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.