Share ‘zakat‘ with Ker flood victims: UP clerics

LUCKNOW: Two days after chief minister donated Rs 15 crore for relief work in Kerala and appealed people of the state to join the cause, Muslim clerics from the state came forward to help.

Sunni cleric and Imam Aishbagh Eidgah, Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali on Monday urged the community to donate 10% of the zakat amount for flood victims. To note, zakat or charity is one of the primary tenets of Islam.

“It is every Muslim‘s duty to donate a part of their earnings for charitable purposes. Considering the situation in Kerala, where lakhs of people have been displaced by nature‘s wrath, I have appealed people in the community to help authorities in bringing the life of affected people back to normal,” Rasheed told TOI on being asked to reason his stand.

Rasheed also posted his request on his Facebook profile. “An important appeal: Donate at least 10% of your Eid-Ul-Azha budget to the Relief Fund. The true message of Eid-ul-Azha is that along with sacrificing an animal we must develop a spirit of sacrifice in our self so that whenever the humanity is in need of help we all must come forward and help the mankind. This is the true message of Qurbani,” read his message.

Shia cleric in Lucknow, Maulana Yasoob Abbas requested people in the city to hold low-key celebrations on Bakrid and divert the savings for flood hit people of Kerala. “The very reason behind celebrating Bakrid is to emphasise the importance of sacrifice. With our brethren suffering in Kerala, a gala celebration on Eid-ul-azha defeats the purpose of the occasion. Thus, the community must restrict themselves from splurging in the name of festival and hold low key celebrations on Bkrid so that they can support the grief stricken down south,” he stated.

In another appeal, Mufti Qadri, cleric of Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat in Bareilly said,”charity and helping people in need is primary duty of every Muslim. Those who can must contribute to the Kerala relief fund while those with limited means must pray for our distressed brother and sisters in Kerala.”

* Mankameshwar Mandir begins collection for Kerala: In times when nature‘s wrath in Kerala is being associated to SC court order that batted for the entry of women in Sabrimala Temple, a lady Mahant in city has begun collection for the flood affected. On Monday, which was the last monday of the Hindu Month of Sawan, Mahant Devya Giri of the Mankameshwar Temple urged people to contribute for Kerala. “The population of Kerala is 3.5 crore while that of UP is about 20 crores. Even if all adults in the state donate Rs 2 for Kerala, UP will be able to collect Rs 10 crore for the people in need. However, the temple will welcome usable clothes, packaged eatables like dry puffed rice, biscuits, essential medicines and utilities like bottles for drinking water etc,‘ she said adding that a contingent from the temple would proceed to the affected area by end of August and join the relief operation.
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