SANZAF Tree Waqf 2019
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.