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VOC heads to Vredenberg for Muharram youth event

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VOC is set for a busy weekend ahead as the station kicks off its Muharram broadcasting schedule, which will coincide with the auspicious Day of Ashura on Saturday.

On Friday evening the station will cross-over to the Garlendale Mosque where the Mahabbah Foundation is to host its weekly thikr programme, this time with the theme of ushering in the new Islamic year. The event kicks off after Esha salaah and will run until 10:30pm. Thereafter, Imam Adam Philander will be in studio with his respective thikr jamaah to occupy the airwaves until midnight.

On Saturday evening, the station will head to Masjidul Jama’ah in Sherwood Park for a series of programmes organised by Sheikh Irfaan Abrahams. The broadcast kicks off at 6pm and will run until Esha.

The highlight of the weekend will however take place on Sunday, when VOC sets off for the Vredenberg Masjid for a special youth-orientated event. Various Islamic congregations (jamaah) within the Boland region will be out in full force for a series of youth activities, sporting events, as well as a special 10th Muharram thikr that will be broadcast live on air. The day’s proceedings kick off at 8am, followed by the thirk at 11am. The programme will conclude at 3pm.

The Gift of the Givers will also be on board for Sunday’s event, sponsoring lunch to all in attendance.

The decision to travel out to Vredenberg is seen as a means of bringing awareness to the Muslim community in the region.

“This is an opportunity for us as Capetonians to come out in our numbers and show support for the community of Vredenberg and surrounding areas, and to get to know who the people are,” says VOC programme manager, Mishka Daries.

Straying from the weekend’s events, Daries says VOC will be looking to further its footprint in the Boland area. The current 91.3 frequency associated with the station has notable range issues, but the station is hoping to tackle the problem.

“Even though we’ve got a stronger signal now it doesn’t quite get to some of those areas, so we have applied to Sentech, which is the company that installs the signal masks, and we are awaiting feedback from them,” she explains.

“What we encourage people to do is email us those messages of support saying that you want VOC in the area. Of course we will forward that to Sentech so that they can see that people are really interested in us being there.”

VOC’s Muharram programming is centred around the theme of ‘The Best of People are Those Who Serve Humanity’. The theme will be an ever-present throughout the month ahead.

For more information on VOC’s Muharram programming, contact the station at 021 442 3500. VOC (Mubeen Banderker)

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