Muslim refugees and expats that have settled in South Africa are upholding these traditions because of their universal values and similar practices in their home country. Sudanese refugee Isa Salih says: "I don't have much here but Ramadan is nicer when I share with my South African brothers in Islam. It's like we are connected in our hearts." A Turkish mosque that opened four years ago in Johannesburg has revitalized the spirit of Ramadan for some locals. "I have been to the Turkish-built mosque in Johannesburg in Ramadan and the environment was very welcoming. It was a community that let my spirit feel again what I thought was lost," Bham said. Although attendance has fallen for the moon sighting, Hendriks feels that this is only temporary. "The relevance is there to sustain the Crescent Observer Society, because there is a formal institution to maintain it. These traditions of our beloved month need a solid platform to build on," he said. Hendricks recommends that the traditions should either be formalized or institutionalized in order to retain not only the spirit of Ramadan but heritage as well. Davids thinks the solution is to reconnect the youth to the nostalgia of Ramadan's traditions. He feels that social media should be used to maintain and promote traditions.
Even though he admits that he does not know how to use Facebook and other social media, he knows that his children are informed about it and should use it to compliment the traditions of old.
Unless South African Muslims find a way to preserve their heritage, Ramadan traditions that instilled community values and strengthened societal bonds will be left to wither in the history of their elders.
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