South African Muslim Organizations launch Ramadan charity

2015-06-21 06:04:51 | Al Muslim News
South African Muslim Organizations launch Ramadan charity
Islamic charities say they hope to feed over three million needy Muslims in Africa during Ramadan


Islamic charity organizations in South Africa have begun distributing food packages to needy Muslims across Africa to ensure they do not lack food with which to break their Ramadan fast.

“We have distributed uncooked food packages in South Africa, Mozambique and Malawi,” Hassan Choonara, regional director of the South Africa-based Africa Muslims Agency (AMA), told Anadolu Agency. “We also provide Iftar and Suhoor [breakfast and pre-dawn] meals in 29 African countries.” 

He said his organization hoped to feed over three million Muslims in Africa during this year’s fasting month of Ramadan, which began on Thursday.

“Last year, we fed over one million Muslims during Ramadan. This year, we hope to triple that to three million, God willing,” Choonara added.

During Ramadan, adult Muslims – except for the sick and those undertaking journeys – abstain from eating, drinking, smoking from dawn to sunset.

Choonara said AMA had built dozens of mosques across the continent, where its staff members were providing poor Muslims with hot meals for Iftar and Suhoor.

“To feed a village at each mosque every day during Ramadan costs us about 2,500 rand [$230],” he said.

He added that his organization also provided uncooked food packages to poor families who preferred to prepare their own meals.

When asked where AMA obtained its funding, Choonara explained: “We normally raise funds from the South African Muslim community, which contributes to us through zakat [Islamic almsgiving] and other forms of donations.”

Muslims account for roughly two percent of South Africa’s population of over 50 million. Many South African Muslims are wealthy, often contributing generously to local Muslim charities. 

The AMA, which was established over two decades ago, is also distributing blankets and winter clothes to less fortunate Muslims in South Africa, which is now in the middle of its winter season.

A number of other South African Islamic charities – including Islamic Relief South Africa – have joined the campaign to feed thousands of poor African Muslims this Ramadan.

“We have already distributed over 1,100 food packages to Muslim families in South Africa and Zimbabwe,” Abdullah Vawda, fundraising manager for Islamic Relief South Africa, told Anadolu Agency.

He explained that the food packages contained rice, maize meal, oil, sugar, and other foodstuffs sufficient to feed a family of five for the entire fasting month.

 “I’m grateful to the Muslim organizations that have given us food with which to break our fast. We appreciate it a lot,” Mohamed Yasin, an elderly man from Johannesburg’s Enadel suburb, told Anadolu Agency.   

“Thank God, I’m sorted now,” he said with a smile, adding that he could now focus on prayers and fasting without worrying where he would find his next meal.

Aisha Ali, a resident of Johannesburg’s Mayfair suburb and a charity beneficiary, was no less appreciative.

“I thank God for helping us through these [Islamic charity] organizations,” she told Anadolu Agency.



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