The Al Quds Foundation’s Children’s Rally at the Darul Islam Boys High School kicked off on a slow note on Sunday but that did not waver the spirits of the 100 pro-Palestine supporters. A delegation of five executive members of the Al Quds Foundation’s headquarters in Lebanon met with Capetonians on Sunday to express their appreciation for their support but most importantly, to speak about the importance of safeguarding Masjidul Aqsa.
The third most holiest site in Islam is currently under intense occupation by the Israeli Zionist regime and so, the delegation have come to the Mother City to raise much needed awareness on the issue in their week long tour.
Within their forty-eight hours in Cape Town, Al Quds Foundation director Maulana Ighsaan Hendricks said the group have expressed their heartfelt thanks to the people of Cape Town as the Palestinian flag can be seen at every turn.
“The delegation was really overwhelmed when they witnessed the public acts of solidarity to the people of Palestine. This is the same flags that has been banned from the public domain in Jordan,” Hendricks said.
The high school was a fitting location for the rally, as it addressed not only the children as the future but also, a victory celebration for the extended truce in Palestine.
Renowned historian and member of the delegation, Dr Saud Abu Mahfuz, drew light cheers and takbeers from the audience as he spoke of the hopes of achieving liberation in Palestine through the next generation.
“We are suffering deeply. We keep watching Cape Town on TV channels, cheering for Palestine. Thank you all for your good efforts. Nine centuries ago, there were several European campaigns against Palestine, they have killed 10 million Muslims but those who liberated Palestine were the children of the school systems,” Dr Mahfuz explained.
The scholar drew similarities to the apartheid regime which reigned in South Africa pre 1994 to the current oppression of the Zionist state in Palestine.
“We are not being oppressed due to the colour of our skin, but we are being oppressed because of our nationality.”
A young energetic and confident boy spoke as the crowd of children and parents watched him in awe. The young boy, Muhsin Achmat Sulaiman from Islamia primary, warmed the hearts of the delegation as he told of stories from the holy Quran which referred to the land and people of Palestine. “Takbeer! Allahu Akbar” could be heard from outside the venue as the room spilled with praise.
At the venue, stalls filled with treats and Palestinian keffiyah’s were on sale with all proceeds going towards the rebuilding and rehabilitation of the people of the Palestine. VOC (Ra’eesah Isaacs)