(18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013)
Mujahid means one who struggles and strives, Nelson Mandela was the epitome of righteous struggle. It is no wonder that he is reviled by racists and Islamophobes, nor is the fact that our own government kept him on the “terrorist watch-list” until 2008 surprising.
In the end, Mandela’s immortal deeds live on, it is us, the living who need to be awakened.
Mandela’s struggle against apartheid continues, as he was keen to remind us:
“We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”