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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 should be protecting them. The 2017 Shamsaan Calendar has rallied international support and was translated into Italian, Turkish and Arabic enjoying good sales in several countries. A 2018 calendar will be launched in South Africa during their stay. Messages from renowned struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 2009 -2014 Navi Pillay are included. The SHAMSAAN PALS4 PEACE TOUR affords the opportunity to some of the profiled Palestinian children to travel and to engage with South Africans nationally over a month – long national tour; to educate and provide a deeper understanding of the Palestinian condition ...

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Eid Gifts 1438

Thinking of an Eid Gift? The Power of R100 to Educate future generations. As we come to the end of Ramadaan, we wonder: What Gift can I give to my child or any other child? Awqaf SA aspires to inculcate the spirit and culture of Waqf Gifting – Give a Sadaqah Jariyyah Gift to your Child!  So this Eid  open a Lifetime  “Children of Islam Waqf Account”  and start a waqf fund in the name of your child or grandchild / nephew/ niece (any age)  from as little as R100. Easy: Submit your child’s name and surname together with your proof of payment by SMS/WhatsApp (0847860010) Email:  [email protected] or Fax 0865149644 and we shall send you a Gift Waqf Certificate in your childs / children’s name/s. We need to raise 10million Rand for Education.  We need 100000 childrens gifts of a minimum R100 each. One of the greatest pleasures in the year of a Muslim is the day of Eid ul fitr. The joy of having spent a month in the service of Allah. Celebrations begin from the eve of Eid as we prepare for a day of festivities, children’s gifts, and rewards just to see their beaming faces Alhamdulillah. The night before Eid is rightly the night of prize giving for the believer. As we scramble for extra thawaab during these last few precious days, let us share the joy of Eid with the less fortunate. Imagine the delight of a child receiving his/ her gift on the day ? the ...

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Building sustainable charity for all – Awqaf SA says it’s looking good, but still a long way to go

By Shafiq Morton WAQF, or its plural “awqaf”, is an Islamic philanthropic instrument first developed by the Prophet Muhammad over 1,400 years ago. Whilst its principles of being self-sustaining without touching the original investment are said to date back to the Greeks and Persians, the early Muslims developed it into an institutional vehicle to uplift society. Although waqf is not specifically mentioned in the Qur’an – the primary source of Islamic legislation – the concept of wealth re-distribution is strongly emphasised. A Prophetic adage supports the idea of recurring charity, and it inspired the institution of Waqf together with the Qur’anic ethos of wealth re-distribution. The first recorded Waqf was when a Prophetic Companion, ‘Umar, bought some land in Khaybar, modern-day Saudi Arabia. The Prophet Muhammad advised him to make the property an inalienable public asset and to give its profits to charity. ’Umar did so, stipulating that the property – ceded to God in perpetuity – could not be used for anything other than its original purpose of social benefit and could not be sold, inherited or donated to someone else. Historically, all the great potentates of Islam have supported Waqf. During the Ottoman era the Caliphs only financed their judiciary and military, with infrastructural essentials such as schools, universities, water, hospitals, markets, feeding schemes, agriculture, roads, places of worship – and even pigeon coops – run for the benefit, and not expense, of the populace by independent Waqf institutions In recent decades, Waqf has experienced something of a ...

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UUCSA / AWQAF SA Declares Friday 9 June “My Waqf Friday”

The United Ulama Council of South Africa (UUCSA)* and the National Awqaf Foundation of South Africa (AWQAF SA) have jointly announced and declared Friday 9 June / 14 Ramadaan as MY WAQF FRIDAY. A special “MY WAQF KHUTBAH” (Friday sermon/lecture) has been prepared jointly by the two organisations and circulated to UUCSA affiliates together with additional resource material. In a statement issued to UUCSA affiliates, the Secretary General, Moulana Yusuf Patel said: “The United Ulama Council of South Africa has endorsed the Call made by various Ulama and Awqaf SA to declare the second Jumu’ah of Ramadaan as MY WAQF FRIDAY . It is in this light that this Khutbah has been jointly prepared. We implore all Friday Imams to deliver this Khutbah (with your additions and amendments) on Friday 9th June 2017 ( 14th Ramadhan 1438) as a national lecture on waqf. Affiliates are urged to request Imams within your constituency to speak on waqf and circulate the My Waqf Khutbah to them together with the additional resource material. Your cooperation will help in reviving the forgotten legacy of waqf especially at a time when we need to initiate sustainable economic, social and educational development programmes in our country which has an official unemployment rate of 26.5%. and where   about 63% of young South African children live in poverty.  “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” “   Read/ Download the My Waqf Khutbah By Hafez Abu Bakr  

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How “Mr. Moosa” impacted the life of Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo

Deputy Chief Justice of the South African Constitutional Court, Raymond Zondo, in an interview recounted how his life was impacted by a simple act of kindness by a Muslim businessman by the name of ‘Mr Moosa’. You Tube Video Mufti Yusuf Moosagie spoke to Mr Moosa on Radio Islam International. Listen to the Podcast Soundcloud audio clip

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