THOUSANDS of Muslims gathered at Green Point track in Cape Town yesterday for the annual Mass Moulood, which celebrates the birth and life of Prophet Muhammad.
The Mass Moulood is celebrated every year and this is
the second time the Muslim community has come together to celebrate the event in Cape Town.
Nabeweya Malick from the Moulood SA Organising Committee, said the event drew the heart of the community together to express the collective love that all Muslims had for the Prophet Muhammad.
This year’s event attracted international and local speakers.
In attendance was Sheikh Muhammad Bin Yahya al Ninowy and Tijani Ben Omar, both from the US, and Sheikh Faid Muhammad from the UK.
The stage was also shared by local politicians including the ANC Provincial leader Marius Fransman, Premier Helen Zille and Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille, who expressed the importance of the Muslim community.
Fransman said: “Muhammad was illiterate, yet gave birth to a culture of learning and a civilisation of knowledge. He was born into a society of immense poverty existing side-by-side with immense wealth, yet left a message of universal brotherhood, equality and sharing.
“He was born into a society steeped in violence, corruption and greed, yet he brought a message of peace, morality and moderation in all things. Above all, he was a prophet of the poor.”
Zille said: “The theme for today’s event is to commemorate his life. Prophet Muhammad was known as the ‘honest one’ – from the time he was a young child. He showed truthfulness in humanity. He did not believe in hierarchy, he believed in equality of all human beings. Prophet Muhammad believed in gaining and sharing knowledge. He believed in getting his priorities right,” Zille said.