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JULY 2008 ­- RAJAB 1429

Keeping you in contact with your community

22ND EDITION JULY 2008 ­- RAJAB 1429

Inside this issue

SA Youth connecting hearts
with their African brothers
A fter visiting the Soetwater
Refugee camp and helping
the victims of the xenophobic
a beautiful and safe country,”
said Raees Ismail, team
leader of the “Helping Hands,
going children at the various
refugee camps. “The children
are further traumatized by not
“Helping Hands, Connecting
Hearts” project.

violence at their school. The Connecting Hearts” project. being able to attend school and The “Helping Hands,
Darul Arqam Scoops learners of the Ibn Connecting Hearts”
“Most Developing Al Jazariy Academy are appealing
Mathematical School” in Kromboom were to young South
Award appalled at the Africans to assist
living conditions them in rebuilding
PAGE 3 of the refugees and the hope, trust and
saddened by the friendship with the
many traumatized refugee children
and displaced and families by
children. dropping off toys,
books, art and
To affirm their love school stationery
and support for at Masjidus Sunni
the children and in Ayeshire road,
families displaced Kromboom or
Health Minister by the senseless Albaraka Bank,
attacks, they have cnr Belgravia
To Assume More arranged to spend and Klipfontein
Powers If New Bills one Friday per road, Athlone.
month after-school Community bank,
Are Passed at the Soetwater Albaraka, has
PAGE 5 Refugee camp kindly partnered
interacting and with the “Helping
playing with the Hands, Connecting
children. Hearts” project
Ghaafithau Razak, learner of ‘Helping Hands, Connecting Hearts” project playing with to help the youth
“We are hoping to 21month Fasug at the Soetwater Refugee camp. realize the dream
assure the children of building bridges
that not all South Africans are The learners will also conduct losing their school stuff,” said with all people.
bad and that South Africa is a needs assessment of school Zakkiya Lalla, learner of the

Us Planning Big New

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How To Help The

Xenophobia Survivors


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Editor: Sanaa Petersen

Religious Contributors:
Dr Abdul Malik
Printers: Independent
Contributors: Mariam Salie, Roshaan
Misbach and Sheikh 'Abd Al-Rasheed

466 Lansdowne Road,

Lansdowne, 7780
Tel: 021 697 2294 • Fax: 021 697 2304
Website: Muslim Judicial Council leadership building bridges with the ANC president Jacob Zuma on 24 June 2008.
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Compiled by Sanaa Petersen

Capetonian awarded for his contribution to Melayu Keris was that the city had failed the Human Sciences Research placed non-nationals.
Lok 9 to comply with the manda- Council (HSRC) said on
tory conditions set out in sec- Monday. “If government does “The Somali national has now
tions 6 and 7 of the National not engage with the sentiment returned to the Loerie Park
Building Regulations and being expressed by ordinary camp, as have about five other
Building Standard Act 103 of residents that foreign nation- Somalis so far who had tried
1977 (the Building Standards als should leave the country, unsuccessfully to return to
Act). “(Walele) contended the risk is that these feelings their shops. They have now
that the city’s decision-maker of alienation between govern- decided, in view of this latest
had not considered the effect ment and South African citi- attack, that they are not safe in
that the erection of the flats zens will deepen and the pos- the location.
would have on his property. sibility of a successful reinte-
He argued that this violated his gration will be diminished,” ------------------------------------
right to property protected by said the report released by the
section 25 of the Constitution. HSRC. Corruption delays houses
He secondly asserted that the for the poor
city had violated his constitu- The HSRC invited Minister of
Mogammad Hartley, local book in our schools titled, tional right to procedural fair- Social Development, Dr Zola A 260-unit housing scheme in
Capetonian, was invited by “Golden Keris” written by Dr ness by failing to afford him a Skweyiya to receive the report. Kewtown, Athlone which is
Tuan Guru Azlan Ghanie of Cassiem D’Arcy. hearing prior to the approval Skweyiya said the xenophobic due to begin on 19 April, has
Silat Melayu Keris Lok 9 and of the building plans,” said the attacks were an embarrass- been delayed for more than
publisher of the only Martial ------------------------------------ judgment. ment to all South Africans. a decade due to allegations
Arts Magazine “Seni Beladiri” “We didn’t do enough work of corruption and constant
in South East Asia to a grading Local doctor stops four-sto- Walele’s victory didn’t come in educating the masses about changes in the leadership of
in Kuatan,Malaysia in May rey construction easy with the City of Cape the help we received from the the programme, stretching the
2008. He was awarded with a Town and the (friend of the African countries during the patience of beneficiaries to
symbolic sash for his contri- Azeem Hassan Walele, a doc- court) City of Johannesburg, apartheid era,” said Skweyiya. the limit.
bution in promoting Melayu tor from Walmer Estate, won arguing that Walele was not The HSRC recommended that
Silat in Cape Town. an appeal in the highest court entitled to a hearing in rela- a national summit or Indaba The provincial department
to stop his neighbours from tion to his neighbours’ build- on foreign nationals and immi- of housing said the People’s
The Malay Keris is the only putting up a four-storey build- ing plans and that the city had grants in South African should Housing Process (PHP) ini-
sword featured prominently ing next to his property. complied with the Building be held to achieve social inte- tiative would cost nearly R10-
at the IZIKO Slave Lodge Standards Act. Walele only gration and peaceful coexist- million. Addressing more than
museum in Adderly street, “The applicant applied to the met success when he turned ence. 100 excited Kewtown resi-
Cape Town. This sword was High Court to set aside a deci- to the Constitutional Court for dents, who had braved the cold
awarded for the bravery shown sion by the City of Cape Town leave to appeal A sign of the danger still faced weather to attend the meeting
by the “Panglimas” Malay to approve building plans for by returning refugees was still addressed by Housing MEC
Warriors (shortened to Pang a four-storey block of flats to ------------------------------------ evident in the Southern Cape Richard Dyantyi. Dyanti
here in Cape town) in fighting be erected on a parcel of land where people assisting in said housing needs had to be
the Portugese, Dutch, English situated in Walmer Estate, Re-integration is a deadly the so-called refugee camps met. While the residents were
and Spanish during their occu- Woodstock, Cape Town. The reality for (African) foreign that were set up there in the happy that the project was now
pation of the Melayu world. applicant owns the residential nationals last month reported that one taking off, there was some
property adjoining the prop- Somali who tried to return to tension over the likely benefi-
This Malay Keris is the only erty on which the block of The re-integration of foreign his shop in the Nekkies loca- ciaries. Some argued that they
sword that can stand on its flats is to be erected,” read the nationals back into the com- tion was beaten and his car had been on the waiting list
point and known to have mys- judgment. It said Walele raised munity following the recent badly damaged by a crowd longer than others and there-
tical powers. Urban legends numerous objections to the spate of xenophobic attacks of 30 who threw stones at fore deserved preference.
have written about the Malay city’s approval of the plans. may not be possible for some him. This prompted a call for
Keris including a prescribe “The first major complaint time under current conditions, urgent advocacy help for dis-

Mitchells Plain
Tel: 021 372 1106
Fax: 021 372 1110
Forgotten Young Heroes Of Islam
These days it seems that the only heroes/ idols our youth know about are singers, actors and the like. Yet in Islam there were many brave young heroes. Here are some
of them:

• Sayyidinaa Aisha (RA) the wife of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). She lived with the Prophet (SAW) for most of her teenage years and learnt a great deal
during that time. The Prophet (SAW) died when she was 18 years old. She was the authority on marriage related matters. She narrated thousands of Ahadeeth as
well and taught the companions for 40 years.

• Osama Bin Zaid (RA) – at the tender age of 17 he was chosen by the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) because of his abilities, war acumen and tactic to serve as a
General in the army.

• Ali (RA) – accepted Islam at the age of 10. When the Prophet (SAW) life was threatened and he migrated to Madinah, Ali (RA) risked his own life by sleeping in
the Prophet’s bed pretending to be the Prophet.

• Abdullah Bin Affan (RA) – he was a commentator/interpreter of the Quran. At the age of 13/14 he sat on the senate of Sayyidinaa Umr (RA).
• Musab Bin Umair (RA) – before the advent of Islam, he was a wealthy prince of the Arabs, well dressed and extremely handsome. When he accepted Islam he
donated all his wealth for the spread of Islam and for battles. He died a martyr at the battle of Uhud.
JULY 2008 ­- RAJAB 1429
Celebrating our Youth Darul Arqam scoops
– Radio 786 ‘hands’
over airwaves
“Most developing
Y outh day, 16 June, is a historic be exact). Clearly it was a major
event etched in the hearts and
minds of all South Africans. It is
a day aimed at remembering the
sacrifice as most of us are still busy
with exams. School” award
sacrifices made while celebrating I myself as well as other Youthopians

youth and developing them coming from the so-called
into future leaders. Radio 786, a impoverished areas has shown that ive thousand learners competed in the annual UCT Maths Olympiad on the 11th
community radio station decided to although there are many factors that June 2008. This year the thirteen-year old school, Darul Arqam High in Mitchells
take it one step further by having the contributes to why youth are going Plain scooped the “Most developing Mathematical School” award.
youth run the station on youth day. astray we are capable and equipped
to live up to our motto, that being The proud principal, Sheikh Ebrahim Dawood, said ‘I am extremely proud of the
Shanaaz Gool-Hamid, station taking the lead and being apart of a school’s achievement especially since Darul Arqam is a fairly young school that was
manager of radio 786, says that youth meaningful change. only established in 1995’.
day is a time to reflect on the history
but more importantly to focus on On a lighter note, the day was
the future and identify ways to give successful, with so many different
youth opportunities to learn. The moods existing within the studios
youth day programme is one such of radio 786 such as, excitement,
project which aims at developing teamwork. The day also made me
youth and encouraging them to aware that Radio is not just about
discover their capabilities through sitting behind the microphone. As
practical learning. Empowering the the acting Station manager for two
youth is very important to Radio 786 successful years it has been real fun
and through training during the year and also ‘a lot of work’.
they are exposed to the management
of various departments at the radio We were present at radio from 06:30
station. On youth day, the radio till 24:30. These are only but some of
station is “handed” over to the youth the sacrifices that we normally do to
who are in charge of running the serve our youth and the community.
station for the day.
We say Shukran to our parents as
“This project allows the youth to well Radio 786 for enabling us to do
gain experience for the day and what we do. Without Radio 786 for
developthemselves in a practical granting us this opportunity and the
manner, which is the best way to support we would’ve not been able
learn skills, build confidence and to achieve what we have.
acquire the skills and tools that they
can use in their everyday lives,” said We urge youth to join Youthopia and
Hamid Radio 786 and be apart of such an
activity as it can only do you good.
My experience as Chairman of
the Youthopia team – Tashreeq We looking forward to many more
Truebody good times and experiences as it can
only get better.
This year the broadcasting of youth
day was clearly unforgettable as well
as mind-blowing. With 10 members
being assigned to certain duties such
as Station Manager, programme’s
manager, technical duties, reception
duties etc. I had the opportunity
to be the Station manager for the
second time in a row, being only
16 years of age I managed to be
in charge of the radio. It wasn’t
Tashreeq Truebody(chairperson
easy though. Youthopians started of youthopia, producer, presenter Learners of the Darul Arqam High school that competed in the UCT Maths Olympiad in June are Imraan
pitching up at the radio in the early and acting station manager for Starks, Sheikh Ebrahim Dawood - Principal, Gadija Taliep, Zainab Kamaldien and Aneesa Chibba.
hours of the morning, (06:30 to youth day )

Legal battle to recognize Muslim

Polygamous marriages
T he High Court in Cape Town
is to decide if polygamous
Muslim marriages should be
Jennifer Williams, director of
the Women’s Legal Centre, said
“The Surviving Spouses Act and
polygamous marriages could
have their claims to inheritance
recognised by the courts.
2001. She now stands to lose
the house they lived in. Under
Muslim law, Ebrahim Hassam
instance can rely on any relief from
the courts.” The consequences of
dissolution of a Muslim marriage
recognised so that the wives the Intestate Succession Act in had another wife, Miriam, and by divorce remain unregulated
can benefit if their husband dies this sense discriminate against Hassam wants the court to order fathered more children while she and under the jurisdiction of the
without leaving a will. However, people in this kind of religious the executor of her husband’s lived elsewhere. Miriam is not Muslim Judicial Council (Cape
the courts recognise polygamous marriage.” estate to recognise her marriage opposing Fatima’s application. Town), whose decisions remain
African customary marriages, and allow her to inherit. She largely unenforceable.
but not polygamous religious If the court rules in favour of was married to Ebrahim Hassam Hassam’s attorney, Igshaan
marriages. Fatima Gabie Hassam, thousands for 30 years and bore him four Higgins, said: “Under current
of other Muslim widows in children before his death in legislation, neither wife in this
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BAHASA MALAY The Stone – weapon of the oppressed

Ismail Osman
ince the beginning of time the stone has played to lift it while he placed the black stone into posi-

GRADUATES a significant role in the life of the oppressed.

During times of conflict and war the disadvantaged,
tion, thus bringing peace and harmony to tribes who
for years were at war with each other.

because of the exploitation by those in power, they
he language teacher, Hadji Osman was sent on the instructions of the found it difficult to procure the bare necessities When performing the pilgrimage, Muslims are
Chief Minister of Melaka, Datuk Seri Hj Mohd Ali Bin Mohd Rustam needed for their sustenance and survival, let alone required to pelt the jamaraats at Muna. This ritual
at the request of the Western Cape Premier, Ebrahien Rasool during a finding resources for arms and weapons. They were stems from the time Nabi Ebrahim (A.S) was tor-
Malaysia - South African seminar at Capetonian Hotel in early March of forced to the most crude, though inexpensive form mented by shaytaan, where upon he pelted shaytaan
2007 to promote the Bahasa Malay language. of defence and counter attack - the STONE. The with stones
stone need not to be purchased as it never had and
never will have a market value. It is and always During the year 1976 the notorious apartheid gov-
will be freely available and there for the taking. ernment was fought with stones. As the army
Almighty Allah has made it possible that the whole advanced towards the schools firing real bullets,
earth is strewn with the stone. the students’ only method of counter-attack was
to hurl stones at them. The persistent stone-throw-
Allow me to cite a few cases in history of the ing proved to much for the army, as well as their
power of the stone. At the time when the Holy sophisticated caspers and buffels. So, finally after
Kaa-bah made of stone, became the focal point of years of oppression, exploitation, and subjugation
mankind’s attention and direction, Abra came with the perpetrators of the evil apartheid regime were
a herd of elephants to break down the Kaa-bah. annihilated by the power of the stone.
Allah had a better plan. A host of birds each carry-
ing tiny stone pebbles in their beaks, with utmost Another case of note is that of the Afghanistans
precision, released the pebbles onto the approaching against the Russians. For years Muslims were
elephants, thus preventing them from destroying the prevented from freely practicing Islam under
Holy Kaa-bah. Communist rule. Once again the catapult fitted with
the stone being the only weapon in the hands of the
Goliath the giant had the strength to crush David to oppressed did great damage in that part of the world,
a pulp, yet again the stone saved David, who car- liberating people from the shackles of oppression.
ried a sling, in which he placed a stone. As Goliath
approached he swung the sling a few times releasing In recent times the significance of the stone has
the stone, knocking Goliath against the forehead once again surfaced vis-à-vis the oppressed of the
bringing him crashing to the ground. land of Palestine. Israel possessing the world’s
most sophisticated weaponry are at this very point
When the Nabi (PBUH) was in Mecca, there existed in time experiencing great difficulty in coping with
many warring tribes who were continuously at each the young stone-throwing Palestinians. Indeed this
others throats in their struggle for possession and continuous hurling of stones has caused great con-
power. The Nabi (PBUH) task was to place the stone sternation with in the Israeli camps and has surely
in its position. Each of the tribes wanted to gain the proven itself a force with which to be reckoned.
honour of lifting the stone. The Nabi (PBUH) real-
caption: BAHASA MALAY graduates of 2007 held ized this and while tension was starting to build up Oh! You who are the oppressed,
at IPSA, Habibia in Athlone on Sat, 14 June 2008. amongst the tribes, the Nabi (PBUH) removed the Do not grieve while being dispossessed,
Back : [L] Nazeema Salie, Mogamat Kamedien, Nazreen Salie scarf which he wore around his head and shoulders. For if in your hand you have a stone,
Front : Riedoh Allen, Ebrahiem ManuelL, Hadji Osman [Malaysian language He laid the scarf on the ground, moved the black You shall never ever be alone
teacher], Achmat Abrahams, Ganief Toefy stone onto it and called each leader of the four tribes

Cape Muslim Attitudes

T he Institute for the
study of current Islam
(ISCI), a research wing of
focus on local issues and
less on International issues
because it seems that there
a snapshot of the survey, for
your empowerment.
3. SA Muslim community
has its ups and downs
with more downs than
foreign Muslims; we only
stick with and help our
the International Peace is an obsession with namely, Findings of Muslim Attitudes ups: Too many unresolved
University of South Africa Palestine instead of local Survey Ethnographic data issues; too ritualised; its 7. The increasing gap
(IPSA), conducted a ‘Muslim poverty, crime and violence. a fragmented community between the rich and
Attitudes Survey’ during the Options were also given to with many ulama bodies poor Muslims: Affluent
month of April 2008 to assist The results of the survey respondents to expand upon Muslims do not give; gap
the ‘ulamā in strategizing indicated that the Muslim their particular responses. The 4. The South African Muslim leads to immorality; rich
for their communities and community are diverse in its following represents the data community is in deep Muslims look down on the
to locate and obtain insight thinking with respondents from collected in this respect. trouble: Gay marriages poor ones; conspicuous
into the views and feelings of the 50+ age group varying and apostasy; materialism; consumption leads to
Muslims in Cape Town. The greatly from their 18-30 year What is your general view of hypocrisy; large scale class envy
survey was conducted with old counterparts. There is also the South African Muslim immorality; disillusioned
random participants via the a vast difference in the results community: youth 8. The increasing immorality
ISCI and VOC website and from respondents from the we find in society:
focused interviews in Delft Upper and Middle Economic 1. The SA Muslim 5. None of the above (state dress code; gay couples;
and Lansdowne. A total of 320 Sectors (UES & MES) and the community is a well other) …Community disrespect of mosques; a
respondents were surveyed. Lower Economic Sector (LES), functioning one : As has seriously lapsed into society without taqwa is a
which in this case was the Delft compared to other places; “Shaytani practices”; dangerous and scary one;
In general the survey showed area. There is however, no we have laid a solid certain sectors display superficiality; children
that immorality, Islamic significant gender divide. foundation in SA; we range of above four; are not taught how to
educational institutions and have a major influence on problems in coping implement their rights
joblessness feature high on According to the survey national policy;a vibrant with the demands of the
the list of challenges and facilitator, DrAuwais Rafodien, financial, educational and modern world; need to 9. The global onslaught
priorities as compared to the survey results are available religious infrastructure assert Muslim identity against Islam generally:
racism, income gap, global on the website http://iscisa. West sees us as a threat
onslaught against Islam and and may be used 2. The SA Muslim Q: The biggest challenge because of our religious
the building of mosques by individuals and/ or Ulema community has its ups facing Muslims in South beliefs and values; they
and Islamic associations. to determine a needs analysis and downs, with more ups Africa is: make trouble in Muslim
However, in Delft the of the Muslim community or than downs: Compared to countries; we are constantly
priorities and challenges are may be used for information countries abroad; we have 6. Racist attitudes by put on the defensive;
substantially different. The purposes. For our readers that good basic knowledge of Muslims themselves: negative media portrayal
majority of respondents felt have limited access to the Islam; we tend to be a Holier than thou attitude;
that there should be a stronger internet, we have published close-knit family racism towards black and Continue to page 7
JULY 2008 ­- RAJAB 1429

Health minister to assume more

powers if new bills are passed
Anso Thom

T wo bills recently tabled

in Parliament are set to
shake up the private hospi-
ing that National Health
Insurance is a more urgent
priority at this stage and
see an exodus of specialists
and the destruction of pri-
vate healthcare.
national regulatory bodies,
which operate on the premise
of that medicine registration
it would signal the death
knell of the scientific gover-
nance of medicines and clin-
tal industry and centralise would have a greater impact is a technical process over- ical trials in South Africa.
decision-making over hos- on the lives of especially The medicines bill seeks to seen by a specialist body that
pital tariffs as well as the poor South Africans. But replace the inefficient and considers safety, quality and “In our view, this [bill] is
regulation of new medicines there just seems to be a lack overburdened Medicines efficacy and are independent the latest attack on evidence
and scientific trials within based regulation of medi-
the health minister’s office. cines and clinical trials,” the
organisations said.
The National Health
Amendment Bill (health “This latest development,
bill) and the Medicines made in the name of improv-
and Related Substances ing effectiveness and effi-
Amendment Bill (medicines ciency, seeks to destroy what
bill) were both published to date has only been weak-
in April and there is wide- ened. It does so by propos-
spread agreement that they ing an amendment to the Act
are the most important piec- that will effectively allow
es of health legislation to be the health minister to block
proposed in recent years. the registration of medicines
of proven quality, safety and
However, the health depart- efficacy, as well as to allow
ment has been accused of the sale and provision of
hasty drafting and being hell untested ‘treatments’ and
bent on rushing both bills ‘cures’,” said ALP lawyer
through parliament before Jonathan Berger.
the general elections early
next year. The ALP and TAC also
accused the health depart-
Some groups in the African ment of developing the bill
National Congress and the of enthusiasm on the side of Control Council with a new of political structures. in an unaccountable and
Congress of South African the minister to tackle such regulatory authority, and it non-transparent manner that
Trade Unions are lobbying issues, rather going for easy gives the health minister the In a joint submission to makes a mockery of public
for the bills to be withdrawn targets which are important, power to turn down an appli- Parliament, the Aids Law consultation.
to attend to other priority but not a priority at this cation to register a medicine Project (ALP) and Treatment
issues, according to well- stage,” said an ANC source. on the grounds that it is not Action Campaign (TAC),
placed sources. in the public interest. called for the medicines bill
Doctor groups have also to be withdrawn, warning Continue on page 6
“There is a strong feel- warned that the laws would This is in contrast to inter- that if it became law

Youth Day message from Premier

Ebrahim Rasool
The symbolism and associations of National Youth Day resonate powerfully with millions
of South Africans.

The generation of 1976, who stood up resolutely against injustice, will recall the bitter
conflict of the time * the teargas, the batons, the caspirs, the marches - and close their eyes
in remembrance of their compatriots who sustained injury or died in pursuing their just

The generation of the 80s will reflect on how they built on the foundation of their predeces-
sors by forging unprecedented levels of solidarity in the face of intensifying state violence,
in their efforts to finally end apartheid and usher in democracy.

Today, we have the privilege of joining our young people as we explore the full
potential of our creativity and abilities in an unfolding non-racial democracy.

As you mix-it, dance to Kwaito, Hip Hop Pantsula and Brasse vannie Kaap,
listen to I-pods, connect through Facebook, read novels, enjoy recreational
facilities, watch DVDs, debate freely, recite poetry and pursue educa-
tional opportunities, understand that these and other seemingly simple
freedoms were hard fought for and must be protected.

I wish you well on National Youth Day.

Premier Ebrahim Rasool

For information on the range of Youth Services

offered by government, phone 0861 142 142
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Continue from page 5 and Switzerland, among oth- public sector. tiate individually with these expressed concern that the
ers, negotiate tariffs with the large provider groups, is not proposed facilitator was not
However, Dr Anban Pillay, private sector. However, Pillay said that the healthy,” she said. independent and that neither
Chief Director Health bill created an opportunity the facilitator nor the health
Economics in the health However, there is concern for medical schemes to nego- Private hospital groups told department accepted any lia-
department said efficacy, that the facilitator would be a tiate with private healthcare Parliament’s health portfolio bility should the results of
safety and quality would not political appointment, work- providers. “I do not see the committee this week that is the regulations cause dam-
be compromised. He said a ing under the direction of the problem with this,” he said. had been impossible to con- age to any organization or
body similar to the MCC health minister. sult with the health depart- individual.
would investigate the effi- Professor Di McIntyre, health ment.
cacy, safety and quality of Medical aid companies are economist at the University “This leaves one with the
a drug. complaining that rising costs of Cape Town said there had “We have often felt like an impression that they them-
have made medical aid cover been a massive outflow of orphan … tugging at the selves have a lack of faith in
A “declaration” would then unaffordable for low income doctors from the public sec- skirts of a mother who will the proposed legislations,”
be made and a certificate earners. The private sector tor to the private sector since not listen,” Nkaki Matlala, said Bishop.
issued. The company would is primarily funded through the eighties and only a slight chairman-designate of the
then be able to export the contributions to medical increase in private patients. Hospital Association of SA, Dr Richard Friedland, CEO
medicine to a market outside schemes, which provide said. of Netcare acknowledged the
of South Africa. However, health insurance coverage to “So the number of patients substantial inequities in the
if its intention was to sell some 7 million beneficia- per doctor in the private sec- Medi-Clinic CEO Koert delivery of healthcare, but
it locally, then it would be ries (of a total South African tor has dropped. Doctors in Pretorius maintained that said he believed the private
scrutinized by committees in population of approximately turn have to push up their private hospital tariffs were sector could play a meaning-
accordance with its benefit 47 million). fees and make sure people reasonable and that annual ful role in the provision of
to the population, the burden see them more often. Also, increases had been reason- services to those people who
of disease and its appropri- Interim results from the the current power imbalance, able. are unable to currently access
ateness for the local market. Council for Medical Schemes where three hospital groups private healthcare services. –
has revealed that the closed own 85% of beds and 120 or Mark Bishop, head of Health-e News Service.
The pricing committee would medical aids serving most- more schemes have to nego- funder relations at Netcare,
rule on the value for money ly blue collar workers have
of the drug in question. had to dip into reserves as
medical costs rise. As this is
Muslim Journalists attend
“These committees have to unsustainable, there is a fear
report to someone to make that these medical aids will investigative journalism workshop
the final say and it has to have to close and that their
be the minister,” said Pillay.
He denied that the process
would be slowed down sig-
members will be dumped on
the public sector. J ournalists of the local Muslim media
organisations were amongst the fifteen
community journalists who attended a two-
Journalism Project of the University of the
Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and facilitated
by Frayintermedia. Most participants echoed
nificantly stating that many The 2007 South African day investigative journalism workshop that investigative journalism skills are need-
of the applications could run Health Review (SAHR) held earlier this month in Stellenbosch. ed to strengthen community journalists as
in parallel. reported that just over The workshop was commissioned by most of their reporting are from grassroots
R100 billion was spent on Birgit Schwarz, Director of Investigative – directly affecting the ordinary person.
According to Pillay, interna- health care in South Africa
tional evidence showed that in 2005, equivalent to some
government would also have 7.7% of the country’s Gross
more bargaining power in Domestic Product (GDP).
terms of pricing if the drug However, only about 40%
was not registered until an of total health care funds
agreement was reached on in South Africa are spent in
the price. the public sector, while 60%
flow through private inter-
He confirmed that every new mediaries.
drug application would have
to go via the minister for Another complaint is that
final approval, based on the the expanding private health
recommendations from the system disproportionately
various committees. absorbs health resources in
the country. Historically, the
Meanwhile, the publica- distribution of health person-
tion of the National Health nel in the country has been
Amendment Bill has seen a highly inequitable, skewed
forceful response from vari- in favour of the private sec-
ous stakeholders including tor, the richest provinces and
threats of legal action. urban areas.

The health bill aims to make Hospital and doctor groups

private health care more as well as opposition politi-
affordable by regulating the cal parties have warned that
annual price negotiations the bill would see the col-
between the private health- lapse of the private health
care providers and medical sector and exodus of doctors,
schemes. A facilitator would particularly specialists who
be appointed by the minis- usually charge higher rates
ter to facilitate negotiations than medical schemes’ rec-
between the private health- ommended tariffs.
care industry and medical
schemes. By combating ris- A snap survey conducted
ing private healthcare costs, by a South African Medical
the department believes Association committee
medical scheme membership revealed that 66% of doctors
would become more afford- surveyed, the vast majority
able to more people. specialists, would consider
emigration if the health bills
It is also not an unprecedent- becomes law. Only eight of (f) Sanaa Petersen – Islamic Media Agency, (l-r) Mariam Salie – Islamic Media Agency, Shanaaz
ed type of health reform. the 1 000 doctors said they Gool Hamiet – Radio 786, Nabuweyah Malick – MJC-Media Desk, Muneebah Benjamin – Voice
Japan, Germany, Belgium would consider joining the of the Cape, Mahmood Sanglay – Muslim Views and facilitator Michael Schmidt
JULY 2008 ­- RAJAB 1429
Continue from page 4 institutions: Knowledge everone has the right to creates silos that leave not legal yet;many rights
is the key their opinion them unprepared to deal and provisions opposed
10. no commitment to with the real world; do not to the Shariah; its
the deen; to find balance 15. projects that will result Culture is an important part live up to their mission becoming increasingly
between local and global in job creation for the of religion: statement; can lead to Islamophobic; too much
commitment; youth are unemployed: hungry exclusive mentality; too poverty and struggling
the biggest challenge stomach leads to crime; 19. A g r e e - B o n d s expensive; they focus Muslims
as they out of control; self-sustenance leads communities; if you more on secular rather
growing prevalence to education and social know where you come than Islamic studies; we Muslims should focus
of shirk; must see upliftment; society from you can make the live in a multi-cultural more on local rather than
ourselves as part of the reinforces inequality; will right decisions; creates society international issues:
global ummah; lack of bring people to Islam; pride and sense of
direction; drug abuse and leads to increased self- belonging; keeps religion Islamic financial 31. Agree-Charity begins at
gangsterism worth; this is a practical alive; creates vibrancy in institutions benefit the home; think global, act
benefit a community; culture is Muslim community: local; our own people
Q: Respecting other the gateway to religion; are struggling; grassroots
religions and cultures 16. educational, health 25. Agree-provides interest work more effective than
means that Muslims and social projects 20. Disagree-Religion first, free facility; without marches; too much focus
should: that benefit all; self- culture second; culture them progress will be on what is happening
sufficiency; create not part of religion; there retarded; they do help elsewhere; this is the
11. interact with them to find Islamically focussed is no clear understanding the community country of our birth and
out what they believe and conventional education of what is acceptable we owe it a duty
practice: needed in order systems of a very high culture; can lead to bidah 26. Disagree-they concerned
to engage and live with standard; provide basic and racism with their own profits; 32. Disagree-World affairs
neighbours; interaction human needs such as have not seen them build affect us; Muslims are
develops true respect; food and shelter; we Madrassa education is still an orphanage an Ummah; Solidarity
it makes one appreciate need to uplift people a vital part of a child’s with Muslims first above
one’s own religion more; with both employment education: Learning Islamic law is other religious groups;
one exposes them to Islam and guidance; to educate more important than being there is greater suffering
through interaction; it one’s own children; 21. Agree-Teaches the able to read Quran: in other parts of the
is an opportunity for support da’wah and relief basics; in today’s rat Muslim world;
da’wah; it demystifies organisations; should be race no time to educate 27. A g r e e - B e a u t i f u l
the boogie man helping township people children on our own; recitation meritorious The West is the major cause
with strong fundamentals but does not lead to of our problems:
12. respect from a distance Agree or disagree: faith will not be understanding and
and be more concerned compromised; kids need knowledge; Obligations 33. A g r e e - C o n t r o l
about one’s own beliefs: Differences of opinion to interact with their own have to be fulfilled first; everything including
To you your religion and weaken the community: kind; children with no both are important media and business;
to me mine; cleanse our madrasah education are they are jealous of our
own morals first; we tend 17. Agree-Breaks family ties; mislead; a child can be 28. Disagree-Everybody can practice of the Sunnah;
to become like them; art of debate has been easily moulded read the Quran but not the importation of their
temptation to practise forgotten; disagreements everybody can afford to values erodes ours;
easier religions; we first have proved divisive at 22. Disagree-Parents should study law; Quran is the they wish to dismiss
need to respect ourselves; leadership level and have become more involved same as the Law or leads importance of religion;
many Muslims too weak led to dishonesty and rather than leaving it up to the Law; Quran and due to ubiquitousness of
to engage with others arrogance; we nitpick to a third party Islam must be imbibed in West; their way of life
over secondary issues; hearts first before details misleads and they see us
Q: The first priority for renders community Islamic schools are better of law as terrorists
well to do Muslims is to vulnerable to attacks; for Muslims than secular
put their money into : results in confusion ones: The South African 34. Disagree-It is due to our
government protects failure that they do not
13. building and maintaining 18. D i s a g r e e - M e t h o d 23. Agree-they can get both Muslim’s interests: know Islam; they are able
mosques and Islamic rather than content of religious and secular to impose themselves
associations: so that other differences that is the education allowing free 29. Agree-Enjoys protection because of our weakness;
religions and cultures can problem; differences time in the afternoon; are like other faiths; more we created our own
look up to Muslims and healthy and leads to better if done well freedom than in some problems; we have not
associations can spend educational enhancement Islamic countries; armed ourselves with
money where it is needed and critical thinking; we 24. D i s a g r e e - M o r e Government enables Islamic knowledge and
in the Muslim community; should not be like sheep; important for Muslims efficient Hajj; we have behaviour; we lack unity;
build infrastructure leads to awareness, to integrate rather than financial institutions, the earth is borderless;
for Shariah compliant respect and sharing; be isolated; some have halal food and are allowed Muslim excess can rival
youth activities; masjids mindless agreement become elitist and serve to practise our deen in Western excess; if we
struggle financially and leads to stagnation and class interest; does schools and universities think like that then we
need help; mosques is monopolies; it can be not provide necessary just like them; we choose
where people pray positive and constructive; quality and balance; 30. Disagree-No, protects what can influence us
leads to a more misbehaviour of students; interests of all its citizens;
14. building and maintaining democratic and hence we are part and parcel of politicians only fill their
Islamic educational stronger community; secular society as well; own pockets; marriages


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US Planning Big New Prison in Afghanistan

The Pentagon is moving for- escalating fight against Al Qaeda facility at Guantánamo Bay. minimal areas for the prisoners Sandra L. Hodgkinson, the senior
ward with plans to build a new, and the Taliban. to exercise, and kitchen, shower Pentagon official for detention
40-acre detention complex on the Military officials have long been and bathroom space is also inad- policy, in a telephone interview.
main American military base in The proposal for a new American aware of serious problems with equate. “It was renovated to do a tempo-
Afghanistan, officials said, in a prison at Bagram underscores the the existing detention center in rary mission. There is a sense that
stark acknowledgment that the daunting scope and persistence of Afghanistan, the Bagram Theater Faced with that, American offi- this is the right time to build a
United States is likely to continue the United States military’s deten- Internment Facility. After the cials said they wanted to replace new facility.”
to hold prisoners overseas for
years to come. American officials also acknowl-
edged that there are serious health
The proposed detention center risks to detainees and American
would replace the cavernous, military personnel who work at
makeshift American prison on the Bagram prison, because of
the Bagram military base north their exposure to heavy metals
of Kabul, which is now typically from the aircraft-repair machin-
packed with about 630 prisoners, ery and asbestos.
compared with the 270 held at
Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. “It’s just not suitable,” another
Pentagon official said. “At some
Until now, the Bush administra- point, you have to say, ‘That’s it.
tion had signaled that it intended This place was not made to keep
to scale back American involve- people there indefinitely.’ ”
ment in detention operations in
Afghanistan. It had planned to That point came about six months
transfer a large majority of the ago. It became clear to Pentagon
prisoners to Afghan custody, in an officials that the original plan
American-financed, high-security of releasing some Afghan pris-
prison outside Kabul to be guard- oners outright and transferring
ed by Afghan soldiers. other detainees to Afghan custody
would not come close to empty-
But American officials now ing the existing detention center.
concede that the new Afghan-
run prison cannot absorb all the Although a special Afghan court
Afghans now detained by the tion problem, at a time when Bush prison was set up in early 2002, it the Bagram prison, a converted has been established to prosecute
United States, much less the administration officials continue became a primary site for screen- aircraft hangar that still holds detainees formerly held at Bagram
waves of new prisoners from the to say they want to close down the ing prisoners captured in the fight- some of the decrepit aircraft- and Guantánamo, American offi-
ing. Harsh interrogation methods repair machinery left by the cials have been hesitant to turn
and sleep deprivation were used Soviet troops who occupied the over those prisoners they consider
PALESTINIAN SOLIDARITY widely, and two Afghan detainees country in the 1980s. In its place most dangerous
died there in December 2002, the United States will build what
GROUPS COMMEMORATE THE after being repeatedly struck by officials described as a more mod- Some detainees have been held
60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE American soldiers. ern and humane detention center without charge for more than
that would usually accommodate five years, officials said. As of
PALESTINIAN AL-NAKBAH 0F 1948 Conditions and treatment have about 600 detainees - or as many April, about 10 juveniles were

improved markedly since then, as 1,100 in a surge - and cost being held at Bagram, according
hile the Israeli memorated through exhi- but hundreds of Afghans and more than $60 million. to a recent American report to a
administration cel- bitions highlighting the other men are still held in wire- United Nations committee. By
ebrates 60 years of occu- plight of the people and mesh pens surrounded by coils “Our existing theater internment Eric Schmitt and Tim Golden,
pation a human tragedy advocates a free Palestine of razor wire. There are only facility is deteriorating,” said NY Times
unfolds in the occupied and the “right of return”
territories of Gaza and of the Palestinians living
the West Bank. The in the Diaspora.
Palestinian people are
refugees in the land of According to the direc-
their birth. Access to tor of the Al-Quds
basic supplies like water, Foundation and President
electricity and medicines of the Muslim Judicial
are denied to them. South Council, Moulana Igsaan
Africans, experienced in Hendricks, says: “the
the horrors of apartheid, Al-Nakbah (catastrophe)
are able to identify and of 1948 saw the mass
sympathise with the peo- deportation of a million
ple of Palestine, who are Palestinians from their
subjected to atrocities at cities and villages, mas-
the hands of the Israeli sacres of civilians, and
government. the razing to the ground
of hundreds of Palestinian
Meanwhile, South African villages which continues
based Palestinian soli- today.”
darity groups namely,, the The Al-Nakbah has made
Al-Quds Foundation a whole people virtually
S.A and the Friends of stateless aliens in their
Al-Aqsa hosted a tour own homeland, kept
guided photo exhibi- them in an indefinite and
tion on the Palestinian vicious form of colonial
Al-Nakbah (Catastrophe) domination, and permit-
of 1948 in May at the ted the ideology of mili-
Darul Islam boys High tant Zionism to massacre
School in Athlone. The innocent Palestinians.
60th Anniversary of the
AL-Nakbah was com-
JULY 2008 ­- RAJAB 1429

Muslim Youth Engineering the Future

Sanaa Petersen
The Muslim Judicial Council 4. enhance civic participation in Africa’s first Muslim chartered role in the development of The team-building and leader-
(MJC) recognised through its responsible engagement with accountants and senior Financial MuslimYouth (MY) namely; ship exercise entailed a scaven-
2006 and 2007 interactive 40-day the media and its technologi- Planner of Oasis Group Holdings, ger hunt, with learners divided
campaign titled, ‘Working cal tools Ebrahim Bardien, inspired the 1. MY& Politics into groups to deliberate and
Towards an Exemplary Society’ young participants to not be 2. MY & Education assess each others skills as to
the vital need to play a piv- The MJC commissioned Sanaa afraid to want to achieve as a 3. MY & Gender, Sexuality which team would best represent
otal role in supporting today’s Petersen from the Islamic Media Muslim. He expounded on the &related the hunters and the wordsmiths.
Muslim Youth (MY) in its rap- Agency (IMA), a grassroots Quranic verse found in Chapter 4. MY Religion, Culture &
idly changing and challenging women engendered media and 3, Verse 104: “Let there arise out Tradition Dr Anwah Nagia of Frater Asset
environment. community development organi- of you a band of People inviting 5. MY & Community Management and Taj Adlekker
sation to develop and manage the to all that is good, enjoining what Development ended the explosive mind chal-
This realization has activated the ‘Youth Engineering the Future’ is right, and forbidding what is 6. MY Sharia &SA Law lenging day with motivation and
MJC to facilitate a Participatory project. ‘Sanaa Petersen was the wrong: They are the ones to attain 7. MY and Media wise advice for young Muslims
Muslim Youth conference titled, Project Developer for the suc- felicity.’ Sheikh Shaheed Esau, growing up in a non-Muslim and
‘Youth Engineering the Future’ cessful 2006 and 2007 MJC–40- a tireless community developer, All the workshops were facilitated changing environment.
with the objective of establish- day campaign ‘Working Towards expressed that Islam is the answer by experts in the particular fields
ing a functional think tank to an Exemplary Society’ her part- for life “many of the self-help to maximize the outcomes of the The ‘Youth Engineering the
revitalize existing Islamic mod- nership with the MJC can ensure books and advice of non-Muslim “Youth Engineering the Future’ Future’ would like to thank
els or create new Islamic mod- that the ‘Youth Engineering the inspirational and motivational project. The facilitators were cho- the facilitators for sharing
els to respond to the challenges Future’ will attain its outcome (s) speakers are based on Islamic sen on the basis of their expertise their valued time and exper-
of young Muslims growing up to be a catalyst ‘…Towards an thinking’ and the MJC Youth academically and ‘real’ knowl- tise namely; Ighsaan Higgins,
in a contemporary and pluralis- Exemplary Society’, said Sheikh Affairs Co-ordinator, edge. ‘We sought facilitators that Shiekh Shahied Esau, Is-haaq
tic environment. These Islamic Achmat Sedick. were Muslim Achievers in their Lekganya, Yusuf Mataar,
models can hopefully; Moulana Shuaib Appleby, con- fields and that worked within the Shaheeda Khan, Najmunisa
The conference was symbolically cluded that the structure of the Muslim community,’ said Sanaa Solomons, Taj Adlekker, Sheikh
1. create a supportive platform hosted in June to commemorate conference was to ascertain the Petersen. The facilitators were Faiek Gamieldien Ebrahim
for SA Muslim youth grow- Youth month and attracted 138 status of Muslim Youth in Cape astonished by the young Muslim’s Galant, Achmat Patience, Adv.
ing up in a pluralistic envi- young participants from senior Town and ‘develop the tools to interactive response to the intense Muhammad Abderouf and Farid
ronment with respects to the grades (14-16years) of the inde- support their growth in a plural- debate and intelligent observations Sayed. Thank you to the kind
debate of identity, culture, pendent Muslim high schools istic environment.’ and recommendations. partnerships of the SA National
tradition and religion. and Hifz (religious) academies. Zakaah Fund, Albaraka Bank,
The one day participative confer- After twenty-one hourly think- Cosy Corner, Classic Bakery,
2. develop and enhance proac- The opening session on the 27 ence on the 28 June was divid- ing sessions participants were Consulate-General Indonesia,
tive and preventative initia- June was held at The Green Shed ed into seven functional facets physically challenged to imple- Debonaires Pizza, The Green
tives with regards to peer in Schaapkraal with renowned that impact and plays a critical ment thinking into doing. Shed and Oasis Group Holdings.
pressure, HIV/Aids, sub- South African Muslim comedian
stance abuse, sexuality and Riaad Moosa, who enthralled the
all forms of violence and young guests. The Consulate-
abuse. General of Indonesia, Mr
Andrajati, reminded the young
3. enhance civic participation participants of the eight steps to
with regards to community success, “the prophet Muhammad
and economic development (saw) has left you the perfect
inorder to eradicate poverty model to succeed”. One of South

Young Muslims connecting hearts at Soetwater Refugee Camp

The learners of the Ibn Jazariy Academy distributed toys and played with the children that were displaced by the recent Xenophobic attacks in Cape Town.
10 JULY 2008 ­- RAJAB 1429

SANZAF responds to needs of displaced refugees

The South African National Zakah the various role players have taken eign nationals, SANZAF provided yimiday somaliya . dadyowga kale
Fund (SANZAF) has been appoint- several steps to ease the plight of 5335 blankets on 23 May which e kula jirane waxaa ka mid ah
ed the official service provider for the refugees. were distributed to various loca- Zimbabwe, mozanbique, iyo jam-
the supply and distribution of two tions in the Western Cape, par- huuriya dimiquraadiga ee congo,
meals daily to about 1,200 refugees SANZAF officially commenced its ticularly mosques that were pro-
at the Youngsfield military base in services at Youngsfield on 2 June viding accommodation to refugees. South African national defence
Wynberg. when a group of dedicated Muslim Additional support in the form of force, oo marka la soo gaabiyo
volunteers from the Kenwyn brunch and a hot meal for 300 loo yaqaano (sandf) disaster risk
This appointment came about as a Muslim community had already refugees in the Nyanga Community management (DRM) oo ka horta-
result of exceptionally good net- been providing relief support to the Hall was also provided from 24 ga masiibooyinka u qaabilsan
working between the various key refugees. May to 2 June. magaalada cape town iyo waaxda
role players in the relief support cafimaadka ee maamulka gobalka
programme set for the refugees, “The group who is attached to the At present SANZAF remains in western cape ayaa qeyb muhiima
most of whom are from Somalia. Waterloo Road mosque in Kenwyn place at Youngsfield where brunch ka ahaa barnaamijka ka socday
Other nationalities include people contributed significantly to the and a hot meal is provided to 800 to youngfield sida amaanka guriy-
from Zimbabwe, Mozambique relief work at a time when no infra- 1000 refugees daily. eynta caafimaadka xanaanada caru-
and the Democratic Republic of structure or organized support was urta iyo waxyaabah kale ee iska
Congo. available,” SANZAF Administrator Sanzaf waxa aay ka jawaabtay baa- caadiga ah oo laga waday xirada
of the Western Cape, Amien Jacobs, hida qaxootiga soo barakacay yuongfield
The South African National Defence told Community News.
Force (SANDF), the City of Cape South Africa national zakah fund Inkastoo xaaladu xuntahay qaboow
Town’s Disaster Risk Management We gratefully acknowledge the role (sanzaf) waxa loo magacaabay ka fara badan jiro teendhooyinku
Centre (DRM) and the Health played by Maulana Farouk Rylands shaqeeyo gaarsiinta qeybinta iyo aysan celin kareyn hadane doorarka
Department of the Provincial and the Kenwyn Muslim commu- quudinta laba waqti dad gaaraya kala diwan waxay ka qaateen tilaa-
Government of the Western Cape nity,” Jacobs added. 1,200 oo qaxooti ah oo ku nool booyin badan sidii looga qafiifin
are an important part of the infra- xerada malitiriga e youngfield eek lahaa duruufaha heysto qaxootiga
structure of the programme at Even though such relief support is u taala wynberg
Youngsfield. Security, shelter, not part of their core activity, the Sanzaf waxa shaqadeeda ay ka
health, child care, social welfare organisation does respond to such Magacaabistaasine waxa aay ka bilaawday youngfield 2 jun markii
and secondary services such as calls when needed. SANZAF’s dambeysay natiijooyin kii caji- isxilqaameen koox muslimiin oo
education and leisure activities are core activity is the administration ibka ahaa iyo isku xirnaashihii mutadawiciin ah kana mid ah
provided at Youngsfield. of the collection and distribution wanaagsanaa ee u dhaxeeyaya fara bulshada muslimka ah e kenwyn
of Zakah to the poor and needy in ku tiriska kala duwan e doorar- kuwaaso soo gaarsiiyay gargaar
Although conditions are not ideal South Africa. ka lixaada leh ka qaato kaala- qaxootiga
in the tents and not suited for the mada barnaamijka gargaarka ah e
cold and wet winter conditions, In the case of the displaced for- qaxootigaas oo intooda badani ka Continue to page 12

Book Reviews
Title: My Sisters’ Lips
Author: : Na’ima B. Roberts
Paperback: 359 pages
Publisher: Bantam Press (2 May 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0593054415 The Shaikhs Exotics Way

I am a practising Roman Catholic girl purchase Jean Sasson’s books (which Ingredients This versatile curry sauce can be used with
who is considering becoming a nun. are speckled liberally with cultural and • 45ml oil the following options:
‘From My Sisters’ Lips’ may seem like theological errors) because they are • 2 large onions, chopped fine
an unusual choice of book for such a promisingly gory and lurid and shock- • few sprigs curry leaves Devein 1kg prawns and cook in oil till pink.
person to read, but the fact that I am ing - and, ultimately, deeply satisfying. • 2 x pieces stick cinnamon Add salt and pepper and 2.5ml lemon juice to
firmly rooted in one faith doesn’t mean But although they claim to be ‘inter- • 3 x whole cardamon prawns. Cook in curry sauce for 5-10 minutes.
that I fail to appreciate the wisdom of ested’ in Islam, they would never read • 10ml Shaikhs Exotics Kokni masala Add freshly chopped coriander. Serve with
another. Na’ima has shattered every ‘From My Sisters’ Lips’ because it • 10ml Shaikhs Exotics Special Blend curry basmati rice
misunderstanding and every uncomfort- doesn’t tell them exactly what they powder
able stereotype that seem to stick like want to hear. • 2.5ml Shaikhs Exotics Garam masala Cook chicken or beef strips in oil, add salt
burrs to the abaayat [gown-like cover- • 10ml ginger/garlic paste and pepper. Cook in curry sauce for 10-15
ings] of Muslim women. In a lively, All the same, I wish Na’ima Robert and • 6 fresh tomatoes, blanched and chopped or minutes. (optional: add cashew nuts or dried
informal style, she describes how she her friends the best of luck as they delve 2 tins canned chopped tomatoes, liquidise apricots) add freshly chopped coriander and
discovered Islam and made a conscious, deeper into their chosen faith. They • 5ml salt serve with roti
educated choice to live as a Muslim. have chosen a tough path to walk. I pray • 10ml sugar
Her own story is interwoven with anec- that anyone who reads their book will • 1 x tin coconut milk Cut a variety of vegetables (carrots,
dotes and insights provided by other appreciate the depths of their courage • ? bunch fresh coriander, washed and courgettes,cauliflower, butternut etc.) into
Muslim women (most of them converts) and devotion. Jessie-UK chopped bite-size pieces and stir-fry in oil. Add salt and
who hail from a bewildering myriad of pepper. Cook in curry sauce for 5-10 minutes
cultures and countries. Method until all flavours have been absorbed.
To make the sauce Do not overcook the vegetables.
They candidly talk about all kinds of 1. Braise onion, curry leaves, stick cinnamon
topics, ranging from arranged marriage and cadamon in oil till golden brown. This curry sauce can be frozen in smaller
to covering their faces to Islamic educa- 2. Add kokni masala, curry powder, garam quantities.
tion. But the sad thing is, will people masala, ginger/garlic paste. If frozen, defrost sauce first then use any of
listen to them? I once read an article 3. Cook for 2 minutes until combined. the above options.
by one Saraji Umm Zaid, who wryly 4. Add tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes
commented, “Because people assume 4. Add salt, sugar and coconut milk and ENJOY!
that Muslim men long ago robbed us of simmer till thick and creamy.
a voice, they don’t trouble themselves 5. Last add chopped coriander.
by listening for one.” I know several Shaikhs Exotics
Englishwomen who will happily fill Blomvlei Rd. , Lansdowne
JULY 2008 ­- RAJAB 1429

Israel the Media’s Angel

F or a media that has
shown ”exceptional
tenacity” in its ability to
accounts of the high and
mighty is that there are no
‘holy cows’ as far as the
being denied access when-
ever they attempt to raise
issues critical of the Jewish
abductions among others.
To its discredit, SA press
coverage of Israel remains
view Tutu on his expe-
rience and observations.
“What does it say about
probe and uncover many media is concerned. state. Yet, they point out, in the archaic realm of “cut ‘holy cows’? Is it not ironi-
startling details in rela- that Israel is discussed & paste”, Jassat charged. cal that the Cape Times
tion to shady operations by “Yet, it can be argued that though only by ‘kosher’ header for one of its AFP-
powerful individuals and despite their reluctance to analysts or spokespersons “Archbishop Desmond sourced reports read: ‘Tutu
groups, the South African admit it, media do have of the Olmert regime or Tutu’s recent trip to under- slams the world’s silence
media has been much more ‘red lines’ which deter- some or other pro-Israeli take investigation of the on Gaza’s plight’, when in
circumspect in dealing with mine their levels of cov- academic,” Jassat said. Israeli massacre of a fact it and other SA media
issues related to Israel. This erage or analysis on such Palestinian family in Gaza remain silent on Israel’s
claim has prompted media ‘untouchable’ subjects. For He said the SABC’s lack of provides a critical indict- atrocious conduct?”
advocacy group, Media instance, The Star under substantial depth in its cov- ment of shoddy neglect by
Review Network chairper- Moegsien Williams’ edi- erage of Israel “and at most SA media. The expectation Jassat said while there
son Iqbal Jassat, to accuse torship has an unwritten times to completely ignore that a UN probe of a ghast- exist notable exceptions,
the South African media of policy not to touch Israel. the suffering experienced ly crime led by an icon of “the unfortunate truth is
dealing with Israel as it if Thus, by conferring a ‘holy by Palestinians as a con- this country would war- that unless media practi-
was a “holy cow”. cow’ status upon Israel, sequence of policies best rant reams of space filled tioners are able to confront
Johannesburg’s leading described as inhumane, is with pictures and commen- this demon of selective cri-
“Many of the daily and daily denies its consumers further evidence of a ‘holy taries did not materialize. tique, their ability to take
weekly papers have made access to critical analysis cow’ syndrome.” Instead, coverage of Tutu’s a critical view of Israel’s
remarkable strides in pur- and debate on Israeli poli- visit was confined to a few destabilizing role and ser-
suit of exposes, matched cies as well as conduct vis- A snap survey of the print centimeter columns mainly vice of America’s imperial
at times by the electronic à-vis Palestinians under its media conducted by the sourced from agencies such interests will remain ques-
media, resulting in shock- occupation,” Jassat said. Media Review Network as AP and AFP.” tionable.” VOC
ing disclosures. No politi- shows that there is a gen-
cian is spared, neither the Radio 702 too has been eral disinclination to get Jassat said not a single
President of the Republic accused of protecting to grips with brutal facts – paper provided any edi-
nor any of his cabinet min- Israel. “Many regular call- warts and all – of Israeli vio- torial comment. Neither
isters. Indeed, the message ers to its daily talk shows lations, settlements, check- did any print journalist
inherent in these revealing have complained about points, tortures, detentions, attached to SA media inter-

By Nabuweyah Malick

s Europe and America are preg- onslaught against Islam was most for our existence and Who sent us to
nant with Islam. One day, they brutal. While Mustafa Kemal lead this earth?

will give birth to an Islamic state. the advances of secularism in Turkey
Just as the Ottomans were pregnant so Bediuzamman Said Nursi com- Amongst the guest speakers who
with Europe and gave birth to a bated this with his work written by explored the vision of the Risale-I
European state.” scribes in mountains and the valleys Nur were academics from Canada,
of Turkey, a country which forbade UK, Turkey, USA and South Africa

These are the words of Beduizamman all religious scripts. These were who gave deep insight into the mas-
Said Nursi, the great 20th century written and copied by students and terpiece which guides Muslims dur- e here the roar back
Turkish scholar of Islam, whose life passed from village to village, until ing social secular advances by devel- and rumble of the Next time we will pre-
and work was commemorated in it spread across Turkey. oping the conscious spiritual state SARACENS drawing pare ourselves in no
Cape Town on the 31st May, 2008 and increases the sense of responsi- closer and closer to our uncertain terms
at the Baxter Theatre. The bility. It also gives a solid school We shall strategise and
Divine Guidance Trust Muslim identity and gives Some one shouts ‘do not plan together to eradi-
hosted the 2 day confer- a voice to the downtrod- panic, will you all just cate the germs
ence which was a 1st for den, marginalized, poor keep your cool’
South Africa and was and those severely affected While we realize that we
titled “Between despair by Western secular Turkish While they bulldoze our are indeed the oppressed
and hope, the Alienation society. gates and fences We shall not grief while
of Modern Youth and the We watch in agony and being dispossessed.
Response of Religion: The Prof. Dr. Bilal awe, silent and defense-
Case of Risale-I Nur. Kuspinar,(UK) who spoke less For if the only weapon in
on “The Role of Faith our hand it to be a stone
Beduizzaman Said Nursi in the Protection and The hard cruel faces of We shall never ever be
was born in Eastern Bringing up Youth.” stated the soldiers as they run alone!
Turkey, 1877 and died that when writing his lec- into our classrooms
in Urfa in 1960. During tures he put himself in the With rifles loaded ever Yes back the boere
this period physical science had The conference was greatly appreci- mind of a teenager and said; “ One ready, leave us in a state came, but then we were
been dropped from the curriculum ated by those in attendance as speaker of the lessons to be gained from as we listen to the bangs prepared
of the madressah and this contrib- after speaker caught the attention of Risale-i Nur is when you look upon and booms No one ran away and
uted towards the decline of Ottoman the audience with a depth of spiritual life or the environment with faith, none of us were scared
empire and the dominance of the insight which left many in awe and you see a meaning for everything. There is chaos and con-
Europe. European dominance was admiration for the love and devotion When you look upon it without faith fusion as someone is The stones we hurled at
extended by the attacks on the Quran for Islam which inspired the many you will see that everything looses its being shot them were too much too
and Islam which they claimed to be volumes from the pen of Said Nursi. purpose. With the rise of technology Gripped by terror and handle,
incompatible with science. Part of these writings focused on the more and more teenagers see them- fear at the sight of gush- Leaving them scurrying
spiritual wellbeing of the youth by selves ever so hopeless and alone. ing blood to their buffels to quick-
The Risale-I Nur written by Said emphasizing the importance of pro- Alas at this point Said Nurisi gives ly drive away
Nursi proves that far from contra- viding the youth with moral values the youth the lesson of mana-i harf Pupils running in all Since then we are enjoy-
dicting science and the order and by speaking to their mind, heart, and which means every thing around you directions to take cover ing freedom and justice
working of the universe, religion soul. This it said could be achieved has both a meaning and purpose and from this inhumane until this very day!
and science are compatible. This by teaching the purpose of living, therefore give purpose and meaning attack
work played a major role in pre- adding value to this existence and to your lives. There is no Despair While leaving a boer By Ismail Osman
serving and revitalizing the Islamic the exploration of questions such as: according to Said Nursi only hope shouts ‘doners ons kom Athlone
faith in Turkey during the very dark- “Where do we come from? Where and meaning.” trug’ while cold blooded
est days of its history when the are we heading? What is the reason shooting a pupil in the
12 JULY 2008 ­- RAJAB 1429

We need warm baby clothing and blankets

X enophobic Violence has left
an estimated 25 000 people
displaced, destitute and in despair.
ing international funding from
Muslim Hands, which often part-
ners with Mustadafin for the alle-
sponsors, volunteers and the gen-
eral public for lending us their
support in this trying time.
labo jeer malin kasto. Sidoo kale
hay.ado waxa ay uqeybisay dadka
dhibaateysnaa dhar. Musqulo ‘iyo
sadaqo dheerado ah lacag ama wax
kale sida dharka qaboobah celiyo
bustoyinka alaab caruureedyada
Our African brothers and sisters viation of poverty in the Western caruurta wixii lagama marmanka ‘iyo kabaha raga si ay uga baxaan
have been abused, tortured and Cape. Translation in Somali u ahaaa. Sidokale haayado waxay xiligion so socda.
stripped of their dignity. We can Qalalaasaha jinsi naleynka ah ayaa ay gacan ka heshay muslim hands
only but pray to the Almighty But the work is not over and while galaaftay in ka badan 25000 oo oo inta badan ay iska kaashadaan Waxaan in badan u mahad celin
for a solution to this political and the xenophobia crisis continues, ka bara kacay waana walaalehen qudinta dadka saboolka ah ee ku ah u soo jeedineynaa inta deeq-
humanitarian crisis. Mustadafin urges the community African ah oo logeystay tacadiyo nolool gobolka Western Cape. tooda naqu kaalmayey mutada-
to continue with its support, which fara badan oo isugu jiro dhac iyo wiciinta howsha ka qeyb qaatay
Since the onset of the attacks, has been of great help over the dil in taba. Balse waxa kali ah Lakin howsha wali madhamaan iyo dhamaan inta na amaahisay
Mustadafin Foundation has been past weeks. The Foundation is ee aan awoodnaa in aan ilaah intiibo ay shaqaqada socoto. mus- kalmadooda xiligan adag
providing more than 10 000 of the calling for more donations in cash ka barino xalinta qulqulatoyinkon taafaadin waxa ay si diiran uga
displaced victims with meals twice or kind, especially warm cloth- siyaaasaded iyo baniadanimo. codaneysaa in ay siiwadaan bul- Jazakallah Khair
a day, every day. The Foundation ing, blankets, baby things and shado tagerada ay siiyaan. Sidii Alia Limbada
has also been providing the vic- men’s shoes as the winter months Ilaa ‘iyo xiligi u dhibkan bilowday ay qeybta lebaax uga qateen Pro
tims with clothing, toiletries, baby approaches. mustadafin foundation waxay rash- tududaadyadi lasoon dhafay. Mustadafin
packs and other essentials. The in ubilawday in ka badon 10 000 Foundation
Foundation has also been receiv- We would like to thank all our oo ka mid ah dadkii soo barakacay Hay ado waxa ay dalbaneysa 021 633 0010

Mustadafin Foundation
18 Belgravia Road, Athlone 7764
South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)21 633 0010/ 633 0060
Fax: +27 (0)21 633 0057

Bisha dambe iyo maxkamadeyn weeraradii jinsi naceybka

Migrant attacks: trials next month
Madaxa dabi baarayasha gobolkan in si xoowli gaas gaareen waxa uusa kiisaska indooda badan ee 14 laga shikisanyahay ayaa
ayaa shegay inla sii wadayo ah lagu wadayo lana soo sheegay in wali howsha gobolka western cape ayaa iyagune lasso tagayaa blue
maxkamadeynta dadkii ku gabagabeynayo bidhamaad- lagu guda jiro lagu wadaa in lagu dhagey- down 6 bellville sidoo
lugta lahaa weearadii jansi ka bisha august de kock sto maxkamada khayelitsha kale 11kiis ayaa lagu
naceybka ahaa bisha soo ayaa in ku daray in boli- dadka laga shikisanyahay 71 ruux ayaa la soo taa- kala dhageysandoonaa
socoto iska ay siiyeen balanqaad in aay ka dambeeyeen dhi- gayaa 25 kamid ahne waxaa degmooyinka hemanus
in dhamaan baaritaanka ku baatooyinkas ayaa lagu lagu helay dambiyo grabouw bredasdrop george
madaxa dambibaarista aadan weeraradaas lasoo soo oogi doonaa dambi- iyo knysna
ee gobolka western cape gabagabeeyo bisha june yo ay ka midyihiin dhac maxkamada athlone 16kiis
Rodney de kock ayaa wuxuu 13keeda shaqaaqooyin xuxun ayaa lagu wadaa in lagu
yiri bishan bilowgeedii iyo weeraro u geeystay dhageysto wynberg 9kiis
dhamaan kiisaska laxiri- lakiin shalay ma uusan dhaawacyo dadka jirkooda cape town 12kiis ayaa lagu
iray weerarada ka dhacay sheegin in booliisku waqti- dhageysandoonaa

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lka western cape, qaasa-
Kooxdan oo inta badan ku tan masaajida waxaana loo
xiran masjidka waterloo qeybiyay qaxootiga waxaa
road musque oo ku yaala intaas sii dheeri ah rashin
kenwyn waxaay deeq lagaa- isku fulis ah o loo sameeyo
reen xiligii ugu 300 o qaxooti ah o o ku
jiro nyanga community hall
Waxaan aad ugu mahad o ay gaarsisay 24may ilaa
celineynaa doorka weyn o u 2june
kaciyaaray maulana farouh
rylands iyo bulshada mus- Waqtil xaadirkan sanzaf
limiinta ah e ku nool ken- waxay boos ku leedahay
wyn , jokobs ayaa intaas ku youngfield taasoo ay u
daray sameyso halmar oo isku
fulis ah 800 ilaa 1000
Xataa hadii tageeraha qaxooti ah malin walibo
gargaarku qeyb ka aheyn
ururku waxa u ka jawaabay
baahi taagneed xiligii loo
baahnaa . sanzaf dulucdedi-
so waa maamulka zaka aru-
urinta iyo u qeybinta dadka
masaakiintaa ee baahan oo
ku nool south Africa

Intii barakaco lagu dhaxjiray

sanzaf waxa ay u qeybisay
dadka dadka ajaanibta ee
so barakacay 5335 bostoyin
ah 23bishii may waxaana
laga qeybiyay xaafada kala
duwan oo ku yaala gobo-
'This page is dedicated to the Survivors of the Xenophobia attacks and translated in Somali language by Muse Haggar, a 24-year old student from Somalia.