.
|While visiting the lovely
touristic area near the maqam, many tourists appeared, asking the Shaykhs
to take photographs with them. This continued with the mureeds who then
requested to have individual and group photos with the Shaykhs.
|Bahauddin Adil, son of Shaykh Nazim, calls adhan far above the sea on the hill overlooking the city.||The group then drove to the nearby
grave of Tuan Salih Guru. Another prisoner-Wali, Tuan Salih was freed
later in his life. He then joined the city police force - his intention:
to protect the Muslim women from the many assaults on their persons by the
unbelievers. He established the first Islamic school on the Cape.
The Shaykh rests at Dr. DaCosta's home after returning from the ziarat tour.
|Shaykh Nazim drinks water from the holy well of Zamzam. He stood facing the Qibla to drink according to the Sunnah of Rasulullah (s), as opposed to drinking regular water, for which the Shaykh always observes the Sunnah of sitting to drink.|
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