UP Shia Central waqf Board chief, Waseem Rizvi, on Tuesday said that he had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath requesting them to shut down madrasas by bringing all such Islamic religious institutions under general education system.
“In the last 70 years of independence, there are only a handful people who have studied at madrasas and have cleared civil services examinations. These too have however gained modern education after studying in madrasas. But the number of terrorists coming out of madrasas is much higher,” Rizvi was quoted by Times of India.
Rizvi’s letter fuelled speculations that closing down the madrasas under BJP governments was only a matter of time. This came a day after the Adityanath government issued order asking places of worships including mosques to obtain approval for the use of loudspeakers. Their failure to do so will result in the removal of loudspeakers from 20 January onward.
However, the BJP’s Shahnawaz Hussain said that the BJP governments at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh had no plans to shut down the madrassas and were, instead, working towards the modernisation of education imparted in these institutes.
Hussain said that the governments of the saffron party were working hard to ensure modernisation of the madrassas.
Hussain’s remarks came after the Lucknow-based Shia Central Waqf Board wrote to the prime minister, asking him to shut down the madrassas in the country, alleging that the education imparted in these Islamic schools encouraged the students to join terror outfits.
“Our governments have no plan to shut down the madrassas. We are in favour of their modernisation as well as the modernisation of the education imparted there. We want that alongside religious teachings, modern education should also be imparted to the madrassa students,” the former Union ministerwas quoted by PTI.
Rizvi’s comments also came days after the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh ordered reduction in number of Holidaysby madrasas from 92 to 86 while also ordering madarsas to be shut on Hindu festivals, reported by News18.