Profile of Sheikh Yusuf Booley

Sheikh Yusuf Booley was born on 28 December 1930 in Pontac Street District Six. He was born to Achmad and Rabia Booley. At the age of 15 years it was decided that he follow a career and study to become a wood-carver. It was during this time that the decision was made, for him to persue and read Quranic studies in Makkah.
During 1946 he was introduced to his Ustaadth Sayed Abdurrahmaan Al-Maliki. The eminant teacher was one of the foremost Hafith teachers in the Arabian Region and a person of high stature in the Quranic community. He played an important role in Sheikh Booley’s learning and was a great inspiration to him. On completion of his study all Qurraa’ of the area, he was invited to attend the graduation ceremony.Two months later the honour was bestowed upon him when he became the first Capetonian to perform the Salatut Taraweeh in the Holy Haram in Makkah. This was the spring board of his Taraweeh career and crusade that continues up till today.

History of Jam Eyyatul Qurra

The tradition of memorising the Glorious Qur’an was established by our Noble Prophet Muhammad (s) in the 7th century (ce) and has been practiced with great reverence ever since. South African Muslims, particularly in Cape Town, have continued this tradition and today we have many Huffaz throughout South Africa, practicing and promulgating the promotion of the Glorious Qur’an. We are extremely humbled that South African Muslims (over the past ±300 years of Islam in South Africa) have been blessed with talented Huffaz and Qurri who are well known and highly respected, internationally, Alhamdullilah.


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