Munadia Karaan Tribute

IN the early hours of Saturday, 1 February, community icon Munadia Karaan passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was 47. Former news editor, webmaster, presenter and programme manager at Voice of the Cape, she was a larger-than-life personality. She was always much more than the[…]

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Mass Mawlud 2014: an affirmation of the Prophet

LAST year one could easily have thought there was an imperial plot against the Mass Mawlud held at Green Point Common. Apart from the anti-mawlud brigade getting thoroughly narked about it, a chain of events on the day snowballed into an organisational nightmare. A rampaging 60-knot south-easter, sweeping with venom[…]

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The Hajj and the prophetic feminine

‘Eid ul-Adha, the festival of sacrifice which coincides with the Hajj, is an important and hugely symbolic event. For the Hujjaj, who’ve just come from ‘Arafah, Muzdalifah and Mina, there’s release from the ihram and that moment when the knife slides across the throat of the sacrificial animal. The ihram[…]

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The pitfalls of cut-and-paste da'wah

Shaikh Bin Baz calls Imam Shafi’i (ra) an innovator One of the truly annoying things about social media is what I call “cut-and-paste da’wah”, so-called propagation by the sweep and click of a mouse. These cyber missionaries – no doubt of good intent – take great umbrage when their unedited[…]

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Ramadan, a month of giving

When Muslims around the globe begin to fast this Ramadan upon sighting the crescent of the moon, it will be the 1,434th consecutive year that the community has honoured this sacred lunar month. Ramadan is one of the five pillars of the Islamic faith, and commemorates the revelation of the[…]

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