27 November 2007

South African Q-Islam

I read this before and was supposed to comment on it and share some of my thoughts- it may be a bit late now but I came across this again and just had to share it, given the discussions I have been having here in the UK, with friends over the internet and even on the radio during the Cii calls...

There is much that I both disagree and agree with, but let’s see what your thoughts are for now…

"South Africa’s Muslims are a weird product of political activism, social consciousness, sectarian madness and extreme ostentatiousness. This is a country which has produced more than its share of Muslim martyrs in the anti-apartheid struggle. But it has also seen some of its members seduced by the anti-Islamic ideology of race superiority.

Today, the struggle for the heart and soul of South African Islam is fierce: it is one between relevancy and dogmatism, engagement or disengagement, clarity or obscurantism. When it comes to Islam, there are so many similarities between what is going on in Britain and South Africa.

But, alas, we do not have the likes of Cassiem Khan and Na’eem Jeenah - two outstanding young(ish) mujahids whose contributions in the field of humanitarian work and the debate over freedom of expression are exemplary."

From Timbuktu to Vienna - via Johannesburg and Istanbul
Published in: Q-News, Issue 367, Page 11, July 2006
[follow link for full article]

3 comments:

Third Rail said...

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bb_aisha said...

who wrote it? i'm sorry but 'the charming mufti ak hossein of cii' is laughable. 'elegant and noble ferial' hmm...

i can't really comment since i haven't experienced muslim british life.

It's good to hear the author praise Jeenah & Khan- we always think the grass is greener there & they are more active.

I dunno-the conversations I have with certain people leaves me wondering. Our generation, for the most part, just doesn't care...

Racism is still very much inherent. And while a few are embracing Islamic values in totality, many are shunning them...

I know, i'm not saying anything knew-but I'm not a great thinker:-)

What has cii been asking you?

Goolam_D said...

I think ... i think that the thing about Muslims in general is that we are always weird products. And its interesting to actually observe all the fragments of ideas and ideologies that make up this diverse global Ummah. I like the idea of a spiritual community, but there are those who would prefer the definition of a political community, others who prefer a socio-economic community, others who prefer an activist community, others who see a socially rigid community etc. Identity is our most complex issue and yet, because of its significance, is actually our most simple issue. At the end of all the strangeness and interdependencies (and double standards) is one ever-expanding, identity-defying Ummah.

As for the likes of Jeenah and Khan ... the thing about great ideas is the great impact they have on people. Some great ideas have great impacts yet go unnoticed. Others have a very disputable impact but imprint on our social mindset forever. But ultimately I think, if its not making a difference, it doesn't matter. How do we make a difference? Can we? And surely Allah knows best...