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Calligrapher’s passion brings artists together

Group photograph of some of the participating artists, from left: Tasneem Chilwan-Soni, Nurunisa Gaibie-Harneker, Reyhana Hoorzook, Sameer Sirkhoth, Adenaan Esmael, Shaheen Soni and Nazmie Paulsen. Photo SUPPLIED

YASMIN DESAI-CHILWAN THOERRIA Najjar Philander, a student of calligraphy teacher Nazmie Paulsen, collaborated with a group of local Muslim artists in a fundraising event that took place on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at The Venue, in Imam Haron Road, Lansdowne. Amongst the artists that exhibited were Adenaan Esmael, Sameer Sirkhoth and Reyhana Hoorzook of Samrey Art Studios, and Nurunisa Gaibie-Harneker, Shaheen Soni, Tasneem Chilwan-Soni and well-known calligrapher Achmat Soni of Soni Art Studio. Nazmie Paulsen, who has ijaazah (certification and permission to teach) in the Maghribi, Diwaani and Jali Diwaani scripts, carries the knowledge of the fundamental values and principles ... Read More »

A ‘loving father and friend of the community’

DR MUJEEB HOOSEN GHULAAM Hussain Hoosen, son of Mohammed and Amina Hoosen, was born in Simon’s Town on April 7, 1951. He was the eldest son of twelve children, and affectionately known to his peers as ‘Bhaila’. Hussain grew up in a humble, conservative home where the family unit and religious values were highly respected. In his tender years, he was groomed to serve and nurture his siblings while assisting his mother with kitchen duties, which contributed to his exceptional cooking skills. As the first male child, he was expected to share the financial burdens of the family at a ... Read More »

Dedicated to the masjid and the community

DR MOGAMAT HOOSAIN EBRAHIM IT is an honour and privilege to write a tribute to Sulaiman Ebrahim Allie or (Boeta) Solly as he was known to his ­contemporaries. I knew the family from District Six and was in contact with him for more than 35 years in Primrose Park. After a short illness, he was taken from Primrose Park to his son’s residence in Crawford. Boeta Solly died on Friday, July 11, 2014 (Ramadan 13, 1435), at Groote Schuur Hospital and was buried at Mowbray Maqbarah the following day. The Salaatul Janazah was performed at Zinatul Islam Masjid in Muir ... Read More »

Our heroes’ legacies must be sustained

IN September, this space is traditionally dedicated to the memory of Imam Abdullah Haron and Steve Biko. It is our commitment to sustain a memory that may otherwise be lost to the present and future generations. However, in this month of heritage, celebrating our diversity, we are also reminded of three other human rights activists whose struggles, in unique ways, contribute to an understanding of the diverse positions from which human beings commit themselves to the universal struggle for social justice. These three activists are Nat Nakasa, Suliman ‘Babla’ Saloojee and Salvador Allende. The contribution of each has some relevance ... Read More »

Ommiedraai achieves club milestone with inaugural 10km race

After assisting in many fellow athletic clubs’ races, such as the group of Ommiedraaiers pictured here assisting at the Spar Ladies Race, Ommiedraai Friends Athletic Club members get the chance to show their organising and administrative skills when they host the Inaugural Ommiedraai 10km Road Race on Heritage Day, September 24, in a few weeks. The race proceeds are in ­support of Project Flamingo, established in aid of breast cancer awareness and support; the Beit-ul-Aman Home for the Aged, and the VOC Bursary Fund. The race starts at the historic Rosmead Sports Facility, home of the famous ­Primrose Club, ­located near the Kenilworth Centre just off the M5 motorway. Photo NAZEEM KARIEM

YUNUS OMAR The tag-line on the poster advertising the Ommiedraai Friends 10km Road race declares: “10km is net Ommiedraai.” It is just “around the corner” and the club is raring to showcase its Inaugural Road Race on Heritage Day, Wednesday September 24. ‘Ommiedraai’, as the Ommiedraai Friends Athletic Club (OFAC) is more popularly known, has been hard at work for months to get every possible logistical and administrative matter sorted out properly, so that participants will remember this race with fondness and good memories (and fast times). Besides the 10km race, which is attracting the interest of many seasoned runners ... Read More »

Historic Cape school achieves Heritage status

YUNUS OMAR Harold Cressy High School in District Six has been declared a Provincial Heritage Site (PHS), and will unveil its Heritage Plaque at a public function on Heritage Day, September 24. Much has happened since October 2013, when this newspaper published an appeal by the Harold Cressy Alumni Association (HCAA) for readers to assist the historic District Six school in raising funds for its first-ever hall. The article noted that it was a travesty that a school with such a rich history of struggle and educational excellence did not have a hall. This seriously impacted on a number of ... Read More »