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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 awqafsa.org.za. “The Awqaf SA DarusShifa Project embraces various possible services including home ...

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“Islamic Economy Awards” to be Announced

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre in partnership with Thomson Reuters are pleased to invite you to attend the Islamic Economy Award Ceremony which will be held at the Ritz Carlton, DIFC in Dubai on January 14th, 2015. The Islamic Economy Award was launched in 2013 under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and directed by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council. Now in its second year, the annual award recognises innovative world-class business initiatives and ideas that have contributed to the social and economic welfare of the Muslim population. The Award honours individuals and companies in the following categories: • Money and Finance • Media • Waqf and Endowments • Islamic Economy Knowledge Infrastructure • 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award • Food and Health • Hospitality and Tourism • SME Development • Islamic Arts

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DarushShifa Frail Care & Elders Homes Mooted

دار الشفاء Dar al Shifa  (pronounced DarushShifa)  means an abode of care and healing. Due to the dire need in Communities for specialised institutions, such as for the frail and elderly,  Awqaf SA has embarked on the development of facilities and the provision of care services to the frail and elderly. These will be branded as Dar al Shifa and overseen by Awqaf SA in cooperation with an Operating Association and a dedicated team of volunteers on the ground. It is anticipated that the project will be materialised with the support of local and international donors and other Care Partners.  Vital is the group of volunteers on the ground (via the Operating Association) who will ensure that each project is well managed and the respective clients / patients/ residents  will be cared for in the best physical and emotional/ spiritual environment – an environment where they feel at home and where they enjoy living as a community rather than as inmates of an institution. Two sites have been donated to Awqaf SA as waqf by generous donors and a third is in process. It is envisaged that one will be based in Lenasia near Johannesburg and the other in Raslouw near Centurion. The caring of the frail and elderly  fall within the ambit of the Department of Social Development. However majority of the existing facilities were created during the apartheid era and are still race based primarily for whites.  Many are operated by faith-based groups eg the Methodist Church.  The ...

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Youth Leadership Camp for Cape Town

The Muslim Youth Movement (MYM) will be having their annual youth camp where a variety of approximately 60 – 70 high school and tertiary students come together. The camp will be from 5 – 8 January 2015 at Rotary Camps in Glencairn. The theme for this camp is “Islamic Identity in a Modern Society: Confronting Challenges” These camps focus on key issues in social awareness, lectures, workshops, cultural evening, sports, skills development and training. A variety of well-trained speakers will address youth on the topics that affects them. It is aimed at ideological development and spiritual uplifment, promoting critical thinking and open debate and developing a spirit of fellowship. Despite being a minority religion, Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world and with this rapid increase; identity becomes a matter of importance. For many people, questioning their identity is irrelevant as they fit into the values and structures of their communities. Yet, worldwide, Muslims have established their own common community because of their affiliation with Islam. Essentially, a Muslim’s identity is his religion. For many young Muslims living in the 21st century brings many challenges that previous generations have not encountered. The pressure of giving into the “norm” of western society is immense and often we do not know how to confront and deal with these pressures. We find it difficult to fit into a world that is so different to the way we were raised and the values that our Quran set out for us. We struggle ...

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SA Young Leaders off to Jakarta

A delegation of  10 young leaders from South Africa departed on Thursday 11 December for a two week International Youth Leadership Programme under the auspices of the Al Azhar Youth Leadership Institute in Jakarta, Indonesia. The SA Group is accompaned by Sr Mariam Gillan (extreme left). Naeema Hussein Alkout and Nazneen Vilbro are Awqaf SA Youth Ambassadors. In the meanwhile, The Muslim Students Association is holding their Summer Camp in Cape Town. Awqaf SA, as a supporter of both wishes them all the best.    

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