7 Rabi-Ul-Thani 1440 AH • 15 December 2018

All the road closures for the minstrels and choir parades

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Thousands of Capetonians will flock to the CBD over the next few days for the Cape Malay Choirs Parade and the Cape Town Street Parade. With most of the city expected to be congested, residents and motorists are advised to take note of the temporary road closures that will be in place in the city centre and surrounds to accommodate the upcoming minstrel events.

The Cape Malay Choirs Parade will take place from Saturday 30 December 2017 to Sunday 31 December 2017. Affected roads will be closed from 18:00 on Saturday to 04:00 on Sunday.

There will be no access for buses and taxis in Adderley Street, and parking restrictions will apply to affected roads.

A detailed breakdown of the roads that will be closed is available here: http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media Centre Assets/Road_closure_times_CapeMalayChoirsParade.pdf

The Cape Town Street Parade (Tweede Nuwe Jaar) is scheduled for Tuesday 2 January 2018. Affected roads will be closed from 06:00 to 24:00.

A detailed breakdown of the roads that will be closed is available here: http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media Centre Assets/Road_closures_CapeTownStreetParade_2Jan.pdf
Residents and motorists are urged to plan their trips accordingly.

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  1. From the Sahīh Muslim, Volume IV, Book XXXIII: ‘The Book Pertaining to the Remembrance of Allāh, Supplication, Repentance and Seeking Forgiveness (Kitāb al-Dhikr)’, Chapter MCXXIII – “The Saying of the Holy Prophet : ‘Merits of the Assemblies in which Allāh is Remembered”, Ḥadīth Number 6505, translated from Arabic:
    Abū Huraira reported Allāh’s Apostle (May Peace Be Upon him) as saying: “Allāh has mobile (squads) of angels who have no other work (to attend to, but) to follow the assemblies of dhikr and when they find such assemblies in which there is dhikr (of Allāh) they sit in them and some of them surround the others with their wings till the space between them and the sky of the world is fully covered, and when they disperse (after the assembly of dhikr is adjourned) they go upward to the heaven and Allāh, the Exalted and Glorious, Asks them, although He Is Best Informed about them: Where have you come from?
    They say: We come from Thine servants upon the earth who had been glorifying Thee (reciting Subḥān Allāh), uttering Thine Greatness (saying Allāh hu Akbar) and uttering Thine Oneness (Lā-ilā ha illallāh) and praising Thee (uttering Al-Ḥamdu Lillāh) and begging of Thee.
    He (God) would say: What do they beg of Me?
    They would say: They beg of Thee the Paradise of Thine.
    He (God) would say: Have they seen My Paradise?
    They said: No, our God.
    He (God) would say: (What it would be then) if they were to see My Paradise?
    They (the angels) said: They seek Thine protection.
    He (God) would say: Against what do they seek My protection?
    They (the angels) would say: Our God, from the Hell-Fire.
    He (God) would say: Have they seen My Fire?
    They would say: No.
    He (God) would say: What it would be if they were to see My Fire?
    They would say: They beg of Thee forgiveness.
    He would say: I grant them pardon, and confer upon them what they ask for and grant them protection against which they seek protection.
    They (the angels) would again say: Our God, there is one among them, such and such simple servant who happened to pass by (that assembly), and sat there along with them (who had been participating in that assembly).
    He (God) would say: I also Grant him Pardon, for they are a people, whoever sits with them, are in no way unfortunate.”

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