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Types of Waqf

Waqf can be classified into different categories. This categorisation is based either on the relationship between the donor and the beneficiaries, or on the nature of the donation itself.

In terms of beneficiaries

Public: The Waqf supports the welfare of poor and vulnerable people. Historically, most Islamic Waqf are public and benefit the whole community.

Family: The Waqf benefits relatives of the endower or specific individuals. Only if the specified beneficiaries are deceased will the Waqf be transferred to benefit the public.

Joined: The founder dedicates a part of the Waqf to his family and another part to the public, so that both receive the benefits.

Islamic Relief is only involved in public Waqf that benefit society as a whole. We do not offer Waqf to specific families.

The nature of the donation

Property: Houses, farms,  buildings, offices, cars, books, hospitals, medical equipment, computers, machines, schools, mosques, libraries, water wells, and any other properties that can benefit the community.

Businesses: In this variety of Waqf, a percentage of business transactions, turnovers or profits are used to fund certain projects.

Wealth: The donor offers a cash sum to be invested as Waqf.

Metric: Large organisations ask for Waqf donations to build hospitals, universities or any other income-generating properties. Donors may pay for sections of the building by square metres. If $1 million USD is needed in order to build a hospital and the area of the hospital is 1,000 square meters, the organisation may ask for donations of $1,000 USD per metre squared.