The Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) has donated Dh1 million to the National Awqaf Foundation of Canada (Awqaf Canada).
The donation was part of the will of late philanthropist and AMAF endower Ahmad Baghlaf to use the funds to spread the teachings of Islam in Canada.
The contribution will be divided in three parts: Dh500,000 for building schools that teach moderate Islamic values and principles, Dh250,000 for promoting Islamic Da’wah, and Dh250,000 will be dedicated to supporting preachers.
The donation is an outcome of an agreement signed between AMAF and Awqaf Canada in 2015 to enhance collaboration in waqf and charity work and help achieve social, cultural and economic development in societies.
Tayeb Al Rais, Secretary General of AMAF, handed over the cheque to Emad Issam Kaddoura, Secretary-General of Awqaf Canada, during a visit to its headquarters in Ontario.
“These efforts are in line with Dubai’s strategy to become a global capital of Islamic economy. We also aim to raise awareness of our vision for waqf among expat Muslims in order to accelerate their endowments and contributions and better support global humanitarian agendas,” Al Rais said.
Kaddoura lauded the gesture and said the donation will be very useful. “This fund will enable Awqaf Canada to implement several educational and Da’wah programmes to promote the Islamic spirit of moderation and tolerance throughout Canada and North America.”
Baghlaf’s endowment has so far provided much-needed support to local and international humanitarian initiatives and projects seeking to benefit the underprivileged through extending education, healthcare and financial assistance where needed.