Legal Notice Served To Shia Board Chairman, Alleging 'Defamatory Statements' On Madrassas

| January 12 , 2018 , 10:46 IST

One of the leading Islamic foundations in India, the Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind has served a legal notice to Waseem Rizvi, the chairman of the Shia Central Waqf Board. The group cited alleged 'defamatory' statements made by Rizvi regarding Madrassas on January 9, 2018, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Rizvi, in the letter, reportedly urged the Prime Minister to shut down madrassas in the country, alleging that the education they imparted encouraged students to become terrorists. He instead advised that all the madrassa boards be dissolved and replaced by schools affiliated to CBSE or ICSE, and offer Islamic education as an optional subject.

"Madrasas should be affiliated to CBSE,ICSE, and allow non-Muslim students, religious education should be made optional. Have written to PM and UP CM in this regard.It will make our country even stronger," Rizvi said to ANI.

"How many Madrasas have produced engineers, doctors, IAS officers? Yes but some Madrasas have produced terrorists," Rizvi said.

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The Shia Central Waqf Board chairman further claimed that the madrassas, which were opening up in almost every city, town and village were providing "misplaced and misconceived religious education".

He alleged that the madrassas were being funded from Pakistan and Bangladesh, and even by some terror outfits.

President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, Asaduddin Owaisi, slammed the statement made by Rizvi.

"Wasim Rizvi is the biggest joker, the most opportunistic person. He has sold his soul to RSS. I challenge this buffoon to show one Shia or Sunni or Madrasa where such teachings are imparted. If he has proof then he should go and show it to the Home Minister," Owaisi said to ANI.