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Education is power: Jawad

india Updated: Sep 18, 2006 01:15 IST

EDUCATION IS worship, said Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad here on Sunday urging Muslims to “imbibe the power of education”. He also said without making Urdu mandatory from the primary education level, talking of the uplift of the language was meaningless. He also stressed upon the need of 30 per cent reservation to Muslims.

Jawad was addressing a public meeting and a welcome programme of Maulana Kalbe Jawad Fan’s Association here today. He said the charges that Islam was pro-violence were absolutely wrong and in fact Islam says a Muslim has the responsibility of protecting 160 houses surrounding him, irrespective of their caste and creed.

Taking a dig at those who alleged that Islam was being spread by the sword, the Muslim cleric said that people should remember the fact that Mohammed Sahab spread Islam alone at a time when he did not have many supporters leave alone swords.

Jawad urged the Muslim community members to take to education. The cleric said he was not against teaching of Sanskrit, but Urdu should be made mandatory from the primary education level. He said without doing, setting up a Muslim University was baseless.

He said that representatives of Muslims were either confined to madarsas or to religious places. The community people should expect least from Muslims who were with some or the other political party.

He said Muslims in the country would not be able to achieve anything till they stand united politically. He said Muslims should unite for the development of the community. Demanding 30 per cent reservation for the Muslims, Jawad said that the demand was justified if the backwardness among the community members.