Muscat: An Awqaf Charity Organisations Scheme was launched by the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs yesterday under the auspices of Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal Al Busaidi, Minister of Interior in the presence of His Eminence Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamad Al Khalili, the Grand Mufti of the Sultanate. The scheme crowns the efforts made throughout the past 20 years to come out with an integrated vision, as well as administrative, legal and legislative system.
In a statement, the Grand Mufti of the Sultanate said that the waqf is an important requirement and progress made should be coupled with a growth in charity work, with awqaf charity work on its foremost.
He pointed out that the initiative, which is the first of its kind at the level of the Islamic World, reflects our good preparation for the future and to have a charitable and beneficial scheme for the nation. He hoped that the initiative would bring benefits to the Omani society and other societies as well.
The idea of the project is a cultural initiative that is the first of its kind in terms of structure and strategy in the Islamic world as it provides society with the opportunity to have real partnership in the management of awqaf charity organisation under the supervision of the Ministry.
The project aims at activating and enhancing the efficiency of the charity society through the introduction of awqaf organisations by providing a new vision for awqaf and zakat which meet the current needs of the people.
The project will provide a novel ideal for the charity organizations which allow utilising its available resources in ensuring the development of society. It opens awqaf horizons with modern vision for philanthropists. It also ensures executive independence for the awqaf organisations and helps ensure optimum utilisation of its energies and human resources in society.