HYDERABAD: Protesting against the AP State Wakf Board’s recent decision to suspend mutawallis (managers) of three dargahs, including that of the revered Dargah Hazrat Yusufain in Nampally, a body of prominent Islamic scholars and mutwallis accused board officials of bypassing rules.
“We have noticed that APSWB officials, in the name of protecting wakf institutions, have been ignoring the Wakf Act and taking arbitrary action against mutawallis without sending them any notices. The board has been adopting a biased attitude in key matters involving wakf institutions. This is unacceptable to us,” a joint statement by members of Anjuman-e-Sajjadagaan-o-Mutawalliyan (ASM) read.
Broaching the subject of mismanagement of dargahs reportedly by its mutawallis, the organisation members said that APSWB should have sent notices to the managers first and ordered a probe into these allegations. Only after these were proved to be true, should they have taken action against the mutawallis as per the provisions of the Wakf Act and rules. The members urged the APSWB not to isolate and target certain wakf institutions.
ASM members claimed that there were many properties endowed to various wakf institutions which could yield higher rents. But due to interference of politicians, the full financial potential of these properties could not be realised, they said.
It was earlier reported in these columns that the APSWB headed by special officer Shaik Mohammed Iqbal had taken into direct management Dargah Hazrat Yusufain, Dargah Amir Pir in Kadapa and Dargah Baba Fakhruddin in Penukonda. Iqbal had informed that the mutawallis of these institutions had failed to pay the wakf fund for years.