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IRSA takes nasheed around SA

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Zain Bhikha fans are in for a treat as Islamic Relief South Africa (IRSA) is set to host their annual Evening of Inspiration at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town on Sunday 24th May at 2pm. This event is in aid of the orphans and vulnerable children’s project run by IRSA in communities around the country.

The Cape Town leg forms part of a concert series which aims to raise funds for those in need of assistance during the coming winter. International nasheed powerhouse Zain Bhikha will be releasing his new album this month and event goers will be able to hear new songs off the album.

Bhikha will be joined by nasheed singer Khalid Belrhouzi from Morroco and comedian Joey Rasdien who promised to keep audiences in stitches with his unique brand of comedy. Bhikha’s new album is called ‘The Passing Traveller’ and the event will also the launch of a new book by TIBB founder, Professor Rashid Bhikha entitled ‘Tibb Al-Nabawi -‘Medicine of the Prophet’.

“It is one show that will be touring the country with top class performers,” said IRSA public relations officer Shanaaz Ebrahim-Gire.

Also present at the event will be Habib Malik, an international aid worker for Islamic Relief Worldwide who works in high conflict areas. Malik will present the audience with the latest reports in the high conflict areas and he will explain to the audience how the donations are being spent. He will also discuss how IR is aiding the citizens in need of aid in these areas.

With more than 45 offices globally, IR operates across the globe in high conflict and disaster areas. IRSA hopes that the event will inspire people to inform their communities about the work that the global relief agency is undertaking.

“We want donors to leave the venue feeling inspired that they contributed in towards alleviating the suffering of someone in dire need of aid,” said Ebrahim-Gire.

“We want to make people aware of the humanitarian crisis on the ground and prompt people to become active members of society.”

Locally, IR has set up a community centre in the South of Johannesburg that assists more than 600 families in the area.

“Islamic Relief South Africa has been providing relief to vulnerable families consistently for the past 13 years in South Africa. IRSA has hosts local interventions to empower communities,” Ebrahim-Gire explained.

The organisation is appealing to the community to support these events.

Tickets are R150 and are available at the Islamic Relief offices and at Computicket. VOC (Umarah Hartley)

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