About Habibia Soofie Masjied

Up on the northern end of Langalibalele Street, in Pietermartizburg, are three Hindu temples and a Soofie mosque. Habibia Soofie Masjied, the mosque, was built by the Sufi saint Soofie Saheb on a piece of land that, when bought in 1909, stood on the very edge of the city stretching from East Street to the banks of the Dorpspruit River.

Its full name is Chishti Nizami Habibia Soofi Aastana and it is the home of the Chishti Habibi Sufi Order, which hails all the way back to Ali ibn Abi Talib, the Prophet Mohammed's cousin and son-in-law.

Did you know? Sufism is the mystical tradition of Islam, often regarded as the 'science of spirituality' and the Chishti order emphasises love and tolerance, with no discrimination on the basis of race or political affiliation.

The Habibia Soofie Khanqah (khanqahs are buildings designed for gatherings of a Sufi brotherhood) was built in 1909. It was one of 11 built by Shah Ghulam Muhammad Siddique (Soofie Saheb), who was sent by his master the great Sufi saint Khwaja Habib Ali Shah to bring Islam to the southern tip of Africa.

Soofi Saheb established centres in Natal, the Cape and Lesotho. The Pietermaritzburg Soofie Mosque was administered by his third son. When he died his wife capably continued the spiritual practices, after which her son and grandson took over and serve the community today.

The sandy yellow and red flag is a combination of true love (red) and humility (yellow) and when flown indicates that an ordained spiritual master (Khalifa) is present at the centre.

Need to Know

WhereHabibia Soofie Masjied, 189 Masukwana Street, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

WhenBest during daylight hours

Telephone+27 (0)33 342-2016

OvernightStay in Pietermaritzburg Accommodation, KwaZulu Natal

Disclaimer

Please note, business details can change. While we endeavour to ensure all information provided by the service provider is correct at the time of publication, we do not assume any liability caused by errors or changes, such as price, cost, time, and location. Please check with the provider that the activity/business is still offered as described, before making any travel plans.

Feedback?

If this is your attraction, you can let us know if anything on this page is outdated or contains inaccuracies, by email. We regret, we do not have any other information, please contact the provider if you have questions.

In the vicinity

Hotels & other accommodation options in Pietermaritzburg

Things to do in the area

Accommodation convenient to Habibia Soofie Masjied

FIND / South Africa Accommodation / KwaZulu Natal Accommodation / Natal Midlands Accommodation / Pietermaritzburg Accommodation

Pietermaritzburg as a destination

Want to stay overnight?

Number of Guests

  • Secure your booking
Our Payment Protection Guarantee only applies if your deposit payment is made via SA-Venues.com
  • Pietermaritzburg

SA-Venues.com has been assisting travellers with their South Africa travel plans since 1999, and is the largest, independent online travel guide for South Africa available in both English and German.