All India Rabta Madaris Meeting was Attended by more than 3500 Delegates of Madrasas
Deoband, March 24, 2015
Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani, VC Darul Uloom Deoband advised the Islamic madrasas not to be hopeless as a result of the current global or national situations. He stressed the need of maintaining social relationship and communal harmony with the fellow countrymen. He also drew their attention towards the reformation of the social issues along with the curriculum of madrasas and Islamic upbringing of the students.
Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani, the VC of Darul Uloom Deoband and the President of All India Rabta Madaris Islamia Arabia was addressing the first session of All India Meeting of Rabta Madaris (Board of Madrasas) headed by Darul Uloom Deoband held in the grand Jama Rashid of Darul Uloom Deoband.
In his presidential address, he directed the Islamic scholars and the heads of the madrasas to neither abstain developing any negative thinking nor be despaired as a result of the national and global situation. He appealed to the Muslims to develop positive thinking and added that the fellow countrymen should be given opportunity to visit the madrasas directly so that they could know the madrasas system and their contributions.
He stressed that it was the need of the hour for madrasas to come to a single platform as well as have a close watch on the internal and external conditions pertaining to the madrasas. He also stressed the need of unity and collective decision in the perspective of the current national situations. The basic purpose of Islamic madrasas is to preserve Islamic sciences and heritage in its original form. The madrasas should not move an inch away from this objective, he added.
Speaking about the system of the madrasas he emphasized to implement Shura system honestly. He asserted that the income and expenditure of the madrasas should be transparent and ought to be audited. He also advised that the procedure of the registration and the papers of the properties should be adopted as per the proper legal system.
Speaking about the betterment of the internal system of the madrasas he reminded that full curriculum should be followed and complete syllabus should be taught and that there should be transparency in the examination systems.
He also spoke about the Islamic upbringing of the students in view of the current moral decay and spread of immodest materials through modern communication resources. He asserted that the students should be watched strictly and they should be trained in good environment. He added that this issue should be handled seriously and must be given priority.
He advised the heads and the authorities of the madrasas that madrasa staff should be given reasonable salary which could be sufficient for their average life standard. He also said that the competent teachers and staff should be encouraged for their good services and be treated in good manner.
Maulana Shaukat Ali Qasmi, General Secretary, All India Rabta Madaris Islamia Arabia (AIRMIA), read out the key resolution of the meeting. The resolution showed great concern over the irresponsible statements and initiatives of the some communal elements throughout the country which poses a severe threat to the communal harmony of the country. The resolution also said that the inclusion of particular religious books in the curriculum in some schools and practice of some religious rituals i.e. Surya Namashkar etc were against the spirit of Indian constitution. The resolution indicated that this state of affair was tarnishing the secular image of the country and this was earning shame for India throughout the world.
The resolution demanded the Indian Government to fulfill its constitutional responsibility and ban such practices and statements so that the minorities should feel secured and the secular structure of the country is not disturbed.
Maulana Shaukat Ali Qasmi, also presented the Secretary report. He also highlighted the performances of the All India Rabta Madaris Islamia Arabia and its State branches in their respective areas.
It is imperative to note that the meeting of Majlis Amila of Rabta Madaris was held in the Guest House of Darul Uloom Deoband on 23 March evening. The meeting was presided over by Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani, the VC of Darul Uloom Deoband. The meeting mulled over the problems which the Islamic madrasas were facing and several important decisions were taken.
The first session of the general meeting was addressed by Mufti Saeed Ahmad Palanpuri. He said that the special attention on the educational system of madrasas was the need of the time. He also stressed making the curriculum easy and productive. Maulana Qamruddin, Professor of Hadith in Darul Uloom said that the madrasas should also pay special attention to the Islamic upbringing of the students along with the education. Maulana Riyasat Ali said that government aid was very harmful for madrasas and the madrasas who relied on the government aid produced zero result.
Maulana Mahmood Madni of Jamiat Ulama Hind said that the educational psychology was necessary in the madrasas. Maulana Asrarul Haq Qasmi, Head of All India Talimi Milli Foundation and an MP, said that imparting religious education to the college and university students was one of the important responsibility of the madrasas.
The General Meeting was held in the grand Jama Rashid of Darul Uloom Deoband which was attended by more than 3500 representatives of the famous and key madrasas of the country. The meeting started with the recitation of Qari Abdur Rauf of Darul Uloom Deoband, while Maulana Shaukat Ali Qasmi anchored the meeting.
The other key participants of the meeting were: Maulana Qari Sayyid Mohd Usman, Maulana Rahmatullah Kashmiri, Maulana Ibrahim Malak, Maulana Anwarur Rahman Bijnore, Mufti Shabbir Ahamd Qasmi, Maulana Ashfaq Saraimir, Maulana Usama Matin Kanpuri, Maulana Qari Shaukat Ali Wat, Maulana Mohammad Qasim Patna, Maulana Siddiqullah Chaudhari Kolkata, Maulana Abdul Qadir Asam, Maulana Shamsuddin Asam, Maulana Zainul Abideen Karnatak, Maulana Ghiyasuddin Hyderabad, Maulana Mohammad Ilyas Haryana, Maulana Khalid Mewat, Maulana Sirajuddin Manipuri, Maulana Zafruddin Delhi, Maulana Mumtaz Ahmad Shimla, Maulana Abdus Shakoor Kerala, Mufti Riyaz Ahmad Tamil Nadu, Mufti Muhammad Farooq Meerut, Qari Mohammad Aminuddin Rajasthan, Maulana Mufti Jalil Maharashtra, Maulana Rahimuddin Ansari Hyderabad, Maulana Hedayatullah Bahraich, Maulana Abdul Bari Partapgarh, Maulana Asjad Qasmi Moradabad etc
MMERC, Mumbai bagged winner trophy and grabbed all the top prizes.
By interpreting heartfelt feelings it is possible to conquer hearts: Maul. Badruddin Ajmal
Mumbai: Markazul Ma’arif Education and Research Centre (MMERC) held its first all-India competition for ulama. Selected ulama regaled the audience with their speeches. Including Markazul Ma’arif participants from six other organizations, namely Markaz Islami Education and Research Centre, Ankleshwar, Gujarat, Jamia Islamia Jalalia, Hojai, Assam, Institute for Higher Studies, Okhla, New Delhi, Al-Mahadul Ali Al-Islami, Hyderabad, Islamic Study Centre, Ibrahim Bawany ITI, Baroda, Gujarat, and Fazlani Centre for English Language and Literature, Lonavla, Pune took part.
It was the First Inter-DELL (Diploma in English Language & Literature) National Elocution Competition held in Mumbai. DELL is a two-year course to teach English and communication skills to the madrasa graduates under Markazul Ma’arif which was established by Maulana Badruddin Ajmal in 1994.
MMERC has 7 affiliated branches across India. The best three participants from each organization were sent for the final round in Mumbai and in total there were 21 DELL students who took part in the competition. Surprisingly all the three winners were from Markazul Maarif Education and Research Centre, Mumbai; the first prize was secured by Inamul Hasan Qasmi who spoke on “The Concept of Jihad in Islam”, the second winner was Abdur Rahim Qasmi who spoke on “The Principle of Freedom of Speech in Islam” and the third one was Taha Qasmi who held forth on “Political System of Islam.” In addition to attractive trophies and cash prizes to the winners all other participants were also given consolatory trophies and certificates. The award for the Winner of the 1st National Elocution Competition for the year 2015 also went to MMERC, Mumbai.
The first session of the competition was presided over by Mufti Azizur Rahman Fatehpuri while the second session in the afternoon was presided over by Maulana Badruddin Ajmal Al-Qasmi. In the beginning of the programme, Maulana Muddassir Ahmad Qasmi, Coordinator, Diploma in English Language and Literature (DELL) welcomed the audience and explained the aims and objectives of the elocution competition.
The Director of Markazul Ma’arif Education and Research Centre, Maulana Muhammad Burhanuddin Qasmi, before his thanks-giving remarks with the cooperation of Branch In-charge, Maulana Atiqur Rahman Qasmi and teachers, Maulana Aslam Javed Qasmi and Maulana Jaseemuddin Qasmi, presented bouquets and “Gamchas” (a kind of Assamese shawl) to all the dignitaries and distinguished guests.
Maulana Burhanuddin Qasmi spoke to the audience about the salience of the Diploma in English Language and Literature (DELL) for ulama was first envisioned by Maulana Badruddin Ajmal in 1994 and was first started in Delhi and now the course is being taught in 12 cities by notable organizations. The course aims to provide ulama with proficiency in English speaking and writing and computer skills. He also announced that this national level competition will next year be hosted by Markaz Islami Education and Research Centre, Ankleshwar, Gujarat.
President of the programme, Maulana Badruddin Ajmal, Member of Parliament and CEO Ajmal CSR Group lauded the participants of the final round. He said that the aim of the DELL course is to present the correct picture of Islam and the teachings of Qu’ran and Sunnah. This requires a proficiency in English, inner purity of the heart; and intention for heartfelt feelings can only be correctly interpreted by the tongue, enabling the speakers to conquer the hearts of people, Maulana Ajmal said.
Dr Zahir Qazi, President of Anjuman-e Islam, Mumbai, said in his speech those who needlessly blame madrasas should remember that after 1857, if there were no madrasas then it would have been impossible for Islam and Muslim culture to survive in Indian subcontinent in the purest form its today. He was all praise for the high level of English language and rational arguments displayed by the participants and said that the standard was not of a diploma but of the post-graduate level. He said that our ulama were not at all antediluvian and the evidence of this fact was presented by every participant in the competition today. He lauded the initiative taken by President of the Markazul Ma’arif, Maulana Badruddin Ajmal and he offered his heartfelt thanks to the Ajmal Group Companies for their philanthropic activities, which present a role model for other corporate houses.
Hazrat Maulana Shumsuddin Saheb (Muhaddith) said that learning English to preach Islam is a very praiseworthy step and when these ulama equipped with moral character and purity of intention work in the practical field for the pleasure of Allah (swt) it is quite possible they may bring about a revolution.
President of IDC, Mr. Umar Gautam, expressed his sincere appreciation for the efforts of Markazul Ma’arif and said that it has now spread like a shady tree. Its alumni are winning laurels far beyond the shores of India.
Maulana Muhammad Ali Manyar who came from Makkah said that it was a historic achievement for ulama to gain a command over the English language. He lauded the work undertaken by Maulana Badruddin Ajmal and said after listening to the speeches of the ulama it has become clear that this is a notable Islamic movement.
Among the dignitaries who were present were Mr. Ebrahim Ismail Doodwala from London, Mr. Shumsul Haq Chaudhary, vice president of the Markazul Ma’arif (NGO) from Assam, CEO of Central Haj Committee of India, Mr. Attaur Rahman (IRS), Dr. Tayyib Patel from Aurangabad, Maulana Mahmood Daryabadi, Maulana Gulzar Azmi and Mr. Javed Anand from Mumbai.
Among the special guests on the occasion was noted human rights activist, Teesta Setalwad. She spoke and said that my experience shows that the students of madrasas and office bearers of Masjids are those with open hearts, and from whom all schools of thought can derive benefit. After listening to the speeches today I felt that ulama are the true messengers of peace.
The three judges of the competition were: Mr. Mohammad Wajihuddin, senior journalist with The Times of India, Mufti Dr. Obaidullah Qasmi, Assist Prof. Zakir Hussain College of Delhi University and Head of the English Department of Jamia Isha’atul Uloom, Akkalkuwan Maulana Shumul Huda Qasmi.
The compare of the programme, Maulana Shahid Moyeen Qasmi, Coordinator, Dept. of Dawah of Markazul Ma’arif, laid before the audience the steady progress of Markazul Ma’arif and the Ajmal Foundation. Among the institution representatives were Maulana Alauddin Qasmi from Assam, Maulana Moosa Mankrod from Ankleshwar, Maulana Muhammad Inaam Qasmi Nadwi from Delhi, Maulana Muhammed Rafiq Qasmi from Hyderabad, Maulana Aamil Sarwar Qasmi from Varodara and Mufti Miftah Hussain Qasmi from Pune.
Maulana Yunus Saheb who came from Madinah (KSA) made the valedictory Dua and ended the programme.