AFTER SIX years of studies of Bukhari Sareef, 17 girls of Jamia Arabia Mariful Quran Lil- Banat have been awarded degrees of Maulvi.
Now, they are ready to work with their male counterparts. Like any male Maulavi, these female maulvis are authorised to resolve disputes pertaining to Muslim women.
They can advise and guide people in matters pertaining to religion, namaj, talaq and family disputes as per the Islamic law. But, they are not authorised for imamiat (people offer namaj in the headship of Imam of a mosque) as this is meant only for men in Islam. “They can’t be a Imam of a mosque who heads people during namaj,” says Kari Mohd Dawood, Incharge of the madarsa.
Terming it a glorious moment for madarsa, Kari Mohd Dawood said 17 girls got their degree after studying 12 books of Bukhari Sareef for over six years.
As most of the Islamic books are in Arabic and Persian, these girls had to learn these two languages. Besides, they were also taught Hindi, English, Urdu and Maths, added Kari.
These women maulvis are also very happy on their success. Their aim is to serve women through their knowledge. They said, “Our aim is to guide women in the right direction as per the teachings of Islam.”
However, they have to work staying in their homes. “People (mainly women) come to take their advice and they will try to resolve disputes as per Shariat.” “They can only advise and guide but they are not authorised to release fatwas,” says Karqi Dawood who has over 600 girls in his madarsa.
Most of these girls are from poor families and Dawood feels that educating a girl means educating a family.