November 1, 2000
Shaykh Nazim Hosted to Reception Dinner
|On the evening of November 1st,
Shaykh Nazim, Shaykh Hisham, Mehmet Adil, and the rest of the ISCA
delegation to South Africa were hosted as guests of the Muslim community
of Cape Town. The reception and catered dinner were held in the Gauthia
Manzil, a zawiya and mosque established by Hazrat Shaykh Zainul Abideen of
the Qadiri Tariqat.
The event, which boasted a capacity crowd, was hosted by the Naqshbandi Tariqat of South Africa, led by Professor DaCosta. This was the largest event ever held in the Manzil by the Naqshbandi Tariqat to date. Dhikr is normally held weekly in the center on Friday evenings, usually attended by 500 people, of which a large number are non-mureeds but nevertheless love to attend the circles of remembrance of God.
Professor Yusuf DaCosta made an extensive introduction of the Shaykhs by describing their many accomplishments and support for Islam around the world. Shaykh Nazim spoke on the need for humbleness. He stated that the most beloved title for Prophet Muhammad (s) was the word "abd", as Allah described the Prophet (s) in Surat al-Isra, "Subhanalladhi asra bi 'abdihi..."
|They were then welcomed officially
by the South African government by His Excellency Abdullah Mohammed Omar
(shown here in the far left photo), former minister of Justice and current
minister of Transport, on behalf of President Mbeki and the government of
South Africa. HE Abdullah Omar noted how impressed he had been by the
Shaykh's words and his humility, as a truly great man.
|Ibraheem Rasul, head of the
African National Congress (ANC) political party in Cape Town and the
Western Cape, welcomes Shaykh Nazim and Shaykh Hisham to South Africa
(third photo from left).
|With the announcements of Shaykh
Nazim and Shaykh Hisham's expected arrival in Cape Town, large numbers of
Dhikr attendees who had not yet taken initiation into the Naqshbandiyya
Mawlana Makaddam, Vice-Rector of the Islamic College of South Africa, welcomed the Shaykhs on behalf of the Islamic community of South Africa, praising their humility and naming them exemplars of Islam in our time.
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