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Borehole water gives Mpumalanga schools life

Four schools in the Thaba Chweu Municipality near Lydenburg were given a new lease on life when boreholes were drilled by the Crescent of Hope organisation at the behest of Awqaf SA, a local NGO that works towards improving and empowering South African communities. Fazel Ismail from the Crescent of Hope, which does charitable work, approached Awqaf SA when he got news of several schools in dire need of support in the Moremela district, near the famous tourist area of the Blyde River Canyon and the Bourke’s Luck Potholes. “The two boreholes we dug at Sekwai High School, and its neighbouring Primary School LL Mohane, are a moving story of the status quo in our country. These schools are within a stone’s throw of luxury guesthouses and five-star tourist facilities, yet they still don’t have proper running water. “At the high school, I observed that the learners were walking behind, and not into, their toilets. When I asked them why they were doing this, they showed me that the school had pit latrines. They were so disgusting and unsafe that the learners told me the bush was a healthier option for relieving themselves. “The school had water tanks in the yard, but I was told that when filled they would only be able to supply enough water for a day,” he said. Ismail said that at the primary school he had been told by a teacher that he was grateful there was bush near the school, as the young learners ...

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AWQAF SA ATTENDS INTERNATIONAL FORUM IN MALAYSIA

AWQAF SA CEO, Zeinoul Abideen Cajee, and Awqaf ambassador, Sedick Isaacs, recently attended the Seventh Annual Global Waqf Conference held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Nearly 500 delegates from around the globe attended the annual event, which is hosted in a different country each year and focuses on issues surrounding waqf. According to Cajee, this year’s conference entitled “Taking Waqf into the Future” looked at the role of technology and the function of digitalisation with regards to waqf in a changing world. This was a potential game-changer as more and more people in the post-colonial world became aware of the instrument of waqf, something that was systematically destroyed by colonialism. Awqaf ambassador, Sedick Isaacs, said the conference had proved to be interesting, with lots of hard work ahead in South Africa. Cajee said an interesting point had been raised that western universities, such as Oxford and Harvard, had been using endowments, based on the waqf model, for a long time. Oxford, he said, had learned from the Crusaders when they came back from the Muslim world in the 12th century. The irony, he said, was that many Islamic countries and communities were not using the very same endowment waqf systems that the west had introduced from the east in the key area of education. Cajee delivered an address at the conference. He focused on efficiency and governance within ISF operators and supervisors, and on organisational challenges in the developmental context. Several countries, he said, had shown an interest in the South ...

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Facebook #SheMeansBusiness Digital Marketing Workshop

AboutOne Day Free WorkshopCalling all WOMEN OWNED BUSINESSES to attend a workshop to empower you with:DIGITAL MARKETING & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SKILLS so you may grow and enhance your business.Bring your own smartphone or laptop with. This is a joint event between Awqaf SA and Siyafunda to provide training to small and medium business enterprises. Siyafunda CTC enables Information and Community knowledge centres, where people can access computers, the internet, and other digital technologies that enable them to gather information, create, learn, and communicate with others while they develop essential digital skills. The focus is one the use of digital technologies to support community, economic, educational, and social development. Thus reducing isolation, bridging the digital divide and creating economic opportunities. Online registration is essential Select the desired City you wish to register for: Gauteng Lenasia (JHB) Western Cape Woodstock (CT) KZN Facebook #SheMeansBusiness Richards Bay KZN: click here to register Nana Memorial (JHB) event pics Site B Khayelitsha Co-Lab Training at the Woodstock Exchange, Cape Town pics coming soon

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Awqaf of the Holy Prophet and his Noble Sahabah Book

The historic first translation into English by Awqaf SA of the Awqaf of the Holy Prophet (S) and some of his Noble Sahabah, a Juristic, Historical and Documented Study By Dr ʿAbd Allah bin Muḥammad bin Saʿd al-Ḥujailī Translated by Prof Yousuf Dadoo Waqf is one of the most vital instruments for social stability and transformation, yet it is probably the least understood of all Islamic practices. This is not made easier by the fact that there are no substantial texts on waqf available in the English language…particularly such a detailed description of the Awqaf of the Prophet (S) and his Sahaba (R). For the first time, Awqaf SA presents an accessible, readable and easily understandable basic text on waqf. Emanating from Madinah, waqf rose to underpin one of the world’s greatest civilisations. In this book, we are taken step-by-step through the history and the underlying juristic aspects of waqf. Pre-order your copy now: http://bit.ly/AwqafSAW

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AWQAF SA HANDS OVER X-RAY PRACTICE TO SULTAN BAHU CENTRE

Fordsburg Clinic gets a welcome boost Dr. Goolam Omar, a veteran radiologist who practiced in Lenasia at the Lenmed Clinic for many years, decided to downsize his practice and move it to Fordsburg, where he could get closer to people who needed his services. Originally built as a home for gold miners in the 1800s, Fordsburg has enjoyed a colourful history as a centre of social awareness. Today it is a vibrant multi-cultural hub in Johannesburg. Dr. Omar’s Fordsburg practice catered for foreigners and the needy, who could not traditionally afford x-ray services. This year, after decades of service, Dr. Omar decided to retire to a life of reflection. On 1 October 2017 – coinciding with 10 Muharram, an auspicious day on the Islamic calendar – Dr. Omar decided to donate his x-ray practice as a waqf to the National Awqaf Foundation of South Africa, Awqaf SA. Waqf is an Islamic institution introduced by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) where ethical investments and assets are bequeathed as a divine trust to benefit the community. The waqf property remains intact until the end of time, and cannot be sold or ceded. The most salient feature of a waqf trust is that it has to be sustainable, and proceeds from the core investment or asset – which cannot be touched – uses its profits to service the poor and the needy.  Haroon Kalla, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Awqaf SA, says the organisation gladly accepted this donation from Dr. Omar. “We ...

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