The Ladies Mass Mawlid at the Al Quds Foundation on Tuesday, has been described as nothing less than spiritually electrifying. During the week long celebrations of Mawlid in the mothercity, thousands of women from all walks of life geared up to celebrate the life and teachings of the Prophet Muhammed (SAW). Mawlid SA Co-ordinator, Hafith Mahmood Khatib says while thousands of women attended donning their white Islamic attire, they came with only one intention, to express their love for the Prophet.
“Mawlid allows a platform for people to express their love for the Prophet not only in an intellectual way but spiritual. What a beautifully co-ordinated programme,” Khatib explained.
The opening of the program began with recitation from the Holy Quran, followed by various recitation of Ruwayat from the Birzanji.
“Lead by Sheikh Abduragmaan Alexander, the group of ladies filled the Masjid to capacity. They came from various Jamah’s in and around Cape Town to educate and empower themselves. The women during the time of the Prophet interacted with him to gain knowledge. Old and young come together in this beautiful practice of Mawlid,” Khatieb further added.
Just as he arrived at the Airport, renowned Muslim scholar, Shaykh Babikir Ahmed Babikir was taken to the Ladies Mass Mawlid celebration, receiving a heartfelt welcome from the community. Babikir addressed the thousands of women at Masjidul Quds on the importance of having these platforms and spaces open to freely express and celebrate their love for the Prophet. Khatieb also spoke of the significant role women play in the communities.
“Here in Cape Town women are afforded the rightful place to be educated so that they can continue this tradition of love and Mahabbah in their teachings, passed down to their children,” Khatieb said.
“Through this process of Mawlid and all its celebrations, it definitely softens the heart. Many people in the Jama’ah were seen crying and expressing their love for the Prophet. Especially in these times of trial and tribulations, this is a great platform to create love between the members of the Ummah.”
The local Mawlid celebrations will culminate in the eagerly anticipated Mawlid SA event on the 18th of January at the Athlone Stadium. Thousands of Capetonians are expected to attend the event, which kicks off after Asr. The annual celebration has been earmarked as an importance event amongst the local Muslim community, and has seen an increased support and attendance over the years. Internationally recognised Alims and Islamic Scholars are also expected to grace the congregation with their presence and knowledge in the celebration of the life of the Prophet, that is today known as Mawlid. VOC (Ra’eesah Isaacs)