AWQAF SA PRESS STATEMENT:
Awqaf South Africa extends a warm welcome to President Recep Tayyib Erdogan and First Lady Emine Erdogan on ftheir first presidential visit to South Africa and the 11th BRICS summit.
Turkey remains the most prominent and stable democracy in its region with a recent 90% voter turnout in the 24 June 2018 parliamentary and presidential elections.
With an active citizenry, Turkey and its great people continue to enjoy stability and good governance. Furthermore, we have witnessed under the leadership of President Erdogan the reformation of Turkish society, and we are proud of the positive transition brought about under his government.
We note with pride that Turkey has been listed as the most charitable nation in 2017, with nearly $8.1 billion disbursed in humanitarian aid. This equates to almost 30% of all international humanitarian aid, dwarfing the United States of America’s contribution of $6.68 billion, Germany’s $2.98 billion and the U.K.’s $2.52 billion.
In addition, Turkey as a major regional and global power currently perpetuates a positive legacy of outstanding economic growth, as well as heading an educational, humanitarian, spiritual and political revival, which benefits other Muslim communities and world communities by upholding the values of justice and peace.
Turkey has come to represent an Islamic model that rationalizes traditional and modern values in a seamless expression that is devoid of extremism and intolerance, something that has become the norm in many successful societies across the globe.
In sharing this vision, and in recognition of his unwavering humanitarian vision in needy communities around the globe, Awqaf SA has gifted a Waqf (Islamic Endowment) in the names of the honourable President Recep Tayyip and Emine Erdogan. The proceeds of this gifted Endowment will be used, in perpetuity, for the development and growth of the underprivileged in South Africa.
The Gift Endowment , as well as a traditional Zulu Shield and spear, were handed over by Awqaf SA’s chairman Haroon Kalla, Zeinoul Cajee (CEO) and Mickaeel Collier (deputy CEO) at a meeting of President Erdogan with the leadership of South Africa’s Muslims.
The gifting of Waqf endowments is a practice dating back to the earliest Islamic societies and entrenched during the Ottoman State, whereby friends and family would gift each other endowments in furthering the consciousness of civic duty towards humanity at large.
We pray for the further success and stability of Turkey and for the continued strengthening of positive relations between our great countries.
Turkish President Erdogan’s message to the South African Muslim Community