31 March 2005

Tell me your friends, and I will tell you who you are.

Just returned from a great weekend in the cape! It was an ‘epic’ holiday- left Joburg at 8pm Thurs and drove through the night.
Destination: De Hoop nature reserve- a beautiful, isolated place where the white dunes meet the clear blue beach…
Met with the other campsters: group of ‘youth’ from Mitchels Plain- at first they all looked like gangsters, but once we got to know them they turned out to be just a bunch of nice guys.

People are intrinsically good, it just circumstances that cause undesirable behaviour- not that such behaviour should be condoned. But it’s important for us to try and understand the challenges that others face- it makes us more appreciative of what we have…

Spent Friday afternoon resting on the beach- needed to just lay back and unwind. Nothing more relaxing than lying on a white beach and listening to the soothing waves break on the rocks. We wanted to sleep on the dunes that night but none of the cape guys were up for it- apparently baboons attack humans at night! But it sounded too good so Ned, Ashfaaq, Ihsaan and I did so anyway. Rain forced us to rush back to the chalets in the middle of the night!

Went for a hike on the beach and dunes early Saturday morning. Again, it was epic! Ended the morning of with a terrific swim- my first swim since December! Raiman and crew joined us after lunch- had a lot of catching up to do! Was good to meet Dr. Moe Raiman Cum Laude (That means all A’s!) after like three months! Caught a lift back to Cape Town with them and spent the nights at Raimans place.

The other guys joined us on Sunday and we had a late lunch at Wembleys- like the Mountain, the place is over- rated! Planned on going ice-skating, but plans changed on the last minute and had to cancel. Ended up visiting family and friends and catching up on stuff…

Went to Joe Arief for lunch on Monday- hope his interests in the peninsula (gauteng) work out! Spent the day at Landadno Beach- the cape has the most wicked sunsets! Had supper with Yusuf Mohd at Rossmead. All my Cape Town trips seem to have merged into a big jumble in my head- don’t think I’m going to plan another for a while ;-)

But every journey through this country just makes me realise how beautiful and amazing it is- it’s up to us to work hard at making it a better place for each and everyone of its people…

It’s just too difficult to get back to work after a long weekend of fun and play! But we big now so have to make sure we do what we have to do…

Went for a talk by a Professor from Uni of Malaysia- made a very interesting point: Islam is not a state of being, it is a process. So we need to implement this process in our surroundings. It’s not about name changing and other cosmetic changes, but rather to implement the essence of what the Quran and Sunnah teaches us. To do this requires knowledge of such and therefore the urgent need for us to educate ourselves…

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