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AwqafSA takes a stand against Racism

One of AwqafSA’s key focus areas is to foster Social Cohesion. “All mankind is from Adam and Eve … a White has no superiority over a Black nor does a black have any superiority over a White except by piety and good action.” (Prophet Muhammed) We were inspired by these words by Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) and we decided to create awareness of racism which is a scourge that pervades our community. One of the outcomes of the 2nd International Congress on Islamic Civilisation in Southern Africa which was held in Durban during 4-6 March 2016, co-sponsored by the OIC Research  Centre for Islamic History, Art & Culture; and the National Awqaf Foundation of South Africa (AWQAF SA) together with the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and the International Peace College South Africa (IPSA).  The 2nd Congress declared: Considering cross-cultural and inter-cultural challenges confronting Muslim communities , the Congress resolves to promote the integration of various and diverse social ethnic groups within the region and to promote anti-racism and anti-xenophobia Racism is inherent in our societies today and is counterproductive as it divides communities. We call on all communities, organisations, and institutions across the board   to start a process of integration and social cohesion and to strongly promote anti-racism and anti-xenophobia in all its manifestations. Awqaf South Africa fostering Social Cohesion and breaking down the abnormalities of Racism.    

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AwqafSA in Uganda

Zeinoul Cajee from AwqafSA conducted a Waqf training session and this is an Overview of  the Ugandan visit. Ugandan muslims are highly educated and they hold quite a few PHD’s and they have well qualified Shayks and Imams. AwqafSA has identified a need to have a strategic relationship with the the Ugandan Muslim Community. Uganda has a beautiful university called the The Islamic University in Uganda  that has 4 Campuses including a Medical University and a 150 bed hospital on the same campus. The land for the university is waqf and was granted by Prince Cassim. Uganda has a very interesting history. Islam came  as late as 1844. King Mutesa embraced Islam at the hands of an Arab/Swahili  Trader. Mutesa called on his people to embrace Islam. And learnt and taught. The Ugandan mother tongue is Swahili and Arabic. Makerere University boasts many are Muslim Professors and Prof. Abasi is a professor of Literature and a devout activist as well. The rector of the islamic University in Uganda urged Africans to be self reliant citing the crisis in the middle east and elsewhere and stated: AFRICA YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN. DONT DEPEND ON OTHERS. WE MUST BUILD UP OUR OWN INSTITUTIONS OF WAQF AND ZAKAH. Shaykh Taliep from IPSA university during his talk emphasised the Maqasid of Waqf as promoting Al Khayr – goodness and in the public interest in line with the maqasid of the shariah – the higher objectives of the Shariah. Zeinoul Cajee spoke about the justification and rationale for establishing the waqf system and shared a few ...

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Masjid Renovation Project

Voice of the Cape Radio Station (VOC) together with Awqaf SA and supported by SANZAF have embarked on a project to repair and renovate much needed work on masajid in Cape Town and the Boland areas of the Western Cape. Alhamdulillah 21 masajid will be allocated an amount of R10000 each for their repairs and renovations. The masajid  will be selected by nominations received from the public.  Closing date for nominations is the 26 June 2015. At the same time a Masjid Waqf fund has also been launched. Members of the public are welcome to contribute to this waqf fund which will provide  enduring sustainable funding for masajid and their respective communities. Inshallah. Contributions may be banked directly  into : Awqaf SA. Nedbank. Acc No 1469-053934 Branch Code 198765 Reference [Ur Cel No & Name VOC ]            

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Invitation to “Care of Elders & Frail Forum”

Are you concerned about the Plight & Needs of our Elderly and Frail in our communities? PUBLIC INVITATION: Awqaf SA & the DarusShifa Project Committee cordially invites you to attend the CARE OF ELDERS & FRAIL FORUM WITH Guest Speaker: Dr Kemal Aydin from Turkey. (Specialist Gerontologist/Geriatrician i.e. of the Aged)/ President of the World Aging Council ) Dr Kemal Aydin will provide insights into the plight of and care facilities & treatment for the aged and infirm. Programme includes inputs from Hospice SA/ Awqaf SA/ Islamic Medical Association/DSD / DarusShifa/ Religious leaders/ Nisaa Institiute / Counsellors / Q&A Session/ Date: Sunday, 8 February 2015 Time: 9.30am for 10.00am – 12.30Pm Venue: Pentarosa Primary School, Turquoise Street, Lenasia Extension 5 (Gauteng) Cost: Free but Pre Registration essential : Register online at or SMS Aziza on 0836367861 Register early. Limited seating: All Welcome: NGOs, Public, Business, Institutions, Community Organisations, Community & Social workers, Media, religious leaders/ ulama/ priests/ pundits, or any interested person. Snacks and light refreshments will be served. NB. DURBAN PROGRAMME HOST: ISLAMIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION: Wednesday 11 February 2015, 19.00 -21.00 Mariam Bee Centre, 222 Kenilworth Road, Overport, Durban ALL WELCOME: FOR OTHER PROGRAMMES On RADIO/TV/ CAPE TOWN PLEASE SEE ITINERARY ON Dr Aydin & Other speakers will cover •Sharing of ideas on State of the Art / Purpose built institutions for the Caring of Elders and the Frail. •Creating awareness about the plight of the aged : their care and needs •Lessons to be learnt from ...

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Top Gerontologist to Visit SA

Dr Kemal Aydin (Specialist Gerontologist/ Geriatrician and President of the World Aging Council) who hails from Turkey will be visiting South Africa as a guest of the National Awqaf Foundation of South Africa (AWQAF SA) during 6 -15 February 2015. He will be giving talks, conducting workshops, and also presenting at various fora in Erasmia/ Pretoria, Lenasia/Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town. Concerns have been raised by several members of the community about the plight and needs of our elderly, frail, and terminally ill, especially in previously disadvantaged communities. For example Lenasia and surrounds with a population of an estimated over 250000 does not have adequate facilities to take care of the various needs of these vulnerable and marginalised elders / frail who are often subject to abuse by their families, or are often destitute and no one to care for them. “The purpose of Dr Aydins visit is to provide ideas and guidance from his vast experience and knowledge of the caring, loving, and healing of our elderly, frail and terminally ill. He will also advise on the type of state-of-the-art facilities that should be established and provided” said Dr Abdul Karrim Elgoni from Awqaf SA. Dr Aydin will also visit existing facilities in SA. Awqaf SA, the DarusShifa Project Committee, and the Islamic Medical Association has put together various programmes and urge the public and interested parties to attend. Full details of public programmes are available on “The Awqaf SA DarusShifa Project embraces various possible services including home ...

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