Lucknow: Chairman of UP Shia Waqf Board, Waseem Rizvi, has wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking to shut down all madrasas across the country.
In a letter addressed to PM Modi dated January 21, Rizvi wrote “I write to you seeking the shut down of all madrasas in the country…because we have seen across the world that children are the first targets when it comes to plotting and planning terrorist activities, and with the increasing threat from Islamic State, there is fear that it will influence India as well”.
He said that if madrasas in the country are not shut down with immediate effect, then within the next 15 years half of the country’s Muslims will get influenced by Islamic State ideologies.
He also in his letter said that the ISIS is luring children in Jammu and Kashmir with money and financial stability and in return are teaching them hostile doctrines in the name of Islamic education and misleading them.
Urging PM Modi to enforce a shut down of all madrasas in the country, the Waqf Board chairman requested that provisions be made to allow students who have cleared high school to enrol in madrasas if they want to choose a career in religious paths.
“That way, a child can attain proper education in regular schools and learn communal harmony and at the same time, have the opportunity to follow the religious path if so desired,” the letter read.