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Darul no to madrasa board

Islamic seminary Darul Uloom has rejected the Union government’s proposal of a central madrasa board.

india Updated: Nov 03, 2009 00:15 IST
Zia Haq
Zia Haq
Hindustan Times

Islamic seminary Darul Uloom has rejected the Union government’s proposal of a central madrasa board.

Senior faculty members moved a resolution to this effect on Monday. The scholars suggested that the government should come up with a new board to govern those Muslim institutions that primarily have a non-religious curriculum to promote education.

"However, we feel that they should leave madrasas alone. A madrasa is not intended to produce doctors or engineers but clerics," Maulana Salman Bijnori, one of the scholars to move the resolution, told HT.

"We are not against governing of Muslim schools that give non-religious education and want the government to promote them."

Top Darul Uloom clerics were participating in a two-day session of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind's Mahmood faction on Monday.
The Jamiat reiterated a Darul fatwa that forbids chanting of Vande Mataram. “Islam enjoins Muslims to be loyal to and love their motherland. However, it does not allow Muslims to worship one’s country,” Bijnori, a senior faculty member said.
Belief in one God and worshipping Allah alone is the fundamental creed of the Islamic faith.

PC to address clerics

Home Minister P Chidambaram will address about half-a-million clerics from Darul Uloom in Deoband on Tuesday and is expected to stress the seminary’s stand against terror.

“We will support the government’s strict resolve to fight terror. At the same time, we would like the government to ensure that no innocent is harassed in the name of fighting terror,” Bijnori said, who was speaking on the sidelines of the general session of the Mahmood Madani-led faction of the Jamiat.

Darul Uloom had issued a fatwa, or edict, against terror on February 25 last, labelling killing of innocents as un-Islamic.