Markazul Maarif with its sattelite combined institutions held an entrance test in New Delhi & Mumbai simultaneously on 23, 24 July 2011 for two-year Diploma in English in which around 400 candiadates participated. Out of the total 300 plus graduates of different madrasas specially Darul Uloom Deoband, 150 were selected for Final and Waiting list. The waiting list students can be given admission in case some seats fall vacant.
Markazul Ma’arif Education & Research Centre (MMERC) selected 45 students (30 Final and 15 Waiting), Markaz-e Islami Ankleashwar Gujarat 18, Madrasa Sulaimania Kandhla Muzaffar Nagar 40, Ma’hadul Lughah Manakmau Saharanpur 21, Ma’hadul Imam Shah Waliullah Jamia Nagar, New Delhi 35, and Jamia Jalalia Hojai Assam 8.
The studnets can contact their respective institutions at the contact numbers provided at the back of their Admid Card. The students of Final List are required to report in their respective institutions on 10th Shawwal, while the studnets of Waiting List will first contact and wait for their selection.
For more information, please, visit the link: http://www.markazulmaarif.org
Maulana Ghulam Muhammad Vastanvi was appointed as Mohtamim on 10 Jan 2011 by the Majlis-e-Shura with majority. But immediately after the appointment, the decision was opposed across the country and Shura was demanded to review it. Later, when Maulana Vastanvi visited Deoband as Mohtamim of Darul Uloom Deoband, disturbances surfaced in Darul Uloom as well. As the situation worsened, Maulana Vastanvi wrote letter to all the members of Majlis Shura in which he explained the situation and concluded in his own words:
“Therefore, the meeting of Majlis Shura will be held in Darul Uloom on 19 Rabi al-Awwal 1432 (23 Feb 2011) Wed, so that I offer my resignation in the meeting. Then the Majlis can decide the future course of action regarding for Darul Uloom."
This letter bears the signature of Maulana Ghulam Muhammad Vastanvi. It apparently reads that Maulana Vastanvi himself took the decision of resignation after examining the situation. He called the emergency meeting of Majlis Shura on 23 Feb 2011 only to produce his resignation so that the Majlis can decide the future course of action. It was not a routine meeting, because the previous meeting was held just one a half month before.
Later, when the meeting of 23 Feb was held and Maulana was asked to resign as per his promise, Maulana proposed to set up a probe committee. The members questioned him whether he will resign if the report of the committee favours him. In reply, Maulana stressed repeatedly said that he will resign whatever the report of committee will be. Thus, a three-member committee was formed and it was asked to submit its report after examining the situation. The committee was not given authority to take any decision. It is imperative to note that only after Maulana announced to step down, the series of disturbances and oppositions ended on the assurance that Maulana would resign after the committee submits its report.
Hence, the report of probe committee was included in the agenda of 23, 24 July Majlis Shura meeting. And when the report was tabled, it included the following paragraph that:
"…It should be noted down that we have not written anything in this report on our behalf. Neither anyone has been supported nor has anyone has been criticized or commented due to prejudice. Rather this matter was primarily left to the Majlis Shura."
This report had the signatures of the trio committee members. This report consisted these five points:
(1) The charges levelled against Maulana Vastanvi along with evidences and proofs, the abridgment of statements of Students’ Union and other individuals from across the country
(2) The summary of the letters and statements that supported Maulana Vastanvi
(3) The removal of accusations and attempts to defend from Maulana Ghulam Muhammad Vastanvi and others
(4) The necessary points of the details of the disturbances and agitations from the students of Darul Uloom Deoband
(5) A few worth consideration proposals for the deliberation of Majlis Shura
A report that included these points cannot be regarded incomplete in any means. Now, if these points were to be discussed separately in the meeting, it would have taken long time and yielding no substantial result. Hence, the members of the Majlis Shura draw the attention of Maulana Ghulam Muhammad Vastanvi towards the decision of Majlis held on 23 Feb that the report has been submitted and you promised firmly that whatever the report may be you would resign. So, he was requested to resign on the pretext of his busy schedule so that the issue is closed. He was assured that the Majlis will not put any charge on him. Maulana was persuaded by all means, but he kept on refusing to resign citing that the report was incomplete. Finally, the president of the meeting said that now no other option was left except to bring a proposal to dismiss Maulana Vastanvi from his post. When the decision of this proposal was finalized, Maulana Vastanvi left the meeting hall saying that he was going out for half an hour. However, the proposal of Maulana Vastanvi's removal from the post of VC was prepared and 9 members of the Majlis (out of 13) signed in its favour while 4 members signed it with their note of dissent.
No sooner did Maulana come after the voting, he was informed of the decision. He announced in the meeting that he accepts the decision though it goes against him and he would not drag this matter to the court. He also congratulated Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani, the newly elected Mohtamim (VC). He joined the final dua and saw the Press Note and said that it was alright.
As a rule, if there is no consensus of opinion, may it be the meeting of Majlis Shura or Majlis Aamila (working committee), the decision is taken on the basis of majority, and it is declared as the decision of Majlis Shura. It is not appropriate in any way to criticize it outside the Majlis.
The above-mentioned clarification made it clear that the offer of resignation was made from Maulana Vastanvi himself due to the circumstances. And when the probe committee was mentioned in the agenda, it could not be said that this issue was missing in the agenda; since the resignation of Maulana was interconnected with the submission of the probe committee report. The resignation was not conditioned with the debate or contents of the report. Resignation means separation from the post, and when Maulana Vastanvi was not willing to leave himself, Majlis Shura was compelled to dismiss him.
Issued by: VC Office, Darul Uloom Deoband
Today, in a stormy Majlis Shura (Governing Council) meeting, Maulana Ghulam Muhammad Vastanvi ousted from his post of Mohtamim (Rector) of Darul Uloom Deoband. Following his ouster, Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani was appointed as Mohtamim.
The scheduled meeting Majlis Shura of Darul Uloom Deoband began on 23, 24 July 2011 (Sat-San). In the first two sessions of Majlis Shura, the educational, budgetary and other administrative reports and issues were discussed. Late in the night on 23 July, the 3-member committee which was set up to probe his matter, presented its report and Maulana Vastanvi was asked to submit resignation as per his promise in the last Majlis Shura meeting held 23 Feb 2011. But, then he denied resignation and subsequently was dismissed from the post by Majlis Shura.
Maulana Vastnavi was elected as Mohtamim of Darul Uloom Deoband on 10 January 2011 after the former rector Maulana Marghoobur Rahman passed away in Dec 2010. Just after his appointment, he sparked a controversy, saying Muslims too benefited from the development initiative of the Gujarat chief minister. He was also allegedly quoted saying that Muslims should forget the infamous 2003 Gujrat riots which took thousands of innocent lives.
This stirred protest in the campus of Darul Uloom which led to call an emergency meeting of Majlis Shura. The special meeting of Majlis Shura was called on February 23 to take steps to control the boiling circumstances at the campus. The meeting constituted the three-member committee comprising of Mufti Mazoor Ahmad from Kanpur, Mufti Mohammad Ismail from Malegaon and Maulana Mohammad Ibrahim from Chennai to look into the allegations against him.
Here is the Press release issued by Darul Uloom Deoband:
Deoband: 17 July 2011
Nowadays, pre-planned conspiracies are going on in India against Muslims so that the Hindu-Muslim unity is sabotaged and the communal elements are free to enact their agenda. There is an email message floating on internet in which attemptsare made to defame the world-renowned Islamic University of Muslims, Darul Uloom Deoband. The email is from a forged organization named "Tahreek-e-Taliban Hindustan" and it reads: "This Country ‘India’ was never a nation of Hindus. It was ruled and governed by Muslims for hundreds of years. And we the students of Tahreek-e-Taliban-Hindusthan, demand that the Muslim majority areas should be and must be ruled according to the Sharia Law. Therefore we pass this verdict from today onwards that all the non-Muslim living in Muslim majority areas should start paying ‘JIZYA’- A tax that every non-Muslim has to pay to Live and Work under Muslims."
The so-called organization "Tahreek-e-Taliban Hindustan" is using the name of Darul Uloom Deoband for its mischievous interests. It is absolutely wrong and unfounded. The authorities of Darul Uloom Deoband consider this statement as baseless and a plot of the communalists. Maulana Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani, Acting Mohtamim of Darul Uloom Deoband and other responsible personalities here in Darul Uloom Deoband see it as a conspiracy to defame Darul Uloom Deoband. They appeal to the intellectual class of the country to study the history of communal harmony of Darul Uloom. The celebrated freedom leader of Darul Uloom Deoband 'Shaikhul Hind Hadhrat Maulana Mahmoodul Hasan' believed that Hindu-Muslim unity was necessary to free the country. Later in 1912, they declared freedom of India and set up Govt. of India in exile in Kabul and elected Raja Mahindara Paratap Singh as the first President of the country. The famous Indian Historians like Dr Tara Chand, Dr Ishwari Prasad and Dr K M Panikkar have acknowledged in their books the social and political services of Darul Uloom Deoband.
Therefore this pre-planned conspiracy of the so-called "Tahreek-e-Taliban Hindustan" aims to break up the unity and harmony of the country so that the communal forces could reap its benefits. The authorities of Darul Uloom express their concern and anger against this campaign and eye this baseless propaganda against the wider interest of the country. All the responsible personalities of Darul Uloom have condemned this statement openly and called it mischievous and baseless propaganda.
Darul Uloom has very splendid history of Hindu-Muslim unity. The people attached to it have given tremendous sacrifices day and night in order to free this country. Darul Uloom Deoband appeals to the government of India to unveil this mischievous conspiracy and find out those who are behind it. The Indian intelligence should find out those who attribute such baseless statements to Darul Uloom so that the conspiracies of communalists could go in vain. The national harmony in the country is the need of the hour and it cannot be given up in any case. The communal elements are busy to disturb the harmony of the country with these false names.
It is imperative to note that such types of news have recently been published in the Hindi newspapers like "Yug Dharm" Nagpur on 16th of July, and the Marathi newspaper "Paran Nagri" Nagpur that show the mischievous planning of communalists. The newspapers of Nagpur called it the Fatwa of Darul Uloom that is totally wrong and baseless.
Therefore, the Indian government should take necessary measures in this regard.
Issued by: VC Office, Darul Uloom Deoband
There are reports that there is an email message floating from a so-called Tahreek Taliban Hindustan which uses the Darul Uloom Deoband tag (as you may see in the picture). There are also reports from Maharashtra that some newspapers also published such news and they attribued a fatwa saying: ""This Country ‘India’ was never a nation of Hindus. It was ruled and governed by Muslims for hundreds of years. And we the students of tahreek-e-taliban-hindusthan, demand that the Muslim majority areas should be and must be ruled according to the Sharia Law."
It also said: "Therefore we pass This verdict from today onwards that all the non-muslim living in muslim majority areas should start paying ‘JIZYA’- A tax that every non-muslim has to pay to Live and Work under Muslims.
You have only three choices: (1) Convert to our great faith ‘Islam” and u will be safe. (2) Or pay the Jizyah on our terms and conditions and live. (3) Or accept our challenge and fight us on the battle field."
The Darul Uloom Deoband authorities were quick to reject and comdemn the propagand. A clarification to this effect was published on the seminary's website, which read:
Nowadays, there are email messages floating on internet from a so-called Tahreek-e-Taliban-Hindustan, which is using Darul Uloom Deoband’s label for its heinous and vested interests. There are reports appearing in print media as well with this reference in some local and regional newspapers.
Therefore, we deem necessary to clarify that neither Darul Uloom Deoband has any relation with the so-called movement nor does it recognize the ideologies propagated by it. Darul Uloom Deoband believes in peace, mutual harmony and national integration.
We strongly condemn any such propaganda with or without our name.
(Maulana Mufti) Abul Qasim Nomani
Acting VC, Darul Uloom Deoband
Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has asked the Saudi Arabian government to ban Ahmadiyas (Qadiyanis) from visiting Makkah and Madinah to perform Haj and Umrah (mini-Haj). Qadiyanis have been declared non-Muslims in countries like Pakistan and face persecution. The seminary's vice-rector, Maulana Abdul Khaliq Madrasi, has alleged that many Qadiyanis from India "disguise themselves as Muslims" and visit Makkah to perform Haj and Umrah in a memorandum to Saudi ruler King Abdullah, the custodian of two mosques in Makkah and Madinah. "Stop them as they are misguided and may mislead other Muslims," said the memorandum.
Qadiyanis are the followers of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiyani (1835-1908), who declared himself to be imam Mahdi or the awaited imam that is also the faith of Muslims, and are scattered across the world.
he Ahmadiya movement is headquartered at Qadiyan near Amritsar. Their spiritual leader — Khalifatul Masih (successor of the Messiah) — Mirza Masror Ahmad is London based. Mainstream Muslim scholars believe that the Prophet Muhammad was the last prophet and, since Mirza Ghulam Ahmad claimed to be the Prophet's shadow and the awaited Messiah, he deviated from a basic principle of Islam and, therefore, he and his followers cannot be considered Muslims. The Mahdi and Messiah, Muslims believe, will not be self-declared.
The seminary reminded the Saudi monarch of an Organisation of Islamic Countries resolution that ex-communicated Qadiyanis from Islam in 1979. The seminary's letter to the Saudi king suggests a clause in the application forms for Haj and Umra where every applicant should be asked to declare that he/she believes that Mohammed is that last prophet.
The Original Memorandum can be accessed at Darul Uloom Deoband's Official website: