1. ‘Madrasas produce terrorists’! Muslim body’s shocking letter to Narendra Modi triggers massive row

‘Madrasas produce terrorists’! Muslim body’s shocking letter to Narendra Modi triggers massive row

A massive row erupted on Tuesday after Shia Central Waqf Board urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to shut down madrassas in India and turn them into "secular" schools affiliated to CBSE or ICSE boards.

By: | Noida | Updated: January 10, 2018 11:33 AM
madrasa, narendra modi, wasim rizvi, shia waqf board, madrasa terrorism, uttar pradesh, madrasa reform Wasim Rizvi, Shia Central Waqf Board chief. (ANI)

A massive row erupted on Tuesday after Shia Central Waqf Board urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to shut down madrassas in India and turn them into “secular” schools affiliated to CBSE or ICSE boards. Shia Central Waqf Board’s letter alleged that madrasas should be shut down as education imparted in these Islamic schools encouraged students to join terrorist ranks. The Shia Board has also demanded that madrassas be replaced by schools affiliated to CBSE or the ICSE that will offer students an optional subject of Islamic education. It also suggested that all madrassa boards should be dissolved. In the letter, Shia Central Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizvi argued for shutting down the madrassas by presenting shocking reasons about their functioning.

Here are some of them:

  • The Board said most of the madrassas in the country were not recognized and Muslim students studying in such institutions were moving towards unemployment.
  • It also alleged that these madrassas were mushrooming in almost every city, town, and village of the country and were providing “misplaced and misconceived religious education”.
  • In the letter, the Board said funds to run the madrassas were also coming from Pakistan and Bangladesh and that even some terror outfits were assisting them.
  • The Shia board also said madrassas should be replaced by schools that are affiliated to the CBSE or the ICSE and they should allow non-Muslim students too. “These schools should be affiliated to CBSE, ICSE, and allow non-Muslim students. Religious education should be made optional. I have written to the PM and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in this regard,” he said in a tweet, adding, “This will make our country even stronger.”
  • The letter also said it has been found in certain cases that the education of these institutions is encouraging the students to join terrorist ranks. “How many Madrasas have produced engineers, doctors, IAS officers? Yes but some Madrasas have produced terrorists,” Rizvi was quoted as saying by ANI. “Madrasas should be affiliated to CBSE, ICSE, and allow non-Muslim students, religious education should be made optional. Have written to PM and UP CM in this regard.It will make our country even stronger,” he added.

Rizvi’s claims invited angry reactions from his opponents. “Wasim Rizvi is the biggest joker, the most opportunistic person. He has sold his soul to RSS. I challenge this buffoon to show one Shia or Sunni or Madrasa where such teachings are imparted. If he has proof then he should go and show it to the Home Minister,” AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi told ANI.

PTI quoted All India Muslim Personal Law Board spokesman Khalilur Rehman Sajjad Nomani as saying that madrassas had played a key role in the freedom movement and by raising questions on these schools, Rizvi was insulting them.

The letter cited two primary reasons to justify the demand of closing the madrasas: a) The education imparted in the madrassas is not relevant to today’s environment and therefore, they add to the long queue of unemployed youths in the country. b) Rizvi said employability of students passing out from madrassas was very poor at present and they do not get good jobs. “At the most, they get jobs of Urdu translators or typists,” he said.

The Shia Waqf Board had said that all madrassas being run on Waqf properties would be shut down after as many as 51 girls were rescued on December 30 in a raid on a madrassa in Uttar Pradesh.

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  1. NP Nair
    Jan 10, 2018 at 12:47 pm
    Shia Board chairman Wasim Rizvi said. “Yes, but some Madrasas have produced terrorists,” .I salute this gentleman for uttering the naked truth. Our govts are lavishly granting freebis including ry to teachers and scholarships to students to teach/learn terrorism !! This an eye opener to all govts if they really intend to curb terrorism.When a religion is telling to kill all outside religion people,how a govt can allow that religion to continue?? All Indian govts,judiciary and the parti ting politicians who allowed this terror religion to exist are the culprits.The rulers who allowed to practice "sharia" religion civil law ignoring the country's civil law are to be punished.All religions , all citizens are to be of equal in a democracy !If they give special considerations to any individual or a religion can not be considered as democratic or secular !!
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    1. Mahalingam Munivenkatappa Challa
      Jan 10, 2018 at 11:54 am
      Why at all madrasas need to be run? Government should provide free education to all through Government run schools. No grants should be made for any religious schools. Employment opportunities should be provided for all the students whoever have studied in Government Schools. All Government employees and politicians should put their children in Government Schools only. The State Governments should provide employment who have working knowledge in respective state language only.
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      1. Ananda Padmanabhan
        Jan 10, 2018 at 9:00 am
        This is a welcome development and Govt has got a good opportunity to bring bill to replace all Madrasas as modern schools. Even Gulf countries, Madrassas are few mostly in Saudi Arabia, are changing. Like triple talaq bill, Public opinion may develop so fast against it from both muslim-non muslim communities.
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        1. S
          Shaikh s r
          Jan 9, 2018 at 11:49 pm
          Rizvya.first looks in your own gutter. Dalla of rss.prove what u said if u r a shia.
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            Vikram Aditya Rao
            Jan 11, 2018 at 12:20 am
            This is expected from you!
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          2. M
            MANIK
            Jan 9, 2018 at 9:44 pm
            what about schools run by RSS ?
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            1. Ananda Padmanabhan
              Jan 10, 2018 at 9:31 am
              Answer is in your question as "schools". And if anyone have concerns about curriculum/syllabus of such schools in violation against national school policy, it can be challenged in any public court? As there is no personal law of RSS applicable there, as per rigid personal laws stand of a section of Muslim community!
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              1. NP Nair
                Jan 10, 2018 at 12:54 pm
                I challenge u Mr.Manik to prove schools run RSS teaching terrorism . If u fail u should appolagise.If u win I will.
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              2. K
                KKDas
                Jan 9, 2018 at 9:23 pm
                I am happy that Muslim brothers have lately understood that Madrassas imparting nonproductive religious education should be upgraded to public schools with urdu as optional subject.All muslims in India fully understand regional languages to which Quoran has been translated too. More over in a civil society no Fatua power should be exercised by any religious Monks.Uniform civil code is the vital need for all sections of citizens irrespective of different faiths in India.We should minimise ageold orthodox religious philosophywhen we appreciate newways of living in our daily life.
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                1. Ananda Padmanabhan
                  Jan 10, 2018 at 9:05 am
                  Answer is in your question as "schools". And if anyone have concerns about curriculum/syllabus of such schools in violation against national school policy, it can be challenged in any public court? As there is no personal law of RSS applicable there, as per rigid personal laws stand of a section of Muslim community!
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                  sorab
                  Jan 9, 2018 at 8:11 pm
                  Divide And Rule : Good job. I think this leader know more than IB/ NSA / CID / CBI / ATS / RAW and all other agencies. We must promote him and make head of all these organizations.
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                  1. Joy Sinha
                    Jan 9, 2018 at 8:05 pm
                    Salute to this man for speaking truth. These madrsas cultivating terrorism in the hide of islamic education. Not just madrsas, practise of shariah should be banned in India as it promotes anti women, draconian laws and hatred toward other religions.
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                      sorab
                      Jan 9, 2018 at 8:01 pm
                      Divide and Rule : Wow , Even British Empire will be ashamed by this. I salute these jokers
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                      1. Jay Singh
                        Jan 9, 2018 at 8:01 pm
                        Watch how the Sunnis will now hack their own legs by spewing hatred. Too much of hatred towards this remark will start for the first time division of Muslims in India between shia and sunni. Muslims will lose if they agree and they will lose if they disagree.
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                        1. Rashi Patel
                          Jan 9, 2018 at 8:00 pm
                          It has been a well known fact, it’s just that it’s coming out now. They teach kids to hate Hindus. Most of the Muslims who went through good mainstream education think this very thing about madarsas.
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                          1. G
                            Ghoda
                            Jan 9, 2018 at 7:56 pm
                            Nothing wrong in the Muslim body's concern !
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