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Al Aqsa, 51 years later and inferno rages on

On 21 August, 1969, an extremist Australian Christian, Dennis Michael Rohan, attempted to set fire to Masjidul Al-Aqsa Mosque – a significant moment in the history of this sacred mosque. The fire destroyed some of Jerusalem's most historic landmarks, including a 1,000-year-old pulpit. It’s believed Dennis Rohan’s actions had the blessing of the Israeli occupation forces. Some 51 years later, the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa remains under as great a threat as ever.

Welcome to this special programme on Masjdul Al Aqsa, as we remember this event and look at how it relates to the current events at Al Aqsa and Palestine. This week marks the launch of a global campaign initiated by the Mimbar Al Aqsa Forum, which is scheduled to begin on the 21 August.

Our guests this evening:
-Shaykh Ebrahim Gabriels, director of the Al Quds Foundation
-Moulana Yusuf Patel, secretary general of UUCSA
-Dr Anwah Nagia, a member of the Mimbar Al Aqsa Forum
-Ismail Adam Patel, founder of the Friends of Al Aqsa
-Haafith Ebrahim Moosa, from the Palestine Information Network

Muslims for Humanity Webinar

Insights into the Covid-19 pandemic and how it affects us South Africans
Guest Speaker: Professor Salim Abdool Karim (Chairperson of the Covid-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee)

Black Lives Matter Discussion

With the global debate around racism and the Black Lives Matter movement, former US ambassador Ebrahim Rasool and US scholar Shaykh Siraj Wahhaj participated in an online discussion on these issues. The dialogue was hosted by the Al Ikhlaas Academic Library on Saturday 13th June

Should mosques remain closed during the lockdown?

As a court battle looms over the call from two Muslim organisations for mosques to be reopened during the national lockdown, VOC in partnership with UUCSA hosted a simulcast radio discussion to give a medical perspective on the spread of COVID19 in religious gatherings. The show was hosted by Shafiq Morton on Monday 20 April

Rare thunderstorms bring relief to hujjaj on Arafat

Arafah 2019 will be one that hujjaj will never forget. In what many say is a rare occurrence, thunderstorms hit the plains of Arafah during the Waqt of Wuqoof on Saturday - bringing a much-needed respite to the intense heat hujjaj have been experiencing.
Yusuf Fisher chatted to Maulana Irshaad Sedick of the Al Jeem Foundation on Arafah, who gives a beautiful account of what happened

Violence at Masjidul Aqsa as Israeli police disperse Palestinians on Eid day

What was meant to be a joyous day for Palestinians celebrating Eid-ul-Adha descended into violence and chaos as Zionist forces clashed with Palestinians at Masjidul Aqsa in occupied East Jerusalem. Israeli occupation police fired tear gas, rubber bullets and sound grenades to remove Palestinian worshippers from the sacred site, following a standoff at one of the gates to the compound. Palestinian activist Basel Agbaria chats to us from occupied East Jerusalem

Imam Haron's detention and the Muslim response

The Daroel Ielm Institute in Salt River hosted this critical discussion on Monday 22 July on the Muslim response to the detention of the political activist and martyr Imam Abdullah Haron. It forms part of the 123-day campaign to commemorate 50 years since his death. Imam Haron spent 123 days in police detention, where he was brutally killed by apartheid security police. VOC broadcasted live from the event.

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