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Welcome at airport VIP Lounge in Durban by local ulama and host Hafez Abu Bakr, Founder of Al Baraka Bank, South Africa.
Evening program: Dhikr in Jumah Mosque, dinner at home of Islamic activist.
Hafez Abu Bakr, founder and director of Albaraka Bank of South Africa, made what would have in any circumstances been an excellent visit into an extraordinary one, filling our time in the relentless schedule with his illuminating analyses of everything from race relations to the details of Islamic banking.
Always introducing ISCA Chairman Shaykh Hisham Kabbani
, at the many events where he
was the main guest speaker as "a sun of Islam", it can be said that Hafez Abu Bakr
is truly a "son of Islam" one whose genius has heretofore been overlooked by the international Islamic community: a situation ISCA hopes to remedy by making him one of the premiere speakers at the 2nd International Islamic Unity Conference coming up in August.
This said, my understanding of Islamic society in South Africa cannot help but be colored by his
fluent commentary and analysis during our time in his