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ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR T20 YOUTH CRICKET TOURNAMENT

Awqaf SA in association with Primroses Cricket Club will host the fourth annual T20 Youth Cricket Tournament from 16th – 19 December 2019 in Cape Town. A record 68 teams from the U-11 to U-17 age categories, girls’ teams as well as 150 mini-cricketers will take to the field in what has become the largest T20 Youth Cricket Tournament of its kind in South Africa. This year’s event is of added significance as it will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death in detention of Imam Abdullah Haron at the hands of the apartheid regime. “Imam Haron was not only a religious leader and political activist who gave his life in advocating social justice, but he was also an avid sportsman who played a significant role in non-racial sport,” Awqaf Deputy CEO and tournament convenor, Mickaeel Collier explained. The T20 Youth Cricket Tournament started from humble beginnings in 2016 and is hosted in association with Primrose Cricket Club and held under the patronage of Cricket South Africa vice president, Beresford Williams and Western Province Cricket Association CEO, Nabeal Dien. Collier said the tournament is aimed at giving equal opportunity to our youth, irrespective of their economic and social backgrounds. “In today’s day-and-age so much participation in sporting events is reserved for only those who have the funds. Our tournament is a family-friendly event that aims to embody all the positive values of post-apartheid South Africa… we have deliberately chosen to remain at grassroots grounds.” “The four-day tournament aims to promote ...

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Iqra International Qur’aan Recital Award 2019

The annual International Qur’aan Recital Awards (IQRA) successfully took place from 25- 27 October 2019 at Al Jaamiah Uthmaania Masjid, Bonteheuwel, Cape Town. Organised by the South African Qur’aan Union, South African National Zakah Fund, Awqaf SA, and Madrasah Tarteelul Quraan, in conjunction with the Bonteheuwel Moslem Society Trust, the event is used as a platform to train upcoming local reciters for international competitions and to maintain high standards of recitation. Preceded by various preliminary programs throughout the country, the four- day event is a culmination of months of hard work and preparation on the part of the participants. Contestants in the male section, who consisted of individuals of up to ten different nationalities, were divided into four age categories whilst the female division comprised a single section. The best performing reciters were as follows: Female category:Shahieda Jabaar, Cape TownSameera Nanabhay, Johannesburg Yasmeen Dante, Cape Town Under 15-year category:Imdaadullah Jeebhai, Pretoria Abdul Qaadir Nackerdien, Cape TownM. Talgha Allie, Cape Town Under 18-year category:Uzayr Eshaq, Pietermaritzburg Ammaar Hoosen, Cape Town Abduragmaan De Roos, Cape Town Under 23-year category:Raeez Nackerdien, Strand Abdul Haq Essack, Newcastle Ismail Moolla, Springs 24 years and over:Muhammad Hossen, Mauritius Irshaad Ahmed, Cape TownUbaidullah Abowat, Estcourt In the special feature, known as the ‘Champ of Champs category’, winners from the previous competitions were engaged in an open- aged recital challenge. These contestants were required to recite from an unprepared, randomly selected, portion of the Qur’aan. Tanzanian national, Muhammad Harun Hasan, was adjudicated the top reciter in this section, ...

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Youth Rugby Festival

Imam Haron Rugby Festival creates awareness and social cohesion

Written by Shafiq Morton When Imam Abdullah Haron, a sports lover, was forced by the Group Areas Act to move from Claremont to Landsdowne, he built a first story veranda at his house that overlooked the City Park rugby field.City Park in the 1960s was one of the only privately owned non-white sporting facilities. It was also used for public events – and ironically for the funeral of Imam Haron after his death in detention in September 1969. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 45 year-old Imam Haron’s passing, and to commemorate the imam’s love of sport, the Imam Haron Foundation and Awqaf SA, in conjunction with Primroses Rugby Club, hosted the Imam Haron Commemorative Rugby Festival at its Rosmead grounds this weekend.Primroses, one of SA’s oldest rugby clubs, produced many star players during the non-racial South African Council of Sport (SACOS) era. The club has also produced Springbok players such as Eddie Andrews and Nizaam Carr. Ahmad Albertus, Primrose youth convenor, hailed the festival, saying that the club had been struggling to host a community tournament. “We are chuffed that Awqaf SA and the Imam Haron Foundation have given us the opportunity,” he said, adding that the festival was not about winning, but about social cohesion. Chris Diedericks, head youth coach of Goodwood-based NTK, said his club was happy to be part of the festival that in the spirit of rugby united people from different backgrounds. According to festival convenor, Fahmi Galant, the Imam Haron Commemorative Rugby ...

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Mathematics Intervention Programme creates excitement in KZN

AWQAF SA, in collaboration with Al-Falaah College, Albaraka Bank, Printworx, the KZN Education Department and KWay, embarked on successful matric Maths intervention programmes during August at the Al-Falaah College in Springfield, Durban, and at the Ladysmith Civic Centre.    About The programme was specially targeted at underperforming learners who required a boost to enable a pass at the end of the year.  Learners who obtained 30% to 40% in the June examinations were sent invitations by KZN Education to attend intensive two day workshops.  The workshops were presented by coach and mentor, Mr Muhammad Khota, of the Gauteng-based KWay Maths Institute. Grade 12 learners and educators from over 55 Department of Basic Education schools, and four Association of Muslim Schools, attended the workshops. Learners from around KZN travelled from as far afield as 60 kms to get to Al-Falaah College and Ladysmith.    Mohammed Zaffar Ahmed, one of the facilitators, said that they had experienced an encouraging response, with more than 250 learners attending each day.  Format “Classes commenced at 08:30 and ended at 14:45, with the learners enjoying a good lunch.  Learners and educators requested more of these classes to be held, as they found them not only beneficial but user-friendly. The learners were enthralled by the short-cut methods shown by the coach to complete intricate examples that had previously flummoxed them.   “Judging from the many positive responses of teachers and learners who attended, our Maths intervention was hailed a success,” he said.  According to Coach Muhammad Khota of KWay, the ...

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Mandela Day – 67 minutes for Peace Initiative

Awqaf SA joined the 67 minutes for Peace Initiative by the Cape Argus. Young people from accross Cape Town gathered at San Souci Girls High School to share messages of how they can bring about peace in their communities. These inspirational young people have been supported by the groundbreaking work undertaken by community peace builder and academic Professor Brian Williams. The leaners will form part of the Peace Ambassadors programme and have produced 67 essays on how they view their communities and how to bring about peace within them. Awqaf SA deputy CEO, Mickaeel Collier addressed the gathering and shared some personal experiences of visiting war torn countries and the destructive effect violence has on communities. He further encouraged the young learners to become active participants in the process of social change and encouraged the gathering to #SharetheCare. #MandelaDay #Madiba #youthdevelopment #peace Media Press Clippings Cape Argus Front page article Radio Radio Islam presenter: Annisa Essack conducted a post-event interview about the Mandela Day program and she focussed on the Peace Ambassador Program during her interview. Here is the podcast of the interview: click here Radio Islam interview: Peace Ambassador Program Photo highlights High School learner presenting her Peace essayHigh School learner presenting her Peace essay Cape Argus Editor: Aziz HartleyAwqaf SA Deputy CEO: Mickaeel CollierFaseegah Rossie presenting her Peace essayHigh School learner presenting his Peace essay

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