stretched oil on canvas of a local scene by Cape artist Mandy McKay 400 x 250 mm
Kramats are the holy shrines of Islam which mark the graves of great Muslim spiritual leaders who died in the Cape. There are more than 20 kramats in the Peninsula area, with at least another three in the outlying districts of Caledon, Rawsonville and Bain’s Kloof. The mother city of Cape Town is surrounded by a ‘holy circle’ of kramats stretching from Robben Island to the kramat of Sheikh Yusuf in Faure and offering divine protection to the city, the fulfilment of a 250-year-old prophecy. The kramat on Signal Hill is a place of peace, but also an important landmark in the history of the city.
“The kramat, a humble, square, white building with a green dome, sits quietly on the crest of the hill as if it has always been there. Up to the left Lions Head is silhouetted against a dazzling sun and far beneath us lies an immensity of blue sea. At the door beneath the moon and crescent are the words: ‘The Dargan is for praying and glorifying Allah the almighty.’” (Alex Dodd)