Cape Town on Foot: From the Slave Lodge to Bo-Kaap
Along Dorp Street
Carry on walking up the hill while I tell you more about how Islam grew in the Cape.
Sheik Yusuf of Macassar was prominent amongst the early influential exiles here. He was born in 1626 and hailed from Gowa, on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. This highly educated and multilingual man became embroiled in the struggle against Dutch dominance in the East and was captured. The Dutch initially banished him, along with his wives and twelve religious scholars to Ceylon, now Sri Lanka. They still feared his continued influence, and then sent on to the Cape.