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Mass moulood promotes love and tolerance

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By Nawaal Adams

After four years of hosting the event outdoors, Mawlid SA, the organizers of Cape Town’s annual mass moulood will bring the spiritual gathering to the Century City Convention and Conference Centre on Saturday 17th December. As Capetonians mark the month of Rabi ul Awwal, there is increased focus on the life and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). This will be encompassed in the theme for this year’s moulood “Love Towards All and Malice Towards None”.

Mawlid SA have extended an invitation to Muslims and non-Muslims alike to be a part of the auspicious gathering, which celebrates the birth of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).The event is set to be an occasion of remembrance, teachings and praise upon the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

Mawlid SA spokesperson Nabeweya Malick said the aim of the event is to bring communities together and to promote a sense of unity and brotherhood and sisterhood amongst locals.

The event will include a mass dhikr, and salawat, with various tareeqahs. There will be a special nasheed performance by Mawlid SA ambassador, Milad Raza Qadri, a Pakistani-born UK international vocalist.

Some of the esteemed scholars at this year’s event are Sheikh Dr Muhammad bin Yahya Al-Husayni An-Ninowy who will deliver the keynote lecture. Sheikh An-Ninowy is the founder and director of Madina Institute, Inc. and its global affiliates with South African divisions based in Cape Town.

Egyptian-born nasheed vocalist, Mostafa Atef will render a recitation from the Holy Quran. Mostafa Atef has been in the famous Al Azhar system since the tender age of four years and has learnt at the feet of some of the world’s best scholars. He has moved Capetonians over the past week with this emotional recitation of qaseeda and nasheed.

The event will also include South African nasheed group Ruhul Madina who are under the tutelage of renowned Syrian teacher, Mohammad Hakim.

Directions to the venue have been set up by Canal Walk, Century City. Buses will be available in four designated areas; Hout Bay, Mitchells Plain, Masjidul Quds, and Bonteheuwel. These particular areas have been chosen to cater to the surrounding areas. However, if another bus is required, one will be made available.

The programme promises to be a feast with doors opening at 15:00 for non-reserved seating and proceedings starting at 16:00. Those who wish to attend the event are urged to bring with Musallah mats and to be dressed in white.

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