Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool is South Africa’s Ambassador to the United States of America. He has a long history of involvement in the anti-apartheid struggle. He has had to make sacrifices like spending time in prison and being under house arrest. His social and political involvement has consistently been faith-driven. He has been involved in both the Islamic Movement as well as the Interfaith Movement, and has been active in mobilising Muslims and the broader faith communities for a deeper understanding of Islam and faith under conditions of oppression (apartheid) and currently under conditions of globalisation. For his contribution to South Africa, Ambassador Rasool has been the recipient of a number of leadership awards. In 2008 he was awarded the Visionary Leadership and Public Good Award from the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists, and the Award for Commitment and Leadership in Fight Against Crime from Business Against Crime. In 2005 the London Financial Times awarded Ambassador Rasool the Foreign Direct Investment Africa Personality of the Year Award. Mr. Rasool is also the recipient of the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights presented to him by the Kaiser Family Foundation in 1998. He is a prolific speaker on a range of topics covering politics, governance, religion, Islamic and cultural themes across the world. He received a Bachelor of Arts and a Higher Diploma in Education from the University of Cape Town.
CILE held a seminar on “Politics and Ethics” 8-10 June, 2013 at its headquarters. The participants focused on two questions:
o What is a civil state with Islamic reference?
o What are the ethical limits on freedom of expression in Islam?