Definition of waqf in English:

waqf

noun

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

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

waqf

/vəkf//wəkf/