It’s dangerous: Delhi Zakat foundation builds colonies, mosques for illegal Rohingya Muslims

Zakat Foundation, which is established with a view to helping Muslims get recruited into civil services, also providing help to Rohingyas who have been deemed to be a national security threat. They have established a ‘makeshift camp’ for Rohingyas called ‘Darul Hijrat’ right at the national capital. They have also revealed a detailed map for a permanent colony for Rohingyas with a Mosque and a permanent office of the foundation.

The Zakat Foundation of India was established in 1997. It is alleged that the purpose of the foundation is to arrange houses and Mosques for Rohingyas in Delhi. The Zakat Foundation claims that the entire project has the approval of the Home Ministry. Vice-President of the foundation, S.M.Shakil, is in charge of the project.

The Zakat Foundation provides education to Rohingyas on Islamic doctrines. Several Rohingya settlements have already set up in Delhi over time, the most prominent of them are in Sheehn Bagh, Kalindi Kunj, Vikas Puri and Khajuri Khas. 

Shaheen Bagh was in the news for staging dharna against the Citizenship Amendment Act in the month of February. Many violent protests were held by people of Shaheen Bagh against CAA.

Zakat Foundation has its links Islamist organisations abroad and Radical Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. They are also opposed to the Citizenship Amendment Act and the Uniform Civil Code.

Syed Zafar Mahmood, President of Zakat Foundation, had made ridiculous demands to concede the Ram Janmabhoomi to Hindus that included reservations for the Muslim community in government recruitment and delimitation of Lok Sabha Constituencies.

Recently, a video clip of Zakat Foundation Shariah Council member Kalim Siddiqui went viral on social media in which he could be heard saying that Hindus need to be converted to Islam, because if they don’t become Muslims, they will burn in hell. He projected the act of conversions as kindness being offered to the Hindus.

Dharam Sikarwar
Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.