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I’tikaaf for women: A balancing act

By Najma Bibi Noor Mahomed The month of Ramadan brings an array of activities for Muslims to increase their spirituality. One such opportunity to gain closeness to our Creator is the spiritual retreat, called the I’tikaf.  Muslims from across the globe participate in I’tikaf. It is a practice which sees[…]

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Conditions for Salahtul Istisqa

Cape Town’s dire water shortage has prompted local ulema to call on the Muslim community to reflect on the challenges facing the ummah and seek answers through repentance and prayer. Following level 3B water restrictions coming into effect last month, Mayor Patricia de Lille has declared Cape Town a disaster area. With[…]

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Knysna Mosque project goes to court

By Thakira Desai For years, holiday makers and Muslim residents in Knysna have voiced concern at the lack of prayer facilities in the popular holiday town, but a group of local Knysna homeowners have objected the Knysna Municipality’s approval of the construction of a mosque in the area. In anticipation,[…]

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Second phase of Ramadan; Seek Forgiveness

Every Ashra or phase of Ramadan has its particular significance associated with it. With respect to each of the significance, Muslims try pursuing that particular Ashra with that objective in order to achieve the established significance. First ten days of Ramadan has just come to an end and Muslims around[…]

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Masjid al-Quds to ‘pray for rain’

The committee and imamat of Masjid al-Quds have taken the decision to hold a ‘prayer for rain’ this coming Sunday, in the hopes of bringing relief in the midst of the country’s worst droughts in decades. While relief efforts have been conducted in problem areas by a number of groupings[…]

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Thousands pray for rain

Muslims heeded the call for an urgent prayer for rain on Sunday, in the wake of South Africa’s growing water crisis. The Jamiatul Ulema South Africa led the Salatul Istisqa in Johannesburg on Sunday morning which saw thousands of Muslims to prostrate in hopes of some relief to the current drought plaguing[…]

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Muslims pray for rain

In a bid to bring some respite to the scorching weather that has fuelled a raging wildfire on Cape Town’s mountains, Muslims have been urged to pray for rain. On Tuesday evening, the Cape Town Islamic Educational Centre hosted Salaatul Istisqaa, a mass prayer for rain performed by the Mufti[…]

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Prayer is better than sleep

FEATURE by Idris Tawfiq When young Muslims meet others for the first time and find out that they are Muslim, often one of the very first questions they ask each other is, “Do you pray?” It’s as if this is their touchstone to see if the person they have met is[…]

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