Zaidul Haque (TwoCiricles.net)
Kolkata: “Darul Uloom Deoband played critical role during the independence struggle, and continues to help in national integrity, unity and communal harmony. On one hand, while it is continuing with a glorious Islamic culture through Mardasa education, and on the other hand, it strengthens the democratic fabric of the country,” said All India President of Rabita-E Madaris-E Islamia Arabia Darul Uloom Deoband and Chancellor of Darool Uloom Deoband Maulana Abul Qasem Nomani in a grand Conference (open session) of Rabita-E Madaris-E Islamia Arabia Darul Uloom Deoband’s West Bengal Unit at Shaheed Minar Maidan, Kolkata on 4 April, 2013.
Maulana Nomani said, in 1803 a fatwa was circulated to the Madrasa students for Jihad to attain independence. He continued that through Madrasa education Darul Uloom has always inspired the country against communalism.
Maulana Nomani also stated the sacrifice of Muslim in India. He elaborated on the contribution of a Darul Uloom Deoband graduate and member of Executive Council Majlish e Sura Maulana Hifzur Rahman, one of the important members of Indian Constitution making Committee.
Teacher of the Darul Uloom Deoband and All India Secretary of Rabita-E Madaris-E Islamia Arabia Maulana Saukat Ali said, the intention of the government affiliation to the religious madrasa is a conspiracy against Islam that end up following Jews policy.
He added that he sees no contradiction between Islam and modern education.
Former Professor of Aliah University of Kolkata Maulana Manzoor Alam, himself an alumni of Darul Uloom, appreciated the immense contribution of madrasa in spreading Islamic teachings.
President of All India Jamiat E Ulama and Vice-Chancellor of Darul Uloom Deoband Qari Md Usman, Professor of Fiqah of Darul Uloom deoband Mufti Jamiluddin, Senior Professor of Haidth of Darul Uloom Deoband Mufti Mujibullah, Maulana Ahmadullah, President of Rabita-E Madaris-E Islamia Arabia of Kashmir Maulana Mir Rahmutullah, Gujrat Rabetaye prosonalities Qari Md Sanaullah, Maulana Siddique Ahmed, Maulana Md Qasemi of Patna, Maulana Md Zabir of Orrissa, Maulana Abdul Malik of Meghalaya, Maulana Abdul Mobin of Tripura, Maulana Yahia of Assam, West Bengal State President of Jamiat Ulama Maulana Husamuddin also spoke on the occasion.
More than 50000 Muslims attended the conference, although organsiers claimed the participation of over a lakh.
Maulana Siddiqullah emphasized on the importance of knowledge in Islam, when the first revealed word was iqra (read). He added that a madrasa educated Maulana Abul Kalam Azad went on to become the first education Minister after Independence.
He elaborated on how without much support from the government many madrasas in West Bengal are teaching English, Mathematics, Geography etc. as well. Under the guidance Rabita-E Madaris-e-Islamia Arabia of Deoband in West Bengal about 10 thousand Maktab and 800 Madrasa are running.