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ZFI urges Clerics to explain Waqf Bill problems during Friday sermons

Monday June 06, 2011 08:00:34 PM, Perez Bari,

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Bhopal: Zakat Foundation of India, (ZFI), president, Dr. Syed Zafar Mahmood has expressed grave concern over the fact that 20 vital recommendations of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Waqfs and Sachar Committee have not been included by the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs in the Waqf Bill, 2010.

Dr. Mahmood urged the Imams and Khateebs - the clerics who deliver sermons at the mosque to talk about these vital issues in detail during their Friday sermons so as to make the Muslim community well aware of the infringement of their rights and how the government is trying to hoodwink them.

In a Press statement he pointed out that in the Lok Sabha, the Minister of Minority Affairs did not mention these blatant omissions. There was no debate on these issues. On the other hand, the Ministry has unilaterally included some provisions in the Waqf Bill which are injurious to Waqfs and their utilization for needy Muslims.

Dr. Mahmood said that all this has been documented in English and Urdu by the Zakat Foundation of India and uploaded on its website There are also ZFI's 'power point' and video presentations on the website, he added.

He appealed to the people of India, the well wishers of Auqaf and specially the clerics to kindly take printouts from and carefully read as to how there is a move to take Auqaf from Muslim control and utilization.


The clerics have been particularly requested to talk about these vital issues in detail during their Friday sermons. The entire Muslim community has to be galvanised to retain the ownership of Auqaaf. There are people in the Parliament, the Government and different political parties who sympathise with this important Muslim cause. But, we have to explain to them the nuances of the problems related with the Waqf Bill, 2010, the statement stated.






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