The foundation announced its decision at a time when Hindutva forces busy targeting Kashmiri and ordinary Muslims and giving communal colour to the deadliest attack.
The decision to sponsor education till Class XII was announced on Twitter three days following the dreaded attack.
“zakatindia.org has decided to sponsor the school fee of the children of Pulwama martyrs. Appeal: @crpfindia kindly help provide details,” tweeted the foundation.
— ZakatFoundationIndia (@zakatindia) February 17, 2019
Talking about this noble gesture, Dr. Syed Zafar Mahmood who is also the founder of ZFI said to a leading daily,
“We have taken the decision of taking care of the school fees of the children of the soldiers, who have given their lives for the country,” said Zafar Mahmood, Chairman of the foundation.”
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“This (effort) is meant for humanity and communal harmony. We should live in a brotherly way,” said Dr. Mahmood.
Zakat Foundation of India is an Islamic group that collects “Zakat”, “Sadqa” (Islamic charity) to uplift the Muslim community across India.
According to its website, they has been working on several social (like orphanages, charitable hospitals) and educational projects.
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“We got a response from the CRPF and the concerned people. But we have people in the different parts of the country, whose cost for UPSC preparations we are bearing. We are gathering details related to the families through them.” said Dr. Mahmood.
Talking about the mechanism, Dr. Mahmood said, “We generally help students for their education. We give the cheque to the family but it is issued in the name of the school where the children of the Pulwama martyrs are studying.”