By Shafiq Morton THIS is the one obituary I have never wanted to write, that of Shaykh Seraj Hendricks al-Marhum, my closest friend, my teacher and my confidante. I was three years older than him, and I was supposed to pass on before him – but as we always say,[…]
“Tuan Guru was a sophisticated and educated human being. He is a legend that must be remembered.” That’s how VOC presenter, journalist and author Shafiq Morton described the personality of Imam ‘Abdullah bin Qadi ‘Abd al-Salam, affectionately known as Tuan Guru, considered a father figure of Islam in South Africa.[…]
The life of Tuan Guru, one of the South African Muslim community’s most iconic figures, has been re-visited in a fascinating new book. “From the Spice Islands to Cape Town: The Life and Times of Tuan Guru”, is written by VOC presenter and journalist Shafiq Morton and brings to fruition[…]
OPINION by Shafiq Morton THE story of Imam ‘Abdullah Haron, one of South Africa’s most renowned anti-apartheid martyrs, is something that has haunted me for years. I have never been able to forget the earthquake on the evening of his burial in September 1969, and how it literally shook the[…]
OPINION by Shafiq Morton If the rot is not stopped, the SABC is well on its way to becoming a Broederbond-style puppet it was before 1994. THE censorious, high-handed, Stalin-esque edifice that currently passes for our national broadcaster today is a cause for grave concern. Admittedly, the SABC has been[…]
OPINION by Shafiq Morton Recent reports that government had been told by the UN that 11 foreign terrorists might want to use the country as a base is nothing new. A neutral space in the “war on terror” and a gateway to the continent, South Africa’s neutrality is often seen[…]
It was a packed house at the Gift of the Givers warehouse in Athlone last night where community members, activists, businesspeople and journalists gathered for the Cape Town launch of the humanitarian agency’s book launch. Imtiaz Sooliman and the Gift of the Givers: A Mercy to All is written by[…]
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[…]
The highly anticipated story of leading SA humanitarian organsation Gift of the Givers has finally been encapsulated in a book. Written by VOC’s very own Shafiq Morton, Imtiaz Sooliman and the Gift of the Givers: A Mercy to All tells the story of the establishment of South Africa’s only home-grown[…]
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