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Building sustainable charity for all – Awqaf SA says it’s looking good, but still a long way to go

By Shafiq Morton WAQF, or its plural “awqaf”, is an Islamic philanthropic instrument first developed by the Prophet Muhammad over 1,400 years ago. Whilst its principles of being self-sustaining without touching the original investment are said to date back to the Greeks and Persians, the early Muslims developed it into an institutional vehicle to uplift society. Although waqf is not specifically mentioned in the Qur’an – the primary source of Islamic legislation – the concept of wealth re-distribution is strongly emphasised. A Prophetic adage supports the idea of recurring charity, and it inspired the institution of Waqf together with the Qur’anic ethos of wealth re-distribution. The first recorded Waqf was when a Prophetic Companion, ‘Umar, bought some land in Khaybar, modern-day Saudi Arabia. The Prophet Muhammad advised him to make the property an inalienable public asset and to give its profits to charity. ’Umar did so, stipulating that the property – ceded to God in perpetuity – could not be used for anything other than its original purpose of social benefit and could not be sold, inherited or donated to someone else. Historically, all the great potentates of Islam have supported Waqf. During the Ottoman era the Caliphs only financed their judiciary and military, with infrastructural essentials such as schools, universities, water, hospitals, markets, feeding schemes, agriculture, roads, places of worship – and even pigeon coops – run for the benefit, and not expense, of the populace by independent Waqf institutions In recent decades, Waqf has experienced something of a ...

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Your Waqf can make the difference

10 Easy Steps on how to Make a Waqf Making a Waqf is easy. Just follow the steps below: 1. Make a niyyah that you wish to make a Waqf. 2. Decide whether you want the Waqf for your personal benefit or esaale thawaab of a near and dear or deceased person. 3. Decide whether you want the Waqf to be discretionary or designated. 4. If designated, you need to decide what the designation of your Waqf shall be. Eg education, dawah, trees etc. Read more here  

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R100,000 Waqf for Quranic studies

  Against the backdrop of the melodious verses of the Holy Qur’an and a hall packed to capacity with around 1,300 guests, the Laudium Muslim community honoured over 250 huffath, by commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Madressah Hifzul Qur’an and the 1,400th year of the revelation of the Holy Qur’an. The event was held at the Central Islamic School (CIS) jointly organized by the madressah and the National Awqaf Foundation of South Africa (Awqaf SA) on Sunday. In a show of solidarity and unity under the banner of the Holy Qur’an, several leading schools and madressahs of Tshwane participated. These included Al-Asr Educational Institute, Al Ghazali College, Al-Nur Islamic Centre, Bilal Masjid, Central Islamic School; Darul Uloom Pretoria, Darul Uloom Qaderiya, Madressah Darus Salaam, Madressah Hifzul Qur’an, Madressah Rahmania, Pretoria Muslim Trust Sunni School, Tshwane Muslim School, and the Universal Islamic Cultural Trust. Chairman of the Council of Mutawallees (Trustees) of Awqaf SA, Haroon Kalla, said the objective of the event was to bring all the schools and madressahs together under the banner of the Holy Qur’an as the uniting factor. He described the event as “a first in the community”. He also announced the initial contribution by anonymous donors of an amount of R100,000 towards a dedicated Waqf or Islamic Charitable Endowment to Awqaf SA to further the study of the transformational message of the Holy Qur’an and the learning and teaching of the Arabic language. He urged the community to add to this endowment which will be ...

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Corporate Staff Waqf Fund Launched

The Muslim Workgroup Committee (MWC) has for several years collected money from staff members of various Corporates and sympathizers during the holy month of Ramadaan to provide Eid food hampers to the destitute and needy. After much thought and deliberation at an historic meeting between the MWC and the National Awqaf Foundation of South Africa (Awqaf SA) during Ramadaan 1431/2010, it was agreed that the MWC would initiate a groundbreaking Corporate Staff Waqf Fund (CSWF) in collaboration with Awqaf SA primarily to provide sustainable funding for projects and programmes as well as a contribution towards the revival of an important Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (s). As beneficiaries of much of the infrastructure developed by our forbears – mainly small traders – it was now our turn as staff members of the corporate world to leave a legacy for the future. How does it work?  It’s simple. As a staff member you are requested to complete the monthly debit order (included in this flyer) for whatever sum you wish. A Waqf account will be opened in your name in Awqaf SA and your waqf donations will be pooled and invested by Awqaf SA. The income distribution to downstream projects and programmes will be done in consultation with the Trustees (Waqf Mutawallees) appointed by corporate staff donors.  Reports will be provided on an annual basis. S18 tax certificates will be provided on request. The Power of numbers:   If 5000 staff members throughout the corporate sector donates an average of R100 per ...

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