Conversations For Transformation: Essays Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

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Sheikh Noorul Mubeen

Bakoven, Cape Town, South Africa

March 29, 2003



This essay, Sheikh Noorul Mubeen, is the companion piece to
  1. A Galaxy Far, Far Away
  2. A Galaxy Far, Far Away Revisited
in that order.

It is also the second in a group of eleven on People:


There is a man I want to thank for empowering me whenever I've been in South Africa, and especially when I first introduced Werner Erhard's work to South Africa in 1979. I've never thanked him publicly before, so this is something of a coming out  for me.

His name is Sheikh Noorul Mubeen. He came out to South Africa from Holland about three hundred years ago as a prisoner of the Dutch East India Company. He was forced to develop the then Cape Colony. He was freed once his contract with the Dutch East India Company expired. He is therefore one of the forefathers of the Cape Malay nation in South Africa.

There were times during the epic apartheid years when I shared Werner's work in South Africa when I was literally afraid for my life. It was in times like those (I'm not saying I understand how these things work) when Sheikh Noorul Mubeen watched over me. I have a lot to be thankful to him for.

If you're in South Africa and are interested in who Sheikh Noorul Mubeen is and what his history in South Africa means to the Cape Malay nation there, I suggest that you visit with him. You'll find him in the kramat  (ie mosque) just south of Bakoven on the magnificent west coast road which meanders around the Cape Peninsula.

Thank You Sheikh Noorul Mubeen. I could never have done this without you.

Salaam Aleikem. Aleikem Salaam.



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