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The Pandemic of Sexism and Misogyny Masquerading as Religion

Ebrahim Rasool August 2020 I think it is time to take the Moulana Dawood Sampson debate to a different level. We have all had our outrage, our evaluations of the impact of his words, and the extent of rebuke by his peers among the clergy. The strategic question, now with just a few days to…

Coronavirus Will NOT Be Spread From the Mosques!

Ebrahim Rasool 6 April 2020 The Prophet Muhammad (s) is reported in Bukhari as having said: “The likeness of the one who observes the limits prescribed by Allah and that of the one who transgresses them is like the people who get on board a ship after casting lots. Some of them are in its lower…

Countering The Islamophobia Industry, toward More Effective Strategies — The Carter Center

This manual concludes with an essay from Ebrahim Rasool, former South African ambassador to the United States, who reflects on the lessons learned from South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle. Rasool argues that defeating Islamophobia means recognizing it as a part of a larger family in a “genealogy of bigotry” that includes fear and ignorance, prejudice and…

CORONAVIRUS — A CRISIS THAT REVEALS MUSLIM FAULTLINES: The Mainstream Adapt, The Charlatans Panic.

written by Ebrahim Rasool 22 March 2020 A Moment of Rupture Globally the community of Muslims has had to make an almost unprecedented decision: whether to close the mosques for both the communal daily prayers as well as the Friday prayers in response to Covid-19 or coronavirus. That the majority of clergy and congregations have…

Amb Rasool in the News

Monday, 26 February 2018 11:21 (E-mail Print} President Cyril Ramaphosa may have reduced foreign affairs to five sentences in his State of the Nation Address (SONA), but make no mistake, that is not an indication of the level of priority he attaches to international relations. It is through South Africa’s foreign relations that he will…

Amb Ebrahim Rasool Khutba Address: 29 December 2017: Transitions

Monday, 26 February 2018 11:18 (E-mail Print) In the great journey of any earthly life there are only two fixed points, the origin and the destination. In moments of great tragedy or loss these are the two fixed points we invoke to give comfort and meaning. We invoke it with finality – God has claimed…

On The Mainstreaming of Extremism

written by Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool High on the Swiss Alps, in the cold and fog, the World for All Foundation and the Carter Center convened clergy and community leaders from countries in Europe and North Africa to discuss a response to islamophobia and extremism. Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool told the gathering: “The year 2017 is a…

Militant but Not Violent

written by Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool “The Call of Islam was an organisation that was militant but not violent; radical but not fundamentalist; and revolutionary but not extreme.” In the nuances of each of these binaries lie the possibility for Muslim organisations across the world who live under occupation, despotism, military rule, extremism and other forms of…

The Convergence of Three Fundamentalisms

Muslims do not have a monopoly on either fundamentalism or extremism. 13 Mar 2015 08:11 GMT The beginning of March 2015 saw again the convergence of forces that employ fundamentalist religious impulses to win support for their causes. Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, in the midst of an Israeli election, came to Washington to…

A tale of two cities: Victims of one barbarism

22 Nov 2015 10:24 GMT | ABOUT THE AUTHOR Ebrahim Rasool Ebrahim Rasool is the former South African Ambassador in Washington, DC, and founder of the World for All Foundation. I observed the two terrible atrocities committed by the extremist movement, known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), while in London.…

Connecting our Inner Apartments to assert the Normative Values of Humanity

Ebrahim Rasool 30 January 2015 Khutba Delivered at Claremont Main Rd Mosque Cape Town, South Africa It was in the 9th year of the Islamic calendar, 9 years after the Hijra, 9 years after the strategic retreat from Mecca to Medina, that God revealed the chapter of the Quran, Surah Hujurat or the inner apartments.…

Ambassador Rasool’s welcome reception speech

Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:20 SPEECH BY THE AMBASSADOR OF SOUTH AFRICA TO THE USA, EBRAHIM RASOOL, ON THE OCCASION OF HIS WELCOME TO WASHINGTON DC (THE JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTRE, THURSDAY OCTOBER 7, 2010) Members of Congress Members of the Diplomatic Corps Members of the Business Community both from South Africa and the USA…

Living in Dar ul-Shahadah, the safe place of witness

Tuesday, 09 November 2010 16:33BY: SHAFIQ MORTON In a world filled with acronyms and post-modernist quests for self-identity, we have to ask ourselves: what exactly is Dar ul-Shahadah? Shafiq morton_erDar ul-Shahadah – the safe abode of Islamic witness – is a term coined by contemporary thinkers such as Professor Tariq Ramadan and Ebrahim Rasool. Ramadan,…

City earns its stripes

Monday, 11 October 2010 00:00E-mail PrintMURRAY WILLIAMS Staff Writer A HERD of 30 beautiful ornamental zebras galloped into Cape Town today to preach reconciliation, tolerance and peace ahead of the World Cup.The creatures arrived in town for a project by former Western Cape premier Ebrahim Rasool and his new World for All Foundation, and are…

Claremont Clarion Article

Thursday, 16 September 2010 View article from Claremont Clarion Newsletter Issue 23 September/October 2010

Statement on Al-Qaeda threat

Wednesday, 09 June 2010 18:32 (E-mail Print) STATEMENT BY EBRAHIM RASOOL, FOUNDER OF THE WORLD FOR ALL FOUNDATION ON THE THREATS ISSUED BY AL QAEDA- MAGHREB The World for All Foundation was started by former Western Cape Premier, Ebrahim Rasool, to continue a discourse he started while Premier under the rubric: ‘A Home for All”.…