Myanmar: Who are the Rohingya Muslims?

Who are the Rohingya? The Rohingya are often described as “the world’s most persecuted minority”. They are an ethnic Muslim group who have lived for centuries in the majority Buddhist Myanmar. Currently, there are about 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims who live in the Southeast Asian country. The Rohingya speak Rohingya[…]

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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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Imam Rashied Omar reflects on the recent Palestinian protests

In his Jumu’ah khutbah today, Imam Dr. Rashied Omar reflected on the recent protests by Palestinian Muslims who refused to pray inside Masjid al-Aqsa. This after Israeli security forces installed metal detectors at all entrances to the precinct. The imam commended the resistance of Palestinians and urged Muslims to continue[…]

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Honouring our Local Heroes

In his jumu’ah khutbah today, Imam Rashied Omar pays tribute to local rugby legend, Salie Fredericks, who recently passed away. He encourages communities to continually strive for ways to celebrate the rich history and achievements of local heroes so as to ensure that their great legacies are passed to future[…]

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Oman unveils world’s 1st interactive calligraphic Quran

The Sultanate of Oman this week unveiled the world’s first interactive calligraphic electronic Quran – developed by experts from Germany, Holland, Poland and Lebanon. The Electronic Mushaf Muscat Calligraphy Project was developed by specialists from Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and Lebanon and is available for desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile[…]

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Fidget spinners: yay or nay?

By Najma Bibi Noor Mahomed South African retailers have been hit by the latest frenzy of Fidget Spinners with scores of people flocking to get their hand on them. The newest sensation has created waves in other parts of the world and their entrance into the South African market has[…]

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15th of Sha’baan- A night of salvation

By Mufti Sayed Haroon Al Azhari All praises are due to Allah & Endless Salutations be upon our Beloved Master Nabi Muhammad (s.a.w) . Allah blesses us with special days and nights as a bonus for us to get closer to Him. The Prophet (s.a.w) kept extra Fast in Sha’baan as an optional form[…]

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A tour of Salt River’s iconic graffiti

By Ashraf Hendricks Designer and graffiti artist Quasiem Gamiet has lived in Salt River for more than 20 years. Gamiet has been spray painting murals and other artwork across Cape Town for the past ten years. Earlier this month, Gamiet took GroundUp on a guided tour of some of Salt[…]

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