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Wakf Act, 1954 – Important Points


The Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board on Tuesday condemned the demolition of a mosque in a tehsil compound in the Barabanki district by the administration, terming it a “patently illegal and high-handed action” and demanded its restoration.

  • The Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board (or U.P. Sunni Waqf Board) is a body constituted under The Wakf Act, 1954.
  • It manages the affairs of Sunni Muslim Waqf (charity) properties, waqf institutions, and the marriage records of the Sunni Muslim community of the state of Uttar Pradesh.
  • The Sunni Waqf Board has been the main Muslim litigant in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title dispute.
  • A waqf (also known as wakf or hubous) is an inalienable charitable endowment under Islamic law. It typically involves donating a building, plot of land, or other assets for Muslim religious or charitable purposes with no intention of reclaiming the assets.
  • The state waqf boards were established by the state governments in view of the provisions of Section 9(1) of the Wakf Act, 1954.
  • India also has a Central Waqf Council to advise the government “on matters concerning the working of boards and the due administration of wakfs.”