Political tolerance applies to all South Africans: Mbha

Judge President of the Independent Electoral Court, Boissie Mbha, says he is concerned that after 25-years, South Africa’s democracy is still maturing. He was addressing representatives of political parties who signed a pledge in Durban, committing them to the IEC’s code of conduct. Mbha lamented that issues such as political killings[…]

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Muslim minds to engage Cape Accord

Some of Cape Town’s leading Muslim thinkers and scholars will on Sunday engage in a dialogue on the much anticipated Cape Accord– a public statement calling for tolerance and unity in South Africa and the Muslim world. The Cape Accord embraces the spirit of the Amman Message signed in 2005[…]

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Iran and Saudi Arabia: The art of Islamic tolerance

OPINION by Hamid Dabashi – As fate would have it, precisely at the moment when the false Sunni-Shia, Arab-Persian divide was raging between Iran and Saudi Arabia and hitting dangerous lows, I had occasions to visit the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar: physically located between Iran and Saudi[…]

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How Haj promotes peace and unity

By Sadaf Farooqi To the righteous Muslim who has never gone for hajj, the aspiration to embark upon this once-in-a-lifetime journey manifests itself in their psyche as the ultimate “dream come true.” This journey involves repenting for all their past wrongdoings, becoming closer to Allah, turning over a completely new[…]

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‘Let’s engage on Islam’: Pinelands Muslims

“For us, this woman opens up the need for debate and engagement.  People always have prejudice. But it’s how we respond to it that counts.” These were the words of Dr Nuraan Davids, an executive member of the Pinelands Muslim Association (PMA), responding to the fuss created on social media[…]

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Perrygate: Time to rethink our responses

This piece was written as a response to the blog, titled “The Hunger Games- Ramadan Edition” written by Zahrah Perry. The blog The Perry Book has since been removed.  OPINION by Zahrah Isaacs I was enjoying a nice day out with my siblings and wasn’t paying much attention to my[…]

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