Organisations join hands to help Syria

Members of the Zeenatul Islam Masjid and Muslim Hands loading the container last Friday outside the mosque.

The Zeenatul Islam Masjid, in Muir Street, District Six, has joined forces with non-profit organisation Muslim Hands in the Big Aid Convoy effort to send relief to millions of Syrian refugees.

The event took place on Friday May 17, after prayers, where the last container was closed and sent from the Masjid. Members of the public were present to witness this special occasion.

Fund-raising assistant of Muslim Hands, Masnoena Allie Isaacs, says through generous support, Muslim Hands continued their humanitarian mission this Ramadaan to send another Big Aid Convoy of rice and flour to help feed Syrian refugees.

The 12-metre container at the Mosque was filled with 18 pallets of rice, weighing 1.5 tons a pallet.

For 10 days, from May 6 to May 15, Big Aid containers were spread across South Africa.

The container at the mosque was one of eight containers filled up in Cape Town, while four were filled up in Durban, and another eight containers in Johannesburg.

“Muslim Hands wishes to thank every person who donated generously towards our Big Aid Convoy campaign,” said Ms Isaacs.

The container at the mosque was completely filled, and transported to the South African container depot in Paarden Eiland.

All the containers filled in Cape Town will be leaving the Cape Town port on Friday May 24, to be transported to the port of Mersin, Turkey.

Muslim Hands partners, the Turkish Red Crescent, will ensure that the Syrian refugees receive the food in the convoy.

If anybody would like to donate to the campaign, they can contact the Muslim Hands office at 021 633 6413, or visit their office at 1 Carnie Road, Rylands, or visit