Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Islamic Text Institute | Cape Town's Heavenly Gardens


It was wonderful to hear from one honorable acquaintance of mine, Shaykh Allie Khalfe of South Africa, so I took the opportunity to congratulate him on the opening of the Islamic Text Institute's new premises at Surrey Estate in Cape Town. The Institute held an open day on 13th December 2016 with Shaykh Seraj Hendricks as the guest of honor who officiated the lovely place. 

Among the guests who attended the Islamic Text Institute's Open Day on 13 Dec 2016:
Qari Shaykh Bienyamin Toefy, Brother Yaseen Kippie
and Umar Kemp (age 90) a regular tholabul ilmi at the Institute

The Islamic Text Institute's beautiful new premises.
Contributions are welcomed:
Bank: Standard Bank
Branch: 5309 Type: MARKETLINK
Number: 07-620-713-7
The Islamic Text Institute has just begun offering Arabic & Tafsir classes for 2017 on Mondays and Tuesdays. Shaykh Allie Khalfe who leads the Islamic Text Institute, conducts this class at their new premises on Jupiter Road in Cape Town.

Shaykh Allie Khalfe with Umar Kemp at the Institute's opening ceremony.
May Allah give us a long healthy life as He the Almighty has blessed brother Umar Kemp.
At 90, he remains an istiqamah knowledge seeker.  

As a friend in faith, I wish Shaykh Allie Khalfe and his jemaah/students at the Islamic Text Institute all the very best for 2017 and beyond. Cape Tonian Muslims are indeed fortunate to be living in a highly spiritual and beautiful environment. On 14th December 2016, a Mawlid was held at the main Al Zawiyah center at Walmer Estate, Cape Town. 

Also in December 2016, a special zikir circle for ladies was held in the presence of its patron Shaykh Seraj Hendricks and Shaykh Ahmad Hendricks, the grandchildren of  Shaykh Muhamamd Salih Hendricks who first initiated the zikir circle for women in Cape Town about 90 years ago. 

I do not know of a must-visit popular city in the world which has a disciplined, committed and wonderfully close-knit Muslim community, other than Cape Town. May Allah preserve His blessings on them all.
Mawlid at the Al Zawiyah - In unison, in white, each one of them, MashaAllah
(Azzawia/the Al Zawiyah is a waqaf  belonging to the Hendricks family at Walmer Estate, founded in 1920
by Shaykh Muhammad Salih Hendricks)
[Pic credit: FB of the Islamic Text Institute]
For more info on Azzawia please visit

Zikir Circle for Women - all white too!
[Pic credit: Shafiq Morton]
For more info on the history of this special zikir tradition for women, visit:

For further info on Cape Town's new generation of the scholars, namely Shaykh Allie Khalfe and the organization he leads - the Islamic Text Institute - do follow his wordpress at below link:

Once again, we say mabruk to the scholars of Cape Town and their jemaah. 
Please do remember us in your du'a.
Wassalamualaikum warahmatullah.

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