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Athlone high school gets computer lab

AL-AZHAR High School in Athlone will be able to enjoy this Ramadan with a fully equipped computer lab, this due to the intervention of NGOs Awqaf South Africa and Africa Muslim Agency. Speaking after the opening ceremony held at the school premises (Monday 14 May), Awqaf deputy CEO, Mickaeel Collier, said it was exciting to see that learners would now be able to study Computer Application Technology (CAT) and be conversant with the digital universe. “It is so important that we equip our learners for the world they are going to enter after Grade 12. We feel this initiative will fully complement the life orientation and education the learners receive at Al Azhar. “We are excited, grateful to our co-sponsors, and looking forward to seeing these young people empower themselves,” he said. A smiling principal, Ashiek Manie, said that he was “thrilled” about the launch of the school’s first computer lab, made possible by the sponsorship. “The opening of the lab is a milestone in the lives of the 500 learners of Al Azhar High School. It will take our learning to a higher and enriched level. We are so grateful to our sponsors for prioritising education, and thereby securing the future of so many young people in our community.” Shaikh Riyad Fataar, Head of Education at the Muslim Judicial Council which governs the Al Azhar High School, said he was absolutely delighted at the school receiving a fully equipped computer lab. “We offer a fully integrated education, Islamic and ...

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Sisters Seerah Circle

Madina Institute and Awqaf SA presents a six week course covering lessons and inspiration from the life of our beloved Nabi (Salllahu alayhi wa aalihi wa salam) presented by Sr Zaheera Cajee (Madina Institute ’16) COURSE DATES: 6 X Sessions (Every Saturday) Commencing 17 February 2018 – 24 March 2018 Course Fee: R300 The course fee will include prints & refreshments. Who should attend: All sisters are welcomed! February 17 Feedback “To Know Him is to Love Him.” (Sallalahu ‘Alayhi Wasalam) 17 February- Commencement of the six week Sisters Seerah Circle, hosted by Awqaf-SA and Madina Institute SA. It was an inspirational and emotive start as we embarked on a journey of learning about the Greatest Human Being and Prophet to have lived (peace be upon him). It is incumbent upon every muslim to develop a profound love for the Beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). This week gives us an opportunity to reflect, as we learned about the exceptional character traits of the blessed fathers of the Prophet (peace be upon him) Haashim, Abdul Muttalib and Abdullah. We reflected and took lesson from the beautiful connection between the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and His blessed mother Aaminah, as her final words to Him (peace be upon him) echoed, “You are going to be sent to all of creation.” Next Saturday, we continue as we intend to love, implement, benefit and derive lesson from the Life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Photo highlights Registration: ...

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Charity group Awqaf South Africa launches the Ahmed Timol Endowment Fund

Awqaf SA press release: FOLLOWING the judgement in the North Gauteng High Court, which ruled Thursday that anti-apartheid activist, Ahmed Timol, was murdered while in detention at John Vorster Square 46 years ago, Awqaf South Africa have announced a R100, 000 endowment fund in his name. Timol, 29, was arrested in Johannesburg in October 1971 – and after five days of torture in detention – died after being pushed from the 10th floor of the police station. Officers at the time said he took his own life. A 1972 inquest ruled Timol’s death was suicide. The landmark case has renewed memories of apartheid-era police brutality uncovered by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1998. It has also given hope to families who lost loved ones in circumstances similar to the Timol family. In announcing the launch of the Awqaf South Africa Ahmed Timol Endowment Fund, Awqaf SA Chairman, Haroon Kalla, said it was a fitting tribute to a struggle hero, “a fearless young man who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that others could bask in the light of constitutional freedom.” Kalla said that beneficiaries of the endowment fund would be young people involved in political and developmental studies. We feel that this would be the best way to honour the memory of Ahmed Timol, and we are excited to make this announcement at such an important juncture. In South Africa, we cannot make progress without institutional memory and development. We feel forward- looking projects such as the Ahmed Timol Endowment Fund can ...

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Waqf: Its basic operational structure

Murat Çizakça studies waqfs evolution and economic contribution, one of the foremost institutional contributions of Muslims to humanity. by Prof. Dr Murat Çizakça[1] The waqf, its basic operational structure, development and contribution As its name suggests, this article deals with the modus operandi, evolution and economic contribution of waqfs, one of the foremost institutional contributions of Muslims to humanity. It is hoped that after reading this article, Muslims will be inspired to modernise and then re-apply this institution in their own countries. In Islam, accumulation of wealth and its redistribution are closely related. Once wealth is accumulated, Muslims are ordained to redistribute their wealth voluntarily. Income redistribution by resorting to taxation is not the preferred method; instead, helping the poor voluntarily, primarily through the waqfs, is definitively preferred (Cizakca, 2011). Charitable or philanthropic foundations are known in the Islamic world as waqf or habs. For westerners, not familiar with Islamic institutions, the traditional waqf can also be described, notwithstanding some differences, as a non-profit trust.[2] ‘When a person dies, all his/her acts come to an end, but three: recurring (ongoing) charity, or knowledge from which people benefit, or a pious offspring, who prays for him/her’ (Muslim, 1992) Recommended and encouraged by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), waqfs eventually became very popular. Indeed, Islamic economic history indicates that waqf, not zekat, was the most important institution for redistribution of wealth (Hodgson, 1974, II: 124). We have substantial historical evidence for this. For instance, during the 18th century, total revenue of waqfs in the ...

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