The Darul Akhlaaq Islamic Society has been a fixture in the lives of Muslims in Delft for over three years, and has provided a haven from which the religion of Islam has been taught and practiced. However, this has recently come under threat when the owner of the property on which the society’s madrassa is situated, resolved to selling the land to prospective buyers.
In a bid to secure the property before anyone else could acquire it, the society launched an urgent community appeal in order to raise R80 000 towards the building, which would be used as a Waqf property. This prompted an overwhelming response from the community, with donations totaling roughly R120 000.
According to Sheikh Yusuf Motiki, who serves as Darul Akhlaaq’s assistant secretary, the urgent nature of the appeal meant that a deadline was set for Monday for all funds to be in. With the owner willing to sell to other potential buyers, it was imperative that the society acquired the funds as soon as possible.
“The time limit was for, if we didn’t have it by then, then automatically the seller would sell to someone else. So that was the date in which it (the funds) would have to be in,” he explained.
Motiki said it was important for the community that the land was in the possession of the society. With the known Waqf property in the Delft area, he said it was a great opportunity for the society to establish one.
Funds were raised through Sadaqah al Jariyah; a form of sustained donation made over a period of time for any charitable purpose. Motiki noted that the rewards for those who made such a donation would continue to flow even after the donor had passed away.
“It is one of the three things when a person passes away, that will still carry on and benefit him,” he said.
He was also grateful to those who heeded the appeal, whether it be through financial donation, or merely passing the message on to others.
“May Allah (s.w.t) reward them and their families, and increase them in their rizq as well,” he said.
Although the target has been reached, donations can still be made to the society.
Those funds will likely be used for the upkeep and renovations at the madrassa.
Donations can be made using the following details:
Account No.: 2007803887
Branch Code: 120405