The Muslim Judicial Council (SA) as part of its Ramadhan community outreach programs visited the Lavender Hill community in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs on Saturday, 10 June 2017. Masjid, Darurahmaan was the venue of the outreach program and the MJC members were well received by the mosque Imam and community worker Ml. Nur Moses. The program started after the late-afternoon prayers and commenced with a food distribution initiative sponsored by Dr. Hayat, a local medical practitioner who for years have been working in the Retreat/Lavender Hill areas.
MJC First Deputy President, Ml. Abdul Khaliq Allie arranged for a very special guest to join the outreach program in the personality of Prof. Bongani Majola. Prof. Majola is the National Chairman of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC). Prof. Majola was accompanied by his colleague and Western Cape Commissioner of the SAHRC, Rev. Chris Nissen.
MJC President, Sh. Irafaan Abrahams, welcomed the esteemed guests to Lavender Hill and introduced Pro. Majola to the curious Lavender Hill community. Prof. Majola was given the honour of being part of the food and grocery distribution and was extremely honoured and humbled by the experience. Hundreds of men, women and children gathered to receive much-needed food and families, who battle to make ends meet, were given food parcels as well as blankets. Prof. Majola addressed members of the community and related some of his experiences in the Apartheid years and particularly one where, as a complete stranger, he was assisted by a Muslim family at a very trying time. Rev. Chris Nissen also took the opportunity to inform the community of the purpose of the SAHRC and the services they provide to the community. He also encouraged the community to report cases of human rights abuses to the commission and to not shy away from becoming contributing members of society.
One of the main attractions of the program was the melodious recitations of the some of the youth of Lavender Hill, showcasing the wealth of talented Quran reciters in the area.
The MJC will be conducting outreach programs every Saturday during the month of Ramadhan as part of its president’s vision of ‘Taking the MJC to the people’