Ramadaan is about caring and sharing and that is exactly what Nakhlistan stands for.

In 1984 Shukoor Mowzer and 2 friends realized that in the Athlone area where they were living, some of their community member did not have food for Eid Celebrations and this is how Nakhlistan was born. 2 pots of food were cooked with donations from family and friends.

Today, 35 years later, Nakhlistan will again cook 169 x 130lt pots of Aknie to feed over 85 000 of the less fortunate in the Western Cape, on the day of Eidul Fitr. That is why they chose the name Nakhlistan, a Persian word which means ‘oasis and sustenance’.

Nakhlistan pioneered the cooking of these huge pots of food on a wood fire and is so pleased to see how other organizations are following suit. 

Nakhlistan, even though it is Muslim based, caters for all the needy in the Western Cape, no matter which religious or cultural background.

Muslims are obliged to pay alms to the needy and during the month of Ramadaan, when Muslim’s Fast from before sunrise to after sunset, Nakhlistan is that vehicle to distribute these alms via Food Parcels and cooking big pots of Aknie, an aromatic meat, potatoes and rice dish. 

Hundreds of people come to witness this cooking phenomenon, the night before Eidul Fitr and this year it is Tuesday 4 June 2019 at 8pm at the Callies Rugby Field in Noll Avenue, Rylands Estate to experience how 4.5 tons of meat, 3.7 tons of rice, 3 tons of potatoes and 2 tons of onions together with spices is cooked on a wood fire. Volunteers assist with the cooking of the food.

The smell of the burning wood, the steam and aroma from the huge pots, is a sight to behold.

The updated areas of distribution: Atlantis, Khayelitsha, Hanover Park, Newfields, Bonteheuwel, Manenberg, Valhalla Park, Kensington, Factreton, Garden Village, Kreefgat Factreton, Sherwood Park, Macassar, Strand, Sandvlei, Eerste Rivier, Sunbird Park, Mfuleni, Malibu Village, Lotus River, Kapteinsklip, Statice Heights, Ocean View, Vrygrond, Masiphumelela, Blackheath, Sarepta, Happy Valley, Athlone, Woodstock, Blue Downs, Belhar, Hout Bay, Clarkes Estate, Elsies Rivier, Polsmoore Prison, Goodwood Prison, Ruyterwacht, Old Ages Homes in WC, Kewtown, Uitsig, Netreg, Leonsdale, Bishop Lavis West, Malawi camp, Crossroads, Langa, Gugulethu and Nyanga.

This year, Ramadaan is during the harsh Cape Winter months and over and above the cooking of the big pots of food for Eidul Fitr distribution, Nakhlistan also handed out soup, sandwiches and blankets to areas affected by the winter weather. 

Another project of Nakhlistan is its operational Soup Kitchen in Gaza, Palestine.

Due to the growing need within the community, Nakhlistan has also started a Burial Service.

Nakhlistan is an NGO with PBO status, is not state funded and relies solely on the support from our generous community. 

Nakhlistan says Shukran, Thank You, Tramakassie, Dankie and Nkosi to our loyal community, donors, sponsors, businesses and volunteers for their constant support over the past 35 years.

Nakhlistan is operational throughout the year. Continue to support generously. 

Drop off your donations at 45 Murton Road, Rylands Estate. Call Shukoor Mowzer on 021 633 4016 / 083 231 9279, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , follow us on FB or log onto www.nakhlistan.org.za

Banking Details: 

ABSA Bank | Nakhlistan | Branch Name: Athlone | Branch Code: 632005 | Acc No. 630 484 6845 

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For interviews contact the PRO Fatima Allie on 082 066 3353

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45 Murton Road, Rylands Estate 7764, Cape Town, South Africa
Tel: +27 021 633-4016 | Fax: +27 021 633-9859 | Website: www.nakhlistan.org.za
Email: info@nakhlistan.org.za | Fatima Allie - Nakhlistan Public Relations Officer | Cell: 082 066 3353