The leadership of the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) will meet with the imams of masajid in Manenberg on Saturday to discuss community safety ahead of the festive season. Areas like Manenberg and Hanover Park have been hard hit by violence in recent weeks. MJC secretary general Maulana Abdul Khaliq Allie says ulema are concerned by the increased use of alcohol and drugs and reckless behaviour during the festive season.
“The increased consumption of alcohol and the use of drugs in a community which is rife with gangsterism, contributes to reckless behaviour, promiscuity, violence, trauma and loss of life. This environment is not conducive for peace nor is it ideal for families. We therefore urge all stakeholders to be responsible, think about the children and the negative effects of violence on their lives and refrain from doing anything which will negatively affect a child,” said Allie.
The MJC will meet with local ulema such as Maulana Abdur Raghman Abrahams, Shaykh Abdullah Lakay and Maulana Anwar Mohamed at the Markaz Mujahideen Mosque. MJC president Maulana Igsaan Hendricks will address the ulema from 1.30pm to 3pm, followed by a community gathering thereafter.
“The MJC leadership will discuss the challenges faced by the imams and work towards ensuring safety precautions and good guidance during the “silly season” which annually affects children and families. It’s about bringing about change and transformation in our community.
“We have a plan of action and our programme is in line with the community’s approach. We are working with the community and hope to support our imams and Christian clerics to improve the social circumstances of residents.”
Allie said the call was even more important for women and children, keeping in mind that is it the 16 Days of Activism For No Violence Against Women and Children. VOC