Religious Tourism

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Mosques and Kramats
Kramats and mosques are an important part of South African heritage as they represent the second oldest religion introduced to the country. The first Muslims brought to the cape arrived as Malay slaves, who practiced their faith in secret until the early 19th century. Prisoners who were fighting for freedom in the Dutch East Indies were also brought to the Cape. They included teachers of Islam. Some of these holy men were of noble birth and those who died were buried in shrines known as Kramats or Mazaars, of which there are about 30 in and around Cape Town. Kramats in South Africa can be found from Muizenberg to Mowbray, with four on signal hill alone. The most visited by pilgrims is that of Sheikh Yusuf of Macassar
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The function was attended by the official delegation of the General Presidency of Youth Welfare, Saudi Commission for Tourism & Antiquities and staff members of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia.
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia opens the documentary feature: Journey to Mecca
Pretoria, January 22, 2010. The Ambassador of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques in South Africa, Mr. Mohamed bin Mahmoud Al Ali opened the IMAX documentary feature: Journey to Mecca which tells the story of Ibn Battuta following his first pilgrimage to Mecca. The documentary also focuses on the contemporary Hajj, a pilgrimage to Mecca that draws three million Muslims from around the world.
The opening night was attended by Ms. Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology in the Republic of South Africa, and the South African veteran politician Mr. Ahmed Kathrada. The show was also attended by number of diplomats and prominent South African figures.
HE Ambassador of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques Hosts Meeting of the Arab Ambassadors in Republic of South Africa.
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