Musina Muslim Business Community reaches for the less privileged

Asif Patel (left) of Musina Muslim Business Community hands over a blanket to Emma Moganyana (right). Also in the photo are Mashudu Dhliwayo of SANCO and Cllr Peggy Nyabane of Musina MunicipalityAsif Patel (left) of Musina Muslim Business Community hands over a blanket to Emma Moganyana (right). Also in the photo are Mashudu Dhliwayo of SANCO and Cllr Peggy Nyabane of Musina Municipality

“The Quran teaches us that the fundamental belief of the Muslim religion is to love one another, be united and care for the less privileged.” So said well-known Musina businessman, Asif Patel. He was speaking on behalf of the Musina Muslim Business Community after handing over blankets to 65 elders and school uniforms to 72 learners. The event was held at Musina Nancefield Community hall.

Patel, who owns Baobab Super Spares, said the local Muslim business people decided to come together and contribute something to improve the lives of those who cannot provide for themselves. “Our religion teaches us to be selfless and give in order to get more. In fact we grew up knowing that blessed is the hand that give than the one that take. This is the first time we are doing it as organized business and we commit that it will not be the last. We will do this every year and at times on intervals to make sure that our people also benefit from us.”

He said it was good to note that people were appreciating what the Musina Muslim Business Community is doing. “To some, these gifts might be small but to those who are really in need, this is a very big initiative. We urge other business people to open their hands and give to the poor.”

He thanked his business partner, Safiq Patel of Fine Furnishers for coming on board.

Mashudu Ndou, who helped in identifying the beneficiaries with community structures and the local municipality said: “Judged by the response we got from the community structures and the municipality, there is no doubt that this was one of the most successful charity initiatives locally. We will continue to coordinate these initiative for the benefit of our people.”

Emma Moganyana (64) is one of the recipients of the blankets. She said: “The blanket comes at the right time because it is winter and cold. We thank the sponsors for the good work and we wish them more life to be able to help more people.” 

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