Mowbray: Sayed Moegsien bin Alawie al Aidarus ibn Muhammad al Iraqi
There are two Auliyah buried in the Observatory Cemetery, namely Sayed Moegsien Alawie and Sheikh Abdurahim ibn Muhammad al Iraqi. Sayed Moegsien Alawie hails from Mecca in Arabia, where he made contact with the Muslims if Cape Town. He was their pilgrim guide. They invited him to Cape Town where he settled and eventually died. While still in Mecca they recognised in him the sincerity for Islam.
Sheikh Abdurahim ibn Muhammad al Iraqi came from Basra in Iraq. He was a very competent spiritualist and theologian who wrote several books on various aspects of Islam in Arabic-Afrikaans.
There are some of his followers who attribute to Sheikh Abdurahim the status of Auliyah. Like all great men many legends are woven around his life. Most of these legends results from his practice of spiritual medicine. It was he who discovered the graves of Sheikh Noorul Mubeen and Sayed Jaffer, near Oudekraal on the Atlantic Seaboard. Sayed Moegsien Alawie and Sheikh Abdurahim ibn Muhammad al Iraqi are regarded by many people as two Kramats who lie buried in the Gamediyah Cemetery in Observatory.
The Gamediyah Cemetery is over 100 years old. The first burial took place on the 10 March, 1886. The cemetery's establishment resulted from the protests of the Cape Muslim community. It was purchased by the community as a communal private burial land. This makes the Gamediyah Muslim Cemetery the only burial land which is held in ownership by the inheritors of the first investors.
In this cemetery lie men like Dr Abdullah Abdurahman, the first Muslim doctor. He was not only a doctor but excelled as a politician, educationist, and a man with tremendous social conscience. He was responsible for the establishment of the Trafalgar High School, the Rahmaneyeh Muslim Primary School and many other Muslim Educational Institutions.
Another great man who lies buried in this cemetery is Imam Abdullah Haron. A greater philanthropist is hard to find. It was his desire to uplift the black communities in the African townships around Cape Town, and bring them the religion of Islam. These noble endeavours led to his death in detention on the 28th of September, 1969.