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23 June 2012

Madrassa Students with a difference

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By Abdul Hafiz Lakhani

Ahmedabad: Many Muslim children opt for madrassas to study ‘Hifz-e-Quran’ and ‘Aalim’. Most of them do not join ‘mainstream’ schools for ‘formal’ education. Sheikh Muzzamil, Wasim Memon, Memon Abdul Allam and Irfan Sheikh are exceptions. 

Despite crossing age limits, the desire to study pushed them to appear and clear Class 10 board exams through Gujarat State Open Schools. 

Often parents put young children in madrassas as they have sharp memory and can learn about Islam effectively at a young age. They can learn Quran by heart with correct pronunciation.

But these students are a different lot. After receiving religious education they wanted to acquire formal certificates and degrees to be better employed. So they joined Gujarat State Open School wherein one can appear for class 10 board exams.

Sheikh Muzzamil, 24, passed class X with 52 per cent marks this year. On his mother’s insistence he had left formal school for education at madrassa. He spent eight years to learn ‘Aalim’. He says, “We believe this education gives us a heavenly life after death. It also helps us to spread religious awareness.” 

His determination to pursue open schooling convinced his parents. “I wanted to remove the tag that Muslim community doesn’t value education. My parents wanted me to support them but my decision will help the entire community.

I even aim to spread the awareness of formal education among madrassa students so that they too can opt for open schooling like us.” Aiming to become a chartered accountant, he wants to be financially sound. Madrassa education can fetch him a job of Rs 4,000 a month, but formal education will empower him further. 

Wasim Memon, 19 , wanted to fulfil his wish of learning Hifz-e-Quran. He learnt it in three years after class 6. So, it wasn’t easy for him to clear class 10 after such a gap. He worked hard to pass board exam with 51 per cent. 

He now wants to become an engineer. “We can become doctors, engineers as both types of education are important to us. Quran gives a direction to our life while worldly education helps us to carve niche for ourselves,” Memon said. 

Memon Abdul Allam, 18, tried to acquire both education simultaneously. But it was extremely difficult as both needed hard work and concentration. ‘Aalim’ gives a detailed understanding of way of life. So, in order to achieve accuracy, he studied till class 7 and then went for madrassa. Later, he opted for the class 10 exams and secured 64 per cent. 

He says, “There is a great misunderstanding about madrassa education. I want to clear that. People also write wrong things about Islam on internet and this can be stopped only with a good education.”

Irfan Sheikh’s mother wanted him to attend madrassa. So, he studied till class 7 and joined madrassa. He decided to rejoin school and studied class 8-9 and secured 83.6 per cent in class X. Now 17, he has taken up science stream.

[Abdul Hafiz Lakhani is a senior Journalist based at Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Gujarat). He can be reached at lakhani63@yahoo.com or on his cell 09228746770]

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