Friday, December 4, 2015

Al-Azhar University waqf

Since the beginning of Islam in the early seventh century education has been financed by waqf and voluntary contributions.

The waqf of Al-Azhar University in Cairo was famous as an archetype of the Islamic philanthropic institution, as well as a milestone for Islamic studies and the influence of the Al-Azhar waqf was distributed through its students and its alumni of the university, who benefited from its generous scholarships to study and live in Cairo supported by waqf revenues.

Al-Azhar endowments provided stipends for scholars as well as free education, lodging, and daily bread rations for thousands of students. Its fame was due in part to its historical stature as the second oldest continually existing university in the world.

It was founded in 969 during the reign of the Fatimid caliph al-Muizz and commenced teaching activities in 975.

According to history, in 756 the Amir Rukn al-Din Umar b. al-Shihab Ahmad b. al-Sayfi Baqtamur al-Saqi founded an endowment that included 100 dirham per month to be spent on wheat bread to be distributed to the poor at Al-Azhar.

The endowment established by Abu L-Abbas Ahmad b, al-Zayni Rajab b. al-Sayfi Taybugha b. Abd Allah al-Majdi al-Shafi’i in 842 benefited poor foreign students who were memorizing the Quran at Al-Azhar.

In 870, Fatima, the wife of a certain Amir al-Zayni Sha’ban, established a waqf that provided for wheat bread valued at 20 d.f to be distributed every day to the poor at Al-Azhar.
Al-Azhar University waqf 

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