Muslims across South Africa are preparing to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr, heralding the end of a month of fasting. On Sunday night, thousands of Muslims will be at Three Anchor Bay in Cape Town to sight the new moon, signalling the end of the fast.
‘Welcome sister. Here, we believe in the healing of broken hearts and broken spirits. Come. Let me show you.’ This is my welcome from Brother Zebulon, or Bra Zeb as he tells me to call him, when I arrive at Judah Square, the Rastafarian neighbourhood of Knysna’s Khayalethu township.
Just a few years ago, a wide swathe of grassy, empty land lined the Old Pretoria Road in Midrand, Johannesburg. Today, the four tall minarets that pierce the Highveld sky proclaim the imposing presence of the first Ottoman-style mosque in the southern hemisphere.
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