SHAFIQ MORTON

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Shafiq Morton is a well-known photo-journalist with nearly thirty years experience. He was one of the pioneering forces behind the creation of Voice of the Cape, where he is currently a presenter of the late afternoon DriveTime Show. He is the author of  “Notebooks from Makkah and Madinah” – a devotional travelogue, which is due to be released soon. He is busy writing his second book, “Welcome to Israel”.

Inspirational Verse

 


Surah 49 (Al-Hujarat), Verse 13

“O Mankind! We created you from a single pair of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes so that you may know each other (not despise each another).”

When I embraced Islam all those years ago, the country was in the throes of apartheid and aflame with hatred. Through all the chaos, as well as some of the (disappointing) hypocrisy in the struggle, the sublime truth shone resplendent.

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For me, as I looked upon the devastation. I realised that the Quran had the answer to apartheid! Whilst this verse stands out in Surat ul-Hujarat, the whole chapter is my favourite because in it are the Ayaats of adaab (behaviour and conduct).  The point is that we are informed how to get to know each other – never to raise our voice above the Prophet’s [SAW] and to be ever aware of our creator, Allah (swt).

Additionally, the chapter gives advice that while wickedness must be combated, any person receiving news needs to confirm its source, a warning to those working in the media that dire consequences face those who wilfully abuse their position.

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