Organisers have hailed an almost 700 strong attendance at the penultimate edition of the 15th Ahlan Wa Sahlan (AWS) programme at Masjid ul Nasriellah in Belhar on Sunday. The event marked the biggest attendance for the programme this year, following decent turnouts in Macassar and Mitchells Plain.
According to AWS coordinator, Ebrahim Arnold, the huge turnout was a result of community members coming out in their numbers from surrounding areas such as Delft and Blikkiesdrop. The committee of Masjid ul Nasriellah had been in contact with a mosque in the Delft area, who brought along some its people to join in on an iftaar, and recitation of a Khatam al-Quran.
“Generally I think we had a very successful programme. I’m very impressed with the manner in which people embraced the whole idea of the family Khatam al-Quran,” he said.
Apart from the massive turnout, he also recognised the mosque’s efforts in mobilising the community before the event even began.
“They completed two Khatam al-Qurans before we even got there. They distributed the ajazaa to the community during taraweeh salaah, and the people were reciting it. So by the time we got there, they were ready to finish off the second Khatam already,” he said.
Arnold said the community had done well in terms of the donating of non-perishable goods, noting a particularly huge contribution of new clothing by a group of Bo-Kaap woman. The food contributions had also been a massive increase from previous weeks and Arnold said it was now up to the Mosque committee to distribute those goods to the poor.
With the AWS being used merely as a means of highlighting the plight of people in the more poverty stricken areas, Arnold urged the community to continue their contributions, and ensure a sustainable flow of aid went into the various communities.
“We need to ensure that people contribute to that area on a regular basis. I’m really encouraging people to continue looking after the destitute in areas like Belhar and Delft,” he said.
The 15th edition of the Ahlan Wa Sahlan programme concludes this coming Sunday, at Masjid Almarkaz al-Islam in Kalksteenfontein. VOC (Mubeen Banderker)