Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has asked madrasas to give up what he termed was ‘conservatism’ and put up a portrait of Prime Minister Narendra Modi inside their premises.
Criticising the Islamic seminaries, Rawat said, “Installing the prime minister’s portrait in all government institutions and those being run on government grants has been an established practice. The madarsas should give up their conservatism on the issue.”
“Madarsas are also educational institutions. They should not have any objection to installing a portrait of the prime minister. They should view the issue from the Indian point of view,” Rawat was quoted by PTI.
The madarsas in the BJP-ruled state have refused to comply with a state government order, asking the state-run educational institutions to install a portrait of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on their premises, on religious grounds.
Islam prohibits drawing and displaying of photos of any living entity
“The madarsas in the state have not installed pictures of the prime minister because of religious beliefs as Islam prohibits installation of pictures of living beings inside mosques and madarsas,” Deputy Registrar of Uttarakhand Madarsa Board Akhlaq Ahmad had told PTI yesterday.
However, he had also said that the refusal to install the picture of the prime minister inside the madarsas should not be interpreted as their opposition to an individual.
“It is purely due to religious beliefs. Islam does not permit us to install pictures of living things or individuals, including those of religious leaders, inside the mosques or madarsas,” Ahmad had said.
He said the order was issued by the state government in August last year and was passed on immediately by the Uttarakhand Madarsa Board to the district minority welfare officers for follow-up action.
“We have nothing against any individual. There is a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Uttarakhand Madarsa Board office here and all the board offices in the districts,” Ahmad said.
The order was issued to all the government-run educational institutions soon after the Independence Day last year, asking them to install a portrait of Modi inside their premises and take a pledge to implement his vision of building a new India by 2022.