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Muslim Charter Initiative

Brief Rationale: Muslims have been living in SA for over 350 years and have established themselves as a permanent, entrenched community made up of diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious sub groups within contexts colonial; apartheid, and now a Democratic Republic of South Africa. The Muslim Community of SA has made and continues to make contributions in all spheres of South African life including the economic, political, and social arenas. The Muslim Community of SA has established a myriad of NGO’s operating for the benefit of Muslims as well as the broader community.  There needs to develop a Charter – among Muslim organisations / persons and accepted by the broader Muslim Community to create a platform of mutual cooperation and understanding of Muslims, Islam and the role of Muslim community organizations and personalities in the years to come. The document will serve as a directional tool and provide guidance on understanding the Muslim community of South Africa.    Comments and inputs welcome: First Draft SA Muslim Charter now available Click here to Read or to Download

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Giving Vision to the Poor through Cataract Camps.

Awqaf SA donors, the Pakistan Community of SA, and the Islamic Medical Association of SA have joined hands in  co-sponsoring cataract  operations among the poor and indigent in Sebokeng, Gauteng.  Since its launch by the IMA in 2005,   403  cataract operations were done giving back their vision at no cost to the patient. Dr Shabbir Hussain,  senior ophthalmologist of the project said “It costs between R7000-R14000 for a single eye operation. These are done free of charge in our Camps. There is a backlog of 300 patients at Sebokeng  and thousands more at the country’s largest eye hospital St Johns. Patients are on a waiting list until 2010. We would like to thank Awqaf SA donors, the IMA and the PC for their support”.  Patient Thandiwe who just had her operation done said: “May God bless all. I can see now and I am so very happy”. Donors may make contribute any amount as  Waqf/Sadaqah Jariyah  or alternatively contribute towards a  cataract operation.

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