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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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Awqaf SA at the Hartley Rd. Fair

Awqaf SA has established a working committee to oversee the establishment of an Awqaf SA branch in Durban. Adv. AB Mohammed has been quite instrumental in making this objective a reality. The “Awqaf SA KZN Team” was at the Hartley Rd. Fair and it was  a good opportunity to speak to the fair’s visitors about Awqaf SA’s Flagship project “My Waqf”. Photohighlights

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Sheikh Mirza Yawar Baig Public Talk

Sheikh Mirza Yawar Baig delivered a public talk titled: “Role of Muslims in South Africa” This talk took place at the Minara Chamber of Commerce, Johannesburg office and this was a joint event between ASRI, Awqaf SA and the Minara Chamber of Commerce. Sheikh Mirza Yawar Baig is a prolific strategic thinker and scenario planner. He had an important message about the need for Social Cohesion when he was interviewed by Salaamedia Photo highlights Shukran to Shiraz Gany for supplying us with these event pics

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Hamba Kahle Ahmed Kathrada

LETTER OF CONDOLENCE ON THE PASSING OF FREEDOM FIGHTER DR. AHMED KATHRADA Awqaf SA is deeply touched and saddened to receive the news of the passing of political activist, humanitarian, freedom fighter and father to our nation, Mujahid Dr. Ahmed Kathrada. Our heartfelt condolences goes to the family on the passing of Uncle Kathy. May Allah grant him Janatul Firdous and patience to his family, comrades and compatriots during thois difficult time. Uncle Kathy, as he was affectionately known, was an icon and stalwart of human rights and a brave Martyr that fought for the rights of the oppressed globally irrespective of race, religion, tribe or nationality. While we mourn the passing of Uncle Kathy we take solace in the life of a freedom fighter who lived his life to the fullest as an excellent example for all to emulate. His deep concern for humanity, his gentleness and humility is unparalleled in today’s world. South Africa will not be the same without this moral voice of reason and truth. Uncle Ahmed Kathrada will be severely missed and forever revered for his critical role in the liberation of the people of South Africa. May God bless Uncle Kathy and his family for sharing him with South Africa. Hamba Kahle

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My Waqf

“MY WAQF” CAMPAIGN : Spreading the Culture of Waqf Giving My Waqf Gift Brief 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 infrastructure ranging from Masajid, Schools, Universities, Libraries, Hospitals, Clinics, Homes for the Elderly, Orphans, and Destitute; Roads, Bridges, Cemeteries, Agricultural Farms, Nature Reserves, pavements, state and community security, water canals, … and the list goes on… whatever the community needed, the Waqf system provided. But what about the sustainability of these institutions and infrastructure? How were the upkeep of these institutions funded? From where were staff paid ? Who paid for the scholars that searched relentlessly for answers and solutions to vexing questions in religion, science, technology, medicine, engineering, astronomy, geography, history, etc? The answer is simple: It was the waqf system. The waqf system ensured that that there were commercial waqfs that funded and subsidized the infrastructure and institutions. A completely voluntary system of Capital Giving in the way of Allah.   The National Awqaf Foundation of South Africa (AWQAF SA) must be regarded as the “Sovereign Fund” of the Muslim Ummah , that will, inshallah, in time to come, be able to serve every need of the Muslim Ummah… from the cradle to the grave. But this cannot be done by a few individuals. It needs the support of the whole community. The primary mission of Awqaf SA is to revive the Sunnah and culture of Waqf ...

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