After due deliberations by a number of awqaf officials, lawyers, ulema, social activists andÂ intellectuals on the issues of illegal occupation, encroachment, protection and development ofÂ awqaf and use of their income and resources for the benefit of Muslim community, the Seminar onÂ â€œAwqaf in Indiaâ€ held during March 29-30, 2014 at Bangalore, India organised by Islamic FiqhÂ Academy (India) in collaboration with Islamic Research and Training Institute, Jeddah and KuwaitÂ Awqaf Public Foundation unanimously adopted following resolutions and recommendations:
1. The waqf properties spread over the country should be surveyed as per the Waqf Act, 1995 byÂ collaborating with reputed Muslim organizations and institutions. A committee consisting ofÂ experts of waqf affairs, lawyers, and ulema should be constituted for every state for this purpose.
2. A movement should be initiated for removal of encroachment and illegal occupation of all suchÂ waqf properties including mosques, maqaabir (mausoleums), Khanqahs, chilla khanas, InamÂ lands, etc which are in the possession of the government or private entities. Their possessionÂ should be restored to the concerned Waqf Board.
3. All such mosques and graveyards, which are in possession of Archeological Survey of India,Â should be identified and surveyed. A comprehensive list of such waqf properties should beÂ prepared and concerted efforts should be made to have permission for offering prayers in suchÂ mosques and burial of dead in such graveyards so that wishes of the waqif may be fulfilled.Â Islamic Fiqh Academy appeals to all Muslim organizations to make organized and planned effortsÂ for emancipation of all mosques under illegitimate occupation as they have been in case of BabriÂ Masjid.
4. This seminar appeals to all state waqf boards to compile full information about the waqfÂ properties whose disputes are pending before various courts of law, including waqf tribunals, andÂ secure documents pertaining to these properties and diligently pursue these litigation.
5. This seminar appeals to the National Waqf Development Corporation to select and appointÂ experts of planning, law and social sciences for preparation of plans for development of waqfÂ properties by so as to increase their income and to make them more beneficial. Further, theÂ Corporation should prepare plans for investment for increase in income in a manner that issues ofÂ educational and economically backwardness of Muslim community can be addressed inÂ accordance with the wishes of waqif.
6. This Seminar appeals to Muslim organizations and charitable institutions to prepare literatureÂ like booklets, leaflets, etc., for promotion of awareness about importance of waqf, both religiousÂ and social, their present situation, laws applicable to various aspects of this great IslamicÂ institution, etc. so that spirit for creation of new awqaf is revived.
7. Efforts should be made so that the income generated from awqaf properties being used forÂ tourism purposes is transferred to concerned waqf boards.
8. Efforts should be made for better management of all such mosques which are under control ofÂ state waqf boards so that welfare of muazzins and imams can be ensured so that role of mosquesÂ in the society for progress and stability of community and country may come to fore.
9. Representation of reputed prominent Muslim organizations in state waqf boards should beÂ statutorily ensured.
10. Waqf Protection Committees, consisting of conscientious members of local Muslim community,Â should be formed in every city ofcountry the to keep a watch over the affairs of awqaf so that waqfÂ properties are protected.
11. This seminar welcomes enactment of Waqf Amendment Act, 2013 by the central governmentÂ and hopes that coming government shall continue the commitment shown by its predecessorÂ government on issues of waqf and shall further strengthen and get the currently pending bill onÂ eviction of illegal occupants of waqf properties passed expeditiously.
12. This seminar feels that Muslim community should become proactive and use all legal methodsÂ to ensure transparency and accountability of mutawallis and waqf boards.
13. The seminar demands that all gazette notifications and other documents concerning waqfÂ properties should be digitized by scanning and should be made available to public. Further, allÂ information concerning the survey of awqaf and waqf properties should be computerized andÂ made available on internet.
Mohammed Obaidullah | April 01, 2014