Jaipur: The Jamea Tul Hidayah’s Chancellor, Maulana Shah Muhammad Fazl-ur-Rahim Naqshbandi Mujaddadi, emphasized the significance of teaching modern sciences to madrasa students and announced the opening of an online course in Hindi language and literature for madrasa graduates.
Delivering a keynote address at the IFTA Graduation ceremony held on February 14 in the Jamea campus, Maulana Mujaddadi said the online Hindi course and Indian society will be started in collaboration with Aligarh Muslim University. He emphasized that Hindi is the official language and that mastering it will give madrasa graduates more job options as well as help in dawah efforts, fostering interfaith cooperation, and dispelling misconceptions about Islam and Muslims.
Maulana Mujaddad, who is also secretary of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said learning Hindi and becoming conversant with Indian religions is a societal necessity and a duty of Ulema.
It should be noted that Jamea has taken a historic step and started the online one-year Ifta course for the graduates of madrasas on August 1, 2021.
He stated that from elementary to higher grades, the English language is taught as a subject in Jamea. For recent high school grads, a one-year online English-speaking course has already begun. This online course benefits students from outside of India as well as from India.
An influential Islamic scholar Maulana Mohammed Abdur Rahim Mujaddidi founded Jamea tul Hidaya as a revolutionary step in the realm of Islamic education.
He said that Jamea’s curriculum has been carefully calibrated so as not to have a negative effect on either religious or secular education.
Religious studies, Quran and Hadith, Islamic law, biography and history, Arabic language and literature, as well as contemporary studies, science, geography, mathematics, English, and Hindi, are all included in the curriculum. In order to ensure that religious studies are not impacted and that the graduates are capable of supporting themselves in the real world, technical education has also been included in the curriculum.
In order for pupils to graduate from Jamea and get admission to colleges and other institutions, some courses that have been approved by the Union government are also taught there.
According to him, Jamea tul Hidayah is the only Islamic Madrasa whose secondary certificate has been accepted as being on par with a certificate from a secondary high school. The entrance exams for B.U.M.S. and other specific courses at Aligarh Muslim University in Aligarh, Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi, Jamia Hamdard in Delhi, Banaras Hindu University in Banaras, and Maulana Azad National Urdu University in Hyderabad are open to students who have passed the exam. They are also eligible to enroll in junior colleges.
Maulana Mujaddadi stressed the importance of teaching modern education, claiming that the times have undergone significant change and that change is occurring rapidly every day in all spheres of life. He cited the development of mobile technology, the internet, and medical science as having assisted people and nations in bringing about change within themselves. It has been forced; adapting to the times is no longer optional. Today, I was reminded of Jamea tul Hidayah’s founder’s prediction that while modern sciences are currently optional for madrasas to teach in their curricula, the day will come when they are obligatory.
He claimed that Maulana Shah Muhammad Abdul Rahim Naqshbandi Mujadadi’s wise and farsighted eyes had felt in this way at the time, but lamented the fact that the madrasas had disregarded his appeal. Instead, the integration of modern sciences is being discussed as a result of historical necessity.
Jamea Hidayah is providing an important service to the community, said Dr. Muhammad Ali Shafiq Nadvi, a teacher at Lucknow’s Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama in his speech. He said ifta is a crucial division that offers Muslims direction on current issues in light of the Quran and Hadith.
On this occasion, the Department of Ifta’s 43 graduating students were presented with Ifta certificates, and three deserving students each received cash prizes of Rs. 31,000, Rs. 21,000, and Rs. 11,000 in addition to gifts of certain books. Those who passed the civil services exam with the help of coaching from the Crescent Academy were also honored with mementos during the certificate distribution ceremony. In addition to this, numerous books were also released.
The ceremony was presided over by 93-year-old Mufti Muhammad Saeed Tonki, and it was conducted by Maulana Habib-ur-Rahim Mujaddadi.