We kicked off our 2019 Iftar programme at Nurul Islam Centre, Khayelitsha. Sheikh Ochingwa who is well known in this area for his continuous efforts to keep Islamic teachings and practices alive in this very neglected and high crime area, approached MHSA and requested our support to host an Iftar at his madrassa. The community members present were humbled by our efforts and extended their appreciation to everyone in the Cape Town office for giving them the opportunity of enjoying a well-served Iftar which included donuts, samosas, milk tarts, soup, juice, falooda, water and the main meal being rice and vegetable stew.
Our second iftar programme was at Madrassa Tun Nur in Langa which is run by Sheikh Haroun and Sheikh Bilaal. Their aim is to keep all African Muslim children off the streets through their madrassa as well as focusing on the many reverts in the area. Sheikh Haroon and Sheikh Bilaal help and guide the kids to the deen of Islam. We were welcomed by 120 children and adults who enjoyed a delicious iftar which included donuts, samosas, milk tarts, falooda, water and the main meal being roasted chicken, roasted potato with sweet yellow rice.
Our third and final iftar took place at a local hall with Madrassa Tun Naasirien which catered for 350 people from the poor community of Mitchell's Plain. Sheikh Amien Francis is well known for his selflessness in the community to keep the Muslims together through various programmes at his centre. Sheikh Amien also partnered their fitra parcels with Muslim Hands this year. The iftar included donuts, milk tarts, cooldrinks, juices and the main meal being meat akni.