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