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Building sustainable charity for all – Awqaf SA says it’s looking good, but still a long way to go

By Shafiq Morton WAQF, or its plural “awqaf”, is an Islamic philanthropic instrument first developed by the Prophet Muhammad over 1,400 years ago. Whilst its principles of being self-sustaining without touching the original investment are said to date back to the Greeks and Persians, the early Muslims developed it into an institutional vehicle to uplift society. Although waqf is not specifically mentioned in the Qur’an – the primary source of Islamic legislation – the concept of wealth re-distribution is strongly emphasised. A Prophetic adage supports the idea of recurring charity, and it inspired the institution of Waqf together with the Qur’anic ethos of wealth re-distribution. The first recorded Waqf was when a Prophetic Companion, ‘Umar, bought some land in Khaybar, modern-day Saudi Arabia. The Prophet Muhammad advised him to make the property an inalienable public asset and to give its profits to charity. ’Umar did so, stipulating that the property – ceded to God in perpetuity – could not be used for anything other than its original purpose of social benefit and could not be sold, inherited or donated to someone else. Historically, all the great potentates of Islam have supported Waqf. During the Ottoman era the Caliphs only financed their judiciary and military, with infrastructural essentials such as schools, universities, water, hospitals, markets, feeding schemes, agriculture, roads, places of worship – and even pigeon coops – run for the benefit, and not expense, of the populace by independent Waqf institutions In recent decades, Waqf has experienced something of a ...

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UUCSA / AWQAF SA Declares Friday 9 June “My Waqf Friday”

The United Ulama Council of South Africa (UUCSA)* and the National Awqaf Foundation of South Africa (AWQAF SA) have jointly announced and declared Friday 9 June / 14 Ramadaan as MY WAQF FRIDAY. A special “MY WAQF KHUTBAH” (Friday sermon/lecture) has been prepared jointly by the two organisations and circulated to UUCSA affiliates together with additional resource material. In a statement issued to UUCSA affiliates, the Secretary General, Moulana Yusuf Patel said: “The United Ulama Council of South Africa has endorsed the Call made by various Ulama and Awqaf SA to declare the second Jumu’ah of Ramadaan as MY WAQF FRIDAY . It is in this light that this Khutbah has been jointly prepared. We implore all Friday Imams to deliver this Khutbah (with your additions and amendments) on Friday 9th June 2017 ( 14th Ramadhan 1438) as a national lecture on waqf. Affiliates are urged to request Imams within your constituency to speak on waqf and circulate the My Waqf Khutbah to them together with the additional resource material. Your cooperation will help in reviving the forgotten legacy of waqf especially at a time when we need to initiate sustainable economic, social and educational development programmes in our country which has an official unemployment rate of 26.5%. and where   about 63% of young South African children live in poverty.  “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” “   Read/ Download the My Waqf Khutbah By Hafez Abu Bakr  

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How “Mr. Moosa” impacted the life of Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo

Deputy Chief Justice of the South African Constitutional Court, Raymond Zondo, in an interview recounted how his life was impacted by a simple act of kindness by a Muslim businessman by the name of ‘Mr Moosa’. You Tube Video Mufti Yusuf Moosagie spoke to Mr Moosa on Radio Islam International. Listen to the Podcast Soundcloud audio clip

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Journey through the Quran Convention

The Islamic Forum in association with The Islamic Institute for Development & Research (IIDR-London) hosted its first convention for the year over the Easter weekend (14-17th April 2017). Instructed by Shaykh Hasan Al-Banna, the founding director of IIDR, the course: Journey through the Quran presented an overview of the 114 chapters of the Quran over the 4 days from 9am to 5pm. The convention which was held at Varsity College in Riverside, Durban, was attended by 120 participants from a diverse set of backgrounds with participants ranging in age from 10 to 82. The Islamic Forum has received overwhelmingly positive feedback on the convention with many participants wishing it had continued beyond the four days. Based on the success of this convention, The Islamic Forum will be hosting more events with a special focus on the Quran in the upcoming months. To be kept in the loop and noticed of upcoming events, please forward your email address to: info@islamicforum.org.za. Event Photo highlights

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Varsity Indaba – Career Guidance for School Learners

  The exciting and informative “Varsity Indaba”  held on the 27th April 2017 at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) campus was well attended. Awqaf SA, Muslim Students Association (MSA)  and  and Muslim Youth of SA (MYSA) co-organised this career guidance day for Grade 11 and 12 learners. Top 6 students from different schools in Johannesburg were invited to this event. The varsity indaba commenced with Shakeel Garda welcoming the students and outlining the purpose of the event. There was much excitement and anticipation from the grade 11 and 12 learners including MSA student mentors who ensured a well-run program. Sershin Naicker from the Wits campus registrar gave a clear outline to students of the requirements for each degree with the step by step process of applying to university. MSA Union president gave students further insight as to what MSA is about. Naeema Ramadan, Awqaf SA Youth Ambassador, then engaged with the learner’s regarding Awqaf SA, explaining the concept of Waqf. Each session was interactive and allowing for students to put forward their questions and concerns to the speakers. The breakaway session included current WITS students from different faculties and professionals to interact with learners. Students from faculties such as Law, Commerce, Halth Sciences,  Engineering and Built Environment, Education, Science and Humanities. Learners from various schools gave positive feedback about the Varsity Indaba, Insaaf Mossa and Justine Kester from St Barnabas College commented that they found the Varsity Indaba extremely helpful and eased their worries about the application process. They ...

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