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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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Iqra International Qur’aan Recital Award 2019

The annual International Qur’aan Recital Awards (IQRA) successfully took place from 25- 27 October 2019 at Al Jaamiah Uthmaania Masjid, Bonteheuwel, Cape Town. Organised by the South African Qur’aan Union, South African National Zakah Fund, Awqaf SA, and Madrasah Tarteelul Quraan, in conjunction with the Bonteheuwel Moslem Society Trust, the event is used as a platform to train upcoming local reciters for international competitions and to maintain high standards of recitation. Preceded by various preliminary programs throughout the country, the four- day event is a culmination of months of hard work and preparation on the part of the participants. Contestants in the male section, who consisted of individuals of up to ten different nationalities, were divided into four age categories whilst the female division comprised a single section. The best performing reciters were as follows: Female category:Shahieda Jabaar, Cape TownSameera Nanabhay, Johannesburg Yasmeen Dante, Cape Town Under 15-year category:Imdaadullah Jeebhai, Pretoria Abdul Qaadir Nackerdien, Cape TownM. Talgha Allie, Cape Town Under 18-year category:Uzayr Eshaq, Pietermaritzburg Ammaar Hoosen, Cape Town Abduragmaan De Roos, Cape Town Under 23-year category:Raeez Nackerdien, Strand Abdul Haq Essack, Newcastle Ismail Moolla, Springs 24 years and over:Muhammad Hossen, Mauritius Irshaad Ahmed, Cape TownUbaidullah Abowat, Estcourt In the special feature, known as the ‘Champ of Champs category’, winners from the previous competitions were engaged in an open- aged recital challenge. These contestants were required to recite from an unprepared, randomly selected, portion of the Qur’aan. Tanzanian national, Muhammad Harun Hasan, was adjudicated the top reciter in this section, ...

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Head girl pledges R20, 000 waqf charity to school.

ON the eve of her final Grade 12 examinations, Head Girl of the Auckland Park Academy of Excellence (APAX), Aneesa Randeree, pledged R20, 000 in a waqf donation aimed at supporting leadership development, the under privileged and educational initiatives at her school. Speaking at a special dinner function attended by fellow learners, staff members and special guests, which marked the end of her tenure as Head Girl, Randeree made the announcement during her outgoing speech. APAX, which opened its doors in 2011, is a Muslim school situated in Johannesburg. Waqf is a divine trust instituted by the Prophet Muhammad in the 7th century. Property, ethical investments and assets – such as farmland – are put in a trust whereby the core investment or capital cannot be eroded, but its fruits have to be used for the benefit of the community. According to Sacred Law, waqf cannot be ceded or sold. Randeree’s donation was handed to AWQAF SA, an NGO that specialises in waqf, and that runs several local and national programmes – such as Maths tuition, the drilling of water wells and social cohesion events focused at uplifting South Africa’s less fortunate. AWQAF SA won international awards for its efforts in 2013-14. In her speech at the dinner function, Randeree said, “waqf is the most powerful, sacredly sustainable enduring and empowering of all Islamic voluntary charities. I’d like to give something back to my school, a tangible legacy as a token of my appreciation…I’d like to plant a seed as ...

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Youth Rugby Festival

Imam Haron Rugby Festival creates awareness and social cohesion

Written by Shafiq Morton When Imam Abdullah Haron, a sports lover, was forced by the Group Areas Act to move from Claremont to Landsdowne, he built a first story veranda at his house that overlooked the City Park rugby field.City Park in the 1960s was one of the only privately owned non-white sporting facilities. It was also used for public events – and ironically for the funeral of Imam Haron after his death in detention in September 1969. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 45 year-old Imam Haron’s passing, and to commemorate the imam’s love of sport, the Imam Haron Foundation and Awqaf SA, in conjunction with Primroses Rugby Club, hosted the Imam Haron Commemorative Rugby Festival at its Rosmead grounds this weekend.Primroses, one of SA’s oldest rugby clubs, produced many star players during the non-racial South African Council of Sport (SACOS) era. The club has also produced Springbok players such as Eddie Andrews and Nizaam Carr. Ahmad Albertus, Primrose youth convenor, hailed the festival, saying that the club had been struggling to host a community tournament. “We are chuffed that Awqaf SA and the Imam Haron Foundation have given us the opportunity,” he said, adding that the festival was not about winning, but about social cohesion. Chris Diedericks, head youth coach of Goodwood-based NTK, said his club was happy to be part of the festival that in the spirit of rugby united people from different backgrounds. According to festival convenor, Fahmi Galant, the Imam Haron Commemorative Rugby ...

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