Madrasa students in MP to be taught why they should be loyal to their country
Madrasa board chairman says the objective is to educate Muslim students about the teachings of loyalty to the country in the Quran and Hadees.
In what may kick off a major controversy in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh, the madrasa board here has proposed a syllabus to teach its students why they should love their country and be loyal to it.
“A syllabus is being prepared for students: Watan se mohabbat ka Islam dharm me kya mahatva hai (What is the importance of loving your country in Islam). The syllabus will help students know how much importance the religion they are following has attached to their love and loyalty (Wafadari aur Mohabbaat) to the country,” said a government communiqué issued on Thursday evening.
Talking to HT, board chairman Syed Imad said the syllabus was being prepared by a committee of scholars after the state government’s Rajya Shiksha Kendra gave its nod to his idea about 8-9 months ago.
Once the syllabus is ready, it will be put up before a standing committee of the Kendra for its approval.
“I would like to see to it that the syllabus is included in the curriculum from the ensuing academic session this year”, he added.
When asked about the need of such a syllabus and its impact on Muslims, Imad said the objective was to educate Muslim students about the teachings of loyalty to the country in the Quran and Hadees.
“The teachings are already there in the holy books. We just need to teach the students so that they could tell others about the same effectively in their conversations,” he said.
Mohd Mahir, head of the MP Muslim Vikas Parishad, however, is suspicious of the move. He said it was nothing but a saffron agenda particularly after the Uttar Pradesh elections.
The syllabus sent the message that the Muslims didn’t have loyalty with their country, he said.
“We will have a talk with the government to know why this need arose to include this syllabus all of a sudden and will then decide the further course of action”, he added.