Mujahid was born on 17 of March 1972. He matriculated at the Alexandra Senior Secondary School and went on to do a Graphic design and Fine Art Photography diploma at the Cape Town Technical College.

In 1994 he started as a trainee writer and photographer for South Newspaper. He freelanced from 1995 to 1997 for various publications such as the Cape Times, Cape Argus, Muslim News, Associated Press and iAfrica picture agency. He then worked for Die Burger for a year and until 2000 for the Cape Times. Safodien is presently a photographer at The Star newspaper.

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