My name is Zaid Aysen. I was born in Durban South Africa. My parents are Cape-Malay so although I stay in the Eastern part of South Africa (ie. Kwazulu Natal), I could probably be classified as Malay or Coloured. I was born and spent a small portion of my youth in the closing days of Aparheid. Although I may not have been as intensely affected by the racial discrimination that my parents and grandparents may have exposed and subjected to, I do in fact have a facial scar that bears testimony to the injustices perpetrated at that time.
As a youth, I attended a coloured primary school in the area I stayed in with fairly substandard academic and sporting facilities. However, as times changed, I was accepted into a predominantly white Senior primary school and high school and attained a matric exemption from Westville Boys' High.
I then took 2 years away from academic studies to go to Cape Town. In Cape Town I studied in a Muslim Theological Institution known as Madressah Miftaghul Ilm where I put the entire Arabic Quran to memory.
After graduating from the institution as a Hafizul Quran, I then initiated my tertiary academic studies. I have subsequently graduated from the University of Natal with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree majoring in Taxation and Accounting.
I have always had a keen interest in the banking sector and have worked my way up from clerical to management. I am now the Area Compliance Officer for Kwazulu Natal for HBZ Bank Ltd.
About my book entitled: Salaam from South Africa
Salaam from South Africa is a diary account of a few days out the life of Zaid Aysen, a South African muslim.
The diary entries focus on the everyday activities of an average South African citizen.
It is narrated in a witty, tactful manner and touches on the diverse culture of the Muslim people in South Africa.
It focuses on marriage, poverty, suicide and a host of various thoughts and ideas from the mind of Zaid.
Sometimes funny, sometimes controversial...Salaam from South Africa is one novel the reader won’t be able to put down in a hurry.
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