Others practising Islam were brought to the Cape as enslaved labourers and forced to work for the VOC or settlers. Over time many people of colour would become Muslim as opposed to the Christian religion of the Dutch. Despite Islam having to be practised in secret until 1804 when religious freedom was finally permitted at the Cape, local Muslims were able to create communities around their traditions and customs from their countries of origins, and later their mosques and madrasas.
After the practice of Islam became legal at the Cape, international Muslim scholars and Imams would travel here more regularly.
According to an old title deed of the premises, the Mossel Bay Muslim community was granted a property measuring 69 square roods and 48 square feet in 1864 to use as their cemetery.
These two Muslim graves, uncovered in 1926, are believed to be that of Muslim Saints (Sheikh Abdurahman Sayed Al Mujahedeen) who died in Mossel Bay on route to Batavia (present-day Jakarta) around 1864.
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Mossel Bay Muslim community
Western Cape, MOSSEL BAY, Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, Unknown Muslim grave
The GGSA Cemetery DVD only has information on the location of the cemetery. Cemetery ID: 3947
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GPSID: 4685 GPS: -34 10.772, 22 8.316