Islam was brought to South Africa on a slave ship bound for the seaside city of Cape Town.
While initially allowed, the religion was later practiced with difficulty as the apartheid regime oppressed its people. Since then, it has flourished with every Muslim person who came to South Africa, on journeys of heartache or fear, sometimes excitement; holding onto prayers.
There is something to be said about this intangible phenomenon and its people, and the threads which bind them together.
Faith is one of these threads that reach from the depths of the soul to the frontiers of the physical, the individual to the communal. Faith lengthens and transcends borders and is a force which keeps communities together as they attempt to re-establish home in a new place.
South Africa is a developing country and it has become a haven or a last hope for those who have chosen to leave or who have lost their homes; for many, prayer and observance, together and in solitude, becomes the embodiment of connectedness, rootedness and reminiscence.