New Delhi (Sputnik) — "The Madrasas breed terrorists" claim by a Muslim body has ignited a huge controversy with heated debates on the subject dominating prime time Indian television.
"Madrasas push students to terrorism. Education is important; madrasas are not relevant. Students of the madrasas are unemployable and these madrasas must be converted into convent schools and Islamic education should become optional," the letter accessed by the local media.
— News18 (@CNNnews18) January 9, 2018
UP Shia Central Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizvi has said that Madrassas have produced Terrorists. Its very clear. There should be one regulation body, Inspections to their funds as Saudi aiding huge for Wahhabism. Ban the illegal ones. Change their entire Syllabus. and Save India— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) January 9, 2018
The Waqf board is a legal body responsible for the management, upkeep, preservation, and utilization of properties donated or constructed by Muslim rulers or people from the community for public use. The Shia and Sunni sects have different Waqf boards in India.
Rizvi further claimed in the letter, a copy of which has been sent to the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh — the state that hosts the majority of Muslims, that madrasas are mushrooming in almost every nook and corner of the country and they are run on funds coming from Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Rizvi's remarks encountered a scathing attack by the Muslim body representing the Sunni sect.
"All these allegations are completely baseless. Not a single Madrasa has ever been caught giving any type of training or education relating to terrorism. The home minister of the country himself has given a statement sometime back where he said that not a single Madrasa is involved in terror activities. As far as the standard of education is concerned, it is the only education system which is giving 100% employment to its students and you will not find a single incidence of violence or misbehavior in Madrasas across the country," Maulana Khalid Rashid, All India Muslim Personal Law Board told Sputnik.
Challenge "biggest joker" of Shia Waqf Board & opportunist who soldout his soul to RSS, show 1 Madarsa which breed terrorists & teachings are imparted.— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asaadowaisi) January 9, 2018
If you have proof then go & show it to Maulana @narendramodi & Home minister
The Shia sect constitutes around 25% of India's Muslim population and holds contradictory views from that of Sunnis on most issues.