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DaruShifa celebrates International Men’s Health Day

By Salwa Waja DaruShifa Lenasia celebrated International Men’s health day which was on the 19 November. The event was an opportunity for people of Lenasia and surrounding areas to appreciate and celebrate the “Senior”” men in their lives and the contribution they made to society for the greater good of all. In a joint venture with Lenasia Bowling Club and The Golden Eagles DaruShifa Lenasia invited the elderly men for a day at the Bowling greens. We had a good response on the Sunday morning. It was a game changer for the elderly gentleman who are usually inactive. We got that blood circulation moving and the social emotional intelligence was just too awesome. When they realised it was not just throwing a ball, but concentration and focus was needed, they were overwhelmed with excitement. They had so much fun, a few gentlemen had also signed up with the Bowling Club for a weekly date.  We served snacks and beverages. At half time. Lunch was also served after the match. Allamduillah. DaruShifa Lenasia has achieved it’s goal by introducing our Elderly gentleman to the Bowling greens. DaruShifa Lenasia thanks everybody who made this event possible. Photo highlights

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Oupa Fats Wetlands Family Fun Day

By Goolam Kolio On Sunday 12 November 2017 residents from Lenasia and surrounding areas visited the Oupa Fats Wetlands in Lenasia to take part in the “Oupa Fats Wetlands Family Fun Day” Lenz Going Green, with Yunus Mitha and his team, has for years been trying to rehabilitate the wetlands and activate it as a community pleasure resort. Events are held to make “Lenasians” aware of the beautiful and relaxing area at their doorstep because even though passionate fishermen frequent the place, however the residents go to areas outside of Lenasia. The more the resident frequent Oupa Fats the more secure it becomes, “We have to claim back our areas” said Mr Roopa. Shokat Khan from the Aamarah Bursary fund, who is steering the Desiderata Empowerment Project for the Wetlands, managed to get Awqaf SA (National Awqaf Foundation of South Africa) to sponsor 100 trees to be planted on that day. Photo highlights On Day 1, Musa Banda and his empowerment team of 14, dug the 100 holes and Day 2 the trees were planted. The idea was for the residents to adopt a tree, which would then create a love for the area and as a result encourage them to visit the place often. Oupa Fats is a lovely place for family picnics, for fisherman, to have family functions and just to chill out. Committed residents are taking the initiative to develop the area which has a dam and a river. With this vision in mind a day of ...

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Charity group Awqaf South Africa launches the Ahmed Timol Endowment Fund

Awqaf SA press release: FOLLOWING the judgement in the North Gauteng High Court, which ruled Thursday that anti-apartheid activist, Ahmed Timol, was murdered while in detention at John Vorster Square 46 years ago, Awqaf South Africa have announced a R100, 000 endowment fund in his name. Timol, 29, was arrested in Johannesburg in October 1971 – and after five days of torture in detention – died after being pushed from the 10th floor of the police station. Officers at the time said he took his own life. A 1972 inquest ruled Timol’s death was suicide. The landmark case has renewed memories of apartheid-era police brutality uncovered by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1998. It has also given hope to families who lost loved ones in circumstances similar to the Timol family. In announcing the launch of the Awqaf South Africa Ahmed Timol Endowment Fund, Awqaf SA Chairman, Haroon Kalla, said it was a fitting tribute to a struggle hero, “a fearless young man who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that others could bask in the light of constitutional freedom.” Kalla said that beneficiaries of the endowment fund would be young people involved in political and developmental studies. We feel that this would be the best way to honour the memory of Ahmed Timol, and we are excited to make this announcement at such an important juncture. In South Africa, we cannot make progress without institutional memory and development. We feel forward- looking projects such as the Ahmed Timol Endowment Fund can ...

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5th Southern African Waqf Training 2017

27 – 29 October 2017/ 1439 /  Durban, South Africa Participant Feedback Venue: Coastlands Umhlanga Convention Centre Address: 329 Umhlanga Rocks Dr, Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga Rocks, 4000   Click here to view the latest programme. Day 1-3 Presentations, Waqf presentation videos  – click here   Jumuah recordings Moulana Taha Karaan – click here Moulana Abdul Khaliq Allie – click here Gala Dinner Audio ADV. Ab Mahomed – click here Photo Highlights   Day 1 & Day 2 – click here Day 3 – click here Presentations Mufti Zubair Bhayat – click here Dr. Osman Babiker – click here Shauket Fakie – click here Dr. Hisham Daftedar –  click here Dr. Shamsiah Abdul Karim – click here Zeinoul Cajee – click here Adv. Mahomed Vahed –  click here Hoosain Agjee – click here Shiraz Gany – click here Mohsien Hassiem – click here Dr. Osman Babiker Ahmed – click here Dr. Hisham Dafterdar – click here Dr. Elgoni – click here Ali Masango – click here Prof. Dangor Roundup – click here   Waqf Workshop Livestream video – click here   Radio Interviews VOC FM: Shafiq Morton – Drive Time speaks to Awqaf SA CEO Zeinoul Cajee about the Waqf Workshop Durban Content hosted by iono.fm Radio Al Ansaar: Aneesa  – speaks to Awqaf SA Zeinoul Cajee about Waqf and Shaykh Shuaib Omar who is a Shariah compliant Wills expert. Click here Introduction The Divine and Prophetic institution of Waqf has been part of and ingrained in Islamic History, Shariah, Civilisation, and Culture. The Muslim world is replete with iconic humanitarian service infrastructure ranging from Masajid, Schools,  ...

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Receiving Ubuntu, Turkey ambassador meets the community

By Shafiq Morton At a reception dinner hosted by AWQAF SA, held at the Ghazali Centre in Pretoria on 23 August, incoming Turkish ambassador to SA, Elif Comuglu Ulgen, paid tribute to the warm welcome she had received upon arriving in South Africa. A career diplomat who has worked at the UN, NATO and in Pakistan, she is also the serving ambassador for Swaziland and Lesotho. In her address to ulama, community leaders, ambassadors and NGOs, she said that she was touched by her reception upon landing in South Africa. Explaining that landing in a new country can be a daunting experience, she paid tribute to the role of Middle East envoy, Muhammad Dangor – former SA ambassador to Syria and Libya – who took time to ease her into the South African diplomatic landscape. “Ubuntu is what happened to me, and I pay tribute to South African friendship. You are in our hearts. Turkish people never forget their enemies and they never forget their friends,” she said. In a wide-ranging address, the ambassador touched on a number of issues, including Syria. She said meeting the imam of the mosque at the Ghazali Centre had been a moving experience, as he originally came from Aleppo. She said that Turkey’s role in opening her borders to refugees from the Syrian crisis was more than just an issue of them being refugees. Aleppo was a beautiful, historic city with Ottoman heritage. “Syrians are our own people,” she explained, adding that before the ...

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