Shut down madarasas: Shia body urges PM

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Jan 2018 08:31:16



THE Shia Central Waqf Board has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to shut down madarasas in the country, alleging that education imparted in these Islamic schools encouraged students to join terrorist ranks.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, the Shia body demanded that madarasas be replaced by schools affiliated to the CBSE or the ICSE which will offer students an optional subject of Islamic education.

The Board suggested that all madarasa boards should be dissolved. The Shia Central Waqf Board chairman, Waseem Rizvi, claimed that most of the madarasas in the country are not recognised and the Muslim students studying in such institutions are moving towards unemployment.

He claimed that these madarasas were mushrooming in almost every city, town and village and were providing “misplaced and misconceived religious education”. He alleged that funds to run the madarasas were also coming from Pakistan and Bangladesh and that even some terror outfits were assisting them. “I have written to the PM and Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath in this regard,” AIMPLB spokeman Khalilur Rehman Sajjad Nomani said in a tweet.

Reacting to it, All India Muslim Personal Law Board spokeman Khalilur Rehman Sajjad Nomani said madarasas had played a key role in the freedom movement and by raising questions on these schools, Rizvi was insulting them.
However, Rizvi said that madarasas should be replaced by schools that are affiliated to the CBSE or the ICSE and they should allow non-Muslim students too.

“These schools should be affiliated to CBSE, ICSE, and allow non-Muslim students. Religious education should be made optional. I have written to the PM and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in this regard,” he said in a tweet. “This will make our country even stronger,” he said.
The letter cites two primary reasons to justify the demand of closing the madarasas.

It alleged that the education imparted in the madarasas is not relevant to today’s environment and therefore, they add to the long queue of unemployed youths in the country.
Rizvi said that the employability of students passing out from madarasas was very poor at present and they do not get good jobs. “At the most, they get jobs of Urdu translators or typists,” he said.

The letter also said that it has been found in certain cases that the education of these institutions is encouraging the students to join terrorist ranks.
After as many as 51 girls were rescued on December 30 in a raid on a madarasa in Uttar Pradesh, the Shia Waqf Board had said that all madarasas being run on Waqf properties will be closed down.