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Minister: ‘Significant corruption in Sudan’s Muslim endowment admin’

December 25 - 2019 KHARTOUM
Sultan Ali Dinar Mosque in El Fasher, North Darfur (File photo by Rami Khalid Ahmad (18) of El Ribat Secondary School for boys in El Fasher)
Sultan Ali Dinar Mosque in El Fasher, North Darfur (File photo by Rami Khalid Ahmad (18) of El Ribat Secondary School for boys in El Fasher)

There is “significant corruption” in Sudan’s Muslim endowment (waqf*) administration, and the Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments, Nasreldin Mofreh, has pledged to root it out.

At a forum held by a number of Islamic groups in Khartoum this week, Minister Mofreh lamented the waqf administration. He explained “that conditions of an endowment may be changed, or the value of an entire endowment is transferred in favour of certain persons”.

He pledged “to combat these fraudulent practices”.

Mofreh further criticised the current religious school curriculum because “it does not lead to the development of the students”. He announced his Ministry’s intention to involve religious ministers in writing a new religious curriculum “to deepen the spirit of tolerance”.

He called on preachers and priests to form committees to visit the areas of conflict in Sudan during November 2020 “to spread the culture of peace in a campaign for peaceful coexistence”.

* A waqf 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 / an Islamic endowment of property to be held in trust and used for a charitable or religious purpose – Source: Wikipedia.


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