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 / Islamic charitable endowments and to start a Lifelong Waqf account to which they can contribute throughout their lives. The waqf is a voluntary gift of money or any other asset to the Almighty for His pleasure. It is a special kind of Islamic charity which needs to be popularised and proliferated across the community towards developing a Community Sovereign Fund. Its benefits go to all irrespective of colour or creed.
Contributions are made to a Waqf fund which in turn, is invested in some income producing project eg a rental property. Profits earned by the investment are then used by the community to fund much needed infrastructure and services. The capital is never consumed. Only profits that are generated and used. Hence, any Waqf fund therefore, is permanent or perpetual until the Day of Judgement.
Any school may contact Awqaf SA by email on firstname.lastname@example.org for further details and participation.
112 Barry Hertzog Avenue
For more information
Farouk Limalia: 0829599231
Ali Masango: 0112134000
Shahana Sujee (Al Aqsa School – Principal) 0118548426
Ismail Mahomed (Al Aqsa School – Educator)