We need to become a tolerant,peaceful and informed society.

2013-05-05 13:21

A letter was published in the Sunday Tribune today entitled "Halaal Certification,Muslim Dress" letter by W Peattie (Sunday Tribune 5 May 2013) and I felt obliged to respond. Please take time to read both that letter and my response which I have quoted herein below.

Respected reader of my blog, I urge you to understand why it is that we need to become a tolerant,peaceful society. We don't have to agree with one another but we need to develop in a manner that allows peaceful co-existence to become a lived reality.

Saber Jazbhay


[Thank you for publishing W Peattie's letter "Halaal Certification,Muslim Dress" letter (Sunday Tribune 5 May 2013).

No, I am not being cynical or sarcastic for I am a votary of freedom of expression provided that such expression is reasonably honest even though flawed in its reasoning and further that it respects norms such as human dignity enshrined under the Constitution.Its imperative in the marketplace when every shade of opinion receives its due reference for in this way truth and reconciliation become a lived reality.

I am sad, as a South African, that there are persons such as Mr(?) Peattie who labour under such conditions of intolerance and embedded prejudice against Muslims that they unwittingly become advocates of Islamophobia.

I seek to challenge that level of intolerance that is informed by ignorance that , in this age of instant communication and information, the very issues that Mr Peattie raised can be clearly explained and the fact that he relies on and articulates hearsay 'evidence' is indicative of how fat we have yet to traverse the road to a society that lives and celebrates as well as luxuriates in its diversity. Having said that,I will a,ways remember what the iconic Mr Nelson Mandela extolled when he assumed office as SA's first democratically elected President and that is 'never, never,never again' will one race dominate and oppress another or something along those lines.

The issue of Halaal certification most certainly needs to be explained via the newspaper and I hope and expect the Sunday Tribune to invite Shariah experts from the Muslim community to write op-eds so as to educate and inform our fellow South Africans of what it means and entails.Similarly, I would like to read what members of the Hindu and Jewish Community have to say and to be invited to also explain the dietary laws that inform their religion. An informed society is an asset to our constitutional democratic enterprise!

I submit its a capital idea that this become a project where all religions be affirmed space on a single page to be able to do so and Sunday is a good day and time when many of

us are relaxed so that we can become informed citizens understanding this multi religious and cultural diversity that even our Constitution guarantees and enshrines.

Yes, Mr Peattie is entitled to learn and know why there are different rules.It is his right so, how about it Mr Editor?]


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