The Muslim Judicial Council (SA) congratulates the South African Nation on the occasion of the South African Heritage Day which is celebrated annually on the 24th September. This day should serve as a time of reflection on our unity as a Nation and foster patriotism. This is best done by becoming acquainted with each other’s cultural traditions and getting to appreciate the diversity of our ethnicity.
“O Humanity, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you into nations and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the noblest of you in the sight of Allāh is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allāh is Knowing and Acquainted.” (Ch49:V13)
So as a South African nation, it’s more important for us to consolidate our unity as a nation and to break down the artificial barriers created by the Apartheid regime which advocated separation of people into small entities, instead of a proud nation of one Country, one South Africa. So our South African heritage needs to be celebrated and not the separatist exclusivity based upon the Apartheid mentality, but rather inclusivity and unity of Nationhood.
Ultimately, our heritage as South Africans is through our Muslimness, Christianness, Jewishness and Traditional religionists. It is through our food like Bobotie, Pap en vleis, our language like piesang, kaparang, etc. Even our DNA strongly indicates that we have been mixed together in our very essence as human beings, sharing with our fellow South Africans our DNA strands to further strengthen our bond as One Nation, One Flag, One Heritage, One South Africa.
MJC MEDIA DESK