The last Sunday of the fast

2019-06-11 06:01
Children prepared to break their fast by taking their positions at the mass Iftar.

Children prepared to break their fast by taking their positions at the mass Iftar. (Racine Edwardes)

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In celebration of the last Sunday of the fast, Madrasah Durrul Mukhtar non-profit company (MDM) hosted an Iftar programme in Ocean View to feed the community.

The Iftar took place outside Ivory Court, behind the Ocean View Clinic, where MDM set out rows of food to feed the community and give thanks for what has been received.

Nazeem Fuad Moses heads up the work done by MDM and explained what it is that they did on Sunday 2 June. “Basically we were doing a mass Iftar, which is the breaking of the fast. It means that you share what you were blessed with, with those who don’t have.”

Nazeem’s sister, Fowzia, facilitates the activities and was able to help bring numerous people and organisations on board to assist with the mass Iftar. She said that what they do by feeding those in need is done as a tribute to their mother who would make two pots of food every night for hungry tummies in Simon’s Town and then later in Capricorn, when they moved to the area.

Speaking about the significance of the sacred month in their efforts to feed others, Nazeem said: “When a person fasts, it purges and purifies us and brings us closer to The Almighty. To get closer to The Almighty, we service the community.”

Nihad, Nazeem’s daughter and MDM’s public relations officer, said that they had invited the entire community to join in the breaking of the fast and that includes young and old who may be different racially and religiously. “This shows our faith and also allows other people from other religions and other cultures to see what we do – it’s an interfaith gathering. It’s for everyone; young and old, Christian, Jewish and even atheists,” she said.

MDM received numerous donations of food items from the community to feed the greater community on the day. The gathering attracted more than 300 people to the feast, which was also catered by a Manenberg-based organisation and the sons of the late ‘Boere’ Sulayma; serving 10 pots of food, soup, boeber, cakes, fruit and beverages.

On Wednesday 5 June MDM celebrated the first day of Eid, and wrapped up their Ramadan efforts with a 50 100 litre pot feeding at Three Anchor Bay last Thursday. Fowzia concluded by saying: “The month of Ramadan went by too quick. Praise to Allah, Lord of the world, and a big thank you to everyone who supported us to make it so beautiful.”

The Ocean View police officers were in attendance at the Iftar to ensure the safety of residents during proceedings.

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