Mahmood to deliver lecture on status of Indian Muslims in London
OT, July 6, 2012 16:39 IST
Okhla Times News Service/New Delhi
Founder Zakat Foundation of India Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood is going to deliver a lecture on status of Muslims of India in London on July 7. Over the lunch that has been arranged by activists, Dr Mahmood is going to interact with participants and throw light on burning issues in India at Hyderabad Durbar Restaurant, 60-62 Green Street London E7 8JG at 12 noon on Saturday.
Indian Muslim Federation (IMF) general secretary Irfan Mustafa said: “It will be a three course meal with soft drinks at a cost of £12/head.”
Mustafa, a former Lib Dem councilor and known activist in London, added: “Dr. Syed Zafar Mahmood was appointed by Indian Prime Minister as ‘Officer on Special Duty’ for the 'Sachar Committee' to study the "social, economic and educational status" of India's minority Muslim community. And he is an authority on Muslim subjects in India.”
Dr. Mahmood was educated at Aligarh Muslim University.
Also, he is founder of two non-profit organizations: Interfaith Coalition for Peace and God's Grace Foundation. Zakat Foundation of India (founded in 1997) is a non-profit which runs an orphanage for victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots in partnership with USA’s One World Children's Fund.
The Foundation recently was in the news for adopting the family of the late 11-year old Shanno Khan.
Dr. Mahmood's work in regard to these organizations has also been featured on CNN and America's National Public Radio (NPR). In September 2009, ZFI filed a Right To Information application to question why the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre had rejected the Sachar Committee recommendations to ensure proper governance of Wakf properties.
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