New Delhi, March 31: Blaming Madrassas for rising incidents of communal violence in the country, Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board chief Waseem Rizvi on Saturday said that the Islamic schools are promoting hard line sentiments against Hindus and Shias. Speaking to ANI, Rizvi said,”Hardliner mentality being created in Madrasas against Hindu and Shia community is the cause behind recent incidents of communal violence.”

He further alleged,”In Darul Uloom and other Madrasas situated at the border areas in India, some foreign hardliner are teaching students.”

Rizvi Not New to Controversy

However, this is not the first time Rizvi has said something against madrassas. A couple of days ago, in a letter to the prime minister, the Shia Central Waqf Board urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to shut down madrassas in the country, alleging that education imparted in these Islamic schools encouraged students to join terrorist ranks.

The body had demanded that madrassas be replaced by schools affiliated to the CBSE or the ICSE which will offer students an optional subject of Islamic education. Rizvi had claimed that most of the madrassas in the country are not recognised and the Muslim students studying in such institutions are moving towards unemployment.

Earlier this year, Rizvi had triggered a huge controversy stating that madarsas were breeding ground for terrorists. “How many madarsas have produced engineers, doctors, IAS officers? Yes, but some madarsas have produced terrorists,” Wasim Rizvi had said.