Definition of waqf in English:



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

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


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