The Uttar Pradesh Board of Madarsa Education (UPBME) has banned co-education in madarsas across the state, saying it is against the "spirit of Islam". UPBME Chairman Haji Rizawan Haq said
"In Islam, parda (veil) is very important. By allowing co-education we promote 'be-pardgi' (women without veil), which is against Shariyat. "This is why we have directed all the madarsas to do away with the co-education system from this academic session. And we will ensure that this directive is followed in letter and spirit,"
He also added that the avowed aim of madrasa education is to inculcate the belief and practice of Islam among its followers and guide them to follow Quran and the traditions of the Prophet. The education is basically standing on two pillars of Quran and Sunna (Tradition of Prophet Mohammad).
Ajmal Kasab the lone surviving Mumbai killer has told Intelligence Bureau interrogators that during training in Pakistan, they were exposed to the writings of Awalaki, who now lives in Yemen. Awlaki's work is available at several madrassas in Pakistan. An IB source told rediff.com that his documents were the turning point for Kasab who had doubts about taking up the gun since his mother opposed the idea. However, a portion of Awlaki's work was quoted to him during training, which finally convinced him about jihad. One document, which is in the IB's possession, quotes Awlaki as saying that jihad is obligatory for every Muslim and should be practiced by a child even if his parents object. Further, it states that jihad must be practiced even if a wife refuses a husband.
This would be interesting considering, the UPA government in a bid to mainstream madrassa education has decided to place madrassa certificates at par with those issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and affiliates of the Council of Board of School Education in India.
Are these at Par???
Girls outshone boys yet again in the CBSE examinations with an impressive pass percentage of 87.96 per cent. Boys' pass percentage was 86.46 per cent