Despite the storm that engulfed the Cape over the past weekend, the Ahlan Wa Sahlan food distribution project at Rahmaniyah Masjid in Steenberg still got underway with the Steenberg, Lavender hill and surrounding areas participating in the event that takes place every Sunday, at various locations, around the Cape.
Every Sunday during the month of Ramadan, the Voice of the Cape team, along with The Gift of the Givers and various community members go out to a mosque, for the completion of a Khatamul Quran and accompanying mass iftaar. The project targets the more destitute communities across the city, and seeks to raise awareness to the issues facing residents in these areas.
Coordinator Professor Ebrahim Arnold says the rain did affect the program to a small degree as it made it difficult for some people to attend the event.
“It would have been difficult for people from the Lavender Hill and Frygrond area to attend the Masjid; under normal circumstances they probably would have been there so the attendance was not as good as we would have expected it to be, however there were a lot of people in the Masjid,” Professor Arnold explained.
VOC listeners at home may have also heard a break in the live broadcasting of the event due to the fact that a few power lines and cables were stolen in the area in which they were situated yesterday.
“The telephone lines were also wet so the technicians had to work to get the lines in order and some cables were stolen so the power went off just after Asr, so that did disturb us a bit.”
“From a recitation point of view from the Jamaa coming together to recite the Quran that was amazing,” Professor Arnold added.
Females and males were able to participate in the recitation of the Quran which had started at two in the afternoon because there was a sufficient amount of people in the mosque that were there to recite the Quran.
“The thikr went off amazingly well there were some youngsters that really added to the sound of things and to the spirit of things and food distribution was fairly easy despite the rain,” said Arnold. VOC