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