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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 ...

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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 ...

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