In being compassionate, we distance ourselves from the evil that may be present in others without separating ourselves from the good in them ... Love is God’s knowable light – light that has been ‘darkened’ (or softened) by God as an act of mercy, so that it can be known. Divine light would otherwise be too bright to be known ... It is in or through the birth of our consciousness itself that love is born (light is darkened) and enlightenment becomes possible. Ultimately, we ourselves are (God’s) love. We, ourselves, are proof of God’s existence ... Scientific learning reveals light that already exists, but is not known and which needs to be discovered – it is revelation by unveiling. Art creates light that did not previously exist in the form in which it has now been created. Art is revelation by veiling, as much as it is by unveiling. In veiling the known, art unveils the unknown ... Every spiritual illness is the result of either too much, or too little, generosity towards someone or something; and its cure lies in increasing or decreasing our generosity until it is correctly balanced. The cause of the illness is our not knowing how much light to shine on a positive attribute, or by how much to dim the light shining on a positive attribute, so that a new positive attribute or knowing becomes the outcome ... A spiritual world becomes possible for us to recognize only because a physical world exists; and a physical world exists only because a spiritual world exists ... The outer is created so that the inner may become known ... To love someone means to see the beauty of the Divine in someone.


Shabbir Banoobhai’s brilliant exposition on leadership is an invaluable approach to reperceiving the nature of leadership in the coming century. All aspiring and established leaders should read this book and share its lessons widely to transform themselves and the communities they serve.

- Dr Koffi M. Kouakou, MD, Stratnum Futures, Formerly Senior Lecturer at the Wits School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand

March 29, 2017

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I first came to know Shabbir through his poems when I was struck by the clean simplistic line he generally favoured. But the simplicity was deceptive: he made each word (a sign of the true poet) carry great emotional and intellectual weight. An obsessive and talented poet, a precocious master of the Word and a fine lyricist to boot, almost every line of the work was subliminally ignited by the ancient great Islamic poets. He shares their prime qualities: sensuality, passion, brilliance of imagery, a holistic approach to nature, and love of God.

Knowing Shabbir Banoobhai, the man through his work, can illuminate something of the unknown. Here, then, is a further asset to and aspect of, South Africa’s uncommon humanity.

- Douglas Livingstone – renowned South African poet

September 10, 2014