I am a 17-year-old South African Muslim with vibrant and dynamic prospects for the future. Together with my many personal aspirations and ambitions to live up to, I most certainly have hopes for my country. In my opinion, two vital essentials for South Africa to thrive are: a government and political parties who play hard ball, and secondly: normal citizens and future leaders – people like you and I.
One of my greatest hopes for this democratic country is that it becomes a republic with majority of the population being practicing Muslim. I pray through the absolute Mercy and Grace of the Almighty, South Africa will be alive with Hufaadh, Ulema, Jurists and devout ambassadors of Islam. It would be a dream come true if the Athaan would be rendered loudly from every hook and nook of S.A, in order to invite people to Salah; to success! I have a vision of the streets being filled with girls modestly dressed in hijab and boys clad in kurta, whose faces are adorned with beards. Such Beauty! Have you seen a lion without its mane? Well, in my opinion that is undoubtedly possible — even though it seems impossible. Why? That is because Muslims are involved in every profession and field. It is possible because we have played a significant role in the anti-apartheid struggle as well in as post-apartheid South Africa. The proliferation of Islamic media is testament to the vibrancy of our local community. Private Islamic radio stations are broadcasted in nearly every province with a significant Muslim population. One such station is Radio Islam in Gauteng creating the perfect platform for inspiration.
However, before I can accomplish my dreams and hopes for S.A and for us to ameliorate our post-democracy problems, I need to elect a party that will give me freedom do to so! Freedom to practice my wonderful religion: Islam. Shocking it may seem, but I would most definitely vote for the ANC!
Firstly, let’s clear the air. We all have a misconception that the ANC is highly corrupt, but that’s not true! You want to know why? The actual double-dealing and vice is by the leaders, not the party. These corrupt leaders move goal posts and are blind and deaf to leadership tools. They govern by using unethical power due to not treasuring their knowledge and power. A leader has a purpose and that is to set an example. I can’t despise the party altogether, because as a whole they have good principles and an excellent constitution. I believe in their slogan: “Together we move South Africa forward.” Is this not proof that the ANC indeed does have some initiative to change S.A’s future for the better?
As a young adult what really concerns me is the state of our morals and values. Are we moulding ourselves into great leaders and shining examples of the kind of leadership we so desperately need today: the kind who can see beyond the current struggles and pain and convince ourselves and others that one day the best parts will prevail over the worst.
Dear brothers and sisters — it is said that the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow. As each day goes by the last hour draws closer. As we all know before Qiyamah there will be corrupt and unjust leaders who will rule over us. Has it ever dawned upon us that we will be those very leaders (future leaders)? Doesn’t this frightening thought scare you as it scares me? Can you be a leader with remarkable qualities who will leave a rich legacy behind?
I want to be remembered as the girl who brought a smile to a persons face, who never went to bed without nourishing a hungry and cold soul, who was there to wipe an orphan’s sparkling tear, who lifted the spirits of anyone who crossed her path, who strived for her religion and to please her Lord. One who contributed to make a change in her country, one who never let anything come between her and her dreams, and most importantly who’s actions spoke louder than her words.
Our ASPIRATIONS are our possibilities!