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Port Elizabeth
18 February 2019

Az-Zakah Newsletter - Port Elizabeth

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Gauteng
07 February 2019

SANZAF Tree Waqf 2019

SANZAF Tree Waqf

fruit treeClimate change patterns and the global financial crisis of the last decade have negatively impacted global food security. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) contends that as many as 204 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa are undernourished.
These adverse conditions leave many ordinary South Africans struggling to meet their basic needs. Inadequate food and poor nutrition in turn leads to stunted development, illness and the inability to work.

In keeping with its mission of changing lives through development and relief, SANZAF embarks on several projects to combat food insecurity. In the Gauteng region SANZAF currently supports two community-based farms. Smallholder farmers, we believe can play an important role in fighting hunger and creating opportunities for employment in South Africa. Smallholder and subsistence farms can increase food supply in communities, and consequently improve food security and nutrition.

This year SANZAF is embarking on a new project in partnership with the Winterveld Shurah. The Shurah is in the process of establishing a community orchard that will serve to create opportunities for employment as well as provide access to high-quality fresh produce. SANZAF will contribute 200 mature litchi trees in February 2019. Prior to the planting, the land will be prepared, an irrigation system installed and community members will be trained to manage and care for the trees.

The SANZAF Tree Waqf was established in 2009 as a sustainable resource-base to support Agriculture projects in the Gauteng region. The waqf forms a perpetual endowment, whose earnings are designated for agriculture in South Africa. The waqf system is traced back to the Prophet Muhammad (saw) who advised Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) to pledge a portion of land that he had acquired as a waqf. The land would remain intact, and could not be sold, while its fruits would be given as sadaqah (voluntary charity).

Donations to the SANZAF Tree Waqf are invested into the Waqf Fund, and its returns are disbursed, on an annual basis, to agriculture projects. Apart from forming a sustainable resource-base for community development, donations are a means of sadaqah jaariyah (perpetual charity) for the donor.

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Latest News
07 February 2019

Support SANZAF Seedling Waqf Projects

SANZAF Seedling Waqf

food gardenClimate change patterns and the global financial crisis of the last decade have negatively impacted global food security. A report by STATS SA suggests that that as many as 7.4 million people in South Africa experience hunger regularly.

Adverse weather conditions, coupled with high levels of unemployment leave many ordinary South Africans struggling to meet their basic needs. Inadequate food and poor nutrition in turn leads to stunted development, illness and the inability to work.

One way to combat food insecurity is to support local and subsistence farmers. SANZAF currently supports two community-based food gardens in the Gauteng region. Community food gardens, we believe can play an important role in fighting hunger and creating opportunities for employment in South Africa.

This year SANZAF is embarking on a new project in partnership with the Kwa Thema Community Centre. Having run their community food garden for several years, the community realised that there was often a shortage of affordable, high quality seedlings in the area. SANZAF is in the process of establishing a community seedling house that will serve to create opportunities for employment as well as provide access to high-quality seedlings to be used in the Kwa Thema Community Food Garden as well as sold to other local farmers. In addition, improved access to seedlings and other agricultural inputs will serve to enhance the resilience of local farmers and increase the availability of locally adapted crops. Apart from setting up the seedling house, SANZAF will facilitate the training of community members to manage and care for the seedlings.

The Kwa Thema Seedling House forms part of a larger project, the Kwa Thema Multi-purpose Community Centre that endeavors to provide educational, recreational, vocational and spiritual services to the community. The facility currently houses a recreational space for children, community hall, food garden, and mosque.

The SANZAF Seedling Waqf was established in 2009 as a sustainable resource-base to support Agriculture projects in the Gauteng region. The waqf forms a perpetual endowment, whose earnings are designated for agriculture in South Africa. The waqf system is traced back to the Prophet Muhammad (saw) who advised Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) to pledge a portion of land that he had acquired as a waqf. The land would remain intact, and could not be sold, while its fruits would be given as sadaqah (voluntary charity).

Donations to the SANZAF Seedling Waqf are invested into the Waqf Fund, and its returns are disbursed, on an annual basis, to agriculture projects. Apart from forming a sustainable resource-base for community development, donations are a means of sadaqah jaariyah (perpetual charity) for the donor.

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Latest News
29 January 2019

#GiveHope and get your tax benefit

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What’s Going On?

The current financial year ends on 28 February 2019, which means tax payers only have a month to ensure they get a tax benefit from making a donation to an approved non-profit organisation.

How Do I Get a Tax Benefit from Making a Donation?

SANZAF is registered as a Section 18A Public Benefit Organisation (PBO number 930001714). As a result of this registration, SANZAF is authorized by SARS to issue its donors with a Section 18A tax certificate/receipt upon request. This will allow the donor to claim their donations as a tax deduction. In this way, as a donor, you are able to assist SANZAF help those displaced from their businesses and homes and also obtain a tax benefit in doing so. 

How does it work?

Donors can obtain a tax deduction (limited to 10% of their taxable income in a fiscal year) in respect of the total donations made to approved organisations such as SANZAF. In order to do so the donation has to be supported by a receipt from SANZAF.

As an example, if a donor earns R100 000 taxable income per annum and during that year had donated R10 000 to a PBO then the donor qualifies for a tax deduction of R10 000 from their total taxable income. This means that in this example, the donor would not have to pay tax on R100 000 (total taxable income for the year) but rather R90 000 (R100 000 – donation of R10 000) for that year.

What Do I Do?

  1. Make a contribution to one of our many projects or programmes which change lives locally.
  2. Then claim a Section 18A certificate by emailing communications@sanzaf.org.za or ticking the Section 18A box on our online donation form.
  3. One of our dedicated staff from the accounts department will be sure to send you your section 18A certificate.
  4. This can be used when filing your tax return to claim your deduction as a tax benefit

Remember only contributions made to local causes and projects qualify as a tax deduction, any gratuitous cash or in kind donation made to SANZAF for the undertaking of qualifying public benefit activities within South Africa can be claimed as an income tax deduction by the donor.  Donations to an organisation that uses the money for a cause outside of Africa do not qualify for a Section 18A certificate. Your contribution must have been made in the current financial year to qualify as a deduction on upcoming tax return.

What Does This Mean?

Not only are you able to assist SANZAF to #GiveHope but also claim a tax benefit for your contributions!

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Gauteng
29 January 2019

SANZAF Hands over funds collected to date for Orphan Waqf Project

waqf icons6SANZAF Gauteng staff handed a cheque of funds collected to date to the Bait Haleema Sa'addiya Orphanage on Sunday 27 January 2019. The funds will be utilised as a sponsorship for a new building on their premises.

Funds to date amounted to R400 000 and will be used to build a safe environment for orphaned children to live and learn.

Watch the ceremony or take a tour of the facilities on Facebook by clicking on the links below:

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Durban
24 January 2019

SANZAF Durban to Host Braille Day.

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Date: Saturday 26 January 2018
Venue: North Beach (near old snake park)
Time: 2 – 4 PM

SANZAF’S Braille Awareness Programme commemorates the visually Impaired people, which use Braille as a form of written communication in various languages.

January is recognized as the month of Braille. In order to create an awareness SANZAF is hosting a Braille reading competition, extra curricula activities in the form of scrabble, dominos, chess and many others which stimulate the senses of the visually impaired.

We invite the community to join us for the programme taking place at Durban’s North Beach (near the old Snake Park) on Saturday 26 January 2018 at 14:00. This will enable you to have a better understanding of the challenges that visually impaired people experience to access information which we take for granted.

For more information, contact – 031 309 6786

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Blog
23 January 2019

Charity is hidden but still worthy of divine accolade

HUMANITARIAN organisations will often encourage their donors to attend their outreach programmes to see how things are being done. It’s a way of proving that they are doing the job properly, and offers a unique perspective to the donor.

So whether one travels across continents to see the digging a well, or follows a local distribution of food hampers, the occasion is always instructive – if not emotionally uplifting. This is because we inevitably leave such events having been humbled by the experience.

The humility that we feel boils down to an overwhelming feeling of shukr, or gratitude; a gratitude that Allah has been kind to us, that He has bestowed upon us things such as shelter and food; and that we have not been sorely tested with qada’ and qadar – fate and pre-destiny – like those we have just visited.

The point is that we feel humbled because we have been shown the true value of our rizq – our sustenance – through what others don’t have. We feel gratitude more specifically because we quickly realise that our Creator could take everything away from us in the mere blink of an eye.

Our gratitude soon extends to the fact that we have not suffered a tsunami, a flood, a drought, a famine, a mass family bereavement or a tectonic-shifting earthquake; that we have not been struck down by warfare, socio-economic collapse or oppressive leadership like some of our neighbouring countries.

Indeed, we are given a profound life-lesson that the Creator is the Generous, the Preserver and the Powerful – that He pulls the strings of the universe. We are taught through all of this that the distribution of charity, where the right hand should not know the left, has nothing to do with the self or the ego, but everything to do with the heart – the seat of taqwa and iman (God awareness and faith).

If serving others is done for the satisfaction of the ego, then it is not charity, but simply self-aggrandisement, say the scholars. Caring and giving has to be unconditional. Therefore, it must have no strings attached. But, humanitarian activism is not easy. It is facing the frailty of the human condition with all its energy-sapping demands.

“So it’s never about your name, or your fame. You must drown your ego in the sea of mercy,” said a Shaykh to an aid worker, “drown your nafs and feel happy, especially when you get a kick up the backside.”

The importance of caring for others less fortunate than us is given context by the Qur’an, which has ordered Zakah – the purification of wealth – as a pillar of faith. By doing this, our Creator has codified communal generosity, and stripped out its conditionality and pride.

Zakah is executed not only with empathy for those who will benefit from it, but with an awareness of Allah in the presence of Allah. It is done in a state of ihsan, perfect sincerity. This is one reason why it cleanses our wealth.

Hence, it is important to note that Surat ul-Hajj (one of the chapters which mentions Zakah) concludes with a mention of Zakah. True believers, say its last two verses, must kneel and prostrate to their Lord. They must do this, for Muslims have been gifted the faith of Abraham.

The verse continues that Muslims have also been granted viceregency, which is explained as the Prophet having witness over us, so that we can have witness over mankind. In other words, the Muslim must strive for rectitude in the shadow of Muhammad [saw]. The verses conclude:

“Therefore, say your prayers regularly and pay the Zakah and hold fast to your Lord…”

Zakah is mentioned 32 times in the Qur’an, but here it is explicitly linked to faith in action. And what’s more, if the believer obeys these injunctions he will find in Allah, an “excellent Master and an excellent Helper”.

The next Surah, the Chapter of the Believers, immediately reinforces the previous message by saying in its opening lines that those who are humble in their prayer, and those who pay the Zakah, will ultimately be the heirs of Paradise.

And whilst Zakah and charity is executed without fanfare and without a need for public recognition, it does get the ultimate accolade in the eyes of Allah, for as verse 94 in the Chapter of the Prophets declares:

“He, who does good works while he is a believer, shall not see his efforts disregarded, We record them all…”

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21 January 2019

FEEDBACK: SANZAF CEO REPRESENTS SA AT INTERNATIONAL ZAKAH CONFERENCE

The World Zakah Forum was established as a platform to formulate effective solutions to the multi-faceted issues facing the Islamic World such as effective collection and distribution of Zakah, socio-economic development in Muslim communities and the empowering of the Ummah around the world. Between the 5th and 7th of December 2018, the World Zakah Forum hosted their latest International Conference in Melaka, Malaysia

The conference played host to 300 attendees including 31 speakers from 16 countries, including England, Nigeria and India. SANZAF was proud to have our Chief Executive Officer, Yasmina Francke, represent South Africa on the world stage as one of the speakers. In addition to discussing the practices and environment that the South African National Zakah Fund operates in, our CEO presented on how Zakah can be aligned to achieve some of the sustainable goals set by the United Nations to be achieved by 20130.

This opportunity also allowed her to not only gain an international perspective and insight into the Zakah management practices and principles which she brought home but also gauge SANZAF on a world platform in respect of how the organisation’s approach, methodologies and even challenges compares to international best practices.

The Conference discussed various contemporary and updated topics on global zakat development. It was noted the growing role of Zakah plays in solving global poverty and inequality, and proposed new approaches utilizing the third pillar of Islam.

Based on the two-day discussions, a few of the outcomes of the World Zakah Forum were:

  • The philosophy and core values of Zakah should be strictly observed in increasing the welfare of Ummah.
  • Zakat should be considered as a complementary financial resource in the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.
  • The World Zakah Forum calls on all its members to adopt Zakah as a critical policy instrument in socio-economic development in their respective countries.
  • Zakah centred organisations should be required to be transparent and accountable in publishing their reports to the public.
  • The World Zakah Forum reiterates its willingness to cooperate with developing countries in combating poverty through blended financing of Zakah and donation of the respective developing countries.


This memorable occasion is testament to SANZAF’s commitment to leading the way in efficient, relevant and effective Zakah collection and distribution.

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Latest News
16 January 2019

Support SANZAF WAQF Projects

What is WAQF?

waqf icons6A Waqf is a voluntary, permanent, irrevocable dedication of a portion of one’s wealth – in cash or kind – to Allah (SWT) and is often offered as a charity.
Land and buildings have frequently been given as Waqf, and used to build schools, hospitals and mosques, amongst other functions to benefit the community. SANZAF accepts monetary donations as Waqf, investing the money by for example, purchasing property or doing renovations to a masjid to benefit society.

SANZAF Orphans Waqf
Supporting the Bait Haleema Sa’diyya Orphanage

UNICEF estimates that there are 3.7 million orphans in South Africa, about half of whom have lost one or both parents to AIDS. In addition, 150 000 children are thought to be living in child-headed households. This leaves children having to fend for themselves, their younger siblings and even sickly parents. The same children are often forced to drop out of school and earn an income by any means possible.

The SANZAF Orphans’ Waqf was established in 2009 as a sustainable resource-base to support orphans and destitute children in South Africa. The waqf forms a perpetual endowment, whose capital/earnings are designated for supporting orphans.

This year SANZAF will be supporting the Bait Haleema Sa’diyya Orphanage project in providing orphaned and destitute youth with a safe and healthy environment for living and learning. The orphanage will cater for approximately 60 children and seeks to provide high-quality facilities to these orphaned children. The orphanage will consist of 10 x 6 sleeper units, each unit will have a sleep-in care giver (house mother), thereby creating a more homely, child-friendly and development-orientated environment. The orphanage will also have a common eating and homework area, although each unit will have its own kitchenet, lounge and study area.

Make a difference in the lives of children by assisting us to support Bait Haleema Sa’diyya Orphanage in Ennerdale, Gauteng, with the sponsorship of a building.

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