Agra, Dec 1: Amid raging debate on intolerance in the country, a madrasa is promoting tolerant approach in life teaching Hindu, Muslim students under one roof. Moin-ul-Islam madrassa is perhaps the only Islamic institute which not only encourages co-education but also teaches Sanskrit and Arabic languages to students of both Hindu and Muslim community.
More than 400 students, of which nearly 150 are Hindus, study in Moin-ul-Islam madrasa, located nearly nine kilometers from heart of Agra city in Deoretha-I area. Opened in 1926, the madrassa started admitting Hindu children since 2005. The students are fluent in reading and writing Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, English and Sanskrit. The madrassa, which has classes from I to VIII, also teaches computer, mathematics, science and social studies to students. As per school records, more than 60% of students are Hindus studying in classes VI to VIII, while nearly 40% are in primary class. (ALSO READ: Hindu and Muslim kids recite ‘Gayatri Mantra’ together in these madrasas)
“We introduced the Sanskrit last month after consulting religious scholars and others. The idea behind the initiative, was to embed wholesome knowledge, ethics and tolerant approach in life,” principal of the madrasa Maulana Uzair Alam was quoted by Times of India. “Our students not only learn Arabic and Sanskrit to understand the two religion, but also to outsmart the students in terms of knowledge. After VIII these students, who mostly belong to underprivileged class, take admission in other private and government schools for further studies,” he said.
At present the Sanskrit is being taught by three teachers including one retired school principal from Hindu community. “In a week we take two- three classes of Sanskrit and teach them basics. In our endeavor to unite society through knowledge of Sanskrit and Arabic, we are being assisted by Bhupinder Singh Parihar, former principal of Shiv Prasad inter college,” said Mustak Hashmi, who teaches Sanskrit to junior level students of VI to VIII.
In an era when communal violence erupts every day in India and fringe elements spread hatred among communities, there are people who are leaving no stone unturned to strengthen the secular fabric of the country.