Prioritise donations, says Awqaf foundation

Priority-oriented Awqaf or endowment is the key to meet people’s needs, decrease their sufferings and develop Muslims and non-Muslims’ awareness on charities.

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Published: Mon 23 Apr 2012, 11:04 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 12:06 PM

According to a senior official, the point is not only to give for charity or endowment. “What is more important is to best utilise and invest the money given in the right place by the institution which takes the money,” said Hussain Ahmad Al Qemzi, Chairman of Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF).

“It does not sound reasonable to build a mosque in a small area which already have several mosques, and where the people are much in need for a hospital or school, or even to develop awareness on traffic rules and the hazards of narcotics,” Al Qemzi told Khaleej Times on the sidelines of the third ‘Dubai International Conference for Awqaf (DICA).

Shaikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, on Sunday, inaugurated the two-day convention aimed to enhance community services provided by endowment institutions in the region and streamline endowment funding.

Tayeb Al Rais, Secretary-General, AMAF, said all types of endowment, be they funds or properties, are for the service of the society. “Our message today is that we are in need of support from the society to open new sources,” said Al Rais.

The two-day event, organised by the Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF), has brought together more than 1,000 regional and international endowment experts from 20 countries, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the United States, Canada, Austria and New Zealand.

The conference, held under the patronage of Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of the Dubai Executive Council, additionally seeks to offer a platform for the exchange of experiences to identify and highlight global best practices in endowment.

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