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K Way Maths Institute / Awqaf SA Maths Intervention Ladysmith

K Way Maths Institute and Awqaf SA conducted a Maths Intervention for 500 learners at the Ezhakeni Community Hall, Ladysmith, KZN from the 22 – 23 August 2017. This was a much needed intervention as learners were producing less than 30% in their Mathematics examinations. The aim of this exercise was to train 500 learners from previously disadvantaged areas in Mathematics in preparation for the 2017 Preliminary Examinations. The learners were transported by their respective schools to the Ezhakeni Community Hall which was a central point. All arrangements for venue and seating were arranged effectively by Mr Sujaad and Mrs Zohra from the Awqaf SA Ladysmith branch. Mohammed Khota from the K Way Maths Institute added that “It was a humbling experience to meet learners and educators from the Ezakheni District in KZN. Educators and learners face major challenges in Mathematics in terms of content and understanding.” Awqaf SA will continue to assist and uplift these poorly performing areas and be of  a greater assistance on a national level.    

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Receiving Ubuntu, Turkey ambassador meets the community

By Shafiq Morton At a reception dinner hosted by AWQAF SA, held at the Ghazali Centre in Pretoria on 23 August, incoming Turkish ambassador to SA, Elif Comuglu Ulgen, paid tribute to the warm welcome she had received upon arriving in South Africa. A career diplomat who has worked at the UN, NATO and in Pakistan, she is also the serving ambassador for Swaziland and Lesotho. In her address to ulama, community leaders, ambassadors and NGOs, she said that she was touched by her reception upon landing in South Africa. Explaining that landing in a new country can be a daunting experience, she paid tribute to the role of Middle East envoy, Muhammad Dangor – former SA ambassador to Syria and Libya – who took time to ease her into the South African diplomatic landscape. “Ubuntu is what happened to me, and I pay tribute to South African friendship. You are in our hearts. Turkish people never forget their enemies and they never forget their friends,” she said. In a wide-ranging address, the ambassador touched on a number of issues, including Syria. She said meeting the imam of the mosque at the Ghazali Centre had been a moving experience, as he originally came from Aleppo. She said that Turkey’s role in opening her borders to refugees from the Syrian crisis was more than just an issue of them being refugees. Aleppo was a beautiful, historic city with Ottoman heritage. “Syrians are our own people,” she explained, adding that before the ...

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Grade 7 Learners of Al Aqsa School contribute to “My Waqf”

PRESS RELEASE: Grade 7 Learners of Al Aqsa School contribute to “My Waqf” On Thursday, 7 August 2017, Grade 7 learners Al Aqsa School Extension 5 in Lenasia became the first to be recognised as My Waqf Donors. Each of the learners contributed around R100 into a lifelong My Waqf Account held in Awqaf SA. 27 Grade7 learners were presented with Waqf Certificates for their investments in everlasting charity. Brothers Zeinoul Abedien Cajee, Goolam Hoosen Kolia and Muhammad Ali Masango from Awqaf SA were present to award the certificates to the learners. In congratulating the learners, Br Zeinoul explained the concept to the 400 strong learners and educators of the school. “The Waqf is an Islamic permanent charitable endowment which has perpetual benefits and Thawaab. Its like planting a seed. The seed grows into a tree. The tree produces fruit. More seeds are produced. More trees are grown. The fruit can be sold. The proceeds can be used to benefit the poor and need in perpetuity. More people can benefit from the profits. Congratulations to Al Aqsa School for having set the example towards perpetual charity.” Br Ismail Mahomed, educator and promoter of the project at Al Aqsa, commended the learners for this significant achievement. Principal Shahaana Sujee emphasised the uniqueness of the concept and encouraged all the learners of all schools in Lenasia to follow this example.   The Awqaf SA “My Waqf” project is a national campaign to get young people to understand the concept of waqf / ...

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UUCSA / AWQAF SA Declares Friday 9 June “My Waqf Friday”

The United Ulama Council of South Africa (UUCSA)* and the National Awqaf Foundation of South Africa (AWQAF SA) have jointly announced and declared Friday 9 June / 14 Ramadaan as MY WAQF FRIDAY. A special “MY WAQF KHUTBAH” (Friday sermon/lecture) has been prepared jointly by the two organisations and circulated to UUCSA affiliates together with additional resource material. In a statement issued to UUCSA affiliates, the Secretary General, Moulana Yusuf Patel said: “The United Ulama Council of South Africa has endorsed the Call made by various Ulama and Awqaf SA to declare the second Jumu’ah of Ramadaan as MY WAQF FRIDAY . It is in this light that this Khutbah has been jointly prepared. We implore all Friday Imams to deliver this Khutbah (with your additions and amendments) on Friday 9th June 2017 ( 14th Ramadhan 1438) as a national lecture on waqf. Affiliates are urged to request Imams within your constituency to speak on waqf and circulate the My Waqf Khutbah to them together with the additional resource material. Your cooperation will help in reviving the forgotten legacy of waqf especially at a time when we need to initiate sustainable economic, social and educational development programmes in our country which has an official unemployment rate of 26.5%. and where   about 63% of young South African children live in poverty.  “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” “   Read/ Download the My Waqf Khutbah By Hafez Abu Bakr  

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Ramadaan 1438

  “Time to re-establish the Divine & Prophetic Waqf System.” On behalf of Awqaf SA Ramadaan Kareem mutawallees, management and ambassadors, we wish all a blessed and joyous Ramadaan. May we spend this Holy month reflecting on our role as participants in the process of addressing inequality and promote social cohesion within our society. The holy month of Ramadan unites all Muslims in fasting, feasting, worship and prayer. It is a time for contemplation, spirituality and brotherhood. It is also known and recognised as the month of the Qur’an Allah (SW) says: Let us resolve this Ramadaan that we will become agents of change. Let us resolve that we will help to re establish the waqf system as a way to empower the Muslim Ummah. Let every Muslim who can afford even a little, contribute to a waqf fund of his/ her choice. AWQAF SA IS HERE TO HELP. May we increase in righteous actions, and do good deeds sincerely for Allah Alone, Ameen. info@awqafsa.org.za awqafsa.org.za Pledge online now You may contribute to our pledge via Payfast. It is a simple and easy way which enables you to use your Credit Card. Awqaf SA Ramadaan Program Photo highlights Day 1    

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