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Waqf
Waqf
A Waqf or charitable endowment is encouraged in Islam. Over the centuries, Muslims have made many thousands of Waqfs. Here are some of the more amazing ones. Note the variety and needs of the time:

 

Fully fitted and staffed hospitals for the poor
Starter-pack apartment buildings for newly weds
Utensils and trousseau for disadvantaged brides
Public water fountains
Caftans and outer garments for the old
Replacement of broken plates to save maids from censure from madams
Provision of grass for the mule ridden by the Shaykh of Al Azhar
Havens for old horses and sick animals
Food for animals during winter months
Public musafir/travellers lodges, roads, and bridges
Salaries of imams, ulama, ustaadh/a, muezzins, qaris Schools, research institutions, orphanages
Stipends and support for students
Skills, craft training, and job creation guilds
Orchards and food gardens
Flea markets.
 
The Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said: “When a man dies, his deeds come to an end except for three things: Sadaqah Jariyah (ceaseless charity); knowledge which is beneficial; or a virtuous descendant who prays for him (the deceased).” [Sahih Muslim] 
 
From: Awqaf SA
 
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