Outreach Programs

2014 AWS project kicks off

VOC listeners have been urged to help assist poor communities in Ramadan through the 15th edition of the radio station’s outreach project Ahlan Wa Sahlan. The programme will see the station facilitate a Khatam al-Quran recitation with the community followed a communal iftar. Through donations from community members, non-perishable food items are also distributed to impoverished residents. The Ahlan was Sahlan initiative is primarily held at mosques in the more underprivileged communities across the city.

These are the mosques for this year’s project:

Date Location
Sunday 29 June Masjid us-Saabiereen in Macassar.
Sunday 6 July Masjid ul-Irshaad in Woodlands, Mitchells Plain
Sunday 13 July Masjid ul Nasriellah in Belhar
Sunday 20th July Masjid Almarkaz al-Islam in Kalksteenfontein.


Ahlan Was Sahlan coordinator Ebrahim Arnold urged listeners to come out in their numbers to the designated mosque for the collective recitation of the Khatam al-Quran.

“The month of Ramadan is the month of the Quran, and I think there is no better way to spend it but to assemble in the houses of Allah, reciting the holy Quran. When you do that, the tranquillity of Allah descends upon you,” he said.

He appealed to VOC listeners to gather non-perishable food items amongst family and friends, and donate it directly to the committees of the various masajid where the programme is set to be held. They in turn would distribute that aid to the more impoverished members in the community.

A unique feature of this year’s Ahlan Wa Sahlan programme, will see listeners given the opportunity to facilitate a khatam of their own at home. VOC has provided a recitation list on the website, which listeners can print out and tick off when they, a family member or friend completes a juz. Once the list is complete, listeners can send the completed list back to the station.

“I would certainly ask people to pull that off the website and start that Khatam process at home,” Arnold urged.

The outreach programme will take place every Sunday between Asr and Maghrib, and will be broadcast live on air.

If you are unable to download the list, you can also get a copy by emailing Arnold directly at earnold005@gmail.com. VOC (Mubeen Banderker)
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