Voice of the Cape


‘Here I am, O Lord here I am’

Chanting “Labbaik Allahumma labbaik (Here I am, O Lord here I am!) around two million pilgrims entered the plain of Arafat Thursday morning to cry and supplicate for the atonement of their sins and hoping for the acceptance of their Haj pilgrimage. All eyes were watery and all lips parched[…]

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The transformation of the Cape’s hajj traditions

By Yaseen Kippie Through its deep spiritual traditions, Capetonian Muslims have long been a close knit community despite years of oppression and subjugation during the apartheid era.  The emergence of Muslims joining ship routes around Africa to the sacred lands of Makkah, brought with it the manifestation of centuries of[…]

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Arafat: Its finally here

“It’s organised chaos. But people are moving”. That’s according to Qari Ziyaad Patel who is one of millions of white robed hujjaj making the journey to Arafat this morning. 1.9 million hujjaj are on the famous hill following in the footsteps of noble Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) to perform one of[…]

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McBride should recuse himself – DA

IPID head Robert McBride, who has been accused of assaulting his daughter, should “do the right thing” and request to be placed on special leave pending the outcome of the charges against him, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Wednesday. McBride was granted R10 000 bail in the Pretoria Magistrate’s[…]

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Thulsie twins back in Joburg court

The case against twin brothers, Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie is expected to resume in the Johannesburg High Court on Thursday. They are charged with 12 counts relating to contraventions of the Protection of the Constitutional Democracy Against Terrorist and Related Activities Act and the 13th charge is for fraud, linked[…]

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Deaths reported as Mumbai building collapses

At least three people died and dozens were feared trapped when a building collapsed in India’s financial capital of Mumbai on Thursday, after days of heavy rain swamped the city. Rescuers using diggers could be seen sifting through the remains of the four-storey residential building which gave way around 08:40am[…]

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Heavy rains trigger deadly floods in Yemen

At least 15 people have died in parts of central and southern Yemen after heavy summer rains triggered flash flooding, sweeping away dozens of cars and wrecking homes in the crisis-hit country, according to local officials and residents. Torrential rains destroyed several homes in Jibla, some 6km from the central[…]

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