Prominent Muslim organization Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind reaffirmed its support for both modern education and religious knowledge during a daylong program in Delhi. Maulana Arshad Madani, the organization's chief, emphasized the importance of contemporary sciences, expressing the need for doctors, engineers, and scientists while considering religious education mandatory, as reported by PTI.
Madani acknowledged the historical support for English education among forefathers who fought against British rule, highlighting the organization's stance on the significance of modern education. He stressed the need for a balance, asserting that children pursuing professions like medicine and engineering should also receive sufficient religious education.
Expressing concern, Madani noted the higher prevalence of modern education among Muslims in south India compared to the north. He urged the community to prioritize establishing schools and colleges over lavish expenditures on celebrations.
The chief also addressed the issue of alleged 'love jihad' cases, advocating for separate educational institutions for Muslim boys and girls to provide a "safe and religious environment." Madani accused post-independence policies of excluding Muslims from educational and economic opportunities, urging Muslims to prioritize their children's education.
Touching on international affairs, Madani criticized Israel in the context of the Israel-Hamas conflict, describing it as a "tyrant and usurper." He expressed solidarity with the people of Palestine.