In the Name of God, the Compassionate
and Dispenser of Grace
The Claremont Main Road Mosque congregation sends greetings of peace and love to all our Christian compatriots, family and friends. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
At this blessed time we would like to express our gratitude for the warm and cordial relations that exists between Christians and Muslims in particular, and all other religious denominations and people of none. South Africa is blessed with a precious and vibrant interfaith and interreligious solidarity movement. This solidarity was forged in the crucible of the anti-apartheid struggle, persists today, and is a model of common ground in our divided world today. We do not take this precious gift for granted and pledge to continue working on strengthening our interfaith and interreligious relations in the New Year.
During the past couple of years South Africa’s interreligious solidarity movement has once again found its prophetic voice and has played a modest role in holding our ‘captured’ government accountable for the endemic corruption that is robbing the poorest of the poor from much needed service delivery.
In the past year we have been given renewed hope by the spirit of “Thuma mina” …. Send me, Lord!, and we need to work hard and pray that this new spirit will inspire South Africa’s citizenry to fulfil their civic duties not only at the polls but more importantly by joining, renewing, and strengthening a commitment to local organizations.
The courageous role of our local religious institutions and leaders in supporting the grassroots community struggles against the scourge of gangsterism, drugs and gentrification and for spatial justice in the City of Cape Town and elsewhere keeps us grounded in reality. People of faith and hope are at the same time realists who do not close their eyes to the reality with all its positive and negative aspects. We look forward to building on our modest victories in the New Year.
May this special time of the year bring tranquillity, joy, and many opportunities to share with family and friends, and most of all renewed faith and hope. At this time of Christmas, we celebrate all those who purposefully live their lives in the cause of social justice and lovingly spend of their time and resources in helping to make the world a more just and humane place. We call to mind and pray for the liberation of all people who are oppressed and exploited wherever they may find themselves and from whatever creed, ethnicity or nationality they come from. We pray that the Lord of Compassionate Justice will guide those in our country and the world’s leadership to fashion a more compassionate, just and peaceful world. We pray that the New Year bring healing and peace to our country and our suffering world and that we continue to strive towards the ideals of truth, justice and equality.
May the peace and joy of this season be with you always.
The Muslim Sacred Scripture, the Qur’an, in a chapter named Mary, verse 33, records Jesus as proclaiming:
“Peace be upon me the Day I was born, and peace will be upon me the day of my death and peace will be upon me the day I shall be raised to life again.”
Dr. A Rashied Omar Dr. Salih Solomon
Claremont Main Road Masjid For and behalf of the CMRM Board of Governors