Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Convert madarsas to public schools: UP Shia Waqf Board chief

Convert madarsas to public schools: UP Shia Waqf Board chief

Several clerics from across the country and from Lucknow on Wednesday came together to condemn UP Shia Central Waqf Board chairperson, Waseem Rizvi's letter to Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi urging him to shut down madrasas while accusing the institutes of preparing terrorists.

"I have written to the Prime Minister, Chief Ministers and Chief Secretaries of all States and Union Territories".

However, Rizvi's proposal has drawn sharp reaction from the community itself. Citing instances, Rizvi has said, in the last 70 years of independence, only a handful of Muslims who have studied in madrasas could clear the civil services exams, and they could do so only after opting for modern education. Rizvi, in a separate letter, directed muttawalis (care takers) of all Shia Waqf properties that the unrecognised and unregistered madrasas being run illegally on Shia Waqf properties should be closed down and removed by January 31, 2018. Rizvi was recently in news for asking Muslims to withdraw their claim on the disputed site at Ayodhya and advocated the cause of the construction of a temple.

Arsène Wenger: past year at Chelsea I sat next to my gardener
But the Gunners, who drew both Premier League encounters with Chelsea this season, haven't won at their London rivals since 2011. You look at the picture". "And you see how quickly he takes the penalty when he gets a penalty". "He made more of it".

The Board said most of the madrassas in the country were not recognized and Muslim students studying in such institutions were moving towards unemployment. We are in favour of their modernisation as well as the modernisation of the education imparted there. They either remain unemployed or become mullah and open a new madrasa, " argued Rizvi. But some madrasas have produced terrorists.

Suggesting that the madrasas under formal education boards, Rizvi added, "Madrasas be affiliated to CBSE, ICSE and allow non-Muslim students". While All India Muslim Personal Law Board spokesman Khalilur Rehman Sajjad Nomani and chairman, Islamic Centre of India, one of the most prominent madrasas of north India, Maulana Khalid Rashid Friangi Mahli ridiculed Rizvi's views saying that madrasa were the centres imparting basic knowledge of Hadees and tenets of Islam. Religious education should be made optional. The home minister of the country himself has given a statement sometime back where he said that not a single Madrasa is involved in terror activities.

Like this: