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Fatima al-Fihri

Fatima al-Fihri, who was born in Tunisia, she came from a well-educated family. In the early 9th century, Fatima migrated with her father and sister from Qayrawan in Tunisia to Fez in Morocco. Upon the death of her father, Fatima inherited a large fortune. Fatima al-Fihri used this wealth to establish the first university in 859 in the 9th century. Ibn Khaldun the famous historian was an alumni at this university. The university still exists today, offering Islamic Studies, Legal Sciences and Comparative Jurisprudence, which subsequently became one of the leading spiritual and educational centers of the historic Muslim world. It is the oldest continually operating educational institution in the world and is sometimes referred to as the world’s oldest university, by being the first institution to award degrees indicative of different levels of study. The mosque is also still in operation, and is one of the largest in North Africa. Ustadha Zaynab Ansari in the Muslimah Media series talks about Fatima al-Fihri who established the first University of Al Quaraouiyine in Fez, Morocco In this video: Great Muslim Women: Fatima al-Fihriyya Founder of the First University in the World (Qarawiyyin) Mufti Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf Mangera speaks in details about the contribution made by Fatima al-Fihri to Islamic Education.

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Apartheid Story Submission – submit your story

What is Apartheid? Apartheid was a system of institutionalised racial segregation and discrimination that existed in South Africa from 1948 until the early 1990s. The system was based on white supremacy and the repression of the black majority (Africans, coloureds and Asian South Africans) for the benefit of the politically and economically dominant Afrikaner minority and other whites. Apartheid legislation itself was repealed in 1991,and a non-racial government was established following national elections in 1994. Apartheid Story Submission Send us your stories about life in Apartheid times. Relate an incident or the general feeling of living in the oppressive regime. Include the following: Name & Surname of storyteller Area lived in at the time Attach pictures & videos if available Max 1000 words Submit your stories to [email protected] Submission period: 16 April 2018 – 16 June 2018 Follow us on the following social media platforms for updates: Instagram @awqafsa Facebook /awqafsasouthafrica Enquiries Fatima Kazee Tel: +27 72 400 4200 Email: [email protected] Visit: www.awqafsa.org.za for more information Flyer      

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Kidz Popsicle Art Workshop

Attend this fun filled Kidz Art Workshop facilitated by renowed Calligrapher Rafique Cajee. Learn hands on Calligraphy art using popsicle sticks. Create your own masterpiece. Make Calligraphy your child’s hobby. An introductory Calligraphy workshop was conducted by Rafique Cajee, Saturday 27th Jan 2018 at the Awaqaf SA Johannesburg office: 112 Barry Hertzog Avenue, Greenside. NB> THE 12.00PM -2.00PM session is now fully booked. Next Session Bookings are now open for 2.30PM – 4.30PM.  DONT MISS OUT! . Workshop Details Saturday 3 February 2018 Time: 12.00pm to 2.00pm Age: 8 to 16yrs Address Details: Venue: Awqaf SA Centre, 112 Barry Hertzog Ave, Greenside Cost: R250,00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Rand) including materials and light refreshments. (Part proceeds into the childs waqf fund) Limited Space. Book Early. Online Registration Essential for each child/ individual. Click here to Register:  https://bit.ly/2BpvC8T Enquiries: Rafique @ 0823536186 / Amina @ 0847860711 www.awqafsa.org.za

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2015 Annual Qira’ah Competition

The South African Qur`aan Union, with its experience in hosting provincial and national competitions since 2005, has embarked on the landmark initiative to create the International Qur`aan Recital Award (IQRA) in an attempt to honour the efforts of students and teachers of the Holy Qur`aan throughout the world. The event serves as an added encouragement for individuals to improve, and hence the aim of the competition is to promote and maintain high levels of Qur`anic learning and service, as well as to train and earmark successful (local) candidates for other international platforms. Apart from including reciters from other countries, the event also features a female contest, and a special section for past winners (champs of champs` category). Other than the recital contests, the event also features the `Servant of the Holy Qur`aan Award` where an individual is honoured for his/ her role in propagating the Qur`aan in South Africa. The entire event, which will be video streamed throughout the world on www.livestream.com/channel4sa, is to take place from 10 to 13 September 2015 at Ahmedi Masjid, Grassy Park, Cape Town. Awqaf SA has been a supporter of this event since inception and is instrumental in establishing the Gauteng Chapter of  the Qira’ah  Competition along with the SA Qur’aan Union.

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Awqaf SA – Boland Islamic Council sign MOU

ALHAMDULLILAH Awqaf SA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Boland Islamic Council (BIC) which represents all the outlying town’s of Cape Town. In the MOU the two organisations agreed to cooperate on joint projects. The establishment of a waqf fund in the name of BIC to which Awqaf SA handed over a cheque of R100 000 towards the establishment of the Boland Islamic Council Waqf Fund. Mickaeel Collier, Deputy CEO of Awqaf SA said: “The BIC will promote Awqaf SA as part of a road show to all the towns of the Boland.” The MOU was signed at the historic site of the Faure Karamat where Shaykh Yusuf lies buried, and at the site where the first muslim community in South Africa was formed. The MOU was signed in front of thousands of people and broadcast live on radio voice of the Cape. Br Mickaeel beseeches Allah to allow this cooperation to grow from strength to strength insha’Allah and asks all concerned to make dua for success. Br Zeinoul Abedien Cajee, Awqaf SA CEO said : ” We are very excited about this initiative and wish to say Barakallahu Fi Kum and Jazakumullahu khairan to all who made this possible – the BIC team and the Awqaf SA team. We wish to particularly thank our Waqf donors who have embraced the waqf concept and helped Awqaf SA reach this point. A special thanks also to our Mutawakllees/ trustees who have supported the management team. We are confident that ...

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