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Religious madrasas and national unity
By Inder Singh Verma

A few years ago one Maulana from Uttar Pradesh had gone to a madrasa in Meera Tola village, District Gopal Ganj (Bihar) for annual inspection. During the course of inspection he was surprised to see that two Hindu children, aged 3 and 5 years and donning caps, were reading Urdu alongwith Muslim children. After knowing their identity, from their Hindu names, he made enquiries about their fathers. He was told that instead of sending them to the government primary school of the village, their parents had considered it better to send their children to local madrasa, because of which there was great hue and cry and anger among the Rajput community against them. They were also put to disrepute by spreading the news that soon they were going to convert to Islam. This was, however, long back and the conditions are changed now.

The present situation is that the attitudes of people of the village have completely changed now because the results of Mr Vidya Bhushan Singh’s experiments were very pleasant and good. Today, out of a total of 400 students of this school, 70 Hindu students are receiving education along with other children. The head Maulvi has no objection to the Hindu children seeking admission and receiving education in his madrasa. The head Maulvi and his two assistants are running the madrasa very satisfactorily. Vidya Bhushan Singh does not think that by sending his grandsons in a madrasa for receiving education, his ancestral religion has in any way been endangered. Rather on the contrary, his grandsons will be in a position to better understand their own religion as well as Islam. He also informed that this unique madrasa of his village is probably the first madrasa of Bihar in which Hindu students receive education. And now, Vidya Bhushan Singh is learning Urdu from his grandsons.

But the background in which questions of various types needing answers have cropped up, some of the questions are such that are worth consideration of Muslim Ulama and religious scholars and some of the questions are such that point out the necessity for Hindu and Muslim intellectuals to sit together and discuss. In this connection a personal question of mine is: Can the standard of religious education, as required or expected in a madrasa of purely Muslim students, be maintained in a madrasa where Hindu children are receiving education side by side with Muslim students? The belief prevailing among Hindus in general is that (rightly or wrongly) in madrasas Muslim children are taught right from the beginning that India is Darul Harb and that war and strife against the majority section will go on till Islam becomes victorious. Though according to many religious muftis, India is not a darul harb but there is no decisive and final fatwa about this belief in view of which non-Muslim persons should feel any hesitation in sending their children to madrasas.

In addition to the above village of Bihar there are thousands of villages throughout the country where there are no government schools at all, and if at all there are some such schools, there is no worthwhile arrangement for proper education. In such a condition madrasas can very well play their role. The teachers and owners of madrasas, after contacting non-Muslims of the locality, can induce them to send their children to such schools. Though this work may be very sensitive, difficult and demanding great patience, but success is sure with perseverance and continuous efforts. If, in addition to religious education, technical education and Urdu (compulsory) together with education in Hindi and English in the beginners classes are made compulsory, utility of madrasas will be very greatly increase. If, according to Mr Burney’s proposal, education is imparted with love to all, communal unity and peace and along with religious education ways and manners of worldly life are also taught, admission of non-Muslim children will become very easy in these madrasas because under these circumstances there will be no hesitation in assuring their parents that their religious feeling and emotions will not be allowed to be harmed. In this way the accusation of communalism and spreading mutual hatred against the madrasas will also become meaningless. But the managers of madrasas, on adopting such steps, may have to face serious opposition from fundamentalists. Such fundamentalists may include both Hindus and Muslims who will never wish that education for love, communal peace and harmony, should be provided in madrasas and that opportunities for better understanding of each other’s religions may be created. Wrong impressions and baseless suppositions among non-Muslims about Islam and Muslims are only because they (non-Muslims) never tried to know the bright aspects of Islam or else shut their eyes deliberately because of prejudice. Non-Muslim children will get an opportunity in madrasas to know and understand the bright aspects of Islam along with religious education to Muslim children.

If the head Maulvi of the madrasa situated in the village of Bihar has no objection to the admission and receiving of education by non-Muslim children, it is also very necessary to know as to who objects to it. When an important and distinguished but non-Muslim person sends his children to madrasas, knowing full well that along with other Muslim children, his children will also be given Islamic education compulsorily, there is no room for objection at all. Do the ‘ulama’, religious scholars and leaders agree to the views of the head Maulvi? If not, should thy not agree, at least for the sake of experiment, to the education of non-Muslim children in madrasas?

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