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Open Mosque issued with a compliance notice

The City of Cape Town has apparently issued the Open Mosque with a compliance notice after it had failed to meet certain regulations.  Al Jama-ah party whip, councillor Wasfie Hassiem, visited the mosque and found workers picking up the carpets late on Friday afternoon. According to Al Jama-ah party leader[…]

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DIC launches Hospital Angel Network

A group of volunteers have come together to form the Hospital Angel Network (HAN) to assist the vulnerable at hospitals in the city. The Discover Islam Centre’s Hospital Angel launch on Saturday saw a full house at Islamia College’s auditorium where a committee of medical professionals spoke about their new[…]

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Kenfac hosts anti crime meeting

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) in association with the Kensington Factreton Ratepayers and Residents Association (KFRRA) has urged the public to engage in peace building through an interactive discussion on International Peace Day on Sunday, 21 September 2014. The discussion revolves around the violence that is taking place[…]

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Parents yearn for daughters return

Imagine your daughter is a South African woman living in a remote village in strictly Shariah governed Yemen, with no access to the outside world besides a small prepaid cell phone which she secretly uses to contact family back home. Imagine your daughter is subjected to physical and mental abuse[…]

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Protests at Open Mosque

The launch of the highly controversial Open Mosque went ahead on Friday, but not without drama.  A group of angry protesters gathered outside the green painted building, shouting strong words of condemnation, while surrounded by a heavy police presence. Inside the place of worship, a few congregants sat during the sermon,[…]

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‘Refuseniks’ highlight blackmail in IDF

A group of 43 military reservists from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) elite Intel wing, Unit 8200, are likely to face disciplinary action after signing an open letter highlighting the extent of spying on Palestinian citizens. The group has refused to continue serving as part of the controversial unit, in[…]

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DIS to discuss Palestine

The Durbanville Islamic Society are to host an evening of discussions and debates on Saturday, with the aim of providing insight on the humanitarian tragedy that is the Palestine/Israel conflict. The talks will be the first of what organizers hope to make a quarterly event. Speakers will include UCT Department[…]

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JVJP outraged by Tutu/Hitler comparisons

The chairperson of the South African branch of Israel’s right-wing Likud political party has risked the ire of the local community, with an op-ed in which he compares Archbishop Desmond Tutu to 20th century tyrants Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. The comments from Likud SA’s Leon Reich have also provoked[…]

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Gender activist Shamima Shaikh remembered

The Muslim Youth Movement’s Gender Desk will commemorate the life of the late Shamima Shaikh,  South Africa’s most prominent Muslim gender rights’ activists.  As a proponent for gender justice within the South African Muslim community, Shaikh championed the causes of women’s access and inclusion in sacred spaces, a just Muslim[…]

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