The Bo‑Kaap is an area of Cape Town, South Africa formerly known as the Malay Quarter.
Known for its brightly coloured houses and situated at the foot of Signal Hill, Bo-Kaap is the spiritual home of the Cape’s Muslim community.
It is home to The Auwal Masjid, the first and oldest mosque built in South Africa.
Imam Abdullah Kadi Abdus Salaam, also known as Tuan Guru, was the first Imam at this Masjid.
The Auwal Masjid came into existence in 1794 during the first British occupation of the Cape of Good Hope and was the main religious institution during the years 1804 until 1850.
The mosque was built on land belonging to the freed slave Coridon van Ceylon.
In 1793 Tuan Guru was released from Robben Island, having served a prison sentence of thirteen years. (at Bo-Kaap, Cape Town)