Published On:28 September 2011
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

IMO EXCLUSIVE: Bihar Ex-Minister’s nephew out to grab Wakf property

By H.R. Ahmad

Gaya: The way the land-hungry people are occupying trust (wakf) land in Gaya district suggests that people have no fear for Almighty Allah. Those who donated thousands of acres of land in the name of Allah must have been God-fearing and pious and they did make a place for themselves in paradise by these philanthropic deeds. Their piey, if Allah willing, will pay off in the world beyond. But their progenies have failed to protect the wakf properties.

Jama Masjid, Gaya
Those who donated their property in the name of Allah also preferred to die unknown and unsung. Today, there are only a few people in Gaya who know that one Mir Abu Saleh had the grand Jama Masjid built at Sarai and donated a huge property worth crores of rupees for its maintainance. It has approximately 30 shops whose income comes at around Rs. 90,000 per month. It is spent on the maintainance of the mosque and the salary of its staff, said Aftab Noor, Secretary of Jama Masjid Gaya. Similarly, one Quazi Farzand Ahmad had madarsa Anwarul-Uloom built in the name of his only son, Quazi Anwar Ahmad, who had died in the prime of his youth.

But the biggest among all the donors was Babu Irshad Ali Khan of Bhadiya estate, who in 1918 donated 1000 acres of land including Irshad Manzil, now known as Plaza Market situated in the heart of Gaya town. The deed executed by Babu Irshad Ali Khan clearly says that 75 percent of the income has to be spent on the welfare of the poor, the downtrodden, widows, and orphans of the area and maintainance of madarsa and mosque and promotion of Islamic education in Bhadiya and its neghbourhood. The caretaker or mutawalli is free to spend the rest 25 percent on himself.

His son, Babu Mushtaque Ali Khan who happened to be its first caretaker sold a major part of the wakf property at a throwaway price for the sake of the girl whom her second wife had brought with her from Bhagalpur.

Interestingly enough, a few greedy and dishonest persons of Bhadiya and its surroundings not only bought valuable trust land in Sarma and Barachatti but also occupied wakf property. Recently, Ozair Khan, a close relative of Shakeel Ahmad Khan, who was energy and wakf minister in the Rabri Devi cabinet and also a minister in Laloo Yadav cabinet, staked his claim to Plaza Market also known as wakf No. 99. Shakeel Ahmad Khan has recently joined Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) in Bihar after dumping Laloo Prasad Yadav-led RJD. However, Wakf Board Chairman Mr. Irshadullah through an advertisement in an Urdu daily made it clear that Plaza Market is still a trust property and that the board has never permitted any caretaker to sell it.

Jama Masjid, Gaya
It may be mentioned that the Supreme Court in its recent judgement has also ruled that any property once donated can neither be bought nor be sold. In this way, the sale or purchase of any trust land or property done even in the past today stands null and void in the light of the apex court judgement.

There is, however, a long list of zamindars who before and even after independance donated their fertile land for the upkeep and maintanance of mosques and madarsas as well as the welfare of the downtrodden of the district.

To look after the trust (wakf) land is the sole responsiblity of the Sunni Wakf Board, Patna, that appoints a caretaker as per the deeds of the donors. But, the Wakf Board has not all along been honest enough to serve as the custodian of the trust property. As a result, the usupers have made a mess of the trust land in the district.

The list would be incomplete if Bisrampure madarsa is left out. Nooruddin Haider Khan, the scion of Babu Raziuddin Haider Khan of Imamganj whose aunt, Mate-Bar Bibi had donated more than hundred acres of land at Bisrampure under Imamganj block, sold a major portion of the trust land at a throwaway price after seeking permission from the board as he said and added that he spent the money on the maintainance of Bisrampure madarsa and mosque. But the locals say that the money was pocketed by Mr. Khan.

What is wort-mentioning is that there were only two madarsas in the district, including Anwaru-Uloom and Bisrampure that not only fed the students but also provided them everything. Anwarul-uloom is somehow running with public endowment but Bisrampure madarsa is in a shambles and on the verge of closure.

Land mafia has now set their eye on these valuable lands which, as S. Ahmad a senior journalist said, must be protected at all costs by the board. It is also the responsibility of the entire Muslim community to stand up against the mafia and protect the trust property.

[H. R. Ahmad is a Journalist based in Bihar. He is a Press Correspondent with Hindustan Times. He is also associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Bihar). He can be contacted at hafizruknuddin@gmail.com]

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