To dispel the notion that madrasas are terror nurseries, Sunniyat Jamia Razvia Manzar-e-Islam, a seminary run under Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat, has taken a first of its kind step by introducing a two-year ‘anti-terrorism course’.
Muslim scholars enrolled at the madrasa will be taught how terrorists are misusing religious texts to suit their nefarious designs. They will also learn about the background of terrorist outfits, the various such organisations active in India and the wrong means adopted by them to mislead innocent people.
“Terrorists across the globe are misusing religious scriptures to validate their sinful acts and to corrupt the innocent minds of people. This course is aimed at countering this and so we have named it as Anti-Terrorism,” said Mufti Salim Noori, head convener and spokesperson of Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat.
The course, designed by the head muftis of the dargah, is divided into two parts, Sufism and Wahhabism, and each part has several subjects.
The madrasa has selected 15 scholars aged between 22 to 26 year who are training to become mufti (Muslim legal expert empowered to give rulings on religious matters) for the course. “Position of a mufti is very revered in Islam and we want to make sure that these scholars who will become muftis in future have a thorough knowledge of the subject,” said Noori.
The selected scholars attended their first class at the madrasa on Monday where an English teacher explained the meaning of the word terrorism. “Terrorists have two weapons, violence and ideology. Violence is lethal but what is far more dangerous is ideology,” said Kamal Ahmed, the English teacher. “We cannot use violence to counter them but we can use the holy Quran to counter their ideology,” he said as the scholars jotted down notes.
According to Noori, the madrasa is planning to train 15 muftis every year as its contribution in the fight against terrorism.
“I believe lack of knowledge and wrong interpretation of Islam are the biggest reasons behind the rise of terrorism and we, in the name of Allah, will try to stop people from joining those (terrorists) who are not on the path of Allah,” said Md Saddam, 24, a scholar of the first batch.