When President George W Bush II shuffled off centre stage, dragging his dangling participles and poor grammar behind him, he was a pathetic, crumpled figure. Even his customary Texas bravado was muted, and the contrived spring in his step was tired. Historically the US’s worst president, he departed the Oval[…]
Plain and simple, it’s one frequency – all day, every day, Cape Metropolitan area with a five times more powerful signal. Voice of the Cape has come alive – at last. The dream deferred now becomes the dream fulfilled. No longer will listener figures be compromised because of a shared[…]
“Those who claim that the greater jihad is the jihad of the self are apologists,” said one of the many fear-wagon websites pronouncing a pox on the house of Islam after the Boston Marathon bombings. This sound Prophetic tradition, which records the Prophet (SAW) saying after a battle that the[…]
Twenty-five years ago the community of Leliesfontein in Namaqualand won their birthright back after a successful court claim. To celebrate they had a church service and and showed the media their ancestral land taken from them at the height of apartheid by the Dutch Reformed Church. What is so striking,[…]
One of the most established traditions in the South African Muslim community has been the sighting of the new crescent to herald the Islamic lunar months. This is a tradition that was born over 350 years ago in Cape Town. Sixty-seven years ago this community function was formalised with the[…]
Discourse with fundamentalists of any ilk can be frustrating. Perhaps that’s why the great 12th century scholar, Imam al-Ghazali, wrote that engaging with those unable to listen was like competing with the braying of an ass. He suggested that it was a waste of time – those who didn’t know[…]
The Cape Argus op-ed ‘Israel’s apartheid label is a slanderous fabrication’ by South African Zionist Federation chairman, Ben Levitas, is in urgent need of an unemotive response. His shrill notion that the Israeli Apartheid Week (which creates awareness about Israeli apartheid) is a ‘sinister’ event is laughable. His piece, characterised[…]
IT’S two years ago that I crossed the eastern Saloumi border post from Egypt into Libya. Cairo had been empty of tourists and traffic, yet it was a city full of hope. But now, the third domino of the Arab Spring was beginning to fall. Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, the inimitable[…]
MAWLID SA 1434, Cape Town’s mass celebration of the Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) birth at the Urban Park in Green Point, was a historical event marking a joyous demonstration of Islam in a public space. Inspired by a similar event six decades ago – when Maulana Abdul ‘Alim Siddique addressed the[…]
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