Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Prof. Seddick Isaacs

I met Prof. Seddick Isaacs once only when he visited USM. He had a very good story about humanity and imprisonment. We are talking about life imprisonment, apartheid, sharks at the Cape, Robben Island and great hope for a free life. What hope is there when one is imprisoned for whatever it was? Prof. Seddick Isaacs is a hafiz, and a good one too. Imagine if you have nothing else to read in your prison cell and all you have is the Quran. What would you do? The best thing is to recite and commit to memory, and come out a hafiz. That was what he did for 13 years! He memorised the Quran for 13 boring years at Robben island prison. He's German speaking so I said Welkomen and Dankeshon to him, if it means anything at all. We talked about his life when I interviewed him at Perdana Resort in Pantai Cahaya Bulan, long long ago, back in 1997/8. I have not emailed him for a long long time!

This is him on the issue of Islamic banking where charges are high: