CMRM Salutes Mawlana Farid Esack

CMRM Salutes Mawlana Farid Esack

CMRM Salutes Farid Esack

The Claremont Main Road Masjid (CMRM) salutes Professor Farid Esack for the Order of Luthuli (Silver) award conferred on him by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 28 April 2018. The orders “are the highest awards that our country bestows on our citizens and eminent foreign nationals who have made a meaningful and significant contribution to the struggle for democracy, human rights, nation-building, justice, and peace and conflict resolution.” Farid Esack is South Africa’s quintessential Muslim social justice and liberation
theologian. Growing up in Bonteheuwel and Wynberg, Cape Town, his political awaking started early during his primary school years. Farid credits his mother’s life for providing the formative impulses for his social justice commitments. The complexities and plight of ordinary folk, whether on the Cape Flats or Pakistan, Nicaragua or Palestine, who suffer daily injustices visited on them by the brutalities of global capitalism and the politics of empire, fuel his political and ideological responses. Farid Esack has been involved in a number of political, progressive interfaith and Muslim religious formations throughout his life. Two organisations that he founded namely, the Call of Islam and Positive Muslims, are characteristic of his social justice and liberation theological commitments. As a traditionally trained Muslim cleric at the Jamia Binnuriyyah in Karachi, Pakistan, a Doctoral degree graduate from the University of Birmingham, UK, and as Professor of Islam at the University of Johannesburg, Farid Esack has penned important Islamic liberation theology texts during the past three and a half decades. We acknowledge his scholarly leadership on Islam and gender justice as well as his period of service as a commissioner on South Africa’s gender commission. We are also inspired by his Pro–Palestinian activism especially his leadership role in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. CMRM applauds Farid Esack for his on-going, steadfast and exemplary leadership as a social justice activist and liberation theologian scholar.

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