Moulana Abdul Latief
At the end of the 19th century there was a great influx of Muslims traders from India who followed the Indians brought to this country to work on the sugar plantations in Natal.
Moulana Abdul Latief came to South Africa at the end of the 19th century.
He was first engaged as an Imam and teacher in the Transvaal. It was from there that he was recalled by Sufi Saheb to the newly established Islamic centre on the Umgeni River in Natal. At the Umgeni River Islamic Centre, Moulana Abdul Latief acted as madrasah teacher for a few years. He then decided to return to India to visit his aging father. On his temporary return Sufi Saheb recognised his potential as religious leader and persuaded him to stay even if it was for a short while.
Sufi Saheb then came to Cape Town and purchased the land at Doornhoogte. On his return to Durban, Sufi Saheb requested that Moulana Abdul Latief proceed to Cape Town to establish a mosque and Islamic centre on the site he purchased.
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