Srinagar, June 02: Former vice-chairman of Muslim Wakf Board Nizamuddin Bhat has urged the Board to facilitate Eid Congregations in Jammu and Kashmir with an objective to highlight issues of common concern and forging unity.
Bhat who is sitting member of the Board made a plea that Wakf is a premier institution which has wide spread base, enough resource and influence to instil harmony among the Muslim community.
He said that Wakf objectives have not been in clash with any other religious and social institutions. “The institution reflects acknowledged traditions of Kashmir’s social ethos, besides the community identity and can play a vital role in addressing various evils dogging our society and polity.”
Bhat said it is unfortunate that Kashmir ethos has come under stress and emerging trends of segregation in society pose a threat.
He said if the Borad fails to take note of this and doesnot rise to the occasion the Wakf institution will fall in sheen and prowess and will also lose its resource base.
Bhat said it is not the assets that can sustain such an institution. “It is the community goodwill which makes the institution resourceful and strong. Goodwill, which has been diminishing may further erode if the society suffers divisions and Wakf cannot escape responsibility.”
Bhat said Eid offers an opportunity to rise above the department culture.
Referring to its essence, he made an appeal to collective conscience and asks Wakf to strike a common chord.
He said similar institutions can help if approached for a common cause.
Bhat said that chairman of the Wakf Board should take an initiative independent of administrative support in this direction so as to make festivals like Eid as the occasion of harnessing collective wisdom.
“If this happens the purpose to serve the community and society is served.”
Bhat said there is enough precedent of good work done by Wakf which could be emulated and hoped that innovative things will happen to raise the stock of the institution.