Islamic Madrasas Should Take Revolutionary Steps for their Safety and Reformation

Islamic Madrasas Should Take Revolutionary Steps for their Safety and Reformation

All India Rabta Madaris General Meeting Attended by Delegates of 3500 Madrasas

 

Deoband, 12 March 2018

 

The Islamic Madrasas should observe the current situation closely and plan their strategy by taking some revolutionary steps for their safety and reformation, said Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani, the Vice Chancellor of Darul Uloom Deoband and President of All India Rabta Madaris. He also said that today’s biggest revolutionary step is that Islamic Madrasas stick to the methodology and rules set by their elder Ulama. He added that at a time when reign of power is in the hands a political group having extremist ideologies and who are enforcing their negative agenda in the country, the responsibility of Islamic madrasas has increased many fold.

 

Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani, the VC of Darul Uloom Deoband was addressing the General Meeting of the All India Rabta Madaris Islamia Arabia, Darul Uloom Deoband which was attended by thousands of Madrasas representatives, Ulama and intellectuals. In his presidential address, he drew the attention of the Ulama and the heads of the Madrasas that they should remain watchful and concern for the survival of the Islamic Madrasas’ administrative and ideological freedom as the madrasas shall exist till their ideological and administrative freedom is maintained. For this very reason, it is our foremost responsibility to safeguard the madrasas by getting ready to combat the intrigues hatched against the Islamic madrasas. In this regard, he also advised Islamic madrasas to avoid the government aids.

 

Speaking about the education system of the madrasas he said that the curricula has undergone thorough partial changes but it is solely based upon the past particular structure and spirit. He asserted that Islamic madrasas shall function well until they follow the particular structure and spirit inherited by the founders. He said that education system and Islamic upbringing of the students is more important than the syllabus. It is our responsibility to think about it deeply. Along with the academic and ideological depth, it is also mandatory that the graduates of madrasas are good in their characters and morals. The President of the meeting said that the motto of the Islamic madrasas is to keep the academic heritage of the Shariah in its original form and the madrasas should not move an inch away from it as well as they should continue to assess their functioning procedures, their system and activities according to the guidelines set up by our elder Ulama.

 

Speaking about the internal system of the madrasas he emphasized to implement Shura system honestly. He said that usually there is lack of code of ethics in madrasas hence it is mandatory that the code of ethics are set up and fixed for the students, teachers and administrators and each one is made to follow it. He asserted that the income and expenditure of the madrasas should be transparent and ought to be audited. Along with the education system, syllabus and Islamic upbringing of the students the Islamic madrasas should also pay special attention towards the reformation of the society and safeguarding the Shariah.

 

The grand General Meeting was held in the grand Jama Rashid of Darul Uloom Deoband which was attended by thousands of representatives from 3500 madrasas of the country. The meeting started with the recitation of Qari Abdur Rauf of Darul Uloom Deoband, while Maulana Shaukat Ali Qasmi, General Secretary, All India Rabta Madaris Islamia Arabia, anchored the meeting.

 

Maulana Shaukat Ali Qasmi, also presented the Secretary report in which he highlighted the performances of the All India Rabta Madaris Islamia Arabia and its State branches in their respective areas. He said that Rabta Madaris Islamia is an influential all India organization which chiefly aims to make the education and upbringing system of Islamic madrasas active and dynamic besides removing the obstacles and difficulties which they face. It is also our responsibility to keep vigil of the conspiracies hatched against madrasas and to stop them to the best of our power and ability, he added.

 

It is imperative to note that the meeting of Majlis Amila of Rabta Madaris was already held in the Guest House of Darul Uloom Deoband on 11 March after Maghrib salah. The meeting was presided over by Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani, the VC of Darul Uloom Deoband and president of All India Rabta Madaris Islamia Arabia. The meeting mulled over the problems which the Islamic madrasas are facing and several important decisions were taken.

 

The first session of the general meeting was addressed by Mufti Sayeed Ahmad Palanpuri wherein he said that the special attention towards the educational system of madrasas was the need of the time. Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, general secretary Islamic Fiqh Academy, said that special attention should be given to the ideological training of the students and instilling religious concern and sense of honour in the students. Maulana Mahmood Madni of Jamiat Ulama Hind spoke about the importance and transparency of the internal and financial system of madrasas. He also spoke about adopting advance precautionary measures in order to ward off future challenges which the madrasas may face due to current situation of the country.

 

In the opening session of the Rabta meeting, Maulana Shaukat Ali Qasmi, General Secretary, All India Rabta Madaris Islamia Arabia, read out the Declaration of the general meeting which called the attention of madrasas towards internal and external reformation of the madrasas. The audiences approved the declaration by voice and it was followed by short speeches of the state heads of Rabta Madaris in its support.

 

The other key participants of the meeting were: Maulana Sayyid Arshad Madani, Maulana Qari Sayyid Mohd Usman, Maulana Badruddin Ajmal Qasmi, Maulana Abdul Khaliq Madrasi, Maulana Qamruddin Gorakhpuri, Maulana Nematullah Azmi, Maulana Habibur Rahman Azmi, Mufti Habibur Rahman Khairabadi, Maulana Abdul Khaliq Sambhali, Maulana Rahmatullah Kashmiri, Maulana Mufti Muhammad Ismail Malegaon, Maulana Ibrahim Malak, Maulana Mahmood Madni, Maulana Anwarur Rahman Bijnori, Maulana Mahmud Khairavi, Maulana Nizamuddin Khamosh Mumbai, Mufti Ahmad Deola Gujarat, Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, Maulana Muhammad Sufyan Qasmi Darul Uloom Waqf, Maulana Ashfaq Saraimir, Maulana Matinul Haque Usama Kanpuri, Maulana Qari Shaukat Ali Wait, Maulana Abdul Qavi Hyderabadi, Maulana Mohammad Qasim Patna, Maulana Siddiqullah Chaudhari Kolkata, Maulana Abdul Qadir Assam, Maulana Zainul Abideen Karnataka, Maulana Shamsuddin Bijli, Maulana Mohammad Ilyas Haryana, Maulana Khalid Mewat, Maulana Sirajuddin Manipuri, Maulana Mumtaz Ahmad Shimla, Maulana Abdus Shakoor Kerala, Qari Mohammad Aminuddin Rajasthan, Maulana Muhammad Farooq Orissa, Maulana Muhammad Manzoor Kolkata, Maulana Ali Hasan Mazahri, Mufti Saeedur Rahman Mumbai, Maulana Muhammad Ranchi, Maulana Asjad Qasmi Moradabad, Maulana Mahmud Daryabadi etc.

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