“The likeness of (the ones) who expend their riches in the way of Allah is as the likeness of a grain that grows seven ears, in every ear a hundred grains. And Allah gives manifoldly to whomever He decides; and Allah is Ever-Embracing, Ever-Knowing.
(Surah al-Baqarah; 261)
Waqf & Charity - a perfect match
Waqf is the most powerful way for individuals to give towards charity and a more sustainable source of funding for charities and charitable causes. By growing the base of personal Waqf that exist, iWaqf is making this old method a new reality. Find out how Waqf can be combined with charity and can benefit both sides of the equation:
Why consider utilising your Waqf for charitable purposes?
When you create your Waqf Fund you should always consider what the long-term benefit will be for you not just in this world but also in the Hereafter. By setting out from the beginning with an intention of benefitting charitable causes with your Waqf, even if circumstances dictate that this will only be after your immediate family have had access to the income for their needs, you ensure that your Waqf is setup to provide an ever increasing benefit for you long after your passing.
“Deeds are by intentions. For every person is the reward according to what he intended.”
“When the human being dies, his deeds cease except three, ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge or a righteous child who prays for him.”
Waqf is the best means by which to provide for sadaqah jaariyah (ongoing charity) because it is structured in a way that allows the maintenance and growth of the charitable funding over time. This can lead to a potential exponential benefit to you the donor.
Example: Provision of water
When to give?
As well as allowing you to receive income for your own personal needs, for the needs of a spouse, parents, children and family, a Waqf Fund is also ideal for charitable giving. We can discuss the needs of you and your family, as well as the potential pros and cons of the various options to come to a solution which works best for you.
Waqf & Charity – easy as 1, 2, 3
When considering the options for how you will want to utilise your Waqf Fund to benefit charity and charitable causes there are essentially three options open to you. It is also possible to move from Option 1 to Options 2 and 3 at some later date.
Utilise your Will Trust
After your passing, your Waqf assets will pass into your Islamic Will trust. They will be held separately from other non-Waqf assets and can continue to be utilised for your family as well as charitable projects and causes you have chosen. This option provides the most flexibility but the least in terms of tax savings.
Create your own charity
Donate to existing Waqf charity
For many the existence and continued strong growth in the Waqf charity sector will allow them to locate the perfect charity partner or partners with whom to earmark assets to transfer to after their passing. This option ensures assets pass to specialist Waqf charities, capable of managing large portfolios of assets and hence extracting the maximum possible return on the investment. It also means the potential for significant inheritance tax savings. However, control over the assets is likely to be reduced.
Still not sure?
It may be that you are still not fully sure which option is right for you. You may see the beauty in giving to charity via Waqf, but concerned about young family and don’t want to overcommit. Or you may see the advantages of utilising one option for a time before switching to another. Or perhaps you want to see how the Waqf charity sector develops before deciding if this is the best route for you.
The beauty of Waqf is that it is so flexible that it allows this change of mind over time. You can continue to develop your plans during your lifetime, and leave instructions for how your trustees should deal with matters or what factors they should be considering before deciding on a course of action, after your death.
Waqf Charity Partners
We are creating a number of relations with Waqf charity partners. These are charities specifically committed to Waqf and structured in a manner that ensure your donation of Waqf assets will be maintained and grown over time, providing the maximum benefit and reward to you and your family.
iWaqf - Changing the face of charitable giving
Waqf has never taken off to date as a means of charitable funding because the approach of charities has always been limited to the ‘ask for funds upfront’ model. This (1) reduces the amount that potential donors consider giving, and (2) means that they can no longer benefit in anyway from their funds.
iWaqf’s approach is different. By setting up personal Waqf Funds, each donor retains control over their assets, allowing them to (1) create a Waqf for much greater proportions of their estates, and (2) retain far more flexibility in utilising their resources.
This opens up opportunities for Waqf charities because they are now able to act as trusted partners. In the short-term, as more and more individuals create their own Waqf Funds this will grow the recognition and understanding of Waqf throughout the Muslim community, bringing much needed exposure for Waqf charities.
In the medium-term, Waqf charities can expect more regular donations of income from individuals who have created their own Waqf Funds and who recognise the importance of utilising the funds for the benefit of Waqf charitable causes.
In the long-term, successful Waqf charities which have a proven track record will see large donations from individuals and trustees of personal Waqf Funds, leading to much faster growth then could otherwise be expected.
How to partner with iWaqf
Complete Questionnaire below
We arrange a meeting with representatives of the charity and deliver a presentation on the ways in which iWaqf works and can benefit our charity partners.
Both parties assess compatibility and agree to partnership.