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The Road Ahead

HazratbalMuslim Awqaf Trust (Muslim Waqaf Board) was initially formed back in 1940, with the name Idara Auqaf Islamia, it has been managing various Masjids, Shrines, Institutes and working for the development of the community from last 75 years but in spite of huge assets and income it has not able to contribute much to the Muslim society in Kashmir, which is attributed to lack of vision and transparency.

Below are only couple of objective of the Muslim Awqaf Trust:

  • To set up homes for destitute women and children and otherwise to grant financial assistance to needy women and children including setting up or aiding and assisting vocational centers for the betterment of the lot of the Muslim women and orphans or needy children.
  • To grant stipends, scholarships, loans or other financial assistance to deserving persons of the State for education, vocational training and other pursuits.

Now let’s ask few questions to ourselves.

  • Is there any orphanage that Muslim Awqaf Trust has created with state of art facilities for numerous orphans in Kashmir?
  • Do we know of any well publicized scholarship test, where tests are conducted transparently and results are declared publically?
  • Do the needy people in Kashmir have easy access to money, which they can borrow from the Muslim Awqaf Trust?

How many of the questions listed above did you answer affirmatively? I believe none of the above. If we look at the income and expenditure of the Muslim Awqaf trust, which is in crores, it seems that trust could have not achieved only all of the above but much more.

Muslim Awqaf Trust is running many educational institutions under its supervision but it has not able to create a brand yet. If there would have been zest and spirit to achieve and to excel. We should have seen a family of schools where students would have been equipped to access the best opportunities of growth and advancement. The concept of enlightened Muslims could have been the backdrop of all their endeavors. Some percentage of the seats could have been reserved to the poor but meritorious students without compromising the standard of the education.

Below is the list of schools run under the supervision of Muslim Awqaf trust.

  • Sultan-ul-Arifeen Wakf Higher Secondary School, Srinagar
  • Mantaqui Memorial Wakf Higher Secondary School Awantipora
  • Muslim Boys & Girls Wakf High School, Qalamdanpora Srinagar
  • Muslim Gousia Girls Wakf Secondary School, Khanyar Srinagar
  • Baba Shukur-ud-Din Wakf Memorial Wakf High School, Watlab Sopore
  • Gousia Wakf Secondary School, Kakapora Pulwama
  • Alamdar Wakf Secondary School, Charar-i-Sharief
  • Hanfiya Nabiya Wakf Middle School, Kabamarg, Anantnag
  • Hanfiya Wakf Middle School, Asham
  • Baba Payam-ud-Din Reshi Wakf Middle School, Hajibal, Tangmarg
  • Sheikh Hamza Memorial Wakf Middle School, Aham-i-Sharief, Bandipora
  • Shah Namatulla Qadri Wakf Pry. School, Safakadal, Srinagar

None of the above schools seems to be in the list of top schools in Kashmir. The schools set up by missionaries and outside societies are still leading in Kashmir.

The Muslim Awqaf Trust has been spending lacks of rupees in replacing the beautiful lush green lawns in the shrines and other religious places with devir stone flooring. One fails to understand what is the need of the same, should we not beautify the green lawns instead and spend the money where it is needed the most.

Many shopping complexes have been constructed till now by the Muslim Awqaf Trust but the design and construction of almost all of them has been mediocre. Why could we have not started with fewer shopping malls but of world class quality that every Muslim would have been proud of.

It seem Muslim Awqaf Trust needs to do some introspection and build a vision statement for itself. It needs to open up for the society and use its resources prudently for the betterment of the Muslim community in Kashmir.