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Role of madrasas in vicious circle: Madani

Saharanpur (UP): President of Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind Maulana Syed Arshad Madani on Sunday said the madrassas played an important role in the independence of the country, but it is unfortunate that today question marks are being raised on them and reprehensible efforts are being made to link the madrasa people with terrorism.
Addressing a convention, “The people of madrasas made the country independent. They love their country unconditionally. But sadly, today question marks are being put on the madrassas itself and reprehensible efforts are being made to link the madrasa people with terrorism,” he said.
He said when the people of every religion work for their religion then why Muslims should not protect their own religion. He said along with society, the country also needs religious people. “The madrasas and Jamiat have nothing to do with politics. We disassociated ourselves from politics after the independence of the country. We would have been bigger participants if we had indulged in politics at that time,” he said.
Madani said the community is and will continue to bear the burden of religious education. “We don’t want any government assistance and we will continue to stand tall like the Himalayas,” he said.
Taking a dig at the government at the Centre today restrictions are being imposed on the construction works in Darul Uloom. “Earlier no permission was required for laying even a single brick as the Congressmen knew what role Darul Uloom played in the independence of the country. But it should be remembered that the situation and the governments change,” he said.
He said at the time when several people escaped with the wealth of the country, Muslims were still standing with the nation. “We are not bothered about who votes for whom or not,” he said.
Madani advised the madrasa administrators to improve the level of the education in their institutions.
During the convention, which was attended by administrators and supervisors of 4,500 madrassa, the Muslim clerics opposed the move to associate the institutions with any board. They said no one in the world can understand the objective behind setting up madrassas therefore there is no point in affiliation with any board.
The clerics said madrassas need no government assistance. It may be noted that in September the Uttar Pradesh government ordered a survey of recognized madrasas in the state. (UNI)

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