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Give a Fasting Certificate to your child

Awqaf SA has developed a programme for young children under the banner of “Children of Islam.” As part of this programme various Childrens’ activities are run in-conjunction with a other organizations to celebrate our youth and inculcate within them the values of Islam under the theme “Love, Learn & Live Islam”As part of this wider programme we have developed and partnered with organizations like the Voice of The Cape radio, Star International Primary & High school and others “The Fasting Children of Islam Certificates” which are geared towards rewarding and encouraging young Muslim children who have completed the full/part fast or during the month of Ramadaan. We have designed two certificates; 1. For kids that have fasted the entire month and 2; a certificate of those who could only manage to fast a few days of the month.In a hadith the Prophet (SAW) said:“There are seven categories of people who be under the shade of Allah on the Day when there is no shade except His Shade…” one of these categories is “…a youth who has been raised in the worship of Allah.”As parents the greatest gift that we can give to our children is to instill within them the love for Islam.These certificates are therefore a recognition of their sacrifices during the month of Ramadaan and we encourage all parents to print the certificates and present it to their children on the day of Eid, Insha’Allah   Download the certificates   Click here to download  full Ramadaan Fasting Certificate ...

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MSA spearheads Project IQra with Sanzaf & Awqaf SA

                      The Muslim Students Association (MSA) – the largest Muslim student representative body in the country in conjunction with the South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF)  and the National Awqaf Foundation of South Africa (Awqaf SA)  have embarked on the largest student driven educational development initiative, Project IQra. The project, which forms as MSA’s annual flagship project aims to fullfil three primary objectives: To assist in satisfying a basic need within society and assist in breaking the poverty cycle, by initiating a broad sustainable development project. To develop university students by fostering mass student involvement, creating unity and decreasing student apathy by encouraging social consciousness and fostering cultural understanding among students. To develop a project that can be easily replicable by other organizations, societies and campuses. Project targets: Providing 3000 grade 11 learners with essential materials to pass Matric Providing 15 schools with essential teacher facilitating materials Providing 3000 grade 11 learners with essential knowledge & materials to get into a tertiary institute Organising and facilitating a mass career’s day for 3000 grade 11 learners Collecting R3-Million in funds How will we do this? Project IQra spans five phases: Fundraising and advertising for the project and getting support from various organisations including the South African Department of Education (DoE). This will take place from June until  17 September. Actively identifying schools, engaging with them and based on the identifying process, establishing the needs of the schools and learners. This will take place during August. So ...

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Youth distribute iftar packs

Local youth participated in an annual project initiated by Awqaf SA, Nurul Ain, The Muslim Judicial Council and the Turkish humanitarian organisation IHH by helping to package and distribute iftar meal packs to underprivileged Muslims in the Cape Peninsula.  Over 500 iftar and suhur packs were delivered to mosques in Khayelitsha, Strand, Delft and surrounding areas. Each pack was able to feed a peson for four meals and included milk, instant soup, porridge, noodles, rice, maize meal, tea, sugar and dates, amongst others. According to organisers, the project has three goals. “Firstly, it is to conscientise the community of the conditions of our brothers and sisters in the townships and our responsibility towards them; secondly; to provide, albeit in a small way, a temporary food relief mechanism; and thirdly; the development and training of a new generation of community workers.”  For more information contact Br Mickaeel Collier 0822164269 Courtesy: Voice of the Cape  

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Mosque goes green for nature

Despite green being the colour used to represent Islam, many Muslims do not ‘Go Green’ in their daily lives, so the Youth Engineering the Future Trust aimes to change this. Five times a day Muslims around the world wash their hands and feet with water to perform wudhu (ablution) before performing Salaah (prayers). In the process they use about 41 litres of water daily. An innovative project by a Cape Town based youth group, the Youth Engineering the Future Trust (YEF) aspires to encourage Muslims to recycle wudhu water by using it for their gardens. The concept, called the “Green Masjid Project”, encourages the youth to come up with fresh ideas for conservation. YEF partnered with the National Awqaf Foundation of South Africa (Awqaf SA), a charitable endowment-receiving organisation, after they endorsed their idea to recycle wudhu water. YEF was initiated by the Islamic Media Agency and is supported by the Muslim Judicial Council. The fund aims to develop youth, particularly high school drop-outs. According to YEF project manager Sanaa Petersen, “the purpose of the organization is to make mosques an integral part of youth development and one of its major projects are the environment and water care”. Peterson said finding a way to capture the water was the first hurdle which was solved by it being captured into a drum that has been inserted into the ground with a fully installed filtration system. Once the drum is full, it then pumps out onto a planted garden. With the support ...

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Children of Islam Jalsah 2011 – a Huge Success!

On Sunday the 25th of September, 5000 children from indigenous, traditional and expat Muslim communities celebrated 1400 years since the revelation of the Quraan to Islam’s most revered prophet, Mohammed SAW. The 2nd Children of Islam Jalsah echoed across the Johannesburg Ellis Park sports arena as about 60 bus-loads of school children participated in an interactive extravaganza of Quranic recitation, plays, historical stories and musical performances. Under the theme of Love, Learn and Live the Qur’an, the event celebrated the post apartheid heritage week, yet it focused on the most important heritage of a Muslim, the role and relevancy of the Quran in the 21st Century. Surprise guest Zain Bhika also made his appearance much to the applause of the crowd. A rendition of the SA National Anthem in Arabic by the Bosmont Muslim School was a crowd pleaser, as were various nasheeds and songs. However what got the attention of many was the recollection of the contribution of Muslim inventions inspired by the Qur’an,  to the advancement of mankind, aptly captured in the inspirational play From the Dark ages to the Golden age. The aim of the Jalsah also strengthened the bonds of friendship and unity between SA’s varied community of Muslims, reaching across all spectrums of society. One of the main organizers of the event was AWQAF SA. Deputy CEO Ismail Munshi told Lenasia Times that the aim of the event was to encourage children not only to read and learn the Qur’an, but to practice the message ...

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