Meerut : Three days after the Saharanpur district minority welfare officer kicked up a storm by saying that the influential Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband is not registered with the UP Madrassa Board and hence ” illegal “, the institution’s administration and several other senior clerics came out in protest on Tuesday and demanded ” rectification of the wrong message that ” has gone out.
Ashraf Usmani, the spokesperson of the Deoband – based seminary, said, ” Darul Uloom is registered under the Societies Registration Act, and both religious and modern education is imparted here as envisaged in the Constitution of India. There is no question of it being illegal. “
UP Madrassa Board chairman Iftikar Ahmad Javed It is sad that this kind of message is being spread. Darul Uloom is an Islamic University that gives affiliated with over 4,000 madrassas all over the country. It is registered under the Societies Act, and it propagates religious philosophy and ideology to half the Muslims of the world called Deobandis . ‘ Unrecognised ‘ is not synonymous with illegal. “
Lucknow – based Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahali, executive member of the Muslim Personal Law Board and chairman of the Islamic Centre of India, said, ” There is no question of illegality here. There are three ways a madrassa can work. Either it is registered under the Societies Act, or Trust Act or works as per the mandate given to minorities under Article 30 of the Constitution of India. All three laws belong to India and not to the outside world … Darul Uloom university imparts free education, boarding, and lodging to the poor. All expenses are met from their own resources. It is not dependent on government agencies for funds. “
On Saturday, the district minority officer in Saharanpur, Bharat Lal Gaur, had said, ” Even Darul Uloom is not registered with UP Madrassa Board and, hence, it is not recognized, and so students of the seminary cannot avail government schemes and scholarships. ” Gaur said that a total of 754 madrassas are registered in Saharanpur, and the number of unrecognized madrasas in the district is 306.
In the just-concluded survey by the UP government, 7,500 madrasas have been declared unrecognized.