Deputy President Paul Mashatile witnesses iftaar at Masjidul Quds

Deputy President Paul Mashatile witnessed the breaking of the fast or the iftar, for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, at the Masjid al Quds mosque, in Gatesville, on Saturday.

PICTURE - @PresidencyZA: Deputy President Paul Mashatile , addressing crowd at the Masjid al Quds mosque, in Gatesville.

Masjid al Quds, one of the oldest mosques in Cape Town, hosts a special inter-faith iftar every year, to spread the message of unity and diversity among South Africa’s leaders. Many world-renowned dignitaries have attended this event such as the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

At the event, the Deputy President touched upon many topics, including that of unity and freedom, acknowledging the important role of Islamic leaders during South Africa’s fight for freedom. 

“The older generation here will recall the difficult and challenging journey we travelled as a nation to cross the turbulent ocean of apartheid into the promising shores of democratic South Africa. This was a continuum in a long tradition of heroic struggles by previous generations of liberators such as Abdul Burns, Dr Alan Boesak and Imam Hassan Solomon who led protest marches armed with the Bible and the Quran in hand,” he said. 

Done by: Thaakiera Ackerdien 


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