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Journey through the Quran Convention

The Islamic Forum in association with The Islamic Institute for Development & Research (IIDR-London) hosted its first convention for the year over the Easter weekend (14-17th April 2017). Instructed by Shaykh Hasan Al-Banna, the founding director of IIDR, the course: Journey through the Quran presented an overview of the 114 chapters of the Quran over the 4 days from 9am to 5pm. The convention which was held at Varsity College in Riverside, Durban, was attended by 120 participants from a diverse set of backgrounds with participants ranging in age from 10 to 82. The Islamic Forum has received overwhelmingly positive feedback on the convention with many participants wishing it had continued beyond the four days. Based on the success of this convention, The Islamic Forum will be hosting more events with a special focus on the Quran in the upcoming months. To be kept in the loop and noticed of ...

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Varsity Indaba – Career Guidance for School Learners

  The exciting and informative “Varsity Indaba”  held on the 27th April 2017 at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) campus was well attended. Awqaf SA, Muslim Students Association (MSA)  and  and Muslim Youth of SA (MYSA) co-organised this career guidance day for Grade 11 and 12 learners. Top 6 students from different schools in Johannesburg were invited to this event. The varsity indaba commenced with Shakeel Garda welcoming the students and outlining the purpose of the event. There was much excitement and anticipation from the grade 11 and 12 learners including MSA student mentors who ensured a well-run program. Sershin Naicker from the Wits campus registrar gave a clear outline to students of the requirements for each degree with the step by step process of applying to university. MSA Union president gave students further insight as to what MSA is about. Naeema Ramadan, Awqaf SA Youth Ambassador, then engaged ...

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Sheikh Mirza Yawar Baig Public Talk

Sheikh Mirza Yawar Baig delivered a public talk titled: “Role of Muslims in South Africa” This talk took place at the Minara Chamber of Commerce, Johannesburg office and this was a joint event between ASRI, Awqaf SA and the Minara Chamber of Commerce. Sheikh Mirza Yawar Baig is a prolific strategic thinker and scenario planner. He had an important message about the need for Social Cohesion when he was interviewed by Salaamedia Photo highlights Shukran to Shiraz Gany for supplying us with these event pics

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Hamba Kahle Ahmed Kathrada

LETTER OF CONDOLENCE ON THE PASSING OF FREEDOM FIGHTER DR. AHMED KATHRADA Awqaf SA is deeply touched and saddened to receive the news of the passing of political activist, humanitarian, freedom fighter and father to our nation, Mujahid Dr. Ahmed Kathrada. Our heartfelt condolences goes to the family on the passing of Uncle Kathy. May Allah grant him Janatul Firdous and patience to his family, comrades and compatriots during thois difficult time. Uncle Kathy, as he was affectionately known, was an icon and stalwart of human rights and a brave Martyr that fought for the rights of the oppressed globally irrespective of race, religion, tribe or nationality. While we mourn the passing of Uncle Kathy we take solace in the life of a freedom fighter who lived his life to the fullest as an excellent example for all to emulate. His deep concern for humanity, his gentleness and humility is ...

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My Waqf

“MY WAQF” CAMPAIGN : Spreading the Culture of Waqf Giving The Divine and Prophetic institution of Waqf has been part of and ingrained in Islamic History, Shariah, Civilisation, and Culture. The Muslim world is replete with iconic infrastructure ranging from Masajid, Schools, Universities, Libraries, Hospitals, Clinics, Homes for the Elderly, Orphans, and Destitute; Roads, Bridges, Cemeteries, Agricultural Farms, Nature Reserves, pavements, state and community security, water canals, … and the list goes on… whatever the community needed, the Waqf system provided. But what about the sustainability of these institutions and infrastructure? How were the upkeep of these institutions funded? From where were staff paid ? Who paid for the scholars that searched relentlessly for answers and solutions to vexing questions in religion, science, technology, medicine, engineering, astronomy, geography, history, etc? The answer is simple: It was the waqf system. The waqf system ensured that that there were commercial waqfs that ...

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