Opinion

Aaisha’s Ramadaan Diaries, Day 26: On censorship, press freedom, and the...

Day 26: On censorship, press freedom, and the SABC On Friday I was not at home, but my heart was in Auckland Park with my...

Aaisha’s Ramadaan diaries, Day 25: On sisters and road trips

Day 25: Road trips and sisters On Thursday I set out on a three-hour road trip with my mum and sisters towards Schagen (near Nelspruit)...

Aaisha’s Ramadaan diaries, Day 24: On Taraweeh and Mufti Menk

Day 24: Taraweeh at Bosmont Masjid with Mufti Menk On Tuesday, my friend Naadira invited a couple of friends and me to her house for...

Aaisha’s Ramadaan diaries, Day 23: On visiting Islam’s holiest places

Day 23: My experiences in Islam's holiest spaces Ramadan is coinciding with the winter school break in South Africa, so quite a few lucky Muslims...

White economic supremacy presided over by white males is justified by...

"If you are black God will send you white people. Don't say the problem in South Africa is the white people. No, we are...

Day 22: On performing Muslimness for the applause

I’m going to begin with a caveat: The following is a reminder and message to myself before anyone else. Just as all my previous...

Aaisha’s Ramadaan diaries, Day 21: on hijab and men

Day 21: Hijab and men When we talk about gender issues, generally, men don't always realise the role that they have in it too. That...

Aaisha’s Ramadan diaries: On Muslim women, samoosas, and “breaking stereotypes”

Day 20: This one is going to be a bit of a rant. I am SO TIRED of the way Muslim women continually are represented, by...

Aaisha’s Ramadaan diaries, Day 19: On high school memories

Day 19: On high school memories On Friday night I hung out with some of my friends from high school and we had the BEST...

Aaisha’s Ramadaan diaries, Day 18: On solitude

Day 18: On solitude On Thursday I went out and sat cross-legged in the sun, and it was the best thing I've done in a...

Aaisha’s Ramadaan diaries, Day 17: On consumption

Day 17: On consumption When I was in first year, I was in an English lecture on Aravind Adiga's The White Tiger when my...

Aaisha’s Ramadaan diaries, Day 16: On understanding protest

Day 16: On understanding protest When I was in third year, I sat in in a lecture where we debated the semantics of service delivery...

The PSL promotion playoffs are unnecessary, taxing and illogical

On 15 June, Highlands Park after the Tembisa-based side was promoted to the Premier Soccer League (PSL), following three successive wins in the promotion/relegation play-offs....

Aaisha’s Ramadaan diaries, Day 14: On keeping your brows on fleek

Day 14: Eyebrows This may be the most fashion/make-up blogger-type post that I write in this diary, and I'm not sure how I feel about...

Aaisha’s Ramadaan diaries, Day 13: On trying to be nice

Day 13: On trying to be nice   There are endless verses in the Quran about enjoining good, and about the reward for goodness being nothing...

Aaisha’s Ramadaan diaries, Day 12: On reading

Day 12: On reading It's very clichéd to say that you should read fiction books because they transport you to another world - but where...

Aaisha’s Ramadaan diaries, Day 11: The ocean and the Quran

Day 11: The ocean and the Quran I love the beach. I love the ocean. I love to swim, and I love to get saltwater...

How my taxi ride differed from Sisonke Msimang’s Uber experience

WANDILE NGCAWENI reflects on how a taxi ride taught them about the lived realities of, and differences between ordinary South Africans. On Saturday afternoons I...

On youth, dissent and disobedience

Hindsight offers cowards the chance to celebrate history, writes AZAD ESSA.  Today, we celebrate the zest of the youth of 1976 as though they were celebrated...

Aaisha’s Ramadaan diaries, Day 10: On sincerity

Day 10: Sincerity The thing about things is that sometimes, people don’t like things until it becomes a thing. Too much of the time we go...
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