Tana Baru Wall Appeal - Appeal for funds

Below are some pictures of the damages to the Tana Baru Wall.

 Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu  اَلسَّلاَمےُعَلَيْكُمےْوَرَحْ مَـةُاللَّـهِ وَبَرَكَاتُـﮧ.

Ramadaan Kareem and trusting that you have all successfully reached the summit In Shaa Allah.

We have some good news and we have some bad news.

Bad news

The gale force winds on Wednesday 07th June 2017  have unfortunately toppled over the perimeter wall and its attached fencing on the Dawes Street side of the Tana Baru. Luckily Alghamdu-lillah no one got injured. However, there is now easy access to this sacred precinct for rogues to resume their nefarious activities.
The damage is estimated at R20 000.

Now for the good news.

As a loyal Friend of the Tana Baru, here is now a golden opportunity for you to earn some bonus Ramadaan points by contributing in cash or in kind towards the speedy restoration of this perimeter wall thus securing the site and protecting the graves of the Auliyaa and pioneers of Islam buried here.
We need sand, cement, bricks (wind block type), stone and brick force.

Kindly contact Fatima Behardien at 072 828 5261 to pledge your material contribution.

Should you wish to make a cash donation, our banking details are as follows:

Bank : Nedbank

Account Name : Tana Baru Trust

Branch : St. George’s Street, Cape Town

Branch Code : 100 909

Account Number : 100 937 44 00

Reference : Please enter your Name and Surname

May the rest of the Ramadan increase you further in Taqwa and bless you with an abundance of Ghair, Rahmah and Baraqah In Shaa Allah ... Aameen

About Us - The Tana Baru Trust


The Tana Baru Trust was established for the protection, preservation, and conservation of the historic Tana Baru cemetery (meaning 'New Ground' in Bahasa Malayu) in Bo-Kaap, on the slopes of Signal Hill, in the shadow of the Noon Day Gun fired daily from Lion Battery, and nestled above the Bo-Kaap Museum, Wale Street Heritage Mural Wall, historic Malay Quarter cultural precinct, Schotchekloof Civic Centre in the Bo-Kaap, i.e. the cradle of Islam in South Africa.

The historic Tana Baru burial ground is the final resting place of the pioneer forebears of Islam at the Cape. This ancient urban cemetery, which is situated at the top of Longmarket Street in the heart of the inner city of Cape Town, was officially closed on the 15th January 1886, despite vehement and sustained mass public protest from the Muslim community at the time.  

The oldewold Bo-Kaap enclave (literally 'Above the Cape')  is the traditional home of the Cape Muslim community and hallmarked with unique built environment architectural gems (cobble-stoned streets, narrow lanes / alleyways, steep thorough-fares, mosques, minarets, and melodious muezzins) on the fringe of the City Bowl, with the historic Tana Baru cemetery as an eternal sentinel on the eastern slopes of Signal Hill.  

The Tana Baru Trust was constituted in late 1998. Its forerunner, the Committee for the Preservation of the Tana Baru was formed in the early eighties as a direct result of the deep anguish the late Imam Abdurahman Bassier, resident Imam of the Boorhaanol Masjid in Longmarket Street at the time, felt and experienced when he witnessed the shameful desecration of the historic Tana Baru cemetery.  The late Dr Achmat Davids, the cultural historian, who had done extensive archival research to prove that the whole of the Tana Baru was once the earliest burial ground for the Cape Muslim community, lent his support to the Preservation Committee and together with Imam Bassier and a few dedicated community workers, set about first arresting the desecration of this sacred heritage site and then instituting a restoration programme.  

The Tana Baru Trust was the culmination of their sterling efforts to secure an official footing for the preservation and restoration of the oldest Muslim cemetery, generally accepted and recognised, in South Africa.


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