A new Islamic TV station was officially unveiled in Nairobi last week to provide content targeting the Muslim community and Kenyans at large.
Al-Huda TV was launched at a colourful ceremony at the heart of the city as the number of TV stations in the country continues to grow.
The launch of the channel is an apparent response by the Muslim community for the need to articulate its positions on national issues more effectively.
The TV channel joins Horizon TV, an initiative of Jamia Mosque Nairobi as the media outlets run by Kenyan Muslims.
Al-Huda TV is a digital television channel owned by Noor Al-Huda Limited and it is principally an Islamic channel with a programme schedule formulated to be attractive to the general audience. The channel has already acquired a free to air broadcast licence from the industry regulator, the Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK).
The historic venture for the Muslim community was officially launched at an event witnessed by hundreds of Muslim faithful and prominent personalities who thronged the Masjid Huda South B for the launch.
The official launch of the TV channel was presided over by prominent Islamic scholar Al-Habib Omar Bin Muhammad Bin Hafidh.
Speaking at the event, tSupreme Council of Kenya Muslims’ Dr Yusuf Abdulrahman Nzibo lauded the leadership of Masjid Huda South B for the TV project saying the channel will go a long way in promoting inter-community and interreligious understanding among Kenyans through sharing of various viewpoints.
“It has been unfortunate that misrepresentation and stereotyping of Muslims has been rife in the media in the recent past. This has promoted prejudices against Islam and Muslims. We hope this TV station will correct this and promote understanding and cooperation among Kenyans,” he said.
Nzibo noted that he was optimistic Horizon TV will attempt to correct misconception on Islam and Muslims and challenged Muslims to utilize the platform accorded to them in the best way possible.
He called on Muslims to utilize the TV channel for da’wah and development and further advised the media to be sensitive when reporting issues affecting Muslims and Kenya people in general and added that the Muslim media should in particular take the center stage in uniting the country and its citizens.
The channel broadcasts in Nairobi and surrounding areas through digital television decoders such as Star Times, Go TV, Bamba TV, ADN and other free to air decoders.
Source: The Friday Bulletin