Travel Restrictions Lifted In South Africa

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

Its the 1st of October 2020 and the travel restrictions were lifted at midnight.

But what exactly does this mean?

Airports & Borders

The three international airports, namely OR Tambo, King Shaka & Cape Town International, as well as 18 land borders will be opened.

Travellers

Since inbound as well as outbound travel will be allowed, we should keep in mind that only travellers from countries that are deemed safe will be allowed to enter. In addition each traveller entering the country must produce a negative COVID-19 test which is less than 72 hours old.

Each traveller will also be asked to install the COVID ALERT app on their mobiles.

For those entering without a negative COVID – 19 certificate, will be required to go for mandatory quarantine at their own cost.

Visa applications and all long term visas will be reinstated for South African missions abroad.

All domestic interprovincial flights for business and leisure purposes will continue, and international travel will be subject to further regulations and conditions as of today.

All hotels and accommodation establishments are allowed to operate within the current stipulated regulations. Staff are to undergo a detailed training and should anyone develop symptoms of the pandemic, they are to inform their employer/s immediately.

Tour operators, tour guides, travel agencies etc. are allowed to operate in their current environments.

Rules To Adhere To

Please keep in mind that it is mandatory for masks to be worn in public and social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be maintained at all times.

Gatherings held indoors are limited to 250 people and outdoor functions are limited to 500 people at most.

Don’t forget to sanitize your hands, surfaces and keep safe while enjoying all that SA has to offer.

Official Opening Of The Nizamiye Complex In Midrand

On the 4th of October 2012, it was the official opening of the Nizamiye Complex in Midrand, Johannesburg,South Africa.

The Nizamiye Masjid is a replica of the Selimiye Masjid in Turkey, an Ottoman Masjid that is built in the city of Edirne.

The Nizamiye Masjid is currently the largest Masjid in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the largest on the continent of Africa.

It was the inspiration and brainchild of 74 year old, Ali Katircioglu, a prominent Turkish businessman, who came to South Africa four years ago.
Although he wanted to build it in America originally, a friend advised him to build it in South Africa instead.

The Nizamiye Complex consists of a masjid, a school, health center and shops, opened officially on the 4th October 2012 with President Zuma cutting the red ribbon.

An Islamic University and a hostel is also currently being built.
The Masjid has a large dome and ceilings which was hand painted by Turkish artisans flown in. The ceiling patterns are replicas of the custom made carpets installed throughout the masjid’s floors.

The wide round chandelier lights glint softly, enhancing the beauty of the dome.

The entire Masjid is well ventilated and has windows that open facing the inner courtyard as well as the outside of the building depending which side of the masjid you are on.

The peace and tranquility of being inside this masjid was awesome and the coolness inside was a blessing from the heat we experienced on the day.

My sister, Mas-oodah, and I were blessed to be able to not only read our Zuhr (midday) prayers inside but we were gifted with the rare opportunity of listening to the Imaam recite the Quraan afterwards.
The only thing that spoiled the recitation were the South African women having a jolly old conversation and disrespecting the Imaam as well as the Quraanic words being read.

Not only that, but we had women screaming to their children below in the courtyard to make wudhu downstairs…

I cannot explain the embarrassment my sister and I felt as we witnessed these ladies behavior.

I now know our women should NOT be allowed in Masjids… And I agree fully with that as they simply donot know how to behave in it.

Nonetheless, the opening of the masjid and complex was great, and something all who attended will never forget.

Attached are photos my sister and I took on the day personally.

I hope to be a regular at the Masjid, إنشاء اللّهُ (God willing)

Islamic Relief South Africa’s Fundraising Dinner

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Hi everyone

Has anyone heard of IRSA? Its short for Islamic Relief South Africa. Or perhaps just Islamic Relief?

If not, that’s ok.

Islamic Relief is a Charity Organisation which is Worldwide. It helps out in times when disasters, either naturally or man made, strike.
Although it is an Islamic organisation, it serves all people, of all religions, all places, and all cultures.

They do amazing work and its not only during the disasters that they help out, but also afterwards in order to help those that need everything from Medical attention to Food and Clothes.

On the 26th of May 2012, Islamic Relief held a fundraising dinner at the Sultan Bahu Hall in Mayfair, Johannesburg.

I was quite impressed by the work the volunteers had put in to make the evening a success as the hall was decorated beautifully, the food was delicious and hearty, and many speeches were given.

It is through those insightful, heartwrenching speeches and photos, which brought tears to the eyes of many attendees, that people opened not only their wallets, but also their hearts in order to raise funds to help those in desperate need of the basics of life.

Islamic Relief Worldwide is in need of assistance, and I sincerely appeal to anyone out there who is able to donate anything you can afford, to help out.

I do try to do as much charity and volunteer work as I can, but never had I seen people suffering so much, starving… and children so malnourished that their mother’s sit by their sides and when one asks why, their reply is ‘I’m waiting for my child to die’.
All because they haven’t any food and end up eating things like dried grass.
Babies cannot survive long and so with a lack of milk, their tiny bodies give up the battle after a small period of time.

Even water is a luxury for these people and children. Something which is so basic, and which we take for granted all the time, even that they do not have.
In a village in Sudan I think it was, the villagers dug a whole in the ground and when it rained, the villagers as well as animals would go to this hole to drink water, brown muddy water, but water nonetheless.

Please open your heart, and help Islamic Relief to alleviate at least one person’s suffering, one child’s suffering.

Their local website is www.islamic-relief.co.za
The international website is www.islamic-relief.com.

Let’s make a difference and help create a poverty and suffering free world by taking even the smallest of steps together.