Definition of waqf in English:

waqf

nounplural noun waqf

  • An endowment made by a Muslim to a religious, educational, or charitable cause.

    ‘In Arabic, a waqf implies a religious endowment fund, which renders a property unalienable, incapable of being surrendered or transferred.’
    • ‘Women have been systematically denied their inheritance rights, either by family pressures or by legal devices such as the family waqf or trust.’
    • ‘A Masjid is a dedicated building, waqf for Allah.’
    • ‘These relate to the Islamic endowments, waqf, education, and the status of the Islamic courts.’
    • ‘The waqf is still administered by a government ministry.’
    • ‘Once a building or land is declared a masjid, it falls under the category of waqf and may not be moved, sold or treated otherwise.’
    • ‘The demolished houses were occupied by those who were regular tenants of waqf and had paid rent of June and July too.’

Pronunciation

waqf

/wəkf/ /vəkf/

Origin

From Arabic, literally ‘stoppage, immobilization (of ownership of property)’, from waqafa ‘come to a standstill’.