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AWQAF SA HONOURS TOP ACHIEVERS OF MATRIC 2018

On the 03rd of February 2019, Awqaf South Africa was a proud co-sponsor of the Association of Muslim Schools (AMS) Matric Awards 2018. The event held in Lenasia at Nurul Islam Hall, saw AMS recognizing top performing learners from Gauteng and Northern Provinces in various categories including, top achiever per school, top subject, top islamiyaat, top akhlaaq, learner with the highest number of distinctions and others. The programme included messages from Gauteng Department of Education, AMS national Ameer, AMS Gauteng, and Northern Provinces Ameer, Head Co-ordinator Academic Awards and of course a word from the sponsors. During his delivery Zeinoul Abedien Cajee, CEO Awqaf SA highlighted the duty of all of us to revive the sacred legacy of Waqf so that every man, women and child knows and understands this part of their heritage. Awqaf SA gave a WAQF gift to all awardees present and said, “this waqf gift will, InshAllah be the seed that will become your fruit and thawaab bearing tree, your duty will be to nurture it and grow it.” He also pointed out that the culture of Waqf making has to be institutionalized and become apart of our everyday culture with a need to start at a young age. He also urged the awardees to be inventive and creative in the footsteps of great role models of the glorious age of Islamic Civilisation and to “be the best that you can according to your capability and potential”. Hearing from the learners themselves, a strong and heart-warming ...

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Youth Tarbiyyah

The Futuwwa Youth Tarbiyyah Programme for High School students seeks to allow young Muslims to build a holistic Muslim identity, understand the richness of the Islamic tradition and the beauty of their faith. It seeks to equip youth, intellectually and spiritually, to navigate today’s complex world. About Futuwwa Futuwwa is a Quranic term that is particularly hard to translate into English. Normally translated as chivalry, it describes a nobility and strength of character that all Muslims should strive for. It is a composite of virtues such as generosity, altruism, modesty, trustworthiness, loyalty, mercifulness, knowledge, humility, and piety. It is also described as the practice of higher moral and ethical values and fearless regard for the truth. They were young men who had believed in their Lord, and we increased them in guidance. And we strengthened their hearts when they rose up and declared: Our Lord is the Lord of the heavens and Earth; we will not call upon any god beside Him, or when we had spoken an outrage. (Surah Al Kahf: verse 14) Programme structure Presented by: Sr Tazkiyyah Amra 10 sessions during 2019 Schedule: 2 Saturdays per month 2:00pm – 3:30pm Session 1: 16 February 2019 Session 2: 2 March 2019 Ages: 13 to 17 Venue: Awqaf SA Centre (112 Barry Hertzog Avenue, Greenside, JHB) Course fee: R500 for the year (10 sessions) Topics include: • Unpacking the three founts – Iman, Islam & Ihsaan. • Reading the Quran: How to go about reading the Quran with tafsir ...

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A DREAM COME TRUE FOR A HARD WORKING ARTISAN

Shamiem Haron is a dedicated, hardworking and resilient Artisan. The 43 year old has held onto his dream working as a plumber for various companies over the past 24 years. With no financial back up and recession against him, he pushed on tirelessly. He continued working hard even when there was no hope at all of realising his dream to start his own business. On 9th December 2018 at a memorable, uplifting event held in Auckland Park, Shamien received a sponsored vehicle through the UBA 4 Artisans Development Program. The vehicle is sponsored by SED Partners together with AWQAF S.A. Shamiem was identified by SED Partners ‘ CEO Rashied Essop and AWQAF SA CEO Zeinoul Abedien Cajee as a deserving Artisan. He was specifically chosen based on merit, dedication and his resilience. According to Rashied Essop, this initiative is specifically designed to promote the UBA 4 Artisans Development Program. SED is both an Incident Management Company and responsible for the incubation and development of artisans within the short-term insurance supply chain as well as the development of new entrants into the industry. The UBA 4 Artisans Program is specifically intended to empower artisans to kick-start and build their own businesses. The program offers artisans such as Shamiem an enterprise development-funding package which includes a tools, petrol, stock allowance, a vehicle and access to the market. – Rashied Essop. AWQAF S.A. is an independent community based owned Trust which is dedicated to the empowerment of communities through development projects. CEO Zeinoul ...

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Awqaf SA scoops CBE Ahmed Kathrada Excellence in Leadership

The National Awqaf Foundation of South Africa has received another award to add toits list of acknowledgements in its 18-year history. It efforts have been recognized by the Congress of Business and Economics (CBE) – an activist business organization. The chairperson of Awqaf-SA, Haroon Kalla and Zeinoul Cajee (CEO) received the “CBE Ahmed Kathrada Excellence in Leadership Award” at a gala dinner banquet held at the Palm Continental Hotel in Johannesburg. The CBE brochure took cognisance of the role of Awqaf-SA played in five key areas:Social Cohesion, health care and the environment, education and youth development and waqf development and investment and infrastructure development. Several other prominent South Africans and organizations also received the CBE Ahmed Kathrada Excellence in Leadership Award. They were: Prof. Adam Habib (Vice Chancellor at Wits University), Amabhungane (an Investigative Journalist body), Jacques Pauw (investigative Journalist), Dr John Kani (struggle veteran andactor) and Maniben Sita (92) who has been involved in the anti-apartheid struggle since 1942. The CBE Innovation Award was presented to the team from the Donald Gordon Medical Centre that performed the world’s first liver transplant from an HIV positive parent to her HIV negative child. The gala event also acknowledge the centenary celebration of Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu whose families were presented with a frame citation about their life and role during the struggle to attain democracy. The CBE was established in the late 80’s by the Transvaal Indian Congress and was known as the TIC Business and Economics Group. Shortly thereafter ...

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AWQAF SA signed a historic MOU with its counterpart the AWQAF ON

The parties were represented by Awqaf SA CEO, Br Zeinoul Abedien Cajee and AWQAFON Chairman, Dr Miswari Bello. Both parties committed to collaboration and cooperation in various fields of developing the waqf sector, particularly in Nigeria. Zeinoul remarked that Nigeria has produced many academic papers on waqf and has a rich resource of competent people. AWQAFON has a great committed and passionate team and augurs well for the future of the Prophetic institution of Waqf not only in Nigeria but throughout West Africa. Inshallah. Much support will be needed and AWQAF SA is ready to provide it’s experience to the Ummah in other parts of the world. The MOU was signed in the presence of various mutawallees and stakeholders and was witnessed by a leading traditional ruler, HRH Dr Eze A   bdul Fatah Chimaize, who is also a member of the forum of Kings of Africa. The MOU was signed on the sidelines of the 2nd International Waqf Conference, held in the ancient Islamic city of Kano. Several key note addresses were delivered by heads of departments and the vice Chancellor of Bayero University Kano (BUK) as well as the Director of the Centre for Islamic Civilization and Interfaith Dialogue (BUK).   Keynote speeches were also presented by HRH Dr Eze Abdul Fatah and Br Zeinoul Abedien Cajee. The conference was co-sponsored by the Bayero University Kano and was co hosted by the Sa’adatu Rima College of Education. “Your presence with us was a great moral buster, it has ...

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