The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is reported to have said, “Whoever feeds a fasting person will earn the same reward as him without diminishing in any way the reward of the fasting person.” This hadith encourages Muslims to feed those who are hungry, especially during Ramadan.
Muslim Hands South Africa was informed that on most nights the masjid in Eagle Park only had water and dates for the large group of people who daily go to the masjid to break their fast and offer Maghrib prayers.
On Saturday 8 April 2023, Muslim Hands hosted a mass Iftar for the community of Eagle Park. The area is inhabited by many refugees and asylum seekers from various African countries.
What a beautiful occasion it turned out to be. The Masjid Hall was decorated and laid out by the MHSA staff and volunteers and a beautiful Iftar spread consisting of dates, water, soup, chicken, rice, samosa, pies, and boeber were laid on for the large Jamah that pitched up. Many of the members of the Jamah were from Malawi, Somalia, and other West African countries.
It was sad to hear that a sizeable percentage of the brothers who were in attendance had not had a warm cooked meal before that, during Ramadan.
This Iftar for the community of Eagle Park was only due to the generous donations of our donors who donate to our Open Kitchen programme. In Sha Allah with more regular giving, MHSA can have more of these feeding events at other masjids where the needs are also great.