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Power of waqf revealed in new book

With the assistance of the local Awqaf Foundation of the South Africa, prominent Turkish historian and author, Dr. Selim Argun, is set to launch a new book titled ‘Elite Configurations and the Clusters of Power, the Ulema, Waqf and the Ottoman State 1789 -1839’. The central focus of the book[…]

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UWC to honour Imam Haron with honorary doctorate

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) are set to honour the late Imam Abdullah Haron, by posthumously awarding the former struggle veteran with an honorary doctorate on Wednesday evening. A well known anti-apartheid activist, Haron was considered one of the most prominent local scholars of the day, and was[…]

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VOC listeners react to Open Mosque

The proposed opening of what has been described as South Africa’s first ‘Quran-centric, gender-equal, and non-sectarian’ mosque has already begun to divide public opinion in the local Muslim community. A strong majority have expressed opposition to the launch of ‘Open Mosque’, however some have hailed what they view as a[…]

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Open Mosque ‘nothing new’

Very few local scholars have weighed in on the opening of a controversial mosque in Wynberg, which has been described by its founders as South Africa’s first ‘Quran-centric, gender-equal, and non-sectarian Islamic house of God’. The ‘Open Mosque’, as it has been dubbed, has provoked uproar within the Muslim community,[…]

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Misinformation on Open Mosque: Hargey

The founder of what has been dubbed the ‘Open Mosque’ set to be launched this week says their focus is gender equity; and have no ties to any organizations lobbying for equity between people of differing sexual orientations within the fold of Islam. This comes after a week of heavy[…]

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Haj greeter arrested at airport

A man was allegedly arrested at the Cape Town International airport on Sunday for making an idle threat after he was curbed from assisting hujjaj making their way through at the weighing in counter. The unknown man was not part of the hadjis heading to the Saudi Kingdom but merely[…]

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Hundreds gather for inter-faith vigil for IS victims

Communities and organizations of all religious backgrounds gathered outside the constitutional court in Johannesburg on Sunday, for an inter-faith vigil in solidarity with those killed at the hands of radical religious groups. The protest came in light of the actions of the Islamic State (IS) group, who have terrorized communities[…]

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“Enough is Enough”, cry Heideveld residents

In a bid to address safety concerns in the area, the Heideveld community embarked on a march against violence on Saturday. Since the inception of the Heideveld Community Care group a number of programmes aimed at community upliftment and development have surfaced in the area. This march was one such[…]

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‘Open mosque’ being investigated

A local advocacy group says it has no association with what has been labeled a “gay” mosque being established in Cape Town soon. The mosque is promoted as being gender equal and non sectarian. Rumours of the mosque have spread like wildfire on social media, with some people calling for[…]

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Coke propagating “untruths”, says activist

A local filmmaker and pro-Palestinian activist has questioned the stance of Peninsula Beverages (Penbev), after the local bottlers of Coca Cola firmly denied sharing political affiliations with Israel. Fahrie Hassan, who produced and directed a 2009 documentary on the multi-national company’s role in support of the Apartheid state, has accused[…]

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