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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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Operation Mercy

Operation Mercy (Arham) is a united platform and campaign designed to acclaim and publicize the extraordinary character of the Final and Noble Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ).   With the world of hate, Islamophobia and fake news, and our obligation to spread the message of Peace, Justice, Love,  Compassion, Mercy,  and Service,  it has become our duty to highlight  our love for our beloved Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ)  during the month of his birth, as a celebration of his divine character as a mercy to all Creation.  How can you get involved?We, therefore, invite you, your family and organization or company to be part of this campaign and in the spirit of the beautiful character of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ): Endorse/ Support/ Participate.   Simple acts of kindness, smiling, greeting, inviting a neighbor, neighbourhood clean-ups, fixing a playground or painting a classroom or hospital ward, feeding the hungry, visiting the sick and elderly, helping an orphan, giving gifts and discounts, competitions, contests,  seerah programmes, Dawah programmes, Jalsahs,  fixing latrines, environmental or animal care,  Outreach programmes… or do any random act of kindness…  mobilise volunteers also to undertake similar charitable projects… limitless opportunities Ways to get involved: Plant a tree, donate your old toys to an orphanage, visit the aged and paint a classroom or hospitad ward. So whether you are in the small town of Kuruman or the big city of Johannesburg,  no matter how small or big your musallah /  masjid/ madressah / organisation / institution … ALL WELCOME to participate in ...

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Local NGO in “green peace” gesture against gender violence

THREE local schools, Alexander Sinton High, Al Azhar High and Lwazi Primary in Gugulethu, enjoyed tree planting ceremonies to symbolise gender peace and to commemorate Arbor Week, which is celebrated at the beginning of September each year. Awqaf South Africa, an NGO that focuses on sustainable community growth, partnered with the City of Cape Town and the False Bay Nature Reserve, to bring home the importance of environmental awareness, and to also make a symbolic gesture of “green peace” with regards to gender violence. At each school, three Waterbessie trees and one olive tree were planted. The Waterbessie is an indigenous water-loving evergreen tree with waxy leaves, ideal for the high-water table Cape Flats, and grows to an impressive height of 15 metres when mature. The historical olive, which can provide fruit for centuries, was planted at each school as a symbolic gesture of peace, and a living monument against the gender violence currently traumatising the country. “The dove and the olive are partners in peace, and by planting the olive tree we plant hope into the soil. One day the dove will rest in its branches and complete the cycle,” said Mickaeel Collier, Deputy CEO of Awqaf. Joyful Lwazi Primary School learners join City of Cape Town and the False Bay Nature Reserve staff and Awqaf SA staff member for a group photo. Awqaf SA Project Co-ordinater: Hasanain Abdullah addresses the High School learners during the tree planting ceremony. “There is a need to green our centres of education ...

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Mandela embraces the Qurbani

THERE were scenes of joy at Mvezo, the mountainous birthplace of Nelson Mandela and the court of the area’s chiefs Wednesday 14 August 2019, when 10 cows were slaughtered as part of the Islamic Eid ul-Adha festival. The festival remembers Abraham’s sacrifice when his son was replaced by a ram. Called Qurbani, the meat is distributed to poor. Hundreds from the Mvezo community queued up to be given the sacrificial meat under the watchful eye of Inkosi (Chief) Zwelivelile Mandla Mandela.  Content hosted by iono.fm Tasneem Adams filed this report on the Chief Mandla Mandela tour of Mvezo Royal House of Mandela. The cows were donated to the local community of Mvezo, a rural district 40 kms south of Mthatha, by the NGO Awqaf South Africa and the Turkish Diyanet Vakfi as part of their # SharetheCare Qurbani programme.  Speaking to tribal elders, guests and community members, Mandela said that the Transkei had a precious resource – its land – and massive potential. There were 3.2 million cows, 6 million sheep and 7 million goats in the region, and local farmers needed to be empowered in animal husbandry. “An ox, for example, is bought for R2, 000 by a white farmer, fattened for 60 days and then resold for R17, 000. We need to break this cycle. We need to educate our farmers to benefit directly from their own resources,” he said. Mandela also said that aloes, which grew on the hillsides, were an untapped natural resource. Environmentally sustainable methods ...

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Awqaf SA Qurbani goes to the Royal House of Mandela at Mvezo Komkhulu, Nelson Mandela’s birthplace

AWQAF South Africa, in partnership with Turkish NGO Diyanet Vakfi, will be performing Qurbani in six neighbouring states, thirteen underprivileged communities across Southern Africa and at Mvezo Great Place located in Mthatha. Qurbani, an annual devotional sacrifice of livestock whose meat is distributed to the poor, symbolises an Abrahamic tradition at the time of the annual Islamic ‘Eid ul-Adha festival. It coincides with the Hajj, the major pilgrimage, to Mecca. The event commemorated is when the prophet Abraham was commanded by God to sacrifice his son, Ismail, but at the last moment – as a sign of mercy – was given a big-horned ram to sacrifice instead. A moment of great sadness and pain was transformed into one of great joy and relief. During Awqaf’s #Share the Care Qurbani 2019 programme, over 250 cows and sheep will be slaughtered on the day of ‘Eid (12 August), and the meat distributed to 18, 000 underprivileged families. Some of the recipients only eat meat once a year during Qurbani. This year, Awqaf SA celebrates a moment of enormous historical significance and cultural sharing. On the invitation of Chief Zwelivelile Mandela, a Qurbani will be held at the Royal House of Mandela at Mvezo Komkhulu, Nelson Mandela’s Birthplace, near Mthatha. Mvezo Great PlaceSource: The Guardian An Awqaf SA delegation, headed by its Chairman of Trustees Haroon Kalla, and its CEO Zeinoul Abedien Cajee and Deputy CEO Mickaeel Collier, will witness this historic event as well as representatives from the Muslim Judicial Council and ...

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