Waquar Hasan | Caravan Daily
NEW DELHI – At a time when a communal colour is being given to the Pulwama attack by the Hindutva forces, Zakat Foundation of India, has announced that it will bear the education expenses of the children of the 44 martyrs of the Pulwama attack, which is the worst suicide bomb attack to have taken place in recent times.
“We have taken the decision of taking care of the school fees of the children of the soldiers, who have given their lives for the country,” said Zafar Mahmood, Chairman of the foundation, while talking to Caravan Daily.
“This (effort) is meant for humanity and communal harmony. We should live in a brotherly way,” said Mahmood.
The foundation announced its decision on Twitter two days after the terror attack took place. Around this time, the Right Wingers were busy targeting Kashmiri and ordinary Muslims in different parts of the country. The foundation has also tagged CRPFIndia and has requested them to provide details related to the bereaving families.
“http://zakatindia.org has decided to sponsor the school fee of the children of Pulwama martyrs. Appeal: @crpfindia kindly help provide details,” tweeted the foundation.
— ZakatFoundationIndia (@zakatindia) February 17, 2019
Zakat Foundation of India is an Islamic group that collects zakat, sadqa (Islamic charity) and utilizes it for ‘socially beneficial projects’. According to its website, they spend it on orphanages, charitable hospitals and also provide a stipend to the widows.
“We got a response from the CRPF and the concerned people. But we have people in the different parts of the country, whose cost for UPSC preparations we are bearing. We are gathering details related to the families through them.” said Mahmood.
Talking about the mechanism, Mahmood said, “We generally help students for their education. We give the cheque to the family but it is issued in the name of the school.”
Reacting to the incidents of Kashmiris and other Muslims being targeted post-Pulwama attack, Mahmood said, “It is wrong and should be condemned. We also condemn it and spread the message of love and brotherhood. This is what the constitution of India says. According to Article 51, it is the duty of every citizen that they should endeavour for communal harmony and brotherhood. If anyone violates it, action should be taken against them.”
Post Pulwama attack, there were reports of targeting Kashmiri Muslims in Bihar, Dheradun, West Bengal and Jammu. Following which the Delhi Minority Commission wrote to Delhi Police Commissioner to be alert and responsive regarding such incidents.
On Thursday, 44 CRPF jawans were killed and many injured when a vehicle laden with heavy explosives rammed into the vehicles of army convoy.