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Darul Ihsan Centre hands-over new dwelling to family in Hammarsdale

The Muslim Empowerment Fund (MEF) of Darul Ihsan Centre handed-over a newly constructed two-bedroomed dwelling to the Shange family in Mophela at Hammarsdale on Saturday, 12 August 2017.


The home is one of several in the Centre’s “Build-A-Home” outreach to the most deserving.

The decision to construct the home for the Shange family was based on several factors.

The head of the household - a single unemployed mother, Zamsile Mavis Shange - lived with her five children in a minuscule hut, virtually held together by mud.

The dwelling was completely vulnerable to all the harsh elements of nature.

The prospect and hope of the family to ever be able to live in better conditions was diminished by the fact that there is no income in the household and all the children are at school-going age.

Further, the eldest in the family, Sister Zaharah (19), is blind.

Initially Maulana Hoosen Mehtar, a farmer in the environs, made Darul Ihsan Centre aware of the plight of the family.

The head of the MEF, Maulana Imran Vaid, immediately responded and contacted the local Nduna, Mr Gilbert Zondi, who promptly facilitated with the necessary requirements for the MEF to proceed with the construction of the new dwelling for the Shange family.

Maulana Vaid - who oversaw the entire project - said, “The site of construction was not easily accessible for the delivery of building material, however, within four months the house was fully constructed.”

Over 150 people - many of them children from the Mophela Maktab - attended the handing-over of the new home to the Shange family on Saturday. The Nduna and many elders of the Mophela community also attended.

The programme started at about 11:00AM with an introduction by Sheik Jabir, the Imam of the Mophela Maktab, followed by a Qiraat and Nasheeds performed by children from the Maktab.

Maulana Abdul Wahid, a representative of the Inchanga Islamic Institute, introduced, welcomed and thanked the Darul Ihsan Centre team on behalf of the community and gave thanks to Allah Ta’ala for the realisation of the project.

Maulana Ahmed Kathrada from Darul Ihsan Centre gave an inspiring talk - translated into Zulu by Sheik Jabir - on Hazrat Musa Alayhis Salaam. He added that such projects were only possible because of the blessing/Barakah of Allah Ta’ala and the generous support of the Muslim community at large.

Maulana Hoosen Mehtar made a Dua at the end of the programme and thereafter hot, packed meals with cool drinks were provided by Darul Ihsan Centre to all who attended.

The Shange family expressed their most sincere gratitude to the Darul Ihsan Centre team for the new dwelling.

The home was furnished with a lounge suite, beds, a refrigerator and a stove from businesses who give their ongoing support to Darul Ihsan Centre.

Darul Ihsan Centre thanks all who contribute and assist through their volunteer effort and Duas for the success of our relief programmes to deserving communities.

Muslim Empowerment Fund

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