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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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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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What is Iman-Net? The Iman-Net conference aimed at linking Muslim organisations with Tech vendors to facilitate collective growth & development. What worked very well was the fact that the Media and Tech professionals who offered their presentations, their keynotes were on solving real world challenged faced by Islamic organisation. In attendance: Muslim Organisations Educational Institutes Muslim Dawah Organisations Muslim Charities Masjid Boards Muslim Media Houses Muslim Businesses Tech Vendors who were in attendance Graphic Designers Marketing Professionals Website Designers Audio/Visual Vendors Print Houses Social Media Experts Media Experts Awqaf SA attended this event as a delegate and we decided to share a brief report on what was shared at the conference. Vendor Showcase Muslim Central  Muslim Central is the biggest Audio bank of audio lecturers from islamic lecturers from arounfd the world. The site boasts a Quarter million users on site. The website is unique in that there are no adverts on the ...

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Waqf Crowd Funding Platform launched at WIEF 2016, Jakarta

Tun Abdullah Badawi, the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, has launched the Waqf (Islamic Endowment) crowdfunding platform or WaqfWorld.  Described as the “worlds first” the new platform was announced at the 12th World Islamic Economic Foundation Forum (WIEF) held in Jakarta this past week The platform was developed in partnership with EthisVentures.com. Waqf is defined as ‘an endowment made by a Muslim to a religious, educational, social or charitable cause’. Waqf is an important foundation of the Muslim religion and is a permanent and institutionalized act of donation.  Once a Waqf is created the property may no longer be donated, bequeathed or sold in the future. It is a recommended benevolent act in Islam, as it is based on contributing to philanthropic causes recommended by textual sources, namely the Quran and the Sunnah(examples of Prophet Muhammad). Historically, waqf has served many purposes including the construction and maintenance of Islamic religious, educational, ...

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