Latest Progress at Our New Home
The work has steadily begun for the construction
of Madrassa An-Noor for the Blind’s new home in Cedara.
Alhamdu lil Allah, the informal settlers that were illegally
occupying our land have now been vacated and we are currently
fencing the property off for safety purposes.
Our architect is Hafez Abdullah Abbas, who
hails from Johannesburg. His previous projects include a design
for a zoo for the blind. Ismail Cassimjee is our local architect
and Faizel Bayat our local site engineer. Our team is currently
busy with the master plan, and once it has been completed, it
will be posted onto our website.
On the property, there presently exists the
old “A. A. Khan” building, a rustic but thoroughly
solid structure. It comprises of three shops situated on the
ground floor and seven bedrooms housed on the second. For our
first phase, this structure is being renovated with the initial
shops on the ground floor being converted into classrooms. The
residence lodgings above will serve as the boarding area for
our students and will include kitchen and laundry facilities.
Presently the following renovations are underway
A new borehole has been dug and tanks for storing water have
been installed. Alhumdu lil Allah, we have sweet and abundant
Due to the roof initially having many leaks, it has now been
entirely replaced with new corrugated sheeting.
The bath areas have been revamped, with the extraction of the
old bath tubs and the installation of simple shower cubicles
in their place.
The outdated electrical, sewage and plumbing systems are currently
being replaced with new wires and pipes.
Although the original parquet floors will be retained, there
is a need for further tiling work to be done.
Insha Allah, we will be building a Masjid
on the property that will be easily accessible for travellers
on the N3 highway. There will also be a special women’s
Salaat area and facilities for refreshing oneself.
Our appeal to you is to make Du’aa that
Allah makes easy the completion of this monumental project.
Your financial assistance is requested. We also accept donations
in the form of building materials and supplies. Please note
that only Lillah donations can be used for our building project.
You are most welcome to visit our site, to which we hope to
move to in early 2010. Insha Allah.