No objection to madrasa survey: Darul Uloom

Islamic seminary asks madrasas to cooperate with UP government

Islamic seminary asks madrasas to cooperate with UP government

At a madrasa conference hosted by Darul Uloom in Deoband on Sunday, the leading Islamic seminary said it was not against the Uttar Pradesh government’s ongoing investigation into unrecognized madrasas in the state and called on the management of madrasas to cooperate with government officials in carrying out the investigation.

Rabta Madaris-e-Islamia Arabia, the governing body of madrasas affiliated with Darul Uloom, issued a manifesto which included a four-point notice that the management of madrasas should provide documents to officials conducting the investigation and maintain the transparency in financial records. He further said that the property records should be kept in order and the madrasa land should be registered according to law. Madrasas have also been advised to maintain a clean and hygienic environment and provide healthy food for students.

The lecture, which was attended by about 250 madrasas in the state, was delivered by Maulana Arshad Madani, president of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, and Maulana Mufti Abdul Qasim Nomani, rector of the seminary.

Speaking to the media, Mr Madani said that the seminary or Muslims in general had no objections to the investigation being carried out by the Yogi Adityanath government and that the doors of madrasas were open to all. “So far, the picture of the investigation that has come out, there is nothing to fear or worry about.”

Reiterating that madrasas had played an important role in the freedom movement, Mr Madani called on madrasa directors “to cooperate with the investigation because we have nothing to hide”.

The senior Islamic scholar said the community needed doctors and engineers as much as it needed clerics and muezzins to serve in the country’s mosques.

Regarding the financing of madrasas, Mr. Madani said, Muslims take the help of the government in world affairs. “We are not looking for government support in matters of religion… in running mosques and madrasas.

Responding to a question about education in madrasas, Mr Madani said that the Darul Uloom was working with the government to streamline education in madrasas, and in the next five to seven years the seminary would only admit those who had passed the 10 e standard of a recognized school board.

Mr Nomani said the madrasas were run in accordance with the freedom of thought, belief and religion guaranteed by the Constitution. He advised the management of madrasas to maintain transparency in financial matters and have their accounts audited.

Earlier, Maulana Mufti Shukat Bastavi, head of Rabta Madaris-e-Islamia Arabia, said madrasas played an important role in preserving Islamic heritage and uprooting British colonial rule. “On the one hand, we have responded to the theological needs of the country’s largest minority and, on the other hand, we have created responsible citizens for the country.”

He said madrasas have consistently raised their voice against terrorism and helped provide education to the poorer sections of society. “Intelligence agencies are free to control these madrasas. Over the years, none of the madrasas have been found engaging in anti-national activities. He called on the media to keep a positive view of madrasas.