ESTABLISHED IN 1895 BY HIS EXALTED EMINENCE HAZRATH HAJEE SHA GOOLAM MUHAMMED SOOFIE SIDDIQUI (RA) , COMMONLY KNOWN AS SOOFIE SAHEB
RIVERSIDE, durban & KENVILLE
Alpine Road Aastana
SPRING FIELD ALPINE ROAD, DURBAN
In 1906, Hadrath Soofie Saheb (RA) bought a piece of land in what was then known as Buttery Place (corner of Alpine and Quarry Roads) and built a Musjid, a Madressa and a quarters for Imaam and Muezzin. The land around the musjid property was mostly occupied by then Indian gardeners and farmers (among them Muslims), as the Umgeni River nearby provided ample water and the soil was rich. A cemetery was also established but was closed in 1930’s owing to town planning. The building of this institution provided the Muslims with an Islamic Centre where they could not only perform their daily Salaah and meet other brothers on a daily basis, but their children could also receive Islamic education. Hadrath Soofie Saheb (RA) personally supervised the affairs of the institution with the assistance of the local community. His sons and Khulafas also assisted. All the needs of the community were addressed – poor families were provided with food parcels, medical needs
were attended to, free burial for those who could not afford the expenses, and Muslim marriages were performed.
The following served as trustees: -
1) 1906-1911 – the Founder, Hadrath Soofie Saheb (RA)
2) 1911-1954 – Hadrath Shah Mohamed Ebrahim Soofie (RA)
3) 1911-1935 Hadrath Shah Abdul Aziz Soofie (RA) (second son of the founder) handled the
legal aspects of the Trust and was assisted by some of residents of Springfield to run the
day to day affairs.
4) 1935-1969 – Hadrath Shah Mohamed Habib Soofie (RA) (fifth son of the Founder)
5) 1969-1992 – Hadrath Shah Noor Mohamed Soofie (RA) (eldest son of Hadrath Shah
Mohamed Habib Soofie (RA))
6) 1992 to date- Hadrath Shah Mohamed Javed Soofie and Hadrath Shah Khalid Hassan
Soofie (sons of Hadrath Shah Noor Mohamed Soofie (RA))
Hadrath Shah Mohamed Habib Soofie (RA)
He was born in 1898 in Ibrahim Pattan in district Ratnagir, India. His mother, Hadrath Zainab (RA), was in India on a trip when she gave birth to Hadrath Shah Mohamed Habib Soofie (RA). He arrived in South Africa in early 1900 and grew up in the Darbar, Riverside. He received his Islamic education at the Habibia Soofie Saheb Madressa. His early childhood years were spent fruitfully at the Darbar. He observed the administrative qualities of his honoured father and elders of the family. He saw how the various needs of the people were being met. In this way he was given the basic training to do Dawah work.
At the age of 26 years he married Zulekha Bi (RA) and four children were born – Noor Mohamed, Kathija Bi, Nizam Bi and Goolam Rasool. He went to Chaka’s Kraal in 1925 to teach at the local Madressa. He also taught in Ladysmith and in Verulam. In 1935 he came to the Soofie Darbar at Springfield to serve the needs of the community here. He repaired and renovated the existing Musjid and Madressa. The ablution facility was also improved. Springfield was now growing steadily as a residential area as more and more people moved into the area. He served as Imam and teacher at the Madressa, for a considerably long period. He performed marriages, attended to the problems of the Musallees and personally invited the people for important religious events that took place at the Darbar. He travelled to India on a few occasions. On one such occasion, he visited various Soofie Khanqahs and met a few notable Sufis of their time in India. He visited Hyderabad and made Ziarath at the Mazaar of Hadrath Habib Ali Shah (RA), the Pir O Murshid of his father. He was conferred Khilafat by Hadrath Mukhdoom Hafiz Ali Shah (RA), the second son of Hadrath Habib Ali shah (RA). He also made a courtesy call on Shah Goolam Ali in Kandal, a village in South India. Shah Goolam Ali was once a young Hindu lad in Durban when Hadrath Soofie Saheb (RA) introduced
him to the Darbar in Riverside and with the permission of his parents brought him into the fold of Islam. He proved a brilliant student at the Habibia Soofie Saheb Madressa at Riverside where he learnt his basic and advanced Islamic education. He became a Mureed of Hadrath Soofie Saheb (RA) and after a few years of study he was sent to his native village of Kandal, India to serve Islam there. He also served as the first Muzawar at Hadrath Badsha Peer Mazaar. After a long search, Hadrath Shah Mohamed Habib Soofie (RA) eventually located the whereabouts of Shah Goolam Ali who was lecturing to his students on Islamic Fiqh at the time. He found a place and quietly sat down. Shah Goolam Ali immediately recognized him to be the
son of his Pir O Murshid. He respectfully met Hadrath Shah Mohamed Habib Soofie (RA) and introduced him to his students. A year before his demise, as his health was gradually deteriorating, Hadrath Shah Mohamed Habib Soofie (RA) appointed his eldest son, Hadrath Shah Noor Mohamed Soofie (RA), to succeed him and continue serving the community of Springfield and to upkeep the Darbaar. Hadrath Shah Mohamed Soofie (RA) passed away on 11 Muharram 1388 (1969) and was buried at Riverside.
Hadrath Shah Noor Mohamed Soofie (RA)
Hadrath Shah Noor Mohamed Soofie (RA) followed in the footsteps of his father. He was conferred Khilafath in the Chistia Order by Hadrath Zamin Shah (RA) from Delhi, India. In 1978 he extended the Musjid and Madressa extensively with the help of the community which brought the building to its present size. In 1986 a Jamaat Khana for ladies was built adjacent to
His children are Mohamed Junaid, Mohamed Javed, Khalid Hassan, Mohamed Jalil and Shenaaz Bi. In 1989 he retired due to illness. He passed away in 1992 (1 Safar 1413) and was buried in Riverside.
Hadrath Shah Mohamed Javed Soofie and Hadrath Shah Khalid Hassan Soofie
Shah Mohamed Javed Soofie and Shah Khalid Hassan Soofie were entrusted with the responsibilities of the Springfield Darbar as Trustees. In 1990 the Musjid at Springfield was completely refurbished. Two Minarets were added on to two sides of the Musjid. The wudu Khana was re-done and air conditioners were installed. A nursery school was built in 1995. Shah
Mohamed Javed Soofie was bestowed Khilafat by Hadrath Shah Goolam Qutbuddin Soofie (RA). All Praises to Allah Ta’aala, this institution is still carrying on with the work that was initiated by the founder, Hadrath Soofie Saheb (RA)