Definition of waqf in US English:

waqf

noun

  • An endowment made by a Muslim to a religious, educational, or charitable cause.

    • ‘A Masjid is a dedicated building, waqf for Allah.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The waqf is still administered by a government ministry.’
    • ‘The demolished houses were occupied by those who were regular tenants of waqf and had paid rent of June and July too.’
    • ‘In Arabic, a waqf implies a religious endowment fund, which renders a property unalienable, incapable of being surrendered or transferred.’
    • ‘Characterizes Palestine as an Islamic waqf (pious endowment), so no portion of it can be relinquished.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These relate to the Islamic endowments, waqf, education, and the status of the Islamic courts.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

From Arabic, literally ‘stoppage, immobilization (of ownership of property)’, from waqafa ‘come to a standstill’.

Pronunciation