Waqf means an irrevocable dedication, made expressly or by implication, of property or giving it away in charity for purpose of acquiring merit in the eyes of Allah.

The following hadith records the authority for the establishment of waqf:

Narrated Ibn Umar:

When 'Umar got a piece of land in Khaibar, he came to the Prophet saying, "I have got a piece of land, better than which I have ever got. So what do you advise me regarding it?" The Prophet said, "If you wish you can keep it as an endowment to be used for charitable purposes." So, 'Umar gave the land in charity (i.e. as an endowment) on the condition that the land would neither be sold nor given as a present, nor bequeathed, (and its yield) would be used for the poor, the kinsmen, the emancipation of slaves, Jihad, and for guests and travellers; and its administrator could eat in a reasonable just manner, and he also could feed his friends without intending to be wealthy by its means.

Excerpt from Sahih Al-Bukhari
(Vol. IV p.27)

Waqf may be created to take effect inter vivos or only upon death through a Wasiat. Although trustees must be appointed to administer a waqf, the various Islamic Administration enactments throughout the country now mandate that only State Islamic Statutory authorities may act as such.

Waqf services available at as-Salihin

  • Advice on formation of waqf
  • Preparation of Waqf Agreements