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Let’s join hands campaign for Water Wells

Let’s join hands campaign By Shanaaz Hassem Jaylarnie In 2010, The Muslim Woman Magazine and AwqafSA embarked on a project to raise funds to build a well in Malawi. The project ran over a period of three months, and with the Grace and mercy of Almighty Allah, and the generosity of our readers, we raised funds to build not one, but eleven wells in Malawi. This year, we have decided to embark on a project similar to this. We have decided to bring this heart warming project home to South Africa, and once again appeal to you, our readers to join us in raising funds to provide clean, running water to communities in South Africa who are in desperate need of these services. AwqafSA, is in the process of examining and assessing which areas and options would be most viable for this project. In South Africa, these water projects work on a borehole system which could cost anything between R25,000.00 to R40,000.00. These vast differences in price depend on location, and since the drillers will have no indication of how deep they will have to dig, the costs can only be confirmed after the drilling process is complete. With the intensity of this project, we require the assistance of everyone. We need to hold hands and inspire our loved ones and all we know to join this initiative, by donating funds towards this project. Once again, together we can do more. Follow the following steps to contribute to this project: ...

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Cape Town to host SA Qur’aan Union Awards

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful As-Salamu `Alaykum | Peace be upon you The South African Qur’aan Union presents its 6th National Qur’aan Awards. The event will run over the period 21- 23 September 2012 at the Maitland Masjid (Coronation road, Maitland), Cape Town.  There are two types of participation: National Qur’aan recital competition- this category is divided in three age categories, namely: Category A (under 18), Category B (under 25), and  Category C (26 years and over). Participants will be evaluated in the  areas of proper and correct recitation of Qur’aan, voice control, and beautiful and melodious presentation. This section is for males only. Servant of the Holy Qur’aan Award- a special token of recognition to individuals in acknowledgement of their contribution in spreading or propagating the Qur’an in South Africa. The organisers will select a beneficiary for the award from nominations forwarded by the public. Entries for participation and further details can be found at   or Mobile website> . A number of top Qurraa from different countries will be reciting at various venues in Cape Town as of 17 September 2012, as a run- up to the event. Insha-Allah. South African Qur’aan Union further invites other organizations to partner in this initiative. Anyone who wishes to volunteer their  services, make donations to this noble event (or any other general inquiries), may contact the organization on email: <> Kindly forward to interested persons.   Yours in the service of Qur’aan South African Qur’aan ...

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A Tribute to Shaykh Yusuf of Macassar

In South Sulawesi, there are seven Religious Leader known as “Wali Pitue”, and one of them is Syekh Yusuf Al-Makassary. The first written source which reveals the life of Syekh Yusuf Makassar is the traditional book of history belongs to Makassarese-buginese, that is the so-called “Lontara”. There are three Lontara which inform much of his life, namely lontara Tallo, lontara Gowa and lontara Bilangngang. It was the three lontara considered to very reliable in tracing Riwawayana Tuanta Salamaka ri Gowa (the history of our safe master in Gowa, i.e. Syekh Yusuf al-Makassar). Besides, oral tradition which is famous among Buginese-Makassarese people in South Sulawesi could also tell us such history. According to “Lontara Bilangngang”, the heritage of the twin kingdoms, Gowa-Tallo, Syekh Yusuf was born on 3 July 1626 M coinciding with 8 Syawal 1036 H. The story of his birth was told in oral tradition in Buginese-Makassarese society and it become agreement among them. This fact indicates that his birth was 20 years after Gowa and Tallo kingdoms being Islamized by an Ulama from Minangkabau, namely Abdul Kadir Khatib Tunggal or popularly called Dato’ri Bandang. As an ordinary human, he was born on the earth through his father and mother. As stated in Lontara Riwaya’na Tuanta Salama ri Gowa, his father is Galarrang Moncongloe, a brother in one mother line of the 15th King of Gowa Imanga’rangi Daeng Manrabia or Popularly known as Sultan Alauddin, the first king who converted to Islam and declared Islam as the formal religion ...

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Sh Yusuf documentary in the making

  South African and  Cape Town Muslims in particular often do not realise that their history is rooted in a colourful and undiscovered legacy of famous scholars, such as Abadin Tadia Tjoessoep, more commonly known as Sheik Yusuf of Macassar. Known as the ‘Father of Islam in South Africa’, his shrine remains one of the most important religious and historical sites for Muslims in the country. The alim, who was of noble descent, was exiled to the Cape of Good Hope in 1693 and played an important role inestablishing Islam in the Cape.     Now a South African film maker has taken on the mammoth task to tell the story of the icon’s life through documentary. A former religious studies academic, Dr Eugene Botha, believes the story of Sheikh Yusuf of Macassar is not only relevant to Muslims, but is also a story that all South Africans should know about. “The development phase of the documentary is currently underway and we hope to base this film on the life of the esteemed Sheik,” he told VOC Drivetime. Producers decided to follow the independent route with the film, which means that the documentary would need a fairly big budget. “We would need to travel to the locations throughout the world and also interview the academics working on his life story. It is actually a fairly big undertaking and not just a regular quick broadcast.” Challenge Botha said he was up for the challenge as it is a story that deserves ...

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Mosque goes green for nature

Despite green being the colour used to represent Islam, many Muslims do not ‘Go Green’ in their daily lives, so the Youth Engineering the Future Trust aimes to change this. Five times a day Muslims around the world wash their hands and feet with water to perform wudhu (ablution) before performing Salaah (prayers). In the process they use about 41 litres of water daily. An innovative project by a Cape Town based youth group, the Youth Engineering the Future Trust (YEF) aspires to encourage Muslims to recycle wudhu water by using it for their gardens. The concept, called the “Green Masjid Project”, encourages the youth to come up with fresh ideas for conservation. YEF partnered with the National Awqaf Foundation of South Africa (Awqaf SA), a charitable endowment-receiving organisation, after they endorsed their idea to recycle wudhu water. YEF was initiated by the Islamic Media Agency and is supported by the Muslim Judicial Council. The fund aims to develop youth, particularly high school drop-outs. According to YEF project manager Sanaa Petersen, “the purpose of the organization is to make mosques an integral part of youth development and one of its major projects are the environment and water care”. Peterson said finding a way to capture the water was the first hurdle which was solved by it being captured into a drum that has been inserted into the ground with a fully installed filtration system. Once the drum is full, it then pumps out onto a planted garden. With the support ...

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