By : Yousaf Alamgirian
Despite the discussions and hate speeches against madaris, the religious schools’ role cannot be denied as they contribute to educating Islamic values according to the true teachings of Quran and Sunnah. Madaris teach how to live the lives in a manner to please Allah Almighty without harming its humanity. Many of people and different religious segments have been rendering these services without any support from the government. The madaris administration found out different sponsors to continue the services.
Ironically successive governments have remained totally unconcerned as to how and under whom such madaris had been established. Witnessing governments’ indifference, many of the people with negative agendas stepped in, and consequently created factions having extreme thoughts and nefarious designs.
It was primarily obligatory for the state and government officials at initial level to look into the syllabi that were being taught and the thoughts being indoctrinated in the innocent minds. The madaris people and their qualified lots were at their liberty to play the way they wanted. The consequences being faced by the masses are because of the disinterest on part of the state, which should have designed a proper curriculum and syllabus to be implemented in all of madaris. The Education Boards should have been directed and authorized to hold the exams of madaris students and award certificates, diplomas and degrees.
Another thing that was neglected had been the source of funding for such Madaris. There should have been a strict vigil on the sponsors and donors. Some authority must have been constituted under which the funding for madaris be channelized.
It’s a hard fact that various Muslim countries also provide funds to different madaris in order to promote their own schools of thought and pattern of religion. They also fund different factions of their choice. Some of the countries give funds directly to local persons in the name of constructing a mosque or a madrassa for the particular sect, which ultimately becomes a reason to promoting sectarianism in the society. There must be a complete ban on the flow of such money which is being provided directly to masajid committees and madaris administration by the foreign countries. If so ever the brotherly countries want to promote the teachings of Quran, Hadith and Islamic values, they must route that funding through the State.
Moreover, since the inception of Pakistan, these madaris have only been concentrating on religious studies. None of them realized why the students of madaris are not being taught subjects of economics, science, humanities and other knowledge of day to day requirement that could have enabled the madaris graduates to opt for a profession of their choice, other than being a seminary teacher, moazzin or mullah. The passed out madaris students had no other choice but to become an ‘Imam’ or a teacher to psychologically infuse dismay into younger generation.
Obviously doing so these people could not bear the expenditures of their own and their family and they failed to educate their kids sending them to standard and mainstream educational institutions in order to run their affairs in a comfortable manner. Extremist elements use their sense of deprivation into an opportunity to use them to attack schools which girls and boys are being taught the world recognized syllabus.
This clearly created divisions within the educational system of the country and differences amongst the masses in terms of education, health and other necessary opportunities, which is now a reason of clear divide and unrest among the society.
The state has to take immediate steps to register seminaries, regularize them into the mainstream and set an agreed-to-all curriculum evolving a clear-cut policy of funding to these madaris, countering their negative intent and channelize their working to positively playing role for the betterment of society. Moving ahead under the National Action Plan (NAP), the madaris have to be brought under some system of law and discipline. Rather this must be the top of the agenda of NAP if the government is serious in looking for a long-term solution to the problem.
Oct 26, 2016 0
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