Many centuries ago, spices were the basis for trade between the East and the West and it influenced the food in South Africa. Indian finger-licking dishes and Malay skillfully prepared delicious meals and a variety of European recipes from all over the world makes Capetonian food very unique and suitable to any taste and any food/ health habits.
In today's largest supermarkets, prestigious restaurants, McDonalds, Pizzas, KFC, Subways, as well as in regular cafes, small stores and even in outside stalls and mobile shops one can always find Halaal food. The food aspect plays an important role in Capetonian Muslim life and Muslims are tempted to eat out – as almost everywhere food is halaal and very tasty. Take-aways and fast delivery are also widely available. Even on Fridays after Juma Salaah tasty and inexpensive food is on sale – not only to gain fund-raising but also in order to give Muslim women an opportunity to come and gain knowledge by listening to inspirational lectures in the mosque instead of spending many hours in the kitchen on the sacred day of the week.
In some mosques musallees (people who regularly visit this particular mosque) – take turns in the opportunity to do a righteous deed – to provide Jumu'a food for sale as a fund-raising event.
Muslims love dinner outings and Sunday lunches with their families. It is almost impossible to find a husband who won't spoil his wife with regular visits to local restaurants and/or cozy cafeterias.
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