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Leaders & Legacies: The RAM & Sara Salojee Waqf & Biography Project

Muslims have been part of the struggle for human rights and  freedom since their arrival on the shores of South Africa in the early 17th century. We recall the revered names of Tuan Guru, Shaykh Yusuf, Hadjie Matarim and others (May Allah be pleased with them) who made the ultimate sacrifice against Dutch and British colonizers and slave masters. During the apartheid era, several more Muslim names come to the fore:  Imam Abdullah Haron, Ahmed Timol, Sulmin “Babla”  Saloojee, Dr Haffejee and many others. Today there are many veterans in our midst who gave selflessly to the struggle for universal human rights, freedom, and service to the community. On behalf of the Community and well wishers,  Awqaf SA  is initiating and facilitating the   honouring of all those persons. In so doing, Awqaf SA is launching a Community Leaders Waqf (Endowment Fund)  with subfunds  that will  be named in honour of  our brothers, sisters,  and compatriots, both past and present.  It is envisaged that these endowment funds will benefit especially previously disadvantaged South Africans in their quest for social justice and a better education. The first of these funds will be in honor of Dr Rashid Ahmed Mahmood (RAM) (76)  & Mrs Sara Salojee for their contribution.  A  commemorative biography of Dr Salojee has also been undertaken by Awqaf SA and was published in 2010. (copies are available on order from Awqaf SA). Dr RAM, and always with the unstinting support of  his wife, lifelong partner, and companion,  Sara,  gave selflessly ...

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Let’s join hands campaign for Water Wells

Let’s join hands campaign By Shanaaz Hassem Jaylarnie In 2010, The Muslim Woman Magazine and AwqafSA embarked on a project to raise funds to build a well in Malawi. The project ran over a period of three months, and with the Grace and mercy of Almighty Allah, and the generosity of our readers, we raised funds to build not one, but eleven wells in Malawi. This year, we have decided to embark on a project similar to this. We have decided to bring this heart warming project home to South Africa, and once again appeal to you, our readers to join us in raising funds to provide clean, running water to communities in South Africa who are in desperate need of these services. AwqafSA, is in the process of examining and assessing which areas and options would be most viable for this project. In South Africa, these water projects work on a borehole system which could cost anything between R25,000.00 to R40,000.00. These vast differences in price depend on location, and since the drillers will have no indication of how deep they will have to dig, the costs can only be confirmed after the drilling process is complete. With the intensity of this project, we require the assistance of everyone. We need to hold hands and inspire our loved ones and all we know to join this initiative, by donating funds towards this project. Once again, together we can do more. Follow the following steps to contribute to this project: ...

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