With a complete overhaul of VOC’s normal programming, it’s been somewhat confusing for loyal listeners who expect to hear some of their favourite shows. During the auspicious month of Ramadan, VOC carries out a complete programme overhaul for 30 days, which encompasses increased religious content.
In terms of the Ramadan on-air line-up, VOC listeners can expect a host of spiritually uplifting and informative programmes. Sobagh Al-Kheir started in Shabaan this year from 05h30 to 07h00, and this will continue in Ramadan with Moulana Aslam Cassiem hosting the programme starting just after 5am. The morning breakfast show has been replaced with In the Fast Lane, the Ramadan news and current affairs show. A new youth show will be introduced after Thur until 2pm where listeners can call in and participate on topics.
“The youth show is essential considering June is Youth month and with Ramadan coinciding with the school holidays,” said programme manager Mishka Daries.
“We’re also glad to welcome the teachers of Dar al-Ulum al-Arabiyyah Al-Islamiyyah who will be providing us with necessary advise from 5pm to Magrieb insha Allah.”
The regular 9am Juz of the Day continues from Monday to Sunday, while VOC listeners will also hear the recitation of an international qari from 23h00 to 00h00 every night.
“Insha-Allah, we will be reciting five ghatam’s this year,” said Daries.
Here is the weekday programme schedule:
Here follows the weekend programme schedule:
This year the outside broadcast team will brace itself for a whopping 150 outside broadcasts ranging from commercial to religious broadcasts from midnight to taraweeh every day. VOC will broadcast the Taraweegh salaah live from various masajid in the Western Cape. In addition, VOC listeners can tune in from midnight to 1am for the Salaah-tul Layl every night in Ramadan from the Towncentre Masjied in Mitchell’s Plain. Tahajjud salaah will be performed live on air from Muir Street masjid from 04h30 until 05h15, followed by the Fajr salah from Addison Road masjid.
Here is the Taraweeh OB schedule:
This year, the radio stations places emphasis on generosity, a key theme of this month of fasting. The tagline for Ramadan 1436 is “Being generous in the month of Ramadan with the conviction that Allah will be generous with us by granting us paradise Ameen.”
In conceptualising this theme, VOC was inspired by the hadeeth narrated by Ibn ‘Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him:
The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, was the most generous of people. He was especially generous in Ramadan when the Angel Gabriel would come and review the Qur’an with him. Gabriel would review the Qur’an with him every night during the month of Ramadan. Verily, when Gabriel would come and review the Qur’an with him in Ramadan, the Messenger of Allah was more generous than the free-blowing wind. (Narrated in Bukhari and Muslim)
For this reason, VOC will be embarking on its very first Waqaf project where 21 masajid will receive a maximum of R10 000 to be used to assist with the upkeep of the mosque. The challenge is for listeners to donate toward the waqaf fund which will be an ongoing and indefinite project of the station.
And why 21 masajid? Because VOC will be celebrating its 21st Ramadan on air this year.
No Ramadan is complete without VOC’s flagship Ramadan outreach project, the Ahlan Wasahlan programme, which will see VOC and all its structures go out to one impoverished community once a week. This sees VOC joining the local community for a Khatmal Quran programme, and its where the station’s staff members roll up their sleeves to serve the community with food to break their fast.
The station’s corporate social initiative is the Make A Difference campaign, sponsored by Pick ‘n Pay. VOC listeners are encouraged to nominate someone in need and depending on their plight, they may be surprised on air with shopping vouchers for Ramadan.
The station will also be running two competitions during the month of Ramadan, one in our breakfast show based on the Fajr naseegah of Maulana Abdul Fataag Carr in the mornings. For children, there will be having a specific competition on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays only, with loads of prizes up for grabs. VOC