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Safinatul Hidayh’s services to education
By S Ubaidur Rahman
dusty lanes in the eastern area of Khureji have now a different address.
And this address was never ever heard in the poor vicinity of one of the
most backward areas of the Capital, Delhi. Here garbage, open manholes and
crater-like potholes will confuse an outsider visiting the area so much
that he will be forced to leave the stinking environ as soon as he gets
here. A state of the art English medium school in such an area will cause
people to blink with doubt. But it is true. Now the area boasts of a true
English medium school where CBSE syllabi mixed with Arabic language
teaching is giving a new dimension to students.
Not only that the area had no school run by Muslims but there were no good
schools either. Poor people living in the vicinity were forced to send
their wards in substandard schools run by Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD)where
most of these have openroof schools with teachers rarely appearing to take
classes. But with the establishment of JS Public School (Jamiatus Saqlain)
that was launched some three years ago by Safinatul Hidaya Trust, people
can heave a sigh of relief as they are now spared of the trouble of
searching some good schools for their children. 'The school provides
quality education to the children in the area', says Aijaz Ahmad a
businessman in the area whose two children are studying in the school.
The trust run by Maulana Syed Zeeshan Hidayati has one more school in
Jorcha Sadat in the outer Delhi near Dadri and a madrasa, Haoza Ilmiyya
Jamiatus Saqlain, near Kashmiri Gate area in old Delhi. 'We have not
established these schools just for the sake of having a school in the
area. We have a bigger aim and these schools are our initial experiments.'
Says Maulana Zeeshan Hidayati, a leading Shia alim of the Capital. We held
a seminar in 1983. Its topic was 'Combination of modern education with the
theological education-possible or impossible'. We believe that there is no
difference between modern education and madrasa education as these very
madrasas produced scientists like Abu Ali Sina, Jaber bin Hayyan and a
number of other leading scientists. But of late our madrasas have become
places where substandard education of theology and Arabic language is
imparted to the people.' Maulana Hidayati says.
'So we thought to begin with an experiment. We thought to start a madrasa
where standard theological education is imparted along-with science, Maths,
English and computer education and modern schools where Arabic language is
taught along with modern syllabi to the children of secondary schools.' It
was a Herculian task, confides the Maulana but Allah, the Almighty helped
us. To begin with we launched a madrasa as an experiment. We wanted to
show the world and particularly the Muslim leadership that it is possible
in this age too. Later we launched a modern school in Khureji in the
Eastern Delhi and added one in Delhi suburbs in Dadari. This school in
Khureji is turned into an adult education centre in the evening, where
people of all age groups come and study. It is all with no price tag at
all. The trust provides free education to people of all age-groups of the
People's response is very encouraging in the adult education centre, says
Abdus Salam Siddiqi, the young press secretary of the Trust. People of all
age groups who work during the day come in the evening to attend classes
here, Siddiqi adds.
'Both the schools in Khureji and Dadri are giving excellent result. We
will shortly be adding two more classes so as to complete higher secondary
school here.' Says Maulana Hidayati. He also says that 'when he talked of
his plans to set up such schools he was laughed at by a number of people.
People also criticized me and said that I will not be able to deliver
anything and these experiments will boomerang.' 'They also said that it is
not possible to run such a school in environment where we live. Now both
the schools are running with the maximum number of students these schools
can cater,' says the Maulana.
'The madrasa run by the trust is also a big success. We do not take many
students but we have given them an excellent syllabus that no madrasa can
match and we are also teaching science, maths, English and computer
education to students enrolled here. Students are also giving excellent
results here.' says the Maulana. We have admitted only fifty students here
and it is a part of our experiment that we are doing. We believe that
within ten years we will be able to give very good result among the
Muslims all over the country.
Students of madrasas after completing their full courses in the madrasas
are able to have some command over Arabic language but their lack of
knowledge in the modern sciences proves a big handicap for these freshers,
nor students of modern schools know anything about the Arabic language and
Qur’an. If a school student is taught Arabic language with the whole
modern syllabi it may produce excellent results, says the Maulana. Maulana
adds that it is possible in every Muslim managed school and college,
adding Arabic language is no constraint for the administration in such
schools. He adds that we are trying to mix both these things and are quite
‘Money is a big constraint for us. But we are trying to do what others
just talk about. We want to deliver concrete results.’ Maulana exudes
confidence. The trust is planning to set up an Islamic University in the
Capital. It has already purchased a large tract in the outskirts of Delhi
and planning is afoot to start work on the project very soon.