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13 November 2019 / 16 Rabi-ul-Awwal 1441
Nisáb = R5837.30
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Gold = R813.65 /g (R25,307.38/oz)

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Nisáb is a minimum amount of wealth which makes one liable to pay Zakáh. The person who possesses an amount equal to or greater than this specified minimum wealth, which remains in his or her possession for a period of one year is considered wealthy enough to pay the Zakáh.

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13 November 2019

Vacancy: SANZAF National - Head of Marketing

JOB TITLE: NATIONAL Marketing Head

MAIN PURPOSE OF JOB: SANZAF seeks to appoint a National Marketing Head who is expected to operate at a senior strategic level, tasked with conceptualizing and developing the over-arching brand and marketing strategy and pulling together all the regional efforts to achieve a unified identity. The National Marketing Head will also share marketing insight and business acumen to grow the business.

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Latest News
04 November 2019

SANZAF Chairperson and CEO embark on National Roadshow

SANZAF Chairperson and CEO embark on National Roadshow SANZAF National Chairperson, Fayruz Mohamed and CEO Yasmina Francke travelled to Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal as part of a national roadshow. Their objective was to present highlights from our Annual report and Audited Financials for 2019 to stakeholders, staff, media partners and contributors in these respected regions.

The trip gave them the opportunity to review operations on the ground as well as partake in many of our regional projects such as the food programme in Pietermaritzburg and the Durban Chef School.

To find out more information on these amazing initiatives take a look at our Annual Report 2019

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Gauteng
04 November 2019

SANZAF Launches Business mentorship Programme in Gauteng

This week SANZAF Gauteng held it's first mentorship induction meeting. The Business Mentorship Programme seeks to provide mentorship to SANZAF's entrepreneurship students who are in the process of starting their own businesses.

The voluntary support of professionals aims to enable the entrepreneurs to access the support and guidance they require without having to pay costly consulting fees. The programme also allows the volunteer mentors to contribute to the development work carried out by SANZAF in an impactful way. 14 professionals from around Johannesburg attended the meeting and pledged their support for the programme.

To be a mentor or to find out more about this initiative call 011 834 6046 or visit www.sanzaf.org.za

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Blog
31 October 2019

HUNGER AND HOPE

RECENTLY, someone who was non-Muslim observed to me that we always seemed to be feeding people. Food was forever flowing out of our doors and institutions. He said it reminded him of the miracle of Nabi ‘Isa, who fed five thousand people from five loaves and two fishes.

Jesus, soft of heart and surrounded by a throng of people, could not bear to send anyone away with nothing, and so God had helped him, said my friend. He quoted Proverbs (22:9) which says it is a sin to despise one’s neighbour, and promises that the generous are blessed for giving bread to the poor.

This, in turn, reminded me of the Qur’an (Chapter 76) where Allah praises those who feed the poor, the orphan and the captive, adding that these noble people had done it for His sake, with no expectation of reward.

So it should come as no surprise that the sayings of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) are resplendent with the virtues of feeding the poor.

In one Hadith Qudsi, a divinely inspired adage, we hear Allah asking via the Prophet (pbuh) why had the son of Adam ignored the call of the hungry? Had he not realised that his reward, the highest possible, would be with Allah alone?

The Prophet (pbuh) also said on another occasion that feeding the hungry, and saying kind words to others, would usher us into Paradise.

And on a more practical note, Imam Muslim reports that the Prophet (pbuh) said that when we made soup we should make a good amount by adding plenty of liquid, and give some to our neighbours.

The scholars have observed that the Prophetic Companions and their followers were always willing to feed people. Suhaib ibn Sinan, a Companion, is recorded saying, “The best of you are those who feed others.”

These pious people favoured this act – regarded as worship – whether it was for a hungry person, or a righteous one. They were not discriminating when it came to this particular sadaqah, or charity. Visible poverty was not an essential condition to their giving of food.

For humanitarian organisations such as SANZAF, food is a major element in temporarily reducing suffering, and uplifting the downtrodden. On an annual basis, tonnes of food are given out through the grace of your generosity. 

The emphasis on feeding is to meet the most basic of human requirements, and to restore dignity. It becomes the very least we can do in a sea of tremendous socio-economic need. According to the psychologist Abraham Maslow, food and water is the first tier in a hierarchy of what it means to be a fulfilled human being.

The other hierarchies are shelter, safety and security, love and social cohesion, self-esteem, respect and confidence. It is interesting to note that Maslow’s findings coincide remarkably with the Maqasid, or the goals, of the Shari’ah. Indeed, as Imam al-Jawzi once said, the Sacred Law is a law of mercy.

At the basis of food distribution is the issue of food security, the foundation of any functional society. In South Africa – a country of profound rich-poor divides – we ironically score highest on the African continent in terms of food security.

The Economist’s Intelligence Unit’s latest Global Food Security Index has us 45th out of 133 countries. We are just above China, and it is sobering to see that some of the most threatened countries in terms of food security, such as the DRC, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique, are the ones from which many of our refugees arrive.

However, as encouraging as our food security status is, the University of Cape Town’s 2018 Child Gauge Report still has 6 million South African children going hungry to school.

Other research reveals that 23 per cent of households cannot access adequate food, leading to 8 million in 2017 going to bed hungry each night. Of interest is that in 2002 this number was over 13 million, which shows up the efficacy of social welfare in helping to relieve poverty.

But the challenges are enormous. Stats South Africa reveals in its latest findings that the extreme poverty level – the food poverty level – for one person is R561 per month. The so-called “upper level” of poverty, where food and non-food components are factored in, is R 1,227 per month.

According to the Pietermaritzburg-based Economic Justice and Dignity Group, more than half (55.5%) of the South African population lives below the upper-bound poverty line. A quarter (25.2%) lives below the food poverty line.

Reading the above stats, it is evident that the core of the problem is the distribution of wealth, something that enables the purchase of food.

As a small community, our dynamics may seem insignificant in the big and overwhelming scale of things. But that is no reason for giving up hope. It was the Prophet (pbuh) who reminded us that as Muslims, pessimism and despair is never our language.

Indeed, it is the institution of Zakah, which actively – through divine injunction – extols the redistribution of wealth that enables and empowers society to uplift itself. The institution of Zakah, which purifies and redistributes wealth to the deserving, offers us a model of creating socio-economic stability without institutional debt. Zakah in Africa is what we call ubuntu, the spirit of being who we are through others.

So often we forget that a tall forest has to grow from a tiny seed. And the way for us to plant seeds in our rich South African soil, is by setting an example. As humble as our own community efforts may be, they are never wasted. Never. There is always someone who will benefit from our sadaqah, or our Zakah.

Let’s have a look at the huge potentiality of numbers and how little it really takes to make a difference. If 100,000 breadwinners in our own community were to contribute just R100 per month, there would be a kitty of R10 million generated to feed people every 30 days.

To break it down further: if each school child were to receive a morning meal costing R50, the money would be able to feed 200,000 children every month. And if six million taxpayers were to follow suit, there would be R600 million a month. In this case, 12 million children could be fed every day.

Is this a pipe dream? I would venture, no. As Muslims we are prisoners of hope, but not in the sense that we are shackled, for as the Qur’an (65:2-3) promises us:

“…And whosoever fears Allah…He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from sources he never could imagine.”

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02 October 2019

SANZAF Third Pillar Building Project : Property Purchase and Development

SANZAF has for the last 45 years operated to Give Hope to those less fortunate by ensuring the effective and efficient collection and distribution of Zakah. We have concluded a sale agreement to acquire  the property at 3 Thornton Rd which is adjacent to our current office in Thornton Road.  This is strategic for SANZAF as it allows SANZAF to easily extend its operations from its adjacent facility.  Furthermore, it will allow SANZAF to consolidate its operations in the Western Cape from an iconic site that is well known, centrally located and accessible. The consolidation of its operations will save costs and could optimize SANZAF’s other property assets for future income-generation to sustain its operations and projects.

For more information on this project, the “Third Pillar Building Project” please click on http://www.sanzaf.org.za/proposal/

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Port Elizabeth
02 October 2019

SANZAF takes 120 elderly recipients to Happyvalley as part of Muharram program

On 30 September 2019, SANZAF treated 120 of its elderly recipients from Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage, to a trip to Happyvalley beach front in Summerstrand. This was the third initiative from SANZAF`s Muharram program for recipients in celebration of the new Islamic year. Other initiatives include a skills development program for Madressah children and a youth empowerment camp. In this initiative SANZAF provided transport, breakfast, lunch and a cosmetic hamper worth R250 each for all the recipients. The program commenced at 9 o`clock and ended at 14h00. This program included a presentation from Diabetes South Africa. The recipients were taught how to prepare balanced and healthy diets as well as exercising techniques that keep the body strong enough to prevent Diabetes from escalating into vital organs. SANZAF annually offers opportunities like these to recipients to equip under resourced communities. 

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Durban
02 October 2019

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30 September 2019

support SANZAF Imam Empowerment Project

No other job on this Earth is more rewarding in the eyes of Allah than that of an Imam (leaders). He works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the behest of the community who comes knocking at his door during the early morning hours and late in the evenings. The Imam is the most underpaid profession in the Muslim Community, yet, like the rest of us, he must see to the household expenses whilst raising a family as well.

The South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) in partnership with The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) is proud to announce the launch of the Ta’awun Imamat Programme (Imam Assistance Programme) that aims to ensure that imams earn a living wage aligned with their qualifications and experience whilst empowering the community.

Three Imams and their committees have been chosen to pilot this project and will be paid a salary from the Imam Assistance Fund account. This account is managed by SANZAF, who produce annual audited statements.

The Programme aims to:

  • Provide a living salary to Imams from areas in and around the Western Cape where the respected regional masjid committee does not have the resources to provide a monthly salary to the Imam.
  • A medical aid (Hospital Plan).
  • UIF
  • Providing financial stability for the Imam so he may focus completely on servicing his community in which he is employed and therefore providing an added benefit to that community.

Your contributions will go a long way in sustaining this long awaited initiative. Please help us #GiveHope by supporting the Imam Ta’awun Programme.

Contact 021 447 0297 for more information.

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