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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 ...

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5th Southern African Waqf Training 2017

Save the Date 27 – 29 October 2017/ 1439 /  Durban, South Africa Venue: Coastlands Umhlanga Convention Centre Address: 329 Umhlanga Rocks Dr, Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga Rocks, 4000 Radio Interviews VOC FM: Shafiq Morton – Drive Time speaks to Awqaf SA CEO Zeinoul Cajee about the Waqf Workshop Durban Content hosted by iono.fm Radio Al Ansaar: Aneesa  – speaks to Awqaf SA Zeinoul Cajee about Waqf and Shaykh Shuaib Omar who is a Shariah compliant Wills expert. Click here Introduction 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 humanitarian service 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 ...

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Receiving Ubuntu, Turkey ambassador meets the community

By Shafiq Morton At a reception dinner hosted by AWQAF SA, held at the Ghazali Centre in Pretoria on 23 August, incoming Turkish ambassador to SA, Elif Comuglu Ulgen, paid tribute to the warm welcome she had received upon arriving in South Africa. A career diplomat who has worked at the UN, NATO and in Pakistan, she is also the serving ambassador for Swaziland and Lesotho. In her address to ulama, community leaders, ambassadors and NGOs, she said that she was touched by her reception upon landing in South Africa. Explaining that landing in a new country can be a daunting experience, she paid tribute to the role of Middle East envoy, Muhammad Dangor – former SA ambassador to Syria and Libya – who took time to ease her into the South African diplomatic landscape. “Ubuntu is what happened to me, and I pay tribute to South African friendship. You ...

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Light Up Light Womens Foundation Waqf Workshop

Awqaf SA and the Light upon Light Women’s Foundation conducted a Waqf Workshop at the Islamia Auditorium on the 9 August 2017. The aim of the workshop was to share practical information on implementing Waqf. The event coincided with Women’s Day and the theme of the event touched on Women in the history of Islam that established Waqfs. Fatima Al Fihri Waqf Fatima Al-Fihri was the founder of – Al-Qarawiyyin – the oldest known University in the World where scholars were granted degrees after completing their studies. A patron of education and culture, her legacy continues to enrich unfolding generations and enlighten minds. Fatima Al Fihri Waqf Video Awqaf SA and the Light upon light Women’s Foundation conducted a Waqf Workshop at the Islamia Auditorium on the 9 August 2017. The aim of the workshop was to share practical information on implementing Waqf. The event coincided with Women’s Day and ...

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pals4peacetour

The Shamsaan PalS4Peace Tour 19 July to 14 August 2017 The Shamsaan PalS4Peace tour is a South African collaborative initiative hosted by several South African organisations spearheaded by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and Awqaf SA. Shamsaan (meaning 2 Suns in Arabic) is a South African initiated project that promotes arts and culture as a platform for dialogue and social change. 2017 marks 50 years of Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories that violates international law and Palestinian human rights yet mechanisms that maintain and perpetuate this occupation however, remain firmly in place. Children suffer trauma arising from the constant conflict that surrounds them. The inaugural project, the Shamsaan Palestine’s Children Art calendar profiled 13 young Palestinians aged between 5 and 16 years old. Their triump over adversity is reflected through artwork, photographic portraits and life stories are set against articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child that ...

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