1 Auwal Mosque Est 1794 34 Dorp Street

The Auwal Mosque is the first and oldest mosque built in South Africa. This is evident according to very strong oral tradition which also confirms that Imam Abdullah Kadi Abdus Salaam also known as Tuan Guru, who was the first Imam at this Mosque.
The Auwal mosque came into existence in 1798 during the first British occupation of the Cape of Good Hope and was the main religious instituting during the years 1804 until 1850. This mosque is also the first to have practiced most of the Cape Muslim traditions.
The Auwal mosque was a Shafee mosque and was in conformance with the doctrines of Muslims of Indonesian origin. Hence the teachings of Shafee were taught so that up to this day more than 90% of Muslims in the Bo-Kaap are Shafee.
The Auwal Mosque which is situated in Dorp Street has ever since its inception been a symbol of the struggle of Cape Muslims for the recognition of Islam and their freedom to worship.
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2 Palm Tree Mosque Est 1820 185 Long Street
Palm Tree Mosque
Palm Tree Mosque

The Palm Tree Mosque is the second oldest Mosque in BoKaap and was established in 1820. The Mosque’s location is in Long Street and appears to be a house that was converted into a Mosque. The Mosque is also refered to in some books as the Jan Van Boughies Mosque. The first Imaam appointed was Abdoolgamiet van Bengalen.

3 Nurul Islam Mosque Est 1844 134 Buitengragcht Street
Nurul Islam Mosque
Nurul Islam Mosque

Nurul Islam Mosque is the first mosque in South Africa founded by a congregation of students who studied under the guidance of Imam Achmat van Bengalen. It is the third oldest mosque and is situated in a small lane off Buitengracht Street about one hundred metres from the Auwal mosque. It was founded in 1844 by the younger of Tuan Guru’s sons, Imam Abdol Rauf.
The Mohamedan Shafee Congregation was established round about the 1830’s by Abdol Rakiep together with his brother Abdol Rauf, the three sons of Achmat van Bengalen and Baderoen. It was only 27 February 1844 that the Mohamedan Shafee Congregation received a transference of property to build the mosque with Abdol Rauf as Imam.

4 Jamia Mosque Est 1850 Lower Chiappini Street
Jamia Mosque
Jamia Mosque

This Shafee mosque was the first mosque which was specially granted land for a mosque site and hence is also known as Queen Victoria Mosque as patronage of the British Crown. It is the fourth mosque and is situated on the corner of Chiappini and Castle Streets adjacent to the disused stone quarry where the first Jumu-ah(Friday Congregational prayer) was read in South Africa in 1790. It is the biggest mosque in Bo-Kaap and the fifth eldest in South Africa. The minaret was constructed in 1932 and later enlarged in 1914 to accommodate the Hiempu.
The Jamia Mosque is the main Shafee Jumu-ah Mosque in Bo-Kaap and serves as a reminder of the Cape Muslims in the Battle of Blaauwberg and the Battle of the Axe, in order for the construction site for a mosque to be acquired.

5 Mosque Shafee Est 1859 Upper Chiapinni Street
Mosque Shafee
Mosque Shafee

On 3 September 1859 the first piece of land was acquired by Imam Hadjie, who was a trustee of the Mohamedan community and took the transfer of a piece of land situated on the corner of Helliger Lane and Chiappini Street. The original name of the mosque was The Mosque of Imam Hadjie and was the fifth mosque constructed in Bo-Kaap.

6 Hanafee Mosque Est1881 Cnr. Long & Dorp Street
Hanafee Mosque
Hanafee Mosque – Ref: Google Maps

The Hanafee Mosque is situated at the corner of Dorp and Long Street and was constructed by Abubakr Effendi. The first Imam was Achmat Sedick.

7 Boorhaanol Mosque Est 1884 Longmarket Street
Boorhaanol Mosque
Boorhaanol Mosque – Ref:

Boorhaanol Islam was built in 1884 and is situated in Longmarket Street. It was originally known as Pilgrim Mosque. This was where the first minaret was built in Cape Town and was made of wood. After it blew off in a storm in the late 1930’s it was replaced by a concrete structure. It was then decided to renovate the entire mosque. It was during these renovations that the name of the mosque was changed to Masjied Boorhaanol Islam in 1970.It is the only mosque in Cape Town which was declared a national monument.
The Boorhaanol mosque was also very much concerned with the upliftment of the community and established the Boorhaanol Recreational Movement on 7 October 1966. This was initiated by Imam Abdurahmaan Bassier the Imam of the mosque at that time.

8 Quawatul Islam Mosque Est 1892 Loop Street
Quawatul Islam Mosque
Quawatul Islam Mosque –

The eighth Mosque to be constructed in BoKaap is Quawatul Islam Mosque in Loop Street. The Mosque was built as a result of the large influx of Indian Muslims to Cape Town. By the late nineteenth century the majority of the Muslim people residing in BoKaap were Shafee due their culture and the their rooted beginnings. This did cause conflict as the Hanafee followers would not allow marriages to takes place between themselves and Shafee followers. But today it is possible and that struggle is over.

9 Nurul Mohamadia Mosque Est 1899 Vos Street
Noerul Mogammadiah Mosque
Noerul Mogammadiah Mosque –

The Mosque was constructed in 1899 in Vos Street. The location is described as between Strand, Waterkant, Hudson and Vos Street. The land was donated by Hadjie Salie Jacob to the Nurul Mohamedia Congregation. It was the first Mosque in BoKaap with a proper constitution defining the rights of the Imam and the members of the Mosque. It was also the first BoKaap not involved in the Supreme Court litigations.

10 Nurul Huda Mosque Est 1958 Leeuwen Street
Nurul Huda Mosque
Nurul Huda Mosque –
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Situated near the Schotsches Kloof Flats in Leeuwen Street is the Nurul Huda Mosque constructed in 1958. A prayer room was constructed by the Jassiem Family is 1939. Madressa classes are also held.