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AWQAF SA ATTENDS INTERNATIONAL FORUM IN MALAYSIA

AWQAF SA CEO, Zeinoul Abideen Cajee, and Awqaf ambassador, Sedick Isaacs, recently attended the Seventh Annual Global Waqf Conference held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Nearly 500 delegates from around the globe attended the annual event, which is hosted in a different country each year and focuses on issues surrounding waqf. According to Cajee, this year’s conference entitled “Taking Waqf into the Future” looked at the role of technology and the function of digitalisation with regards to waqf in a changing world. This was a potential game-changer as more and more people in the post-colonial world became aware of the instrument of waqf, something that was systematically destroyed by colonialism. Awqaf ambassador, Sedick Isaacs, said the conference had proved to be interesting, with lots of hard work ahead in South Africa. Cajee said an interesting point had been raised that western universities, such as Oxford and Harvard, had been using endowments, based on the waqf model, for a long time. Oxford, he said, had learned from the Crusaders when they came back from the Muslim world in the 12th century. The irony, he said, was that many Islamic countries and communities were not using the very same endowment waqf systems that the west had introduced from the east in the key area of education. Cajee delivered an address at the conference. He focused on efficiency and governance within ISF operators and supervisors, and on organisational challenges in the developmental context. Several countries, he said, had shown an interest in the South ...

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Facebook #SheMeansBusiness Digital Marketing Workshop

AboutOne Day Free WorkshopCalling all WOMEN OWNED BUSINESSES to attend a workshop to empower you with:DIGITAL MARKETING & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SKILLS so you may grow and enhance your business.Bring your own smartphone or laptop with. This is a joint event between Awqaf SA and Siyafunda to provide training to small and medium business enterprises. Siyafunda CTC enables Information and Community knowledge centres, where people can access computers, the internet, and other digital technologies that enable them to gather information, create, learn, and communicate with others while they develop essential digital skills. The focus is one the use of digital technologies to support community, economic, educational, and social development. Thus reducing isolation, bridging the digital divide and creating economic opportunities. Online registration is essential Select the desired City you wish to register for: Gauteng Lenasia (JHB) Western Cape Woodstock (CT) Facebook #SheMeansBusiness Nyanga: click here to register Facebook #SheMeansBusiness Harare: click here to register Facebook #SheMeansBusiness Ward 91: click here to register KZN Facebook #SheMeansBusiness Richards Bay KZN: click here to register Nana Memorial (JHB) event pics

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Awqaf of the Holy Prophet and his Noble Sahabah Book

The historic first translation into English by Awqaf SA of the Awqaf of the Holy Prophet (S) and some of his Noble Sahabah, a Juristic, Historical and Documented Study By Dr ʿAbd Allah bin Muḥammad bin Saʿd al-Ḥujailī Translated by Prof Yousuf Dadoo Waqf is one of the most vital instruments for social stability and transformation, yet it is probably the least understood of all Islamic practices. This is not made easier by the fact that there are no substantial texts on waqf available in the English language…particularly such a detailed description of the Awqaf of the Prophet (S) and his Sahaba (R). For the first time, Awqaf SA presents an accessible, readable and easily understandable basic text on waqf. Emanating from Madinah, waqf rose to underpin one of the world’s greatest civilisations. In this book, we are taken step-by-step through the history and the underlying juristic aspects of waqf. Pre-order your copy now: http://bit.ly/AwqafSAW

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AWQAF SA HANDS OVER X-RAY PRACTICE TO SULTAN BAHU CENTRE

Fordsburg Clinic gets a welcome boost Dr. Goolam Omar, a veteran radiologist who practiced in Lenasia at the Lenmed Clinic for many years, decided to downsize his practice and move it to Fordsburg, where he could get closer to people who needed his services. Originally built as a home for gold miners in the 1800s, Fordsburg has enjoyed a colourful history as a centre of social awareness. Today it is a vibrant multi-cultural hub in Johannesburg. Dr. Omar’s Fordsburg practice catered for foreigners and the needy, who could not traditionally afford x-ray services. This year, after decades of service, Dr. Omar decided to retire to a life of reflection. On 1 October 2017 – coinciding with 10 Muharram, an auspicious day on the Islamic calendar – Dr. Omar decided to donate his x-ray practice as a waqf to the National Awqaf Foundation of South Africa, Awqaf SA. Waqf is an Islamic institution introduced by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) where ethical investments and assets are bequeathed as a divine trust to benefit the community. The waqf property remains intact until the end of time, and cannot be sold or ceded. The most salient feature of a waqf trust is that it has to be sustainable, and proceeds from the core investment or asset – which cannot be touched – uses its profits to service the poor and the needy.  Haroon Kalla, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Awqaf SA, says the organisation gladly accepted this donation from Dr. Omar. “We ...

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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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