CAPE TOWN - As the South African Muslim community prepares to bid farewell to the sacred month of Ramadaan, the country’s largest mosque – Masjidul Quds in Gatesville, Cape Town, experienced an unprecedented level of goodwill from its 6 000-strong congregation.
The mosque, which is also the largest donation collecting point in the Cape, donated more than R1.5 million towards the poor and destitute at the end of the month. The South African National Zakaah Fund (Sanzaf), a non-governmental organisation, was present every day during Ramadaan.
The soup kitchen at the mosque served meals daily to thousands of families as far away as Delft, Langa and Kraaifontein.
“We are extremely pleased at this record-breaking achievement on the part of Sanzaf and wish to thank their dedicated staff,” said mosque spokesperson Sataar Parker.
“Our congregation has risen to the true spirit of the Islamic dictum of ‘in the hands of those who have lies the right of those who don’t’.
“In thanking all role players and the congregation, we wish all Muslims Eid Mubarak."
Eid prayers at the mosque start at 6am and people are advised to come early as the mosque committee was expecting thousands of worshippers to converge on the mosque on Tuesday, Parker said.