Is the government floating the idea of merger of Shia and Sunni Wakf boards and if so what advantages or disadvantages would it entail. Because minister of state for Waqf, Mohsin Raza had recently announced it to be idea to stop wastage of money. He had recently floated the idea of merging the Shia and Sunni Waqf boards. He also argued that it would help overcome “legal hurdle”.
However, if scholars are to be believed, ideological differences between Shias and Sunnis regarding Waqf would only mean that only one of the factions would benefit from the move and going by the population ratio of the Shias and Sunnis, it’s the former that would fall behind.
In order to understand the genesis of a different approach on Waqf, it is important to understand why a community considers one of Allah’s causes just and the other unjust, since all of these properties are dedicated to the cause of Allah.
Shia scholar Mumtazul Ulema Maulana Syed Saif Abbas Naqvi, while speaking to News18, said that one of the most important principles of the Shias is the belief in Imama and the Imambara, which is not recognized by the Sunnis. These Imambaras form the bedrock of their faith and devotion towards Hazrat Ali, son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad.
Imambaras are essentially spaces on Waqf land used by the members of the community to mourn the demise of Ali during the 10 days of Muharram, which is also known as Azadari.