The Islamic Sufi Council seeks legal opinion against the order of the Wakf Council of Jammu and Kashmir against the Nazr O Niyaz collection at Aastanas of J&k.
The Jammu and Kashmir Waqf Council has ordered a complete ban on the collection of donations by administrators in council-run shrines and mosques where the ancestors of the current Khadims have ruled these shrines, as imams, administrators and caretakers voluntarily, without any pay, In this regard, an order has been issued here under order number JKWB/Adm/ CE/ 1723-25 dated August 16, 2022.
The J&K Waqf Board looks after nearly 32,000 properties, including shrines, mosques, and educational institutions, across UT. A semi-governmental organization, it is led by its chairman, who is appointed by the government – the current chairman is Darakshan Andrabi, a BJP leader.
The Khadims of Jammu and Kashmir have approached the chairman of the J&K unit of the Sufi Islamic Council, Musharraf Andrabi, to help them get the Order quashed. Anjuman Mujavran, Ziyarat Reshi Sahab, Anantnag, Sultanul Aarfeen Makhdoom Sahab Kashmir, Gaus Ul Azam Shrine Srinagar and various associations of Kashmiri Khadims have requested the Sufi Islamic Council to represent them to approach the Central of State Governments or the Court for obtaining the cancellation of the order. These letters have been forwarded to the Central Executive Committee for further action.
The Central Executive Committee, Islamic Sufi Council condemned the Order issued by the Wakf Council of Jammu and Kashmir and appointed a three-member Committee specializing in Wakf issues to study the Order and prepare a roadmap to uphold the Khadims whose rights have been violated by the Wakf Council. . The three members appointed by the CEC are Barrister Shaukat Ali Mohammed, Barrister of Madras High Court, Barrister Anwar Shaikh of Gujrat High Court and Barrister Ahtesham Siddiqui of Madhya Pradesh High Court.
National Chairman of Sufi Islamic Council Mansoor Khan said J&K Wakf council is acting against Sufi core pillar Parampara by abolishing Nazr O Niyaz collection in Aastanas of J&K and such action seems to be influenced by Wahabi or l sallafi ideology.
Maharashtra Spokesman Faisal Banaraswala has said that the Jammu and Kashmir Wakf Council has violated the constitutional rights of the Kashmiri Khadims and the Sufi Islamic Council will soon write a detailed letter to His Excellency the President of India, Hon. Prime Minister of India and the Honorable ‘The Competent Home Minister of India requesting the repeal of the above order on constitutional and humanitarian grounds.