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A waqf ( Arabic : وقف), also known as habous or mortmain property, is an inalienable charitable endowment under Islamic law , which typically involves donating a building, plot of land or other assets for Muslim religious or charitable purposes with no intention of reclaiming the assets.  The donated assets may be held by a charitable trust . The person making such dedication is known as waqif, a donor. In Ottoman Turkish law, and later under the British Mandate of Palestine , the waqf was defined as usufruct State land (or property) of which the State revenues are assured to pious foundations.  Although based on several hadiths and presenting elements similar to practices from pre-Islamic cultures, it seems that the specific full-fledged Islamic legal form of endowment called waqf dates from the 9th century CE (see paragraph “History and location”).
- 1 Terminology
- 2 Definitions
- 3 Islamic texts
- 4 Life cycle
- 4.1 Founding
- 4.1.1 Founder
- 4.1.2 Property
- 4.1.3 Beneficiaries
- 4.1.4 Declaration of founding
- 4.2 Administration
- 4.3 Extinction
- 4.1 Founding
- 5 History and location
- 5.1 Egypt
- 5.2 India
- 5.3 Other
- 6 Funding of schools and hospitals
- 7 Comparisons with trust law
- 8 See also
- 9 Notes
- 10 References
- 11 Further reading
- 12 External links
Terminology[ edit ]
In Sunni jurisprudence, waqf, also spelled wakf ( Arabic : وقف, pronounced [ˈwɑqf] ; plural أوقاف, awqāf; Turkish : vakıf  ) is synonymous with ḥabs (also called ḥubs or ḥubus and commonly rendered habous in French).  Habs and similar terms are used mainly by Maliki jurists.  In Twelver Shiism , ḥabs is a particular type of waqf, in which the founder reserves the right to dispose of the waqf property.  The person making the grant is called al-waqif (or al-muhabbis) while the endowed assets are called al-mawquf (or al-muhabbas). 
Definitions[ edit ]
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The term waqf literally means “confinement and prohibition” or causing a thing to stop or stand still.  The legal meaning of Waqf according to Imam Abu Hanifa, is the detention of a specific thing in the ownership of waqf and the devoting of its profit or products “in charity of poors or other good objects”.
Imam Abu Yusuf and Muhammad say: Waqf signifies the extinction of the waqif’s ownership in the thing dedicated and detention of all the thing in the implied ownership of God, in such a manner that its profits may revert to or be applied “for the benefit of Mankind”.[ citation needed ]
Bahaeddin Yediyıldız defines the waqf as a system which comprises three elements: hayrat, akarat and waqf. Hayrat, the plural form of
hayr, means “goodnesses” and refers to the motivational factor behind vakıf organization;
akarat refers to corpus and literally means ”real estates” implying revenue-generating sources, such as markets (bedestens, arastas, hans, etc.), land, baths; and waqf, in its narrow sense, is the institution(s) providing services as committed in the vakıf deed such as madrasas, public kitchens (imarets), karwansarays, mosques, libraries, etc. 
Islamic texts[ edit ]
There is no direct injunction of the Qur’an regarding Waqf, which is derived from a number of hadiths (traditions of Muhammad). One says, “Ibn Umar reported, Umar Ibn Al-Khattab got land in Khaybar , so he came to the prophet Muhammad and asked him to advise him about it. The Prophet said, ‘If you like, make the property inalienable and give the profit from it to charity.'” It goes on to say that Umar gave it away as alms, that the land itself would not be sold, inherited or donated. He gave it away for the poor, the relatives, the slaves, the jihad , the travelers and the guests. And it will not be held against him who administers it if he consumes some of its yield in an appropriate manner or feeds a friend who does not enrich himself by means of it. 
In another hadith, Muhammad said, “When a man dies, only three deeds will survive him: continuing alms, profitable knowledge and a child praying for him.”  [ verification needed ]
Life cycle[ edit ]
Founding[ edit ]
Islamic law puts several legal conditions on the process of establishing a waqf.
Founder[ edit ]
A waqf is a contract, therefore the founder (called al-wāqif or al-muḥabbis in Arabic) must be of the capacity to enter into a contract. For this the founder must:
- be an adult
- be sound of mind
- capable of handling financial affairs
- not under interdiction for bankruptcy
Although waqf is an Islamic institution, being a Muslim is not required to establish a waqf, and dhimmis may establish a waqf. Finally if a person is fatally ill, the waqf is subject to the same restrictions as a will in Islam. 
Property[ edit ]
The property (called al-mawqūf or al-muḥabbas) used to found a waqf must be objects of a valid contract. The object should not be illegal in Islam (e.g. wine or pork). Finally these objects should not already be in the public domain. Thus, public property cannot be used to establish a waqf. The founder cannot also have pledged the property previously to someone else. These conditions are generally true for contracts in Islam. 
The property dedicated to waqf is generally immovable, such as estate. All movable goods can also form waqf, according to most Islamic jurists. The Hanafis, however, also allow most movable goods to be dedicated to a waqf with some restrictions. Some jurists have argued that even gold and silver (or other currency) can be designated as waqf. 
Beneficiaries[ edit ]
The beneficiaries of the waqf can be persons and public utilities. The founder can specify which persons are eligible for benefit (such the founder’s family, entire community, only the poor, travelers). Public utilities such as mosques, schools, bridges, graveyards and drinking fountains can be the beneficiaries of a waqf. Modern legislation divides the waqf as “charitable causes”, in which the beneficiaries are the public or the poor) and “family” waqf, in which the founder makes the beneficiaries his relatives. There can also be multiple beneficiaries. For example, the founder may stipulate that half the proceeds go to his family, while the other half go to the poor. 
Valid beneficiaries must satisfy the following conditions: 
- They must be identifiable. At least some of the beneficiaries must also exist at the time of the founding of the waqf. The Mālikīs, however, hold that a waqf may exist for some time without beneficiaries, whence the proceeds accumulate are given to beneficiaries once they come into existence. An example of a non-existent beneficiary is an unborn child.
- The beneficiaries must not be at war with the Muslims. Scholars stress that non-Muslim citizens of the Islamic state (dhimmi) can definitely be beneficiaries.
- The beneficiaries may not use the waqf for a purpose in contradiction of Islamic principles.
There is dispute over whether the founder himself can reserve exclusive rights to use waqf. Most scholars agree that once the waqf is founded, it can’t be taken back.
The Ḥanafīs hold that the list of beneficiaries include a perpetual element; the waqf must specify its beneficiaries in case. 
Declaration of founding[ edit ]
The declaration of founding is usually a written document, accompanied by a verbal declaration, though neither are required by most scholars. Whatever the declaration, most scholars (those of the Hanafi, Shafi’i, some of the Hanbali and the Imami Shi’a schools) hold that it is not binding and irrevocable until actually delivered to the beneficiaries or put in their use. Once in their use, however, the waqf becomes an institution in its own right. 
Administration[ edit ]
Waqf Writing Room in Mevlana Museum
Usually a waqf has a range of beneficiaries. Thus, the founder makes arrangements beforehand by appointing an administrator (called nāẓir or mutawallī or ḳayyim) and lays down the rules for appointing successive administrators. The founder may himself choose to administer the waqf during his lifetime. In some cases, however, the number of beneficiaries are quite limited. Thus, there is no need for an administrator, and the beneficiaries themselves can take care of the waqf. 
The administrator, like other persons of responsibility under Islamic law, must have capacity to act and contract. In addition, trustworthiness and administration skills are required. Some scholars require that the administrator of this Islamic religious institution be a Muslim, though the Hanafis drop this requirement. 
Extinction[ edit ]
Waqf is intended to be perpetual and last forever. Nevertheless, Islamic law envisages conditions under which the waqf may be terminated: 
- If the goods of the waqf are destroyed or damaged. Scholars interpret this as the case where goods are no longer used in the manner intended by the founder. The remains of the goods are to revert to the founder or his/her heirs. Other scholars, however, hold that all possibilities must be examined to see if the goods of the waqf can be used at all, exhausting all methods of exploitation before the termination. Thus, land, according to such jurists, can never become extinguished.
- A waḳf can be declared null and void by the ḳāḍī, or religious judge, if its formation includes committing acts otherwise illegal in Islam, or it does not satisfy the conditions of validity, or if it is against the notion of philanthropy. Since waqf is an Islamic institution it becomes void if the founder converts to another religion.[ citation needed ]
- According to the Mālikī school of thought, the termination of the waqf may be specified in its founding declaration. As the waqf would expire whenever its termination conditions are fulfilled (e.g. the last beneficiary). The waqf property then returns to the founder , his/her heirs, or whoever is to receive it.
History and location[ edit ]
Uthman waqf (Medina)
The practices attributed to Muhammad have promoted the institution of waqf from the earliest part of Islamic history. 
The two oldest known waqfiya (deed) documents are from the 9th century, while a third one dates from the early 10th century, all three within the Abbasid Period. The oldest dated waqfiya goes back to 876 CE, concerns a multi-volume Qur’an edition and is held by the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum in Istanbul . A possibly older waqfiya is a papyrus held by the Louvre Museum in Paris , with no written date but considered to be from the mid-9th century. The next oldest document is a marble tablet whose inscription bears the Islamic date equivalent to 913 CE and states the waqf status of an inn, but is in itself not the original deed; it is held at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv .  [ self-published source ]
Egypt[ edit ]
The earliest pious foundations in Egypt were charitable gifts, and not in the form of a waqf. The first mosque built by ‘ Amr ibn al-‘As is an example of this: the land was donated by Qaysaba bin Kulthum , and the mosque’s expenses were then paid by the Bayt al-mal . The earliest known waqf, founded by financial official Abū Bakr Muḥammad bin Ali al-Madhara’i in 919 (during the Abbasid period ), is a pond called Birkat Ḥabash together with its surrounding orchards, whose revenue was to be used to operate a hydraulic complex and feed the poor.
India[ edit ]
Early references to Wakf in India, can be found in 14th century CE work, Insha-i-Mahru by Aynul Mulk Ibn Mahru. According to the book, Sultan Muizuddin Sam Ghaor (f. 1195–95 A.D.) dedicated two villages in favor of Jama Masjid , Multan , and, handed its administration to the Shaikhul Islam (highest ecclesiastical officer of the Empire). In the coming years, several more wakfs were created, as the Delhi Sultanate flourished. 
As per Wakf Act 1954 (later Wakf Act 1995
) enacted by Government of India, Wakfs are categorized as (a) Wakf by user such as Graveyards, Musafir Khanas (Sarai) and Chowltries etc., (b) Wakf under Mashrutul-khidmat (Service Inam) such as Khazi service, Nirkhi service, Pesh Imam service and Khateeb service etc., and (c) Wakf Alal-aulad is dedicated by the Donor (Wakif) for the benefit of their kith and kin and for any purpose recognised by Muslim law as pious, religious or charitable. After the enactment Wakf Act 1954, the Union government directed to all the states governments to implement the Act for administering the wakf institutions like mosques, dargah , ashurkhanas , graveyards, takhiyas, iddgahs, imambara , anjuman s and various religious and charitable institutions.  A statutory body under Government of India, which also oversees State Wakf Boards .  In turn the State Wakf Boards work towards management, regulation and protect the Wakf properties by constituting District Wakf Committees, Mandal Wakf Committees and Committees for the individual Wakf Institutions.  As per the report of Sachar Committee (2006) there are about 500,000 registered Wakfs with 600,000 acres (2,400 km2) land in India, and Rs. 60 billion book value.  
Other[ edit ]
The waqf institutions were not popular in all parts of the Muslim world. In West Africa, very few examples of the institution can be found, and were usually limited to the area around Timbuktu and Djenné in Massina Empire . Instead, Islamic west African societies placed a much greater emphasis on non-permanent acts of charity. According to expert Illife, this can be explained by West Africa’s tradition of “personal largesse.” The imam would make himself the collection and distribution of charity, thus building his personal prestige. 
According to Hamas, all of historic Palestine is an Islamic waqf, which translates as a “prohibition from surrendering or sharing”. 
Funding of schools and hospitals[ edit ]
An Old Waqf Document
After the Islamic waqf law and madrassah foundations were firmly established by the 10th century, the number of Bimaristan hospitals multiplied throughout Islamic lands. By the 11th century, many Islamic cities had several hospitals. The waqf trust institutions funded the hospitals for various expenses, including the wages of doctors, ophthalmologists , surgeons, chemists , pharmacists , domestics and all other staff, the purchase of foods and medicines ; hospital equipment such as beds, mattresses, bowls and perfumes; and repairs to buildings. The waqf trusts also funded medical schools, and their revenues covered various expenses such as their maintenance and the payment of teachers and students. 
Comparisons with trust law[ edit ]
The waqf in Islamic law , which developed in the medieval Islamic world from the 7th to 9th centuries, bears a notable resemblance to the English trust law .  Every waqf was required to have a waqif (founder), mutawillis (trustee), qadi (judge) and beneficiaries.  Under both a waqf and a trust, “property is reserved, and its usufruct appropriated, for the benefit of specific individuals, or for a general charitable purpose; the corpus becomes inalienable ; estates for life in favor of successive beneficiaries can be created” and “without regard to the law of inheritance or the rights of the heirs; and continuity is secured by the successive appointment of trustees or mutawillis.” 
The only significant distinction between the Islamic waqf and English trust was “the express or implied reversion of the waqf to charitable purposes when its specific object has ceased to exist”,  though this difference only applied to the waqf ahli (Islamic family trust) rather than the waqf khairi (devoted to a charitable purpose from its inception). Another difference was the English vesting of “legal estate” over the trust property in the trustee, though the “trustee was still bound to administer that property for the benefit of the beneficiaries.” In this sense, the “role of the English trustee therefore does not differ significantly from that of the mutawalli.” 
Personal trust law developed in England at the time of the Crusades , during the 12th and 13th centuries. The Court of Chancery, under the principles of equity, enforced the rights of absentee Crusaders who had made temporary assignments of their lands to caretakers. It has been speculated that this development may have been influenced by the waqf institutions in the Middle East .  
See also[ edit ]
- Jerusalem Islamic Waqf
- Charitable trust
- Islamic economic jurisprudence
- Islamic economics in the world
- Private foundation
- Trust law
Notes[ edit ]
- ^ “What is Waqf – Awqaf SA” . awqafsa.org.za. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
- ^ A Survey of Palestine (Prepared in December 1945 and January 1946 for the information of the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry ), chapter 8, section 1, British Mandate Government of Palestine: Jerusalem 1946, pp. 226–228
- ^ Hisham Yaacob, 2006, Waqf Accounting in Malaysian State Islamic Religious Institutions: The Case of Federal Territory SIRC, unpublished Master dissertation, International Islamic University Malaysia.
- ^ a b c d Peters, R., Abouseif, Doris Behrens, Powers, D.S., Carmona, A., Layish, A., Lambton, Ann K.S., Deguilhem, Randi, McChesney, R.D., Kozlowski, G.C., M.B. Hooker et al. (2012). “Waḳf” . In P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Encyclopaedia of Islam (2nd ed.). Brill.
- ^ Hassan (1984) as cited in HS Nahar and H Yaacob, 2011, Accountability in the Sacred Context: The case of management, accounting and reporting of a Malaysian cash awqaf institution, Journal of Islamic Accounting and Business Research, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 87–113.
- ^ Deligöz, Halil (2014). “The legacy of vakıf institutions and the management of social policy in Turkey” . Administrative Culture. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
- ^ Ibn Ḥad̲j̲ar al-ʿAsḳalānī , Bulūg̲h̲ al-marām, Cairo n.d., no. 784. Quoted in Waḳf, Encylopaedia of Islam.
- ^ Ibn Ḥad̲j̲ar al-ʿAsḳalānī , Bulūg̲h̲ al-marām, Cairo n.d., no. 783. Quoted in Waḳf, Encylopaedia of Islam.
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j Waḳf, Encyclopaedia of Islam
- ^ Sait, 2006, p.149
- ^ Gilbert Paul Verbit (2002). The Origins of the Trust. Xlibris Corporation. pp. 141–142. ISBN 9781401031534 .
- ^ Mahru, Ainud Din (1965). Insha-i Mahru, Lahore, 1965. Lahore: Shaikh Abdur Rashid (ed.). pp. 37–39.
- ^ a b al Wakf Council, India Archived 22 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine .
- ^ Subjects allocated Archived 24 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine . Ministry of Minority Affairs website.
- ^ Community on the margins
- ^ Wakf Central Wakf Council, India website.
- ^ Feierman, 1998, p. 19
- ^ Max Abrahms, Why Terrorism Does Not Work, International Security, Vol. 31, No. 2 (Fall 2006), pg. 74
- ^ Micheau, Francoise (1996). “The Scientific Institutions in the Medieval Near East”. In Rashed, Roshdi; Morelon, Régis. Encyclopedia of the History of Arabic Science . Routledge. pp. 999–1001. ISBN 0-415-02063-8 .
- ^ ( Gaudiosi 1988 )
- ^ ( Gaudiosi 1988 , pp. 1237–40)
- ^ ( Gaudiosi 1988 , p. 1246)
- ^ ( Gaudiosi 1988 , pp. 1246–7)
- ^ ( Gaudiosi 1988 , p. 1247)
- ^ ( Hudson 2003 , p. 32)
- ^ ( Gaudiosi 1988 , pp. 1244–5)
References[ edit ]
- Arjomand, Said Amir; Feierman, Steven; Ilchman, Warren Frederick; Katz, Stanley Nider; Queen, Edward L. (1998), Philanthropy in the World’s Traditions, Indiana University Press , ISBN 0-253-33392-X
- Gaudiosi, Monica M. (April 1988), “The Influence of the Islamic Law of Waqf on the Development of the Trust in England: The Case of Merton College”, University of Pennsylvania Law Review , University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Vol. 136, No. 4, 136 (4): 1231–1261, doi : 10.2307/3312162 , JSTOR 3312162
- Hudson, A. (2003), Equity and Trusts (3rd ed.), London: Cavendish Publishing, ISBN 1-85941-729-9
- Morelon, Régis; Rashed, Roshdi (1996), Encyclopedia of the History of Arabic Science , 3, Routledge , ISBN 0-415-12410-7
Further reading[ edit ]
- Real property, mortgage and wakf according to Ottoman law, by D. Gatteschi. Pub. Wyman & Sons, 1884.
- Waqf in Central Asia: four hundred years in the history of a Muslim shrine, 1480–1889, by R. D. McChesney. Princeton University Press, 1991. ISBN 069105584X .
- Wakf administration in India: a socio-legal study, by Khalid Rashid. Vikas Pub., 1978. ISBN 0-7069-0690-X .
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As tensions ratchet up in Jerusalem’s Old City following Israel’s installation of metal detectors at gates to the Temple Mount in response to a terror attack there, attention has turned to the byzantine warren of authorities that control and manage the ultra-sensitive holy site.
While Israel controls access to the compound, inside its nine gates the Jerusalem Awqaf Department — sometimes called the Islamic Religious Endowments Authority, or simply the Waqf — exerts near total control.
The Waqf is entirely controlled and funded by the Jordanian government. It administers daily life on the Temple Mount, which includes the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Dome of the Rock, archaeological sites, museums and schools.
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Since Israel captured the site in 1967, an uneasy relationship between authorities and the Waqf has been maintained, with both saying they are committed to keeping the delicate status quo that allows non-Muslims to visit, but not worship, on the Mount.
For many non-Muslims, both the Waqf and the status quo remain a mystery, and questions abound as to how the body has come to wield such power in a city that is ostensibly completely under the control of the state of Israel.
Flexing their muscles
The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism, the place where the two ancient Jewish Temples stood. It is considered the third holiest site in Islam, the spot where the prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven.
Ever-present acrimony between Israeli officials and the Waqf have come to a head since July 14, when three Arab-Israeli men opened fire on policemen guarding just outside the holy site, killing two. According to Israeli authorities, the trio stashed their guns in the Temple Mount and Israel quickly closed access to the site — the first time in decades it was shuttered on a Friday — leading to outcry from Muslims around the world. On Thursday, police release video footage showing how the guns were smuggled into the holy site.
When it reopened on Sunday, police had installed metal detectors at two of the gates, and other gates were closed. Arab officials have criticized the measure as breaking the status quo — and part of an alleged process of a slow takeover by Israel of the site — and the Waqf has refused to enter the site, encouraging other Muslims to boycott as well , leading to protest prayers outside the gates that have devolved into near-daily clashes.
Israel argues the security measures are necessary in the wake of Friday’s “defiling” of the site by the killers, to ensure such shooting attacks do not occur at the sensitive holy site in the future.
The ensuing standoff has threatened to plunge the tinderbox city back into the throes of violence. Israel and Jordan are reportedly in talks to come up with a compromise agreement, but in the meantime both the Israeli authorities and Waqf officials are holding to their positions — Israel is not removing the metal detectors, and the Waqf is discouraging worshipers from entering the compound so long as they remain.
So what’s a waqf anyway?
To understand the purpose of the institution known as the Jerusalem Waqf, it helps to know what a waqf is.
In Islamic law, a person may decide to donate a property and its revenues to the public for charitable or religious purposes. This property then becomes a waqf, or holding, in perpetuity.
Examples of waqfs (awqaf is the Arabic plural) can be homes, fields, water reservoirs, schools, orphanages and mosques.
In Israel, the best known waqf property is the Temple Mount, known to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif. For Muslims, the entire esplanade is considered a mosque.
As the modern state grew in the Middle East through 19th and 20th centuries, these properties were taken under the authority of governments.
Until 1917, waqf properties in Jerusalem were controlled by the Ottoman Empire.
During the British Mandate period, responsibility for the awqaf was put under the control of the Supreme Muslim Council—the body of Palestinian Muslims appointed by the British colonial government to administer the Sharia courts and awqaf.
In 1948, when the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan took over the West Bank and East Jerusalem, it transferred responsibility for the city’s awqaf, including the Temple Mount compound, to its own ministry of awqaf.
When Israel conquered East Jerusalem in 1967, then defense minister Moshe Dayan decided it would be best if the Jordanian Awqaf Ministry would continue to administer the site, in order to avoid a larger conflagration with the Muslim world. Jews would be allowed to visit, but not to pray, he decided — utilizing the rabbinical consensus in Jewish religious law that Jews should not set foot atop the Mount for fear of defiling the temples’ most sacred space, the Holy of Holies.
From then on, it was agreed that Israel would be responsible for security around the perimeter of the site, while the Jordanian-controlled Jerusalem Waqf would be responsible for what happens within the compound.
This situation continued informally until 1994, when Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty.
Article 9 of the treaty states: “Israel respects the present special role of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in Muslim Holy shrines in Jerusalem. When negotiations on the permanent status will take place, Israel will give high priority to the Jordanian historic role in these shrines.”
Jordan officially separated from the West Bank in 1988, in order to allow for Palestinian leadership to take over, but not from East Jerusalem.
Jordan argued it would not allow a “protection gap” of Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem while the PLO and Israel were in negotiations over the future of the city.
Up until 1994, the grand muftis of Jerusalem—who are considered the leading religious figures for Palestinians—were appointed by Jordan. But in a deal with the PLO, the role was transferred to Palestinian leadership that year.
The current Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Muhammad Hussein, who has played a central role in opposing Israeli measures since the shooting attack on Friday, was appointed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in 2006, and his salary is paid by the PA.
Jordan also considers itself to have a special historical relationship with Jerusalem, especially Al-Aqsa Mosque, since the time of the British Mandate.
While the Supreme Muslim Council (SMC) was in charge of administering the site, the then ruler of Mecca and leader of the revolt against the Ottoman Empire Hussein ibn Ali al-Hashimi, whose son became the first king of Jordan, was accepted as its custodian by the SMC leadership. This custodianship has been passed down by to subsequent Jordanian kings.
From 1921 to 2010, the Royal Jordanian Hashemite family spent over $1 billion on maintaining the Awqaf administration, according to the a report by independent Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, located in Amman.
A senior official the Jerusalem Waqf told the Times of Israel it currently employes 900 people.
Today, the Jerusalem Waqf controls not only the Temple Mount, but also schools, orphanages, Islamic libraries and museums, mosques, the Sharia courts and many residential and commercial properties across the city of Jerusalem .
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2018 Pittsburgh synagogue shooting
Israeli lawmakers debate anti-Semitism in the US, without American Jewish inputBy Sam Sokol
What an expat-American journalist learned from the Pittsburgh Jewish communityBy Amanda Borschel-Dan
Zionist Organization of America gives John Bolton ‘Defender of Israel’ awardBy JTA
Giant hate speechAnti-Semitic Roald Dahl kept off UK commemorative coinsBy TOI staff
Political tribeJewish celebrities take to social media to encourage votingBy Josefin Dolsten
Hometown prideOmri Casspi gets NBA championship ring from Golden State WarriorsBy JTA
Can’t stand the heatChef bows to BDS pressure, cancels Tel Aviv culinary eventBy Jessica Steinberg
Hasidic headquarters4,700 Chabad emissaries from around the world gather in New YorkBy JTA
Calling the playSteelers quarterback wears Star of David cleats to honor Pittsburgh victimsBy JTA
City upon a hillNazareth Illit seeks new name to end ‘confusion’ with Jesus’ hometownBy TOI staff
Power boostIn Gaza, bodybuilding competition provides escapeBy Khalil Hamra
For every thing, a seasonA Gregorian calendar that helps the (Israeli) garden growBy Jessica Steinberg
A fool and his money6 months on, mystery Israeli fails to pick up $890K lottery winningsBy TOI staff
Palate pleaserEat your way through Tel Aviv and Jerusalem with two culinary escapadesBy Jessica Steinberg
Great snakes!Deadly Palestine Viper declared Israel’s national snakeBy JTA
BD-IceWhy pro-Israel Twitter is mad at Ben Jerry’sBy JTA
Serpent in the stoneSnake emerges from Western Wall cracks, halting prayersBy Luke Tress
Up in the airVillage near Israel’s airport decides its election with a coin tossBy TOI staff
Dressing downAd starring Bar Refaeli in niqab slammed as IslamophobicBy Michael Bachner
Cold receptionBen Jerry’s anti-Trump flavor gives Israelis brain freezeBy Agencies and Stuart Winer
Using her millionsKim Kardashian honored for bone marrow effort to save Jewish manBy JTA
Livin’ on a prayerBon Jovi to return to Israel in July as part of European tourBy Jessica Steinberg
From Girls to refugeesLena Dunham writing script on Syrian refugee for Spielberg, AbramsBy JTA