New Delhi: Seeking a complete ban on all madrasas across the country, Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizvi wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying if they are not shutdown with immediate effect, half of the Muslims in India will get influenced by Islamic State ideologies.

In a letter addressed to PM Modi dated January 21, Rizvi said,”I write to you seeking the shut down of all madrasas in the country…because we have seen across the world that children are the first targets when it comes to plotting and planning terrorist activities, and with the increasing threat from Islamic State, there is fear that it will influence India as well. if madrasas in the country are not shut down with immediate effect, then within the next 15 years half of the country’s Muslims will get influenced by Islamic State ideologies.”

“In Jammu and Kashmir, ISIS is luring children with money and financial stability and in exchange they are misleading them by teaching them hostile doctrines in the name of Islamic education,” Rizi claimed.

Further he urged PM that provisions should be made, allowing only high school passed student to enrol in madrasas, if they wish to. “That way, a child can attain proper education in regular schools and learn communal harmony and at the same time, have the opportunity to follow the religious path if so desired,” the letter reportedly read.

Notably, this is not the first time Rizvi has requested PM Modi to ban madarsas across the country. Earlier, he had requested PM to change the madarsa education system by turning into schools imparting modern education to all, irrespective of caste and religion.