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Madrassa: An option for getting some basic education only

Dreams for development and advancement perpetually bloom in all kids born with resources at disposal. This also stands true for the kids of poor Muslim families. Although, the dream and desires of these poor kids are often hindered by acute poverty. The desire to get free of the shackles of poverty compounded with lack of resources often force them to opt for Madrassas. These Madrassas act as the only option to get some basic education along with religious education.

Various Quranic verses specifically ask Muslims to get educated, however, their financial condition stops the majority of Muslims from accessing modern and technical education that cost high fees today. Though, access to internet and electricity has helped in spreading awareness about significance of knowledge and literacy among people who were untouched by modernity due to various reasons. Slowly but steadily they have come to realise that education is the only strong weapon that could enable them to move forward in the fast growing world. The most of the Muslims are slowly getting sensitized about various Minority welfare schemes/initiatives of the Government. However, this is yet to percolate to some of the poor Muslims who see Madrassa education system as the only affordable education system.

Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) started free education system in Madina to teach kids Quran and Hadees in Mosques. This tradition continued in the Muslim world and evolved into Maktab (primary schools) system. In these Maktabs cum Mosques, Imams act as teachers who impart education to children free of cost. The Maktab or Makateeb system have been enlarged over the past decades in systematic way and evolved into present day Madrassas. These Madrassas have been divided as primary, middle, secondary, senior secondary and further as conventional school educational system. At Madrassas, poor Muslim students get knowledge of Quran, Hadees, Fiqah, Mantiq, Urdu, Arabic literature, Hindi, English, basic Maths, Arabic Grammar, thesis writing and research in Islamic principles. Some prominent Madrassas still have been providing free education and all other facilities to these poor students because they get Zakat fund annually by able and concerned Muslims for educational upliftment and progress of the entire community.

The Madrassa education system at large, failed to incorporate modern education system in its syllabus owing to various reasons like absence of finances to hire conventional teachers, segregating Mosques as a place for religious worship only, lack of awareness on the need for modern education system etc. Such shortcomings should be resolved at the earliest for the overall growth of the Muslim populace as well as of the country.

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