Fire at Grey Street Mosque 24 Aug 2020

On the 24th of August 2020, in Durban CBD, the historic Juma Masjid / Grey Street Mosque – the largest mosque in the southern hemisphere – caught on fire. The fire affected the part of the complex that houses flats and shops, and 14 flats and their contents were destroyed by the flames. According to […]

The Denis Hurley Centre and COVID-19 in Durban

The Denis Hurley Centre, named after the former archbishop of Durban, was opened in 2015 as a place of “care, education, and community” in response to the 2008 afrophobic violence in Durban. Its opening was inspired by the actions of the Emmanuel Cathedral and the Juma Masjid mosque during this time. Refugees were sheltered in, […]

The Friday Mosque – Juma Masjid (isiZulu)

Lesi sakhiwo asigcini nje ngokuba yindawo yokukhonza – kodwa futhi sithathwa njengesizinda sokuhlanganela somphakathi wamaSulumane – enye yezinto zokuqala ezenziwa nguMphrofethi uMohammed ngesikhathi engena eMedina kwaba ngukwakha indawo yokukhonza (i-mosque), nokuyinto efanayo neyenziwa ngamaSulumane okuqala ukufika eNatali ngasekupheleni kweminyaka yama-1800. Indawo yeJuma Masjid, esemgwaqweni uGrey Street eThekwini, yathengwa ngo-1881, kanti imosque yokuqala ukwakhiwa khona yayimumatha […]

The Friday Mosque – Juma Masjid

More than just a place of worship, a mosque is viewed as the centre of a Muslim community – one of the first things that the Prophet Mohammed did when he entered Medina was to build a mosque, as did the first Muslim immigrants to arrive in Natal in the late 1800s. The land for Juma Masjid, […]