UCT’s Islam Week kicked off on Monday with a mass Thuhr salah on Jameson Plaza along the exhibit and information tent. The event was initiated to spread awareness on Islam and dispel western myths about Muslims.
“We do not want to overwhelm people but we do want to demonstrate how we do things. This is how we pray, how we do it together. We got feedback that it is really great to see this brotherhood. It was amazing to see about 50 men all bowing down in pray,” says event co-ordinator Fatima Ebrahim.
This year it comes back bigger and better with tons of the University of Cape Town students flocking to the tent to learn about the religion.
An inviting atmosphere with a rich Islamic presence, Qurans in English and French were made available, accompanied by an array of educational posters which sparked the curiosity of both Islamic and non-Islamic students.
“We have all the little bits that people may find interesting to read about Islam. A Qir’ah is playing so people can hear the Quran being recited. Listen to why the Quran is recited the way it is recited,” says Ebrahim.
Members of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) are around plaza to answer questions.
“Any Muslim students on campus are welcome, if they feel they are equipped to answer any questions,” says Ebrahim.
The purpose of the event is to introduce people to what Islam is, dispelling misconceptions of Muslims, what was taught by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and what is written in the Quran.
However each day will be themed.
Set in the heart of Ramadan, organisers have also opted to host a mass iftaar, set for the 25 July.
“We encourage people to bring a non-Muslim person along to the iftaar on Friday. We will be handing out dates to all who join,” says Ebrahim.
It is not exclusive to Muslims, but open to the public. This includes anyone with a thirst or intrigue for Islam. It will be taking place from 21st July until 25th July 2014 on Jameson Plaza, Upper Campus, the University of Cape Town. VOC (Nailah Cornelissen)