According to the Census 2001, India is home to 138.2 million (13.4 %) Muslims out of its 1028.6 million total population. In the light of the finding of the High Level Committee headed by Justice Rajinder Sachar, a mere “4 per cent” of Muslim children go to Madarsas. This makes it clear that the rest get education in modern educational institutions. In the absence of any arrangement for “Deeni Ta’lim” (Religious Education), a large chunk of Muslim population is deprived of its own identity. This fact, bitter fact, has always kept both the parents and teachers restless.
According to the educationists and teachers, the main practical difficulty was the dearth of text books in English, Urdu and other languages. However, it seems that there has been a major breakthrough and this difficulty has been overcome to a great extent.
Thanks to the efforts of Maulana Abul Hasan Nadvi Academy, Bhatkal and Jamia al-Uloom, Bangalore, text books for the Muslim students of primary and high schools and colleges were recently prepared under the patronage of Maulana Syed Mohammed Rabey Hasani Nadvi, Rector, Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulema Lucknow and President, All India Muslim Personal Law Board; and Maulana Riyazur Rahman Rashadi, Founder and Principal, Jamia Uloom, Bangalore. These text books helped to come out of the crisis and difficulty to a great extent.
According to a survey, these text books have already been prescribed in over 200 schools and around one lakh students getting benefited from them. These text books cover the basic Islamic teachings. The series on the Islamic Studies is an important part of this initiative. Included in these books are the religious issues, recitation, translation and memorization of Quran, Hadith, articles of faith, Prophet’s life, Islamic law, and history, supplications, and morals and manners. So far books for UKG and Classes 1 to 10 have been produced.
These books have been prepared in a way that even if 2-3 hours a week are given in a school for religious studies in the eight-month long academic session, the syllabus could be covered within six months. They have been compiled, taking into account the psychology and mental level of the students, studying in the modern educational institutions. These books for primary, middle and higher classes are available at economic prices Rs. 10, 15, 20 and 25, 30 respectively.
It is hoped that the authorities of other English and Urdu medium schools would come forward and introduce these books in their schools and come over the difficulties faced by the students in gaining religious knowledge. The books can be had from Maulana Abul Hasan Ali Nadvi Islamic Academy, Post Box 30, Jamia Abad Road, Bhatkal, Karnataka (India). Telephone: 08385-226381-228498, 329484, Fax: 08385-226381
Says Maulana Syed Rabey Hasani Nadvi, Rector, Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulema, Lucknow, and President, All India Muslim Personal Law Board: “On going through these titles on Islamic Studies, it is crystal clear that they have been compiled keeping in mind the students’ psychology and mental level. They are simple and easy to understand. They have been prepared in a way that even if only two or three hours a week are reserved in a school for theology, students can gain basic religious knowledge within 5-6 months. Accomplishing this important task, Maulana Ilyas Nadvi has filled a void and met a pressing demand for such syllabus. I hope (English and Urdu medium) schools will introduce these titles.”
Avers Naseem Ahmad, former Vice Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU): “Islamic Academy, Bhatkal has taken a blessed step in producing a series of books on Islamic Studies. The need for such books has always been there. In our time these books are needed all the more. For the school-going students are so much overburdened with their syllabus that they have a little time for religious education. This particular series has been designed in a way that if only an hour is assigned for it, they will get familiar with the essentials of Islamic Shariah. This knowledge is crucial to the character-building of the Muslim youth. This is highly relevant for them so that they can present Islam well and stand for the truth. I firmly believe that these books will soon be part of the school syllabus.”
In the words of Maulana Mohammed Salim Qasmi, Rector, Darul Uloom Deoband (Waqf): Maulana Abul Hasan Nadvi Islamic Academy, Bhatkal has done excellent service to the Muslim community in having brought out a remarkable series of books for the schools of our time. They cover the basic Islamic teachings, Quran, Hadith, jurisprudence, beliefs, Prophet’s illustrious life, Islamic history, worship, and morals and manners. These books are from classes 1 to 10 and in a simple language.”
Opines Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umri, Ameer, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind: “Maulana Ilyas Nadvi has produced a series of books on Islamic Studies for the students of standards 1-10 under the auspices of the Islamic Academy, Bhatkal. The material included in these books is compatible with the needs, mental level and psyche of the students. It is a useful series for imparting religious knowledge to the modern day young generations.”
Maulana Mukhtar Ahmad Nadvi, former Ameer, Makazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith is of the view: “I have read from cover to cover the series of books on Islamic Studies by Maulana Ilyas Nadvi. I have found them extremely sound, useful and helpful for the religious education of the school children. Reading these books Muslim students can obtain basic Islamic knowledge. It represents an admirable effort to provide sound and easy base to understand books on Islamic Studies in the current idiom for the school children. These books are very helpful in achieving this objective. Therefore, it would be in the fitness of things that they are prescribed in the schools.”
Says Saiyid Hamid, Chancellor, Hamdard University, New Delhi: “Islamic Academy, Bhatkal deserves felicitation on equipping school children with the basic knowledge about faith. It has taken a step in the right direction. The series of books by the Academy meets an important need of the day.”