27 August 2010

30 Mosques in Joburg!

Inspired by these guys: http://30mosques.com/

They really cool - having fun, doing something (somewhat) constructive, and packaging it quite nicely.

If I was in Joburg, I would do a 30 Mosques in one city! That must be some record I think - for a non-Muslim country...

So I'm going to try and get 30 Mosques mapped in as tight an area as possible - once there are no more Mosques to map, then will move on to add Jamaat Khana's and smaller prayer areas.

First requirement would be places that are performing Taraweeh Salaah.

I'm sure there will be 30 in central Johannesburg - if not more. Please give me address or GPS co-ordinates for those you know in Joburg - together with official name and website (lol) if possible.

Add more Mosques to this list by clicking the 'Add' button in the top right corner.

Here is the map:

19 August 2010

Classic!

from: mibuantar@yahoo.fr

ASKING A VISA FROM YOUR ORGANISM Please !!!

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Dear Head Master,
Again I come to your Office to ask you a Support for Visa
to come over there to your Country to work like some
Guys from here in our Country.
Let tell you that about the problems of War in the
Great lack my region, I stop all of my Activities and I would to continue over there if your help will reach to me.
About my Job I’m a Driver Tractor and Small Car, Convoy and
Other Jobs Here I have a Burundian Passport which I can easily
meet you if the Visa will come to me soon.
I see that to me the short way to join to you is to
travel through your way that’s the simple way which many
peoples use to attend their object..
Please Do your best to help me in that position. Allah
will bless you Inshaalah.

PS/ About ticket I’m ready for that only Visa is
needed because therein Dubai i have a relatve calling Mr BILALI with E mail bilosido@yahoo.ca and
Tel + 971506781892
By the name of Allah I hope that a good answer will come from your Organism.
Help me Please Amen !!!

Your’s MIBURANO BOSCO PO BOX 3711 BUJUMBURA II
E mail: mibuantar@yahoo.fr
17th street n* 31 BUYENZI
BUJUMBURA BURUNDI

15 August 2010

Seeing green in Durban

for Ramadan.co.za :

I have been fortunate (in a sense) to spend the first few days of Ramadan in Durban - its been many years since I spent Ramadan in this place, and its good and bad seems to be well intact!
Taraweehs with Mufti Menk are an interesting experience and a must for anyone in the city. I also tried out Riverside which was pretty much what can be expected from the local experience - its not often that I get to sample other Musallahs as I'm usually stationed on one specific one myself.

But being in Durban also gave me the opportunity to break iftar on the beach - a remarkably spiritual experience, as is always, with the cool sea breeze, the salty air and the sound of the waves. Coupled with a presentation of relevant sea verses from the Quran, it brought back good memories of the 'good ol days'.

Being here though has meant that I have been eating more meat than I have grown used to in the past few years. Last year I was mainly in Grahamstown, where we had our little tyre garden, bought regular fresh produce from local farmers and almost eliminated meat from our diets - for ethical reasons (I have written about some of it here).

But when I moved to Doha this year, I realised that resonsible consumption was not only about not eating meat - eating vegetables that were grown half way across the world, or that were 'manufactured' rather than grown, or that were grown or stolen land, etc, etc was not much better! That made me raise some questions in this blog post.

Following discussions with the 'old crew' over the past few days, I think the message I need to keep, and share with others, is simple - we need to have critical minds.

Whether being critical leads you to becoming a vegetarian, becoming a 'green' muslim/activitst, shopping with more thought and having a stronger conscience, curbing your consumption, being aware of unnecassary wastage, better planning your life so that you less pressed to rely on convenient-but-irresponsible options, etc - its up to you.

I will try to put together some tips about becoming 'greener' Muslim this Ramadan - after all, as they say - "Green was the Prophets favourite colour" (citation needed). But I'm sure as hell that its not 'profits' most favourite idea.