Kashmir Orphans Need Special Care


The future of child entirely depends upon parents. A family with sound economy can make their children sound in all walks of life. But unfortunate thing for an orphan is that he/she lacks this valuable guardian i.e, parents. In Kashmir countless children have lost the parental support while as thousands of families lost their bread earners. How an orphan can survive in this ruthless world. Orphans in Kashmir are under constant strain, anxiety, stress due to the situation from last two decades. The conflict has led to the loss of human resource and caused infrastructural damage to some of the important institutions. Here the orphan number is far beyond than normal as compared to other states of India. Here I try to highlight challenges orphans in Kashmir face and the role civil society can play for the rehabilitation. 

Prophet Muhammed  (SAW) was also an orphan child. Pain gives us feeling of being human. For instance in the Quran, it is laid down how the orphans are to be treated. It is as follows: “Therefore treat not the orphan with harshness” (93:9) This verse is explained as not taking care of the orphans is really their oppression. In one sayings of the Prophet of Allah, it is said, “He who takes care of the orphan and I are like these two fingers” (showing his two fingers close to each other) Sahihul Bukhari.

Further doing of good to the orphan in every way is enjoined “Serve Allah and join not equals with him; and do good – to parents, kinsfolk and orphans” (4:36)

It is also stated in another place that spending one’s wealth with the noblest of motives for the welfare of the orphan is emphasised as a true test of one’s faith. (2:177)

We read in the Holy Quran the command of Allah to set aside a portion of one’s wealth for the benefit of orphans when inheritance is divided.

Finally there is a fervent appeal and also a stern warning in the following words: “And let those (executors and guardians) have the same fear in their minds as they would have for their own, if they had left weak offspring behind. So, let them fear Allah and speak right words. Verily those who eat up the property of orphans, they eat up fire into their bellies and they will soon be enduring a blazing fire”.

Ishfaq Shafi

Department Of Agriculture


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