Imam Dr Abdul Rashied Omar
Imam Dr. Rashied Omar is the Imam of the Claremont Main Road Masjid in Cape Town, South Africa
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On Thursday 10 November, Imam Rashied Omar and CMRM chairperson, Yusuf (Jowa) Abrahams, led a team of 10 former residents of Newlands/Claremont as special guests to the South Africa vs. Australia cricket test match at Newlands Cricket Ground. The CMRM 'team' who enjoyed watching the cricket test match from the President's Suite included, Mogamat Esau (Chairperson of Al-Jaamia Masjid in Stegmann Road), Ishmoenie Taliep, Yusuf Behardien, Siraj (Dokkie) Jacobs, Rashied (Siet) Kafaar, Yusuf (Jowie) Martin, Sa`ad Galant, Nizaam Hoosain, Mymoena Galant, Leila Omar and Jaamia Galant (CMRM secretary). The CMRM team also interacted with former cricketing greats, such as, Rushdie Majiet, Abdurrahman (Lefty) Adams, and Siraj Gabriels.
On Tuesday 1 November 2011, Imam Rashied Omar and Imam Nur Salie together with some elders of the Claremont Main Road Mosque handed over a cheque for R5000 to the CEO of St. Luke's Hospice, Priscilla Nelson. The donation came from the proceeds of the mosque's awareness campaign, the Cupcakes for Cancer Drive, which was held during October - Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Following its successful 2011 Ramadan seminar programme, Celebrating Women in Islam, which featured guest speakers such as Shaykh Sadullah Khan, Mymoena Hendricks and Dr. Sa`diyya Shaikh, and its post-Ramadan course on Famous Women in Islam, based on the CD lectures of US Islamic scholar, Dr `Umar Faruq Abdullah, the Claremont Main Road Mosque will be taking the critical theme of Women in Islam to a broader audience.
CMRM will convene a condensed version of the course, Famous Women in Islam, at the Darul Ilm in Salt River. The course will run for five weeks on every Monday evening between 8pm-9pm, commencing on November 14 and concluding on December 12, 2011.The course will be facilitated by Imam Dr Abdul Rashied Omar.
We have entered the eleventh month of the Muslim lunar calendar. The lunar month of Dhu al-Qa`ida is significant since it marks the second month of the season of hajj known as ash-hurul-hajj (the months of hajj). Allah, the Sublime, declares in the Glorious Qur'an in Surah-al-Baqarah, chapter 2, verse 197:
"The Haj (Pilgrimage) shall take place during the well-known months."
Following the ruckus that erupted this week around the ill fated second attempt by the Tibetan spiritual leader to visit South Africa for Archbishop Desmond Tutu's 80th birthday on Friday, the Claremont Main Road Mosque waded into the fray by calling on government to live up to the freedom of movement and religion enshrined inits own Constitution. Speaking on behalf of the Claremont Main Road Mosque congregation, Imam Dr Abdul Rashied Omar urged government to quit stalling on the matter and issue the Dalai Lama with a visa.
Imam Dr. A. Rashied Omar argues that personal reconciliation is the foundation for cultivating sustainable social reconciliation; and that genuine social reconciliation entails both personal processes of forgiveness and healing as well as systemic changes aimed at achieving social justice.
From the Islamic perspective reconciliation is a process rather than an event. It may well be symbolized in an event or celebrated as a day but it is a process which needs to be nurtured over some period in order for it to procure its fruits of justice and peace.
Notwithstanding the difficulty and arduousness of the reconciliation process, it is a process which is extolled in Islam and as such should be encouraged and supported by each and every conscientious believer. No reconciliation process can be perfect but its contradictions must not be overlooked and they should be continually challenged. But in order for a reconciliation process to be sustained it requires magnanimity on the part of all parties. Such a view is supported by the most primary source of Islamic guidance, the Glorious Quran, when it positively affirms the concept in surah al-Nisa, Chapter 4, verse 128:
On Thursday December 9, 2010, Imam Dr. A. Rashied Omar, of the Claremont Main Road Masjid, together with a few religious leaders from the city of Cape Town participated in a March of over three hundred women, men and children, to express their concern around violence and the abuse of women and children and to lobby and advocate for women and children's rights.