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Darul Ehsan, Home for Special Children Held

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Srinagar: “The aftermath of the armed insurgency is marked with numerous challenges, the major being the growing number of orphans. Many orphanages have sprung up in the name of catering to the needs of orphans of Kashmir with only a few genuine names to count, which too cater to the needs of only two thousand orphans whereas their number has touched two lakh as was revealed,” said eminent social activist and president of the Islamic Relief & Research Trust (IRRT), H.R. Hanjura at the annual day of Darul Ehsan Home for Special Children on 1 May. Darul Ehsan is catering to the needs of a few special children whose parents have become victim of the ravaging conflict. Hanjura spoke of numerous challenges facing the society especially the special children who are being neglected, and scores of other problems. He deliberated on the obstacles faced by activists like him, and the need of multi-dimensional work in the voluntary sector which is being neglected by the people of Kashmir. He lamented the fact that only a few people are giving Zakat to the needy ones, while the majority is negligent towards this fundamental of Islam. It is due to this negligence that the grave neglect towards these special children can be witnessed in Kashmir. He threw light on the projects that IRRT runs for the welfare of these hapless sections of the society.

A Seminar on the topic “Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and orphans” was held on this occasion in which Muhammad Aslam Andrabi, chairman Shah e Hamadan Research Foundation (SRF), which collaborates with IRRT in running Darul Ehsan at Kralpora, threw light on the life of Prophet (pbuh) and his conduct towards the welfare of orphans. He said that Masjids have become a hotbed of spreading sectarian strife in Kashmir and it is for this reason that IRRT & SRF are reaching out to the younger generation through colleges and universities by organizing a series of seminars, symposia, debates and conferences about the challenges faced by the society and how Islam can provide a solution for the same. Maulana Yahya Andrabi emphasized that till an individual changes, no change can be expected from the society.

Prof Hamid Naseem Rafiabadi, Director of the Shah-e Hamadan Institute of Islamic Studies, Kashmir University, lambasted the ulama for having failed to sensitize the Muslim masses about the importance of paying Zakat as well as rehabilitation of orphans and catering to their special needs. Prof Rafiabadi added that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was not sent as an orator but as a teacher and Muslims are failing to implement what they preach. There is a wide gap between our preaching and practice. Until this dichotomy is solved, nothing substantial and constructive can be expected from our society.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 May 2011 on page no. 17

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