I would like to share the story of Ebrahim Rasool, former South Africa’s ambassador to the USA. It is about his long involvement in the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. This man has held positions of leadership and received awards for it. He has been responsible for mobilizing the Muslim community and building deeper understanding of Islam under oppressive conditions and the culture of globalization. Mr. Rasool is also the founder of “World for all Foundation”.
His journey to self-discovery commenced on June 6, 1987, when he was sentenced for fourteen months as a political detainee. During his solitary confinement, the only resource he had was the Quran. Ebrahim Rasool weaved his day around the Book, drawing strength from it constantly and continuously.
After praying Fajr, his mornings were spent reciting the Quran. After breakfast, he memorized his favourite Surahs. In the afternoon, he delved into the meaning of the Quran in English, utilizing Yusuf Ali’s translation and jotting down his personal notes and reflection on the spaces left around the Quranic text.
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