'Govt Control Over Waqf Board Un-Islamic'

'Govt Control Over Waqf Board Un-Islamic'

26 June 2012
Kashmir Observer
Nazir Ganaie

Srinagar: A day after the revered Dastgeer Sahib Shrine was gutted in a devastating fire, a religious organization here Tuesday terms the government’s control over Waqaf Board ‘un-Islamic’, alleging the state government of working under “a big conspiracy” to demolish the Sufi religious sites in the valley. Addressing a press conference here, patron, Ulema-e- Aahl-e-Sunnat-wal-Jammat, Maulana Mohammad Ashraf Andrabi said that state government under a “conspiracy” took control of Waqf Board which otherwise was the property of Ahli Sunnat Muslims. “Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and Congress coalition government in 2003 took the control of all property owned by Muslim Auqaf Trust by passing an ordinance in the Assembly and renamed it as Muslim Waqaf Board. It is totally un-Islamic and against the Sharia law,” Maulana Andarabi told reporters. “Besides that the money is spent on the activities when the people donate that for some other activities,” he said. He recalled that the senior leader of opposition PDP, Muzaffar Hussain Beigh immediately after taking the control on the Waqf Board had said in radio interview that the governmental control on the board was only temporary in order to streamline the activities and functioning of the board once it was achieved they will hand it over back to people. “So far government is yet to fulfill its promises. This is un-Islamic and the government tries to do whatever they want to do here. They are out to destroy our religious sites and this is deplorable and condemnable,” Andarabi said. He also said that he wrote it several times in the light of Quran and Sharia that the way government spends the board’s money was un-Islamic. “Under Sharia law we cannot spend the money on any mosque when it is donated for another mosque. Similarly we can’t spend the board’s money on the activities for which it has not been donated by the people,” he said. He said that money is spent on the projects where the work is not done according to the teachings of Islam and Sufi saints. Terming the government’s control on board a conspiracy and injustice against the particular group of Muslim he said, “Government took the control of Auqaf board of Aahl-e-Sunnat Muslims only while the Auqaf boards belonging to other Muslim sects are run by their own people,” he said. Rejecting administrative probe into the fire incident in which a century’s old revered shrine got gutted, he said only judicial probe should be ordered and the findings should be made public within days. “In these years all the governments have been ordering only probes in Kashmir, I want to say what happened to those probes, what happened to the findings,” he questioned. “Our daughters were raped and then we saw government ordering probes, it is a best way for them to evade the responsibility,” he added. He alleged that the shrines and the heritages sites in Kashmir were soft targets under some hidden forces who work for some “mysterious agenda”. “It is being done just to erase our identity, our culture, and most importantly our faith and religion” he alleged. “Government has to be answerable for who set the fire first. We have been witnessing some people are trying to wage a war against our faith. It’s their attack on our faith,” he alleged.