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Goodwood Community partners with Awqaf SA in water harvesting and more

Salaam Brothers Raaghieb & Dr Salie,   On behalf of the committee of the Goodwood Islamic Society which incorporates the Quloobul Moe’mieneen Masjied, Goodwood Madrassah, Madrassatul Ahlaaq and the Quloobul Moe’mieneen Trust, I would like to convey our sincere appreciation and thanks for the very informative Waqf Presentation and Workshop that you delivered at our masjied on 20th October 2012. I announced our partnership with Awqaf SA to the community on Eid morning in the masjied and now we are waiting with bated breath on the installation of the rain water harvesting tanks and equipment together with the garden rhapsody system.   I also alluded to the community of an even bigger initiative where we will once again partner with Awqaf SA which will place our masjied well on its way on becoming self sufficient. I informed them that details will be given once all the legalities and paperwork have been finalised.   We look forward to a very fruitful and mutually beneficial partnership where together we can take Islam to new heights especially here in the Northern suburbs of Cape Town Ameen.   Shukran Kathier Mogamad Safedien

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National Qur’an Awards – a success

The National Qur’aan Awards (NQA), hosted by the South African Qur’aan Union successfully took place from 21- 23 September 2012 at the Maitland Masjid in Cape Town. Special programs were held on the side lines of the event that featured expert Qur’aan reciters from South Africa, Malaysia, Pakistan, and the Comoros Islands at various mosques in Cape Town up until 26 September. The NQA, comprising a Qur’aan recital contest as well as the servant of the Holy Qur’aan award, is held in honour of the efforts of teachers and students in propagating the Qur’aan and its principles in South Africa. This event is also used as a platform to train upcoming local reciters for international competitions. The recital contest made allowance for a maximum of 20 participants for each of three age categories. A total of seventeen top performers qualified for the competition finals that took place on the day of the awards ceremony. Ridwaan Bavadin from Mpumalanga, Yusuf Davids, and Abdul Azeez Brown from Cape Town emerged as the winners of the under 18, under 25, and senior categories of the Qur’aan recital section respectively. Shukrie Frydie (CPT), Luqmaan Sheik (DBN) and Rafiq Salie (CPT) achieved the first runner up positions, followed by Qaeed Davids (CPT), Ridwaan Kaka (JNB) and Shamiel Jacobs (CPT). The recital category was judged in accordance with strict international standards by a panel of qualified and proficient Qur’aan recitation experts. Qari Ismail Abdul Azeez from Pietermaritzburg and Qari Muhammad Binyameen from Pakistan evaluated the section ...

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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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Cape Town to host SA Qur’aan Union Awards

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful As-Salamu `Alaykum | Peace be upon you The South African Qur’aan Union presents its 6th National Qur’aan Awards. The event will run over the period 21- 23 September 2012 at the Maitland Masjid (Coronation road, Maitland), Cape Town.  There are two types of participation: National Qur’aan recital competition- this category is divided in three age categories, namely: Category A (under 18), Category B (under 25), and  Category C (26 years and over). Participants will be evaluated in the  areas of proper and correct recitation of Qur’aan, voice control, and beautiful and melodious presentation. This section is for males only. Servant of the Holy Qur’aan Award- a special token of recognition to individuals in acknowledgement of their contribution in spreading or propagating the Qur’an in South Africa. The organisers will select a beneficiary for the award from nominations forwarded by the public. Entries for participation and further details can be found at http://www.ctme.co.za/sanqa2012/   or Mobile website> http://m.ctme.co.za/sanqa2012/ . A number of top Qurraa from different countries will be reciting at various venues in Cape Town as of 17 September 2012, as a run- up to the event. Insha-Allah. South African Qur’aan Union further invites other organizations to partner in this initiative. Anyone who wishes to volunteer their  services, make donations to this noble event (or any other general inquiries), may contact the organization on email:  info@quranunion.co.za <mailto:info@quranunion.co.za> Kindly forward to interested persons.   Yours in the service of Qur’aan South African Qur’aan ...

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Sh Yusuf documentary in the making

  South African and  Cape Town Muslims in particular often do not realise that their history is rooted in a colourful and undiscovered legacy of famous scholars, such as Abadin Tadia Tjoessoep, more commonly known as Sheik Yusuf of Macassar. Known as the ‘Father of Islam in South Africa’, his shrine remains one of the most important religious and historical sites for Muslims in the country. The alim, who was of noble descent, was exiled to the Cape of Good Hope in 1693 and played an important role inestablishing Islam in the Cape.     Now a South African film maker has taken on the mammoth task to tell the story of the icon’s life through documentary. A former religious studies academic, Dr Eugene Botha, believes the story of Sheikh Yusuf of Macassar is not only relevant to Muslims, but is also a story that all South Africans should know about. “The development phase of the documentary is currently underway and we hope to base this film on the life of the esteemed Sheik,” he told VOC Drivetime. Producers decided to follow the independent route with the film, which means that the documentary would need a fairly big budget. “We would need to travel to the locations throughout the world and also interview the academics working on his life story. It is actually a fairly big undertaking and not just a regular quick broadcast.” Challenge Botha said he was up for the challenge as it is a story that deserves ...

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