SRINAGAR: The valley of Kashmir with the inception of Islam did undergo many changes at all levels and strata of society. Islam in Kashmir was result by the great efforts and toil of Sufi Saints.
The imprints which Islam left on Kashmiris have been rightly observed by the noted historian Prem Nath Bazaz “Politics had dehumanized the Kashmiris; Islam made them men again. Just as the Muslim rule was established in Kashmir without much bloodshed, so was Islam spread throughout the length and breadth of the valley by peaceful preaching and lucid persuasions of Mir Sayyid Ali Hamdani(RA) and hundreds of the Sayyid Missionaries who came from Hamadan and other parts of Persia.
Muslim Wakf Board, which has the unique distinction of being second largest asset rich body in Jammu and Kashmir after the State government, and is the custodian of these 47 holy shrines in the Kashmir Valley. WAKF Board gets tremendous income from the Nazar o Niyaz (Donations) made by the devotees visiting these sacred shrines with unflinching faith.
Sane voices are grieved over the fact that despite generating great income one fails to witness any inspiring work done by the WAKF Board.
Neither there are any quality hospitals build by WAKF and to ad to woes educational institutes under it fail to impress. Even the fire controlling mechanism of the WAKF with reference to managing of revered shrines are not in healthy shape as revealed by past unfortunate incidents.
Ghulam Muhammad Bhat, a Devotee states – “The organizations like WAKF Board have not performed upto expectations and have thus failed to achieve the desired results .WAKF Board has failed to contribute impressively in any of the sectors be it health or education sector. Despite possessing impressive wealth and resources the contributions of WAKF have not been that many .The state govt should try to improve the working of WAKF .In quiet opposite to the contributions made by the WAKF, the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has made significant contributions. (KNB)