Voice of the Cape


MSA award aims to counter student apathy

Nominations have opened for the Muslim Student Association Union’s (MSA) annual Yusuf Talia al-Ihsaan Award, which aims to recognise the sterling work and efforts of young Muslims towards contributing towards South African society. 2015 marks the fifth year of the awards existence, which has this year been renamed to honour[…]

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MPlain imams to host youth festival

For the very first time, the Imamat council of Mitchells Plain has invited the masajid to come out and attend the Muslim Youth Festival for a day filled with entertainment, activities and laid-back interaction. With school holidays upon us, the event is welcome distraction for youth, many of whom are[…]

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Muslim youth to launch ‘MSA Schools of the Cape’

Students from several high school Muslim Student Association (MSA) bodies have opted to unite under a solitary banner, with the goal of developing an active network through which to promote cultural and religious identity. The newly formed ‘MSA Schools of the Cape’, which is to launch with a conference this[…]

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New gang emerging in Manenberg

Gang leaders in Manenberg have showed an interest in creating platforms of dialogue with anti-crime activists and the community. This emerged at a meeting in the area on Wednesday night, as roleplayers in the community attempted to salvage a shaky truce between warring gangs. The truce was agreed upon two[…]

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Youth roll up their sleeves for Ramadan

With immense social pressures facing Muslim youth today, some youngsters in Cape Town are hoping to steer the negative perceptions of youth by making a small difference in their communities in Ramadan. Through the financial support of family, friends, businesses and the local neighbourhood, these groups of youth are striving[…]

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Muslim youth group to confront ISIS challenge

With growing fears that South African youth are becoming sympathetic to the violent and misguided brand of Islam propagated by the Islamic State (IS) or ISIS, a new youth organisation is mobilising young people to tackle this contemporary Islamic challenge. Muslim Youth United (MYU) was established in Ramadan of 2014[…]

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WCape govt rolls out youth holiday programmes

With a growing concern around youth in gang and drug afflicted communities during the winter school holidays, the Western Cape Government has launched a youth holiday programme aimed at ensuring pupils are exposed to recreational and educational opportunities. During a joint press briefing with other departments at the Provincial Legislature[…]

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Muslim youth face identity crisis

Although conditions may differ for South Africa’s Muslim youth in comparison to generations before them, their struggles are no less difficult or challenging. So says activists from the Muslim Youth Movement (MYM), as the country celebrated 39 years since the tragic events of the Soweto uprising in 1976. The organisation[…]

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‘Realign Islam with youth of 1976’

The following is the pre-Jumuah Khutbah delivered by Minhaj Jeenah at Claremont Main Road mosque on Friday, ahead of Youth Day. Jeenah is the chairperson of the Muslim Youth Movement. He is also the son of well known political analyst Naeem Jeenah and the late gender activist Shamima Shaikh.  His[…]

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