Voice of the Cape

March2013

Real men brush their teeth

Discourse with fundamentalists of any ilk can be frustrating. Perhaps that’s why the great 12th century scholar, Imam al-Ghazali, wrote that engaging with those unable to listen was like competing with the braying of an ass. He suggested that it was a waste of time – those who didn’t know[…]

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Israel's apartheid label is not a fabrication

The Cape Argus op-ed ‘Israel’s apartheid label is a slanderous fabrication’ by South African Zionist Federation chairman, Ben Levitas, is in urgent need of an unemotive response. His shrill notion that the Israeli Apartheid Week (which creates awareness about Israeli apartheid) is a ‘sinister’ event is laughable. His piece, characterised[…]

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Libya: Two Years On

IT’S two years ago that I crossed the eastern Saloumi border post from Egypt into Libya. Cairo had been empty of tourists and traffic, yet it was a city full of hope. But now, the third domino of the Arab Spring was beginning to fall. Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, the inimitable[…]

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Cape Town Mawlud an International Event

MAWLID SA 1434, Cape Town’s mass celebration of the Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) birth at the Urban Park in Green Point, was a historical event marking a joyous demonstration of Islam in a public space. Inspired by a similar event six decades ago – when Maulana Abdul ‘Alim Siddique addressed the[…]

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