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  • Wafaqul Madaris keeps Jamia Hafsa out of its list

    ISLAMABAD: Wafaqul Madaris al Arabia, the board of seminaries belonging to the Deobandi school of thought, has decided to keep Jamia Hafsa Islamabad delisted, rejecting its fresh application for the enrollment of the students...

    A letter written by the board on March 30 stated that the executive council of Wafaqul Madaris al Arabia Pakistan discussed Jamia Hafsa’s application and decided to keep it off the list...

  • 30 seminaries closed, says minister

    Although the report does not explain in so many words what is meant by suspected madaris, a senior official involved in the implementation of the NAP said they had some direct or indirect connections with militants or their activities...

    The authorities in Punjab, Islamabad Capital Territory and Azad Kashmir have completed the mapping of madaris in their areas and the exercise is being carried out in the other provinces...

  • Directorate to regulate seminaries set up

    Religious scholars from various schools of thought who attended the meetings regularly included Mufti Mohammad Rafi Usmani (Mufti-i-Azam Pakistan and vice president Wafaqul Madaris Al Arabia) Mufti Muneebur Rehman (Tanzeemul Madaris Ahle Sunnat Pakistan president), Maulana Hanif Jalandhari (Nazim-i-Aala, Wafaqul Madaris Al Arabia), Maulana Mohammad Yasin Zafar (general secretary Wafaqul Madaris Al-Salfia), Allama Syed Qazi Niaz Hasan Naqvi...

  • Seminaries boom in absence of govt checks

    “It was only due to misconduct that Wifaqul Madaris al-Arabia de-listed Jamia Hafsa in Islamabad in 2007, in wake of anti-state political activities...

    “To my understanding, the main reason for the proliferation of seminaries and seminary students is due to the growing population and a rise in poverty, since people cannot afford to send their children to schools,” said Mufti Muneebur Rehman, head of the Ittehadul...

  • Seminary boards still undecided about registration move

    The ministry of religious affairs on March 13 forwarded the new madressah registration form to the collective body of all the five Wafaqul Madaris – the Itehad-i-Tanzeematul Madaris Deenya (Itehad)...

    ”However, only Wafaqul Madaris al Shia discussed the matter at their supreme executive committee meeting on March 31 and rejected it...

  • Madressah project: From reform to a registration drive

    “We had rejected the six-page madressah registration and annual report form in the meeting jointly chaired by army chief and the prime minister in October and our point was accepted,” said Mufti Munibur Rehman, convener of the Ittehad Tanzeemate Madaris-i-Deenya (Ittehad)...

    These wafaq are – Wafaqul Madaris al Arabia (Deobandi), Tanzeemul Madaris Ahle Sunnat Pakistan (Barelvi), Wafaqul madaris al Shia, Wafaqul madaris al Salfia (Ahle...

  • Qazi Isa commission decries lack of reliable data about seminaries

    Referring to the education boards of seminaries (wifaqs), the commission said it wrote letters to five of them — namely Wifaq-ul-Madaris-al-Salfia, Wifaq-ul-Madaris-al-Arabia, Wifaq-ul-Madaris-al-Shia Pakistan, Tanzeem-ul-Madaris Pakistan and Rabita-ul-Madaris-al-Islamia — and their association Ittehad Tanzeem Madaris...

    Surprisingly, the ministry of religious affairs said the total number of registered seminaries stood at 11,852,...

  • Directorate being set up to regulate seminaries

    Religious scholars from various schools of thought who attended the meetings regularly included Mufti Mohammad Rafi Usmani (Mufti-i-Azam Pakistan and vice president Wafaqul Madaris Al Arabia) Mufti Muneebur Rehman (Tanzeemul Madaris Ahle Sunnat Pakistan president), Maulana Hanif Jalandhari (Nazim-i-Aala, Wafaqul Madaris Al Arabia), Maulana Mohammad Yasin Zafar (general secretary Wafaqul Madaris Al-Salfia), Allama Syed Qazi Niaz Hasan Naqvi...

  • Govt, clerics resume talks on madressah registration

    “We wanted the government to take back the six-page registration form as it contained unnecessary requirements,” said Nusrat Ali, a spokesman for Wafaqal Madaris al Shia, adding, “However, the government can add clauses to the two-page 2005 registration form which are suitable under current circumstances such as the status of land at which a seminary is built...

    The five Wafaq are Waqaful Madaris al Arabia (Deobandi), Tanzeemul...

  • MADRESSAH REFORMS: BREAKING THE CYCLE

    Majority of the madressahs are loosely run by one of five umbrella network associations, the Wafaqs: Wafaq-ul-Madaris Al-Arabia (Deobandi); Tanzeem-ul-Madaris (Barelvi); Rabita-ul-Madaris Al-Islamia (Jama’at-i-Islami); Wafaq-ul-Madaris Al-Salfia (Ahl-i-Hadith); and Wafaq-ul-Madaris Al-Shia (Shia)...

  • A dismal state of education in Balochistan

    He informed the participants of the APC that there are 1,667 Madaris registered with Wafaq ul Madaris in Balochistan...

    According to provincial industries department in Balochistan, the number of registered Madaris is more than 2,000, whereas, the number of non-registered ones is also in thousands in the province...

  • Five seminary boards to adopt FBISE syllabus

    ISLAMABAD: The Ittehad-i-Tanzeemat-i-Madaris, an umbrella organisation of five seminary boards, on Wednesday agreed to adopt the syllabus of the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) for matriculation and intermediate...

    The heads of all five boards agreed to introduce modern education alongside religious education during a meeting chaired by State Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Balighur...
  • Action against seminaries spills into Islamabad

    Meanwhile, Maulana Abdul Qudus Mohammadi, a spokesman for Wafaqul Madaris al Arabia — the board that manages the affairs of seminaries belonging to the Deobandi school of thought – claimed that this latest wave of checks and raids has only targeted their madressahs...

    Apart from the Wafaqul Madaris al-Arabia, only Shia clerics have expressed concerns over the government’s move against seminaries...

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