Voice of the Cape


Muslims and condemnation

OPINION by Safiyyah Surtee Condemning the Taliban and other criminal groups every time they commit yet another atrocity is necessary but it is not effective. It can seem like we only care and express outrage after the deed is done, when truly we need to be speaking, acting and working[…]

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Knysna Muslims make appeal for masjid

The Knysna community has recently appealed to neighbouring Muslim communities to support their intention for the establishment of a Masjid in the attractive tourist town. The Knysna area currently houses some 250 Muslim residents and provides two salah rooms for prayers. The Knysna Muslim Council’s Riedwaan Omar told VOC News[…]

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‘Not in my name’, say SA Muslims

Frustrated with having to defend Muslims and Islam in the wake of a brutal terror campaign by the Islamic State (IS), a group of South Africans are planning an interfaith demonstration calling for peace and justice. Faithworks, a network of South African Muslims, will host an interfaith vigil for people[…]

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Samnet tackles bad Muslim perceptions

The South African Muslim Network (Samnet) held a meeting on Tuesday evening, to discuss the seemingly negative manner in which Muslims have been portrayed by the local and global media. The meeting came on the back of several issues that have further deterred the reputation of the global Muslim community.[…]

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Muslims bear the brunt of London beheading

A monitoring group has reported a huge surge in threats against Muslims and mosques following the gruesome beheading of an elderly woman in north London, blamed with no evidence on Muslims. “The assumption is ‘beheading equals Muslim’. The association, for some, is an automatic response,” Fiyaz Mughal, director of Tell[…]

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No silence on IS

“We cannot remain silent when such atrocities are perpetrated in the name of Islam. The sanctity of human life is a supreme value in Islam and nothing is worth the cost of a human life. Such heinous acts of murder and violence are dishonourable and betray any expression of faith[…]

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National Muslim census soon

The developers behind the Muslim Directory App are looking to quell the debate surrounding the current Muslim population in South Africa, by conducting a census at masajid across the country. They have urged imams and masjid committees to conduct three separate counts during the final week of Ramadan, on Laylatul[…]

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Long fasting worries UK Muslims

Preparing for fasting the holy month of Ramadan, UK Islamic organizations and medics have issued warning ahead of Ramadan, as Muslims gear up for 19 hour fasting during the holy month. “In 2014, the fasting hours for Ramadan will be some 19 hours long. With some five hours only available[…]

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Britons to fast 19 hours

Muslims in Britain will fast for 19 hours a day during the holy month of Ramadan which is considered the most difficult one in years as this year it falls during the summer. Muslims will therefore only have five hours between iftar (the breaking fast meal at sunset) and suhur[…]

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