SANZAF’s female bursary students who attend the weekly Madrassah classes decided to facilitate an outreach programme to Baitul Aman Children’s Home in La Mercy, North of Durban.
Spirits were high on the day and upon arrival at the institute they were warmly welcomed by a student representative – Zaynab Ziyadi – as well as the principal, Moulana Tayob. Whilst Zaynab welcomed everyone, Moulana went on to explain how and why the institute was established, its functionalities and the laws and policies that govern the institution.
Zaynab then took the students for a tour of the boarding homes where students of various age groups are housed. After the tour the students spent some time playing and interacting with the five toddlers in the Abandoned Babies Unit and went on to meet and interact with the eldest girls of the institute.
With a fondness created for the young ones, they too joined the students in the dining hall where they awaited the arrival of the older girls. At first the kids were shy and did not say much but after introducing themselves and mentioning one interesting fact about their life, the sound of laughter filled the air.
From this point on there was no turning back, friendships were forged – smiles and tears shared. All this done whilst playing games and doing group activities some of it whilst seated indoors and others whilst taking in some sunlight in the outdoor courtyard.
For the gift presentation, all the children were asked to come to the dining hall and each child was then called up to the front. They were handed their gift and they showed sheer joy for the presents they received – it was at this point that most of the students felt completely humbled – the look of sheer delight and immense happiness made it all worthwhile.
And as the saying goes: “Sometimes those you wish to inspire end up inspiring you” could not have been truer in the case of these lovely young ladies most of whom spent half a decade or more at the institute. They shared words of wisdom when asked to say a few words about their dreams and aspirations.
This visit culminated with many hugs and smiles, exchanging of contact numbers and promises to keep in touch. The students then thanked the principal for allowing them the visit and expressed their gratitude to the girls for availing themselves.
A massive Shukran to all those who helped make the SANZAF 5 Pillars Quiz that took place in Khayelitsha, a success. Additionally, appreciation goes out to the Western Cape Shura Council for their collaboration with SANZAF in providing the best for the contestants who took part in the quiz.
The event was greatly attended and proved that one can combine exciting finger-to-the-buzzer fun and education, especially when teaching the youth about their Deen.
12 Madaris took part in the quiz spanning from areas such as Philippi, Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Crossroads, Kuilsriver, Mfuleni and Langa in the Western Cape.
Congratulation to the learners who came out tops:
In a tie for fourth place were Khalid Badi from the Masjidul Asimari Madrasah and Shaban Gqamane from Masjid Murtaza, in third was Kheir Umar and in first place was the 11-year-old Ismael Hossein, both from the Muzdalifah Al-Imdaadiyya where their teacher Abdulhamid Salim Wema, prepped and motivated them to participate in the SANZAF 5 Pillars Quiz.
All the contestants were thoroughly prepared and worked very hard, undoubtedly they all came out as winners and this is thanks to the enthusiastic and dedicated teachers they all had. Alhamdullilah.
SANZAF has always been compassionate towards the plight and needs of the Senior Citizens. A variety of SANZAF programmes are consistently instituted in ensuring the well-being of our Senior Citizens. One of these programmes is the Senior Citizen Fun Day that took place on the 26 October 2016 at Berea Rovers Sports Ground, Durban.
SANZAF invited senior citizens from Tafta, Dafta, Age in Action, Aryan Benevolent Homes, Zimbambeleni Old Age Home, Clayton Homes, Natal Settlers, Newlands East Seniors, Chatsworth Seniors and Cesca for a Senior Citizen Fun Day. Around 450 senior citizens participated in the Fun Day programme.
The guest of honour was Mrs. Zuleikha Mayat, who is a renowned author. The 87-year-old was active in the struggle against the apartheid government in Durban where she also organised a women's community group for social change.
SANZAF partnered with Playworks Team building and Training, who conducted all the fun interactive activities for the day.
Children from George, Mossel Bay, Oudsthoorn, Kwanaqutula and Hornlee enjoy a full day of fun and games at SANZAF Garden Route's Muharram Children's Day Programme. SANZAF's staff and volunteers standby as they facilitate the Muharram Children's Day.
An eventful weekend for SANZAF Garden Route that began with Moulana Hassiem Cassiem, Chairperson Western Cape, who conducted the Khutba for Jumuah at the Masjid Dur Rahmah in George, Western Cape for SANZAF’s new premises official opening. For many years the George office served the community from the Masjid and now SANZAF Garden Route will be operating from a fully-fledged new office adjacent to the Masjid, Alhamdullilah.
On Saturday SANZAF will be hosting a Muharram Children’s Day for the youth in the local community.