RAMADAN 1439 / 2018 PROGRAMME
1. BI-ANNUAL INTERFAITH BARBECUE
SUNDAY, 13TH MAY @ 1 PM
This biannual interfaith event is hosted by the Open Mosque to invite people of all beliefs and backgrounds to spend a relaxing and delightful Sunday together celebrating faith, friendship and food. This trailblazing Open Mosque function attracts a very broad cross section of Cape Town’s cosmopolitan population with representatives of different religions and philosophies each making pertinent remarks and public presentations.
2. PUBLIC RAMADAN IFTAR
SATURDAY, 19th MAY @ 5:30 PM
The Open Mosque hosts a special programme inviting Muslims as well as non-Muslims to break the fast with us on 19th May. Aside from praying and eating together, this particular Ramadan event features Qur’anic recitation, poetry and a scholarly presentation by Dr Taj Hargey, the President of the Open Mosque on the Spiritual Significance of Fasting in Islam. Everyone welcome to bring family, friends, neighbours & colleagues.
3. WYNBERG SYNAGOGUE INVITES OPEN MOSQUE FOR IFTAR
FRIDAY, 25TH MAY 5:30 PM
Rabbi Greg Alexander and Temple Israel Synagogue again cordially welcome the Open Mosque congregation and other Muslims to break the fast at 5:45 pm. This exceptional invitation includes observance of the Jewish Shabbat proceedings. Muslims will break their fast as well recite the call to prayer and perform their Islamic worship. Thereafter, everyone will partake in the Jewish Friday service. To attend this special Jewish-Muslim event that advances interfaith relations, everyone must pre-register ahead of time with us for security reasons.
4. PUBLIC RAMADAN IFTAR
SATURDAY, 2nd JUNE @ 5:30 PM
The Open Mosque again invites Muslims as well as non-Muslims to join us in breaking the fast us on 2nd June. In addition to breaking bread together and performing the sunset and night prayers, this Ramadan function will feature a short documentary film on the merits of fasting as well as a prominent local speaker. Shafiek Noordien, Imam Haroun’s nephew will deliver the keynote address on the fallacies and truth of Ramadan. We look forward to family, friends, relatives and other interested people to attend this inclusive breaking of the fast.
5. INVITATION FROM CHRIST, THE KING CHURCH
FRIDAY, 8th JUNE @ 5:30 PM
To reciprocate the Open Mosque’s Christmas dinner last year for Christians of all denominations, Christ, the King Church, in Milner Road, Claremont is again inviting members of the Open Mosque congregation to come for iftar. Only halal and vegetarian dishes will be served. Apart from breaking the fast together, the church welcomes us to recite the adhan (Islamic call to prayer) and to perform Maghrib salah. This is yet another landmark precedent that augurs exceeding well for better Christian-Muslim relations in the Western Cape.
6. ‘ID AL-FITR PRAYERS AND CELEBRATION
FRIDAY, 15TH JUNE @ 9:30 AM
This year the worship and festivity marking the end of the sacred month of fasting takes place on Friday, 15th June. For the first time in a month, Muslims will be permitted to consume food and drink during daylight hours. The ‘Id prayers will begin at 9:30 am, and will be followed by a delicious brunch to foster genuine fellowship between Muslims and others. Everyone welcome to attend the service and partake in the festivities. Whoever wishes to stay on for the weekly Friday congregational prayers at 12:45pm will be most welcomed.
7. YOUTH DAY GALA DINNER
SATURDAY, 16TH JUNE @ 7 PM
In June 1976, the oppressed youth of South Africa rose in sustained revolt to protest the evil iniquities of institutionalized discrimination. Although this youthful insurrection was crushed by the apartheid state, the immediate and long-term legacy of these pioneering student protests heralded the beginning of the end of white hegemony in this country. The Open Mosque has invited Prof Jonathan Jansen to be the keynote speaker at this important gala dinner that salutes the extraordinary courage of all those young people who bravely sacrificed their lives so that today we can all live in a free, equal, democratic and non-racial country.