CAPE TOWN, Volunteers at the South African National Zakah (Zakat) Fund have started packing food parcels for the needy as the month of Ramandan draws to a close in an initiative to ensure that people have a meal to celebrate the Eid festival next week.
About 18,000 food hampers will be distributed through 100 mosques in Western Cape Province, a practice which has become a tradition for the Zakah Fund. About 500 volunteers were hard at work over the weekend at the Gatesville Civic Centre near here preparing hampers which will be delivered to about 100 mosques for distribution to individuals in need.
The money for the initiative comes from Fitrah, which is an obligatory donation made by every fasting Muslim.
The General Manager of the South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) in Western Cape Province, Yasmina Francke, said Sunday: “Every muslim who fasts must pay what is called fitrah, and fitra this year was a mere 40 Rand (about 3.12 US dollars) in Cape Town and a different number between 20 and 25 Rand in the other regions, and when you have thousands and thousands of people giving through that collective effort, we are able to do 23,000 (food) parcels with significant content.”
For many it was a humbling experience. “It is our responsibility to show support for the needy and help out those who are less fortunate during the month of Ramadaan. We took on the challenge on a short notice we are here to help and get the packages out today,” said on e volunteer.
The Zakah Fund also assists thousands of needy people with meals throughout the month of Ramadan. The fasting period is expected to end this weekend when the first crescent of the new moon is sighted.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK