The Spice Mecca Ramadaan Expo is destined to be the headline community event in Cape Town this year. The Expo will be staged at the Castle of Good Hope from Friday 19th May to Sunday the 21st May. The event will be multi-thematic and multi-dimensional which will make this Expo more distinguished and differentiated from any other event staged in Cape Town in the past.
PURPOSE OF THE EVENT
The event is aimed at being inclusive of the entire community of Cape Town. It will focus on community development and reconciliation, intercultural and religious engagement, youth development, colloquiums to redefine the prevailing narratives of Islam in the public space as a religion of peace, a holistic market with a difference, food vendors, nasheed competitions for females and males, honouring of the forgotten heroes in our respective communities, workshops on how to make the home a sanctuary, the launch of Zulekha Bana’s cookery book and the giving of prizes worth thousands of Rands. All income generated by this event will be donated to charity.
MAQAM OF THE QURAN
The event shall begin with the Maqam of the Quran starting at 9:30am on Friday the 19th May at the Castle. The most reknowned and proficient Qurraa locally and internationally have been invited to participate, InshaAllah. The intention is to express and demonstrate our thankfulness to Allah Almighty for making us Muslims and granting us many bounties and the freedom to practice our Deen in South Africa, Alhamdulillah. The Maqam of the Quran will end at 12:30. The final recital will be performed by a well-known international Qari, InshaAllah.
FIRST JUMUAH EVER AT THE CASTLE
The Castle of Good Hope will be the venue of the first Jumuah ever to be staged at this venue since the Castle was constructed in the 1600’s. It was here that many of our forebears were incarcerated in the dungeons of this precinct. We return to this sight in thankfulness to Almighty Allah who has granted us freedom in this land and we shall celebrate this freedom with the Maqam of the Quran and the performance of Jumuah on Friday 19th May 2017, InshaAllah. We as a community must reclaim this space and convert it into a transformation and development sight for all the communities in our land, South Africa. It shall be a stark reminder of our history, where we came from and how we should visualize our future together as South Africans – as one nation. This event must for all intents and purposes be Ubuntu in motion.
HONOURING OF OUR FORGOTTEN HEROES
With the help of University academics we have identified and will honour a number of unsung heroes in our broader community. The individuals we shall honour will be normal South Africans who had made a recognizable impact on their communities and society as a whole.
MARKET (SOUK) AND FOOD COURT
The Ramadaan Expo in 2017 will once again have the important component of the Souk. The look and feel has been upgraded with two massive marquis and wooden flooring and décor to redefine this magnificent event. Approximately two hundred vendors will participate this year. The request is that to secure your stand please book early to avoid disappointment. Spice Mecca will once again create the hype with their innovative marketing and presentation of the Spice Mecca Cookeasy Lifestyle Show with Shamilah Abass. She will present cooking demonstrations on specified time slots on Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Tastings of these dishes will be sold at a nominal rate & proceeds will be donated to a charity. Available at this pavilion will be the all time favourite foods that our community has come to expect. As usual, the Spice Mecca range of products will be on sale at special Ramadaan prices and Mr Abass will be there to host you and run his extra-special discounts!
STAGING OF A COLLOQUIUM ON ISLAM AS A RELIGION OF PEACE
The International Peace College of South Africa shall stage its colloquium at the Castle on the 20th May to allow academics, Ministers in government, religious scholars, diplomats, lawyers and other individuals to engage on how to redefine the prevailing narrative on Islam and present it for what it really is - a religion of peace.
ART GALLERY AND THE PARTICIPAINT PROJECT
The Spice Mecca Ramadaan Expo shall include the Arts and Culture domain. A special hall shall be set up for this purpose for beautiful art and calligraphy pieces to be viewed. The intention this year is to run workshops for the youth to be trained in art and calligraphy. Everyone at the event shall be allowed to participate in the PARTICIPAINT PROJECT guided by the curators of the art gallery. This art piece promises to be truly valuable from the minute the painting is completed. The gallery will invite guests throughout the duration of the Expo.
WORKSHOP ON THE HOME AS A SANCTUARY
The reknowned speaker, Edris Khammissa, will have a conversation with families who want their home to be a sanctuary of peace, love, mercy and tranquillity. This will take place on Sunday morning from 10am to 11am, InshaAllah. Edris is a professional family and organizational coach. This session is open and free to all attending the Expo.
LAUNCH OF THE ZULEKHA BANA’S BOOK
This book launch will take place at 1:30pm on Sunday 21st May and is a long awaited cookery book by this magnificent Chef. This book launch is part of a great weekend of programmes and festivities. It is a collectors piece for any serious cook or housewife. Ten lucky attendees will receive a free copy.
CLOSING CEREMONY AND THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF UMRAH TICKET WINNERS AND HOLIDAY WINNERS
To qualify for these and other prizes, attendees will have to be physically present to win these prizes. Cheques will also be presented to different charities at the closing ceremony
This event will undoubtedly be the outstanding community event this year. It is an inclusive event for all the people of Cape Town. All proceeds shall be donated to charity. It is unequivocally backed by all organizations and will be broadcast on national television and radio. Our media partners include Radio 786, VOC, ITV, Radio Al Ansaar and Muslim Views.
Cape Town! Let’s celebrate Ramadaan for all!
SEE YOU THERE ON 19th, 20th AND 21st MAY 2017