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SPLB confronts Jawad over Hussainabad trust

THE ALL India Shia Personal Law Board (AISPLB) today came out openly against prominent Shia cleric and All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) member Maulana Kalbe Jawad over control of Hussainabad Trust. The continued row over the trust has finally turned into direct confrontation between two groups of Shia ulema (clerics) in the state.

india Updated: Jan 29, 2006 01:13 IST

THE ALL India Shia Personal Law Board (AISPLB) today came out openly against prominent Shia cleric and All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) member Maulana Kalbe Jawad over control of Hussainabad Trust. The continued row over the trust has finally turned into direct confrontation between two groups of Shia ulema (clerics) in the state.

While through a questionable order of the Shia Central Waqf Board, Jawad had laid claim over chairmanship of the trust committee, the Royal Family of Avadh headed by Shikoh Azad today fielded AISPLB vice-president Maulana Syed Taqi Rizvi to take on Jawad on the issue.

Maulana Taqi, questioning the validity of the Waqf Board order about Jawad, told newsmen that the Hussainbad Trust had never been under the board. Taqi said since the trust had been functioning well there was no need to change its management.

Shikoh Azad, threatening to launch a movement on the issue, said as per the Royal deed there was no place for Shia clerics in the trust. He said Avadh Royals always sought guidance from the Shia ulema but never allowed their interference in maintenance of religious properties of Hussainbad.

Anti-Jawad forces including Maulana Syed Ghulam Panjatan and Maulana Yasoob Abbas were also present to assail the board’s order.

Taqi said the AISPLB was not satisfied with the functioning of the board.

Shikoh Azad, demanding dissolution of the Shia Waqf Board, said that in view of prevailing irregularities the State government shout appoint a receiver. He said Jawad should have looked into the order’s legal validity before asking the Lucknow district magistrate, who is chairman of the trust, to hand over the charge.

Azad said that the issue had already been taken up with Waqf Minister Shakir Ali who had assured disciplinary action against Shia Waqf Board administrative officer Ghulam Sayyadain for issuing “illegal order”.

He said ever since the formation of the trust in 1838, by third ruler of Avadh, Mohd Ali Shah, the trust had been under the control of the district administration. “Ulema had no role in it,” Azad said and added it would not be allowed in future also.

First Published: Jan 29, 2006 01:13 IST