The enemies of Islam make an all-out effort to bring down Islam in two deceitful ways.
They lie to the world that Islam fails to recognize and appreciate women, whereas Islam has afforded women such position and honour which no other creed or nation can offer. Islam teaches the parent that the birth of a daughter is mercy. Islam teaches the child that paradise lies under the feet of one’s mother. After Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) received the first revelation, it was his beloved wife, Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), who was the first person to bring imaan. Allah Ta‘ala chose a woman to be the commencement of the spread of Islam. If we study history, women were instrumental in the rise and fall of any nation. The disbeliever realizes this and thus continues to make an effort to detach women from Islam. Islam respects women, whereas the world has turned them into slaves of pleasure.
Secondly the enemy lies to the world that Islam, under the banner of Jihaad (religious war) spills blood and takes over land, whereas they are the ones guilty of doing this to Muslim lands under the guise of protecting people and fighting terrorism.
Before even thinking about entering most countries around the world, we are required to pass the ultimate endurance test: a visa application.
Reams and reams of paperwork, sweaty-palmed interviews, exorbitant amounts of money and throbbing admin headaches later, we may or may not be allowed to hop in and out of a destination as fast as our little legs can carry us.
And for all those endowed with a generous dollop of wanderlust, it really just is a bit of a party pooper.
Or, at least that's the general perception.
However, if you delve just a little bit deeper, it turns out that the world is actually a whole lot more open to us than we may have thought!
All in all there are 97 countries around the globe we can enter on our passports alone, and while they may not be the US, Canada, Australia or most of Europe, there are some pretty dang exciting places to go.
Here's a round-up:
Most SADC countries are accessible to us without a visa, as long as we're going there for vacation. Any form of work - even volunteering - requires some form of a visa, so make 100% sure what the rules are beforehand.
Here is the full list of African countries we can enter without visas:
Benin, Botswana, Gabon, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Senegal, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
And then a few where we get a visa on arrival:
Cape Verde, Comores, Egypt, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Tanzania, Tongo, Tunisia and Uganda
South and Central America
The good news is that pretty much the ENTIRE South and central America is accessible to us on nothing but a passport, with the exception of, among others, Suriname, French Guiana, Mexico, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.
Here is a full list of the South and Central American countries we can enter on our passport:
Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Sorry, folks, it's a no go. Visas are a must. Check out what you need for the US Visa application process.
Well, it's mostly closed to us, but there are a few surprising destinations we can enter sans visa.
Ireland, Kosovo and, this just in, since 1 March South Africans no longer require visas to get into France's Reunion Island.
Also see: Reunion Island - an eruption of unusual landscapes
Georgia, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.
Visa on arrival
Armenia, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka, South Korea, and Timor-Leste
Israel and Jordan
Visa on arrival
Oman and Turkey
Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated states of Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
Check out the Department of International Relations and Cooperation's comprehensive list of visa requirements for ordinary South African citizens