6 SEPTEMBER 2015 CMRM Responds to Refugee Crisis in Europe The Claremont Main Road Mosque expresses solidarity with refugees fleeing the tyranny of the Syrian regime, the brutality of ISIS, and others who are victims of war – including in large swathes of our continent. Human rights groups have described the current situation as the largest refugee crisis since the Second ... Read More »

Khutbah – Friday 28 August 2015 – Nurturing Global Citizens by Imam A. Rashied Omar

I attended a meeting of the Interfaith Council on Ethics Education for Children from 14 -16 August 2015, in Tokyo, Japan. The Interfaith Council forms part of an international NGO called Arigatou International sponsored by a Japanese Buddhist organization. The raison de etre of Arigatou International is to promote and enhance the dignity and rights of children all over the ... Read More »

“What Is a Madrasa?” by Ebrahim Moosa – professor of Islamic studies at Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Ebrahim Moosa is a professor of Islamic studies at Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and the author of “What Is a Madrasa?” When we studied together at a madrassa, Rashid Moosagie had a very low opinion of my politics. I was disenchanted by the academic, abstract nature of our curriculum ... Read More »

Khutbah Friday 21 August 2015: Cultivating Recognition (ma’rifa) in the Quest for Environmental Justice by Prof Aslam Fataar

Cultivating Recognition (ma’rifa) in the Quest for Environmental Justice   Khutbah: Claremont Main Road Masjid – 21 August 2015 Today’s khutbah focuses on environmental justice and sustainability in light of the threat of climate change, global warming, environmental pollution, and ecological imbalances all over the world. These are affecting quality of life, threatening to destroy the very material basis necessary ... Read More »

Khutbah: Friday 24 July 2015: Mitchells Plain Town Centre Masjid: The Significance of the Lunar Month of Shawwal by Imam Dr. A. Rashied Omar

In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Dispenser of Grace  Introduction The month of Shawwal is the tenth month in the hijri lunar calendar and has great significance for Muslims. During pre-Islamic times the lunar month of Shawwal was regarded as a cursed month and a month of ill-omen. Some people of that time even avoided getting married ... Read More »

Khutbah: ‘Id al-Fitr 2015: Celebrating the Social Justice Legacy of Mandela by Imam Dr. A. Rashied Omar

In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Dispenser of Grace July 2015/Shawwal 1436   Allah is Greater than Allah is Greater than Allah is Greater than All Praise, Thanks & Gratitude belongs to Allah Alone   Introduction  We have gathered at this `Id al-Fitr service to celebrate our spiritual achievements of the past month of Ramadan. To have ... Read More »

The ongoing destruction of Syria and Iraq by Dr Shamil Jeppie

The ongoing destruction of Syria and Iraq Two places of great historic significance in Islamic history are in chaos.  Damascus and Baghdad stand out in the early centuries of Islamic history for their rich culture, architecture, and scholarship.  Provinces and towns Syria and Iraq all have some trace of great achievements of the early Islamic past.   But both countries ... Read More »