OPINION by Shafiq Morton That Dr Taj Hargey, the well-known gunslinger of Islamic contumacy, is back in town is more than obvious. He has been feted by talk show hosts, has garnered headlines and got social media buzzing. His establishment of an ‘open mosque’ in Wynberg that he says will[…]
AS the Gaza death toll mounts, and as politicians scurry for peace talks, there is a lot for South Africans to ponder on. This is because for those who have moral scruples, Israel is – according to the 1973 UN Convention and the 2003 Rome Statutes – guilty of the international crime of apartheid. Ultimately, there has to be legal accountability for this, a[…]
THE gloves need to come off on the truth of what has been happening in Gaza – not only since the launch of Operation Protective Edge last week, but also since Operation Pillar of Defence in 2012 and Operation Cast Lead in 2008. What is the real purpose of these bare-fisted operations? To call Israeli acts[…]
A giant of our time passes on…on 7 May we lost one of our era’s most extraordinary personalities. Maulana Shaikh Naazim ‘Adil al-Haqqani – the 40th in a line of Naqshbandi Shaikhs from Sayyidina Abu Bakr (ra) and the Prophet (SAW) – passed away in his 92nd year.
IN April, we will mark the 20th anniversary of the Tricentenary Commemorations of Islam in South Africa. They were held in Cape Town over the Easter week-end, a mere two weeks before the country’s first democratic elections on 27 April. It was an event of epic proportions that attracted worldwide[…]
SOME time ago, after a rather fruitless discussion about innovation in Islam, I tweeted: ‘the intellectual insecurity of having to be absolute is absolute insecurity’. My feeling about those of the absolutist persuasion (and I’m not necessarily referring to the above) is that when posed with possible alternatives to a[…]
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[…]
ATLANTA based scholar and descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, Shaikh Muhammad ibn Yahya Ninowy, visited the Azzawia in Cape Town for an evening of dhikr. In a brief talk the Shaikh said that the phrase “al-adab miftah ul-‘ilm” (good conduct is the key to knowledge) was not just a statute,[…]
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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