Issue No.216 – December 2022 : Jumada al-Ula 1444

The English Admiral, Sir Francis Drake who circumnavigated the world in his three year travel odyssey in 1580 commented on the Cape as “the fairest Cape we saw in the whole circumference of the earth.”

And to our former President Nelson Mandela it kept the flames of hope alive. He stated, “During the many years of incarceration on Robben Island, we often looked across Table Mountain at its magnificent silhouette. To us on Robben Island, Table Mountain was a beacon of hope. It represented the mainland to which we knew we would one day return.”

This southernmost tip of Africa and the city of Cape Town at the feet of the iconic Table Mountain is regarded as one of the most magnificent and splendorous parts of the world. Beautiful whitewashed beaches, majestic mountain ranges, sprawling vineyards, two converging oceans i.e. the icy Atlantic and the warmer Indian ocean, various cuisines and a host of other spell-binding attractions make this a paradise full of exquisite and breath-taking scenery. Throw in the truly magnificent cultural diversity of its people, shaped by its complex colonial history, and it is no wonder that this cosmopolitan city offers every holidaymaker the experience of a lifetime.

Cape Town is the jewel in South Africa’s tourism crown, with millions of visitors descending to the Cape throughout the year. Whilst international tourism is still struggling to recover to its pre-pandemic levels, domestic travel to the Cape has defied the trend and continues being a major contributor to the SA tourism economy. Mr Enver Duminy, CEO of Cape Town Tourism states, “As the pandemic has taught us, the locals sustain businesses, so rethinking tourism should consider the domestic market as well. International tourists love Cape Town, but it’s the locals who keep the city thriving.”

Although a minority community in the country, the majority of Muslims live in the Western Cape, making it a desirable destination for the Muslim traveller. It ranks amongst the top four travel destinations for Muslim travellers according to the Global Muslim Travel Index. Apart from the comfort of being surrounded by a vibrant Muslim culture, warm hospitality, access to a multitude of mosques all over the peninsula and the availability of Halaal food and accommodation, there is a special spiritual element of humility in connecting with the local Muslim community and remembering that Islam in South Africa was rooted here under trying conditions and thereafter spread throughout the country.

The Qur’aan in various places makes the call for us to travel, for it is a medium through which recognition and insight relating to the supremacy of Allah Ta’ala is acquired. In Chapter 29 Verse 20 the injunction in the Noble Quraan reads, “Say, O Prophet, “Travel through the land and observe how He began creation. Then Allah will produce the final creation. Indeed Allah, over all things, is competent.”

Imagine the awe of being able to perform salaah (prayers) at the two oldest Mosques in the country viz the Awwal Mosque in Loop Street, Bo-Kaap, built in 1794, and the Palm Tree Mosque in Long Street in the CBD established in 1807. May Allah Ta’ala elevate the status of all those esteemed pioneers of Islam to the highest stages in Jannah and bless their descendants abundantly for their selfless sacrifice for our Deen.

Halaal consumption for every Muslim is the cornerstone of the creed. Even the most seemingly insignificant morsel of Haraam, consumed inadvertently during your vacation, sends one’s Imaan into a spiritual nosedive.

SANHA remains committed to being your vanguard of Halaal and facilitates that you consume Halaal on holiday too. Apart from the vast number of products in the marketplace bearing our logo of Halaal assurance, there are numerous establishments certified by us in the Mother City – see below.

Olive & Chilli Cavendish Shopping Centre, Claremont, Cape Town 083 377 1323
Pedros Flame Grilled Chicken 145 Main Road, Claremont, Cape Town 021 203 5200
Debonairs Pizza BP Oasis Garage, N2, George, Garden Route 072-786-1553
Debonairs Pizza 128 Main Road, Seapoint, Cape Town 021-439-7575
Milkylane BP Oasis Garage, N2, George, Garden Route 072-786-1553
Ocean Basket Vangate mall, Athlone, Cape Town 021-633-6716
Pedros Flame Grilled Chicken Belgravia Road, Athlone, Cape Town 021 213 0044
Pedros Flame Grilled Chicken Long Street, Cape Town 021 201 6786
Pedros Flame Grilled Chicken Zevenwacht Mall, Kuils River, Cape Town 068-020-4448
Pedros Flame Grilled Chicken Junxion Mall, Philippi, Cape Town 021-879-5444
Pedros Flame Grilled Chicken 29 Gabriel rd, Plumstead, Cape Town 021-205-7867
Pedros Flame Grilled Chicken Kromboom Shopping Centre, Rondebosch East, Cape Town 021-205-7869
Pedros Flame Grilled Chicken Victoria Road, Woodstock, Cape Town 021-447-2171
Roman’s Pizza Rawoot Square, Klipfontein road, Rylands, Cape Town 021-637-2146
Roman’s Pizza Liberty Promenade Mall, Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town 021-376-7447
Snoek Wholesalers (fish & Chips) 2 Becker Street, Philippi, Cape Town 021-690-1400
Steers BP Oasis Garage, N2, George, Garden Route 072-786-1553
Wimpy Golden Acre Shopping Centre, Cape Town 074 704 0546

It is our earnest prayer that you have a restful holiday period with quality family time and safe travel.