The Messenger of Allah, صلى الله عليه وسلم said, 
“He who does not follow my Sunnah is not from me.” 

With the Birth of Rabial Auwal communities feast in the remembrance and gratitude for Allah Subhanahu ta’ala’s greatest Mercy upon creation, the Nabi Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa alihi wa salaam.

Mawlid SA, in its fifth annual Mass Mawlid extends an invitation to Muslims and Non Muslims to a gathering of remembrance, dhikr, teachings and praise upon the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa alihi wa salaam.

Mawlid 1438 is set for the 17th of December 2016 with a change of venue to the Century City Convention Centre that’s set to open doors at 3pm. The change of venue comes as a need to shelter attendees from the strong Cape Winds as the program will conclude at 11pm. Attendees of Mass Mawlid 1438 dressed in white are invited to bring along their musallahs/prayer mats for a program set to be a spiritual feast even better than the last.

The pre Mawlid programs starts with a special dhikr on Thursday the 15th of December 2016 after Magreb at Habibia Soofie Masjid in Rylands Estate and Jumuah at Masjidul-Quds (Gatesville) Friday the 16th of December 2016, welcoming all the dignitaries set to be at this years event.

The Mass Mawlid 1438 program continues its Mass Dhikr as last year with representations by 6 of Cape Towns biggest Tareekah’s: Shadilli Qaderi, Shadilli Darqawi, Buzme Chirag, Sultan Bahu, Naqshabandi and the Alawi Husaini Ninowi Zawiya, that had the crowds in attendance and following on media in spiritual awe.

This year, the well known international Scholar, Shaykh Dr Muhammad bin Yahyah al Husaini al Ninowi will deliver a Naseeha on the theme of this years Mass Mawlid 1438, ‘Love towards All and Malice towards None’. A theme perfectly suited to embrace our communities biggest challenges. Shaykh Muhammad al-Ninowy (born 1966) is a Syrian-born world renowned American Muslim Islamic scholar. He is the Founder and Director of Madina Institute, Inc. and its global affiliates, the Madinan Center for Non-violence and Peace Studies, and its charity wing Planet Mercy, with South African divisions based in Cape Town. Familiar to South Africans, Shaykh Ninowi has a huge global following who appreciate the Scholars indepth knowledge and expertise on the Islamic Sciences.

This years program includes Qiraah to be rendered by the Egyptian born nasheed vocalist, Mostafa Atef who will join the event following his South African tour. Mostafa Atef has been in the famous Al Azhar system since the tender age of 4 years old and will hopefully also embrace attendees with his well known rendition of Qamarun an age old Egyptian nasheed that speaks of the beautiful attributes of our Beloved Nabi Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa alihi wa salaam.

Over this past year Cape Town has become home to one of Syria’s most renowned Vocal teachers, Shaykh Muhamad Hakeem who currently has ‘Ruh al Madina’,under his teachings and will be rendering a performance on this majestical night of community, love and gratitude.

Earlier this year the Pakistani born UK International Vocalist, Milad Raza was honoured as a Mawlid SA ambassador. Milad Raza returns for Mass Mawlid 1438 at the Century City Convention Centre where from 8.30pm attendees may enjoy his beautiful renditions of authentic naats, manqabats and nasheed.

The program is a feast with doors opening at 3pm to non reserved seating and the official program commencing at 4pm with the mass dhikr, qiraah, naseeha and a bouquet of Nasheed and Naats to awaken even the sleepy heart to this great love of our Beloved sallallahu alayhi wa alihi wa salaam.

The theme “Love towards all and Malice towards None is chosen at a time where Muslims are witness to indescribable and horrific civil wars, coups, occupation, bloodshed and pain in both Muslim and Non Muslim lands.
We are reminded of the Blessed Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa alihi was salaam, his love, example and last words uttered from his divine lips: “My Ummah, My Ummah”.

Whilst we witness the most explicit clashes via the news and social media, the challenges are not isolated to the political arena and nations but within the homes of Muslims and within ourselves too. It is at this time of need that we turn towards our Creator, Allah subhanahu ta ala and the love that we have for the final Messenger of Allah Subhana ta ala, Nabi Muhammad, sallallahu alayhi wa alihi wa salaam.

Is there a corner in this world or person not yearning for peace and harmony? We all yearn for it, within ourselves, our relations and our communities.

As agents of peace and followers of the Sunnah of our Beloved sallallahu alayhi wa alihi wa salaam, their is an encumbent duty upon every Muslim to spread the message of truth and share in the ocean of love with Muslim and non-Muslim.

As South African Muslims, we honour, respect and extend love to our fathers, the honourable, Shaykh Yusuf of Macassar (ra) and Abdullah Kadi Abdus Salaam (Tuan Guru) amongst others who brought Islam to this beautiful nation teaching us love, embracing the local community, extending love for the Quran and laid the foundation of a community who are recognised and admired for a unique ability to strengthen spiritual awareness and to lead towards peaceful resolutions through deep understanding of the Holy Quran and Sunnah, a community that beautifully contributes to the South African Ubuntu.

Mawlid SA extends an invitation to each and every one to join us as we gather in praise of Allah and express our love, joy and happiness for the Beloved Nabi Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa alihi wa salaam, the greatest blessing bestowed upon us.

On the 17th of December 2016 we gather our hearts in dhikr, love and unity in reviving the Ummah of our Beloved Nabi Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa alihi wa salaam. Join the opportunity to empower yourself with the knowledge of the life, legacy and practises of the greatest personality ever to walk this earth, the Nabi Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa alihi wa salaam.

Buses will be provided for selected areas with various confirmed Masajid to be liased with Haji Uthman Brey at 082 872 1130 or Sister Nabewiya Malick at 081 560 7409. Do contact your local Masjid to confirm.

We wish our beautiful community well for the year and pray that our lands will be blessed with Allah Subhanahu ta’ala’s abundance of peace and harmony, where the true spirit of Islam will be evident in all communities. Ameen.

Mass Mawlid 1438 is a community initiative conducted purely for the love of our Beloved Prophet Muhammed (SAW). We thank Allah subhanahu ta ala that we are assisted by individuals, organisations and jamaahs who have come from all corners to contribute to this auspicious love filled unified celebration titled
“Love towards all and Malice towards None” for 1438.

Team Mawlid SA

Please join us for this free community event, Mass Mawlid 1438 on the 17th of December 2016 at 3pm at the Century City Convention City.

Written by: Tasleema Allie