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Waqf Crowd Funding Platform launched at WIEF 2016, Jakarta

Tun Abdullah Badawi, the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, has launched the Waqf (Islamic Endowment) crowdfunding platform or WaqfWorld.  Described as the “worlds first” the new platform was announced at the 12th World Islamic Economic Foundation Forum (WIEF) held in Jakarta this past week The platform was developed in partnership with EthisVentures.com. Waqf is defined as ‘an endowment made by a Muslim to a religious, educational, social or charitable cause’. Waqf is an important foundation of the Muslim religion and is a permanent and institutionalized act of donation.  Once a Waqf is created the property may no longer be donated, bequeathed or sold in the future. It is a recommended benevolent act in Islam, as it is based on contributing to philanthropic causes recommended by textual sources, namely the Quran and the Sunnah(examples of Prophet Muhammad). Historically, waqf has served many purposes including the construction and maintenance of Islamic religious, educational, scientific and social institutions. WaqfWorld.org is said to combine Waqf with the dynamism of crowdfunding. The idea of establishing waqf-based crowdfunding was first proposed bythe Research Center for Islamic Economics and Finance (EKONIS), Universiti KebangsaanMalaysia (UKM) in a roundtable discussion (RTD) organized by the Islamic Development Bank’s Research and Training Institute (IRTI) in January 2016 in Jeddah. Founding patron, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi saw the potential of Waqf Crowdfunding to develop the Ummah (the whole community of Muslims bound together by ties of religion). Waqf has played an important role for Tun Abdullah, who implemented “breakthrough Waqf initiatives” during his tenure ...

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Awqaf SA gets a mention at the occasion of the Jumuah Lecture

SPEECH BY MINISTER RADEBE ON THE OCCASION OF THE JUMUAH LECTURE AT RASOOLI COMMUNITY CENTRE  Allow me to express my sincere gratitude to brother Adil Nchabaleng, Shaikh Fadlalah and the leadership of the Rasooli Centre for inviting and allowing me to join you here today on the auspicious occasion of Jumuah. It is humbling to be invited to this extremely important gathering, it is always heartening to see the Muslim Community thriving in our rainbow nation. Indeed, the strength we have as a nation is built on our diversity and the incredible ability we have to respect and enhance each other’s cultures.   The history of our country was underpinned by racial discrimination, which inevitably saw discrimination across cultures and religion. In crafting the constitution, we sought to build a State that would in turn enable a model society, one that is alive to the various aspirations of our people. The world has seen many injustices, atrocities, gross human rights violations and world wars, fought merely on the basis of discrimination of one people against another.   Apartheid discrimination partly mirrored the discrimination that was ongoing around the world. In fact the National Party racist ascended power in 1948 inspired by ironically the same Hitler against whom they had fought as part of the Allied Countries. As we gather here today, we must be conscious that we cannot be fully free whilst others elsewhere around the world are not free.   Thus former President Mandela was conscious of this universal ...

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Historic Community Waqf Fund Initiated

A historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  was signed  between Awqaf SA and the Kwanobuhle Muslim Community Trust  (KMC) regarding the creation of a Masjid/Community  Based  Community Waqf Fund. The agreement was signed at a special signing ceremony during the 7th House of Ummah Stakeholders meeting held at Islamia College, Cape Town. The Community Waqf Fund initiated by AWQAF SA is  designed to empower  local and emerging Muslim Communitiies, particularly  in poor communities living in “townships”. According Awqaf SA Deputy CEO, Br Mickaeel Collier  who presided the signing together with KMC  trustee, Br Thandile Kona, “South Africa has a diverse range of Muslim communities  in terms of income distribution – those that are living on the fringes of poverty and those that have been blessed with abundance.  There are those that are self-sufficient, self-reliant, and resilient  while there are others that are dependent on  their wages supplemented by generous donors.  And herein lies the problem.” The Waqf system is designed to ensure that poverty is eradicated so that the poor are empowered and become self sufficient and self reliant too. However, because the Prophetic & Divine waqf system is  hardly articulated and is largely absent from our educational institutions, nobody has heard or learnt about it from authentic sources. This scenario imposes a duty on the community to ensure that knowledge about the waqf system is transmitted, internalized, and acted upon in droves by the larger Muslim community as a form redistribution of wealth – the very noble objective envisioned by ...

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Nelson Mandela Memorial Cataract Camp

The AWQAF SA/ Islamic Medical Association of SA (IMASA)  NELSON MANDELA MEMORIAL CATARACT CAMP will be held during 16 and 17 July 2016. The Discharge Ceremony will be held on he 18th July 2016 at the Nursing Hall, Leratong Hospital, Gauteng and will commence at 09.30am. Media and interested persons are cordially invited to attend the Discharge Ceremony at the Nursing Hall. Speakers & Guests will include: the CEO of the Leratong Hospital Dr Shabir Husain – Chief Opthalmologist and Director of the Cataract project on behalf  of the IMA Hon Mr  Najmu Saqib – Pakistan High Commission Dr Selebeno:  Director, Gauteng Department of Health Mufti Masood Ebrahim: Madrasa Miftah ul Khair Zeinoul Abedien Cajee / Dr Abdul Kareem Elgony: Awqaf SA Mr Bheki  Sibeko:  Deputising for Dr Refik Bismilla, Director Joburg City Health Department Ml  Ayub  Mokoena: Gauteng Shura Council   It is estimated that there are 217000 patients awaiting cataract operations in South Africa.  To date the partnership has done around 3800  cataract operations with a commercial value of around R50million since 2005, when the project started. Any person or corporate wishing to donate and be part of this  project, kindly email info@awqafsa.org.za or contact Hasanain Abdullah at 0795071196 or  sms 0847860010          

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Eid Mubarak & Shukran

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