Don't Interfere with Madrasa Education: Jamiat

New Delhi
Don't Interfere with Madrasa Education: Jamiat
Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind today warned the Centre against interfering with education at religious seminaries by setting up a central board for madrasa saying such "intentions are not pious" and aimed at "rooting out" the Islamic schools.

Jamiat chief Maulana Arshad Madani said if the government is serious in working for the welfare of Muslims then it should give minority university status to Jamia Milia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University.

At a conference on "safeguarding Islamic madrasas", Madani likened the madrasas with mosques and said the two are like religion for Muslims.

"So the government has no right to interfere with them. Even their intentions are not pious as a few days ago it branded madrasas as hiding places of terrorist and now they are ready with funds for them," he alleged.

A number of Islamic scholars, theologians and clerics from across the country attended the conference that also accused countries like the US and Israel for "levelling baseless charges and accusations against madrasas across the globe that it was terrorism".

Maintaining that community-level clashes have taken place in the past, Madani also asked the government to keep its promise of bringing a law on tackling communalism.

He said AMU and Jamia have special characters and so they should have intake of 50 per cent Muslim students in all streams.

"Besides, the government is pressurising Jamia to give 20 per cent reservation to OBCs and threatening to cut Rs 90 lakh grant allotted to the varsity. It is nothing but a preplanned agenda to deprive Muslims educationally," he charged.

"We are not against technical and modern education to our children. The government is free to set up technical and professional institutes. But my point is that there are large number of mosques in the country, so from where will imams come if madrasa education is tempered with," he later told PTI.

Citing a Sachar Committee finding that only four per cent Muslims take education in the religious schools, he said the government should take care of the rest 96 per cent.

Maulana Shaukat of Darool Ulum Deoband said the "interference" is not acceptable as it is part of a imperialistic designs propagated by the US.

The aim of the madrasas is to benefit Muslims and not harming the society, he said.

Rajya Sabha MP Mohammed Addeb said that the bill on the central board will focus only on four per cent and warned "nothing should be done to interfere with 'din' (religion)".

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