The Blessings of Allah come through in South Africa

Aqiqah and family in South Africa.

By Sia Safiyah Muhammad

Some may remember that I traveled to South Africa three years ago to as my sister, Ruqayyah, was bringing new life into the world which by the will of Allah was a stillborn.

Three years later, her family has expanded by two beautiful births – Muhammad Al-Hasan born two years ago and Fatimatu-Zahrah born three weeks ago!  Allah is indeed the Best Knower and the Most Merciful.

South Africa is presently enjoying spring, as we in America are enjoying the beauty of autumn. Though the black African people have suffered great atrocities, many move about peaceful with song in their voice working in communities and enjoying the company of family and friends.

I am recently arriving back in the country and now need to process my journey and will share with Muslim Journal’s readers soon.

Facts about South Africa:

Official Name:  Republic of South Africa

President:  Jacob Zuma

Type of Government:  Democracy

Currency: One Rand (R)=100 cent

Capitals:  Pretoria (administrative), Cape Town (legislative), Bloemfontein (judicial)

Provinces:  Estern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumulanga, Northern Cape, Limpopo, North West, Free State, Western Cape

Population Groups:  African, Coloured, White, Indian/Asian

Official Languages:  Afrikaans, English, isiZulu, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, Sesotho saLeboa, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivende, Xitsonga

Key industries:  Mining (platinum, chromium), automobile assembly, metal-working, machinery, textiles, iron and steel, chemicals, fertilizers, foodstuffs, commercial ship repair

Time:  Six hours ahead of eastern standard time

Measures:  metric system

Internet domain:  .za



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