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Muslim NGO gives scholarships to Hindu students
Sunday June 16, 2013 4:00 PM, IANS

Jamiat Ulama E Maharashtra, a Muslim NGO in news for providing free legal aid to Muslim youths arrested on the charge of terrorism, on Sunday distributed scholarships to needy and poor students including 29 Hindu students.

"In the past four years, we have extended generous financial aid and scholarships to several non-Muslim students and the figure keeps on increasing depending on the number of applications we receive," head of the organization's legal cell Gulzar Azmi said.

Trust president Maulana Mustaqeem Ahsan Azmi said that the organization has consciously kept away from making discriminations based on religion since its inception in 1919.

"In those days, we fought against the British rulers and those who advocated a separate state of Pakistan. Now, we are present anywhere in the country to provide emergency help to Muslims and non-Muslims," Azmi observed.

The Jamiat Ulama e Maharashtra distributed scholarships worth over Rs. 20 Lac to 15 Hindu and 350 Muslim students Sunday, Azmi said.

Targeted at students of Class VI to Class XII from different Mumbai schools, Local MLA and Chairmen of Maulana Azad Financial Corporation Amin Patel gave away the scholarships to the needy students. He said that , Education is the only solution for the upliftment of the Muslim community.

Again depending on the requirements and performance of the students, the individual scholarship amounts ranged between Rs.1,000 to Rs.10,000 which covers the annual school tuition and term fees. Besides, Azmi said that the NGO has in the past provided legal aid to the innocent Muslim youths, who had been arrested in various terror charges.

Azmi, declaring concern for humanity, He added that there are many non-Muslim trusts and NGOs which provide financial assistance to deserving Muslim students and his NGO decided, in its own modest ways to reciprocate the gesture.

It may be recalled that, NGO provides legal aid to over 300 innocent Muslim youth who are arrested on the charges of their alleged involvement in the various terrorist incidents occurred in the country .

Recently acquitted 26/11 Accused Faheem Ansari , Malegaon 2006 Blast accused and other are included.

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