First-time author releases novel

2016-02-25 06:00
 Photos: supplied Author Yacoob Moosa.

Photos: supplied Author Yacoob Moosa.

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FIRST-TIME South Coast author, Yacoob Moosa, has released a book that centres on conversations about the nature of life and reality­.

Hey! Who Am I Really? sees a young university student, Ahmed, and his family engage on a quest to understand human nature and discover the meaning of life. Hence, a multitude of thought-provoking topics are covered, including the emergence of the universe, the nature of consciousness, the purpose of creation, society and relationships and the body-mind-spirit relationship.

“I have been a seeker all my life. Today we live in a very fast-paced world where everybody, especially young people, are focused on the need for survival. This obsession results in people feeling off-centre, unfulfilled and fragmented. They then seek ‘release’ in short-term, but destructive pleasure-seeking activities. like using drugs and alcohol.
“There is a great need for people to get in touch with their real selves, their souls,” says Moosa.

“The world is ‘on fire’ with conflicts raging around the globe. This is a manifestation of the ego-self where ‘those in power’ attempt to dominate others, resulting in people resorting to unacceptable extremism. To overcome racism, sectarianism, the ‘us versus them mentality’ we have to discover the underlying ‘unity’ within the apparent diversity in the world. We all share a unique essence of light that connects us all.”

While the book draws from the spiritual tradition of Islam the message is universal, and will resonate with readers of all spiritual traditions, as well as with students of science and philosophy. Moosa says all prophets brought teachings to humanity that guided people in their outer an inner lives. So too does Islam have an outer code and an inner essence; and that essence is love.

“This love that we share with each other is a divine gift.”

The refreshing approach that Moosa took in writing and presenting the book will make its profound message resonate with every reader and make them feel that they are on the same quest as Ahmed, seeking and discovering new insights.

“While we all will face challenges and difficulties in life, by connecting to the kernel within us, our souls, we can attain a sense of balance and joy, here and now,” says Moosa.

Moosa stresses that he is not an scholar, merely a student who likes to engage with people of other faiths.

“I pray and hope that the book reaches a wide audience and becomes a source of interfaith dialogue between all sectors of society; and becomes a bridge that we can use to reach out to each other, and find each other.”

The book is very readable and easily accessible. Hey! Who Am I Really? - Reach Publishers - is available at Ramsgate Stationers at Southcoast Mall for R249. For more information on the book and to engage with Moosa visit

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