SRINAGAR: Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik on Fridaystressed on giving Zaka’at (charity) – one of the five basic pillars of Islam – saying it can eradicate poverty and put an end to immorality from the society.
Addressing people at Masjid Bilal, The Bund here, Yasin Malik said Islam has established the institution of Zaka’at “which is a blessing as if used properly can eradicate poverty, vanish anarchy and immorality from our society”.
“Our society which is hit by the catastrophe of illegal military occupation and is witnessing killings, destruction of properties and mayhem of every kind, has an increased number of orphans, widows and sufferers. Our prime concern should be to look after these people, use our Zaka’at for their upliftment as it is our prime duty according to Qur’an and Sunnah,” he said. “The holy month of Ramadhan teaches us to give preference to others and be kind to humanity “.
JKLF chief also termed it “inhuman, unethical and act of cowardice” the “desecration of graveyards, attacks on families of rivals, destroying their residential houses and fruit gardens and trying to burn down their families, incarcerating and torturing political leaders and activists”.
Condemning the plight of Kashmiri prisoners languishing in various jails of J&K and outside state including Delhi’s Tihar jail, Malik demanded their release before Eid.
He said ICRC and other international human rights organisations should take note of the “atrocities” being committed on Kashmiri inmates and use their good offices to provide relief to these prisoners.
Meanwhile, JKLF leaders and activists staged a peaceful protest against the plight of Kashmiri prisoners languishing in different Indian jails and incarceration centers of Jammu Kashmir, a statement issued here said.