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Zeinoul Cajee presents at Higher Education Forum (HEF) 2018, Malaysia

Awqaf South Africa, Chief Executive Officer, Zeinoul Abedien Cajee presented a paper on “Policy and impact of Waqf” at the Higher Education Forum (HEF), Islamic Economies @IR4.0 Waqf Revival Conference currently underway in Malaysia. Visit event website to find out more – click here Event flyer Attending the conference, the Sultan of Perak, HRH Paduka Seri Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin, was presented with a copy of the Awqaf SA profile book and commented that there is much that “… we can learn from AWQAF SA”. As part of his presentation, Zeinoul Cajee presented one of the Awqaf SA’s flagship projects, the MY WAQF CAMPAIGN, that aims to ensure that each school-going child is endowed with a Waqf Gift certificate that serves to educate young learners on Waqf and cater to their education needs as the waqf fund grows over time. The Malaysian Minister of Higher Education Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh was impressed with the My Waqf campaign and undertook to roll out this project in Malaysia as well. Photo highlights Video highlights

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Grade 7 Learners of Al Aqsa School contribute to “My Waqf”

PRESS RELEASE: Grade 7 Learners of Al Aqsa School contribute to “My Waqf” On Thursday, 7 August 2017, Grade 7 learners Al Aqsa School Extension 5 in Lenasia became the first to be recognised as My Waqf Donors. Each of the learners contributed around R100 into a lifelong My Waqf Account held in Awqaf SA. 27 Grade7 learners were presented with Waqf Certificates for their investments in everlasting charity. Brothers Zeinoul Abedien Cajee, Goolam Hoosen Kolia and Muhammad Ali Masango from Awqaf SA were present to award the certificates to the learners. In congratulating the learners, Br Zeinoul explained the concept to the 400 strong learners and educators of the school. “The Waqf is an Islamic permanent charitable endowment which has perpetual benefits and Thawaab. Its like planting a seed. The seed grows into a tree. The tree produces fruit. More seeds are produced. More trees are grown. The fruit can be sold. The proceeds can be used to benefit the poor and need in perpetuity. More people can benefit from the profits. Congratulations to Al Aqsa School for having set the example towards perpetual charity.” Br Ismail Mahomed, educator and promoter of the project at Al Aqsa, commended the learners for this significant achievement. Principal Shahaana Sujee emphasised the uniqueness of the concept and encouraged all the learners of all schools in Lenasia to follow this example.   The Awqaf SA “My Waqf” project is a national campaign to get young people to understand the concept of waqf / ...

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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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