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16th Ahlan Wa Sahlan a success

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Coordinators of VOC’s flagship Ahlan Wa Sahlan (AWS) Ramadaan outreach programme have hailed the success of the campaign’s 16th edition, after the project came to conclusion this past weekend. Organisers estimate that some 3000 Muslims were fed over the three week campaign.

Each year community members come out in their droves every Sunday during the holy month of Ramadaan, for the completion of a Khatam ul Quran and accompanying mass iftaar. The project targets the more destitute communities across the city, and seeks to raise awareness to the issues facing residents in these areas.

This year the campaign kicked off at the Stegman Road Mosque in Claremont, before visiting Eagle Park and Delft, and concluding in Ruyterwacht. There were also several new facets to the campaign, including a revert programme and a youth programme.

“If one reflects on the total situation in a time when we are facing unemployment, socio-economic problems and so on, this outreach programme has formed quite an important part of bringing attention to these particular challenges,” explained coordinator, Ebrahim Arnold.

Arnold stressed that whilst AWS was doing much in the way of bringing attention to the conditions of those in the poorer communities, the project need not be viewed as a solution to those issues.

In recent years several organisations have also come on board to assist, with the Gift of the Givers (GOTG) contribution to the distribution of iftar to the needy. The MJC has celebrated its 70-year anniversary by collaborating on the Delft-leg of the project.

Looking at the success of this year’s edition, Arnold said the progress seen in terms of support and new initiatives would bode well for AWS in the coming years.

“A lot of discussion needs to come into play immediately after Ramadan, so that we can see where we are going with this in the future,” he added. VOC (Mubeen Banderker)

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