Islamic Madrasas Should Take
Revolutionary Steps for their Safety and Reformation
All India Rabta
Madaris General Meeting Attended by Delegates of 3500
12 March 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Committee, Darul Uloom Deoband