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Faradh Patel is launching an online Muslim radio station, Radio Mubarak.

Faradh Patel is launching an online Muslim radio station, Radio Mubarak. (Supplied)

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RADIO Mubarak, a new online radio station, is set to begin broadcasting from Pietermaritzburg on July 1.

The station, which will have a satellite studio in Durban, is the first Islamic online radio station in South Africa to broadcast without an FM frequency.

Content will be based around the Islamic ethos of oneness, unity and on the maxim: “Umuntu ngumuntu ngobuntu wabantu” which means a human is human through the humanity of humans.

Radio Mubarak will broadcast mainly in English with segments in Urdu and IsiZulu; and there will be special features anchored by local, national and international volunteer correspondents.

The station is the brainchild of ­media personality, compere, and ­lifestyle and fashion correspondent Faradh Patel, who will also host Radio Mubarak’s Morning Drive Show.

This interactive current affairs show will feature local, national and international contributors. News and interviews will be interspersed with traffic and weather updates and Naaths (praise poetry) and Anasheeds (songs).

Pietermaritzburg-born Patel, who attended Woodlands Secondary School, joined Lotus FM while doing his BA degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

“Lotus FM was excellent grounding as there is such a great balance between commercial ethos and community involvement, and it gave me a taste of the world of media,” he told The Witness.

Patel then moved to Gauteng, where he pursued his dream of becoming an actor, appearing in the M-Net soap Egoli as the character Naveen ­Moodley.

He appeared in various adverts on TV, radio and in print and in a Russian television series, before joining the marketing team at Sun International.

Patel has also worked on the launch of Saffron TV, the Sunday Times Food Show and the Sunday Times Literary Awards.

Speaking about his new venture, he said Radio Mubarak would focus on the significance of auspicious days and nights in the Islamic faith and on local communities in KwaZulu-Natal.

Patel hopes that a variety of listeners, irrespective of their faith and beliefs, will tune in.

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• With audio-streaming on course, Radio Mubarak may be enjoyed by listeners all over the world through the link:

• The Morning Drive Show will air on ­Radio Mubarak every Monday to Friday from 7 am to 10 am. Patel’s colleague, Fahim Jamadar, will appear on The Fahim Jamadar Drive from 4 pm to 7 pm

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