One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An endowment made by a Muslim to a religious, educational, or charitable cause.
- ‘As early as 1978, the commissioner of Muslim waqf, the religious trust, warned Israel against registering and thus recognising the Islamic Congress and allowing it to gain control of the waqf.’
- ‘A Masjid is a dedicated building, waqf for Allah.’
- ‘These relate to the Islamic endowments, waqf, education, and the status of the Islamic courts.’
- ‘In Arabic, a waqf implies a religious endowment fund, which renders a property unalienable, incapable of being surrendered or transferred.’
- ‘Once a building or land is declared a masjid, it falls under the category of waqf and may not be moved, sold or treated otherwise.’
- ‘In many Muslim lands women have been systematically denied their inheritance rights under Islamic law, either by family pressures or by legal devices such as the family waqf or trust.’
- ‘The demolished houses were occupied by those who were regular tenants of waqf and had paid rent of June and July too.’
- ‘The waqf is still administered by a government ministry.’
- ‘Characterizes Palestine as an Islamic waqf (pious endowment), so no portion of it can be relinquished.’
From Arabic, literally ‘stoppage, immobilization (of ownership of property)’, from waqafa ‘come to a standstill’.
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