Habibia Soofie Masjid has pulled out all the stops in bringing the community its best Muharram programme to date. Marhaba Muharram, Cape Town's biggest Islamic New Year event, is set to take place from December 12 to December 19, 2010, kicking off with Muharram lecture series by world renowned scholar, Shaykh Muhammad Al-Ninowy from the 12th of December.
“With the Islamic New Year (1432) coinciding with the end-of-year festive season, we aim to educate the community about theauspiciousness of the sacred month of Muharram, the first month of the year, so that we welcome both New Years with reflection,”
said Shameegh Pangarker, Programme Director of the Marhaba Muharram programme.
Pangarkar said that in the build up to the event, the Masjid will be introducing the Muslim heritage of the Cape Flats to local tour guides with a tour of the mosque complex on Friday, 10th December at 2pm.
Muharram lecture series with Shaykh Muhammad Al-Ninowy (12 – 15 December)
“The highlight of the event is undoubtedly the Muharram lecture series by Syrian scholar, Dr Shaykh Muhammad Al-Ninowy, who is an expert speaker on the subject. The lecture series will run from December 12 to December 15, every evening, after Maghrib and we encourage everyone to learn from this erudite scholar,” added Pangarkar.
The full daily programme will run from December 15 through to December 19, 2010. Visitors can expect lectures by prominent local scholars, open forum discussions, a main stage for entertainment and a 70-stall market.
“We have an exciting souk offering a good variety of products; we have a number of corporate stall holders and a wellness expo for the health-conscious,” he said.
Moulana Dawood Sampson will be speaking about “What’s happening at the movies”, while Shaykha Rukayya Samsodien will be addressing the topic of “Between Allah’s love and fear”. Hafiz Fuzail Soofie will be tackling “Muslims and the environment” and Moulana Ansar Omar will be leading the panel discussion on challenges facing youth today. For the revert discussion, Italian-born Dr Andrea Brigaglia and Captain Ahmed Wali Mohakare will take the stage to inspire the community on how they came to Islam.
In addition, the Lansdowne Business Network will be hosting its monthly network session at the event on Friday morning, December 17. The guest speakers are Mr Dharmaginta Thanos, Consul for Economic Affairs, Consulate General of Indonesia, and Mr Mohamad Faisal bin Ahmad Fadzil, Managing Director of F.A. Herbs in Malaysia.
“For entertainment, we have nasheed, naat and a youth play by the students of Madrassatun-Nur. Nasheed artist, Mr Inayet Petker, will also be launching his new album of nasheed, Songs of Karbela, at the event,” added Pangarkar.
The event culminates with an international Qirah (recitation of Quran) programme on Sunday, December 19, after Thuhr, which includes Qari Anwar Shahat from Egypt, Qari Abdul Kabeer Haideri from Afghanistan, Qari Orguzhan Sivrikaya from Turkey, alongside local recitors, Shaykh Ismail Londt, Shaykh Haroon Moos, Shaykh Ismail Davids and Shaykh Abdul Aziz Brown.
The City of Cape Town has once again come aboard as an event partner to provide logistical and event management support. The event has also attracted a number of corporate sponsors including Jive (Quality Beverages), 1-Up Cash & Carry, Gattis Ice-Cream, Portlands Meat Hyper and Deli, Old Mutual, AlBaraka, Cii Finance and Coral International.