There is no need of awareness towards education as Muslim Ummah in
India is now well aware of its educational responsibilities and is
eager to adorn itself with quality education. Now the time has come
to create infra-structure facilities and to pool in resources to
fulfill their educational dreams and aspirations.
The Muslim students have to inculcate scientific temperament while
pursuing their studies and acquire religious Islamic knowledge to
strike a perfect balance between materialism and spiritualism. The
responsibility of Muslims in the educational field is two-fold.
First their minds should be laced with latest modern scientific
knowledge and secondly not to use it only for themselves and their
families but for the benefit of the entire humanity irrespective of
caste, creed, gender or religion, as enunciated by the Holy Qur’an
and Sunnah, the teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
The above views were expressed by Maulana Mohammad Asrar-ul-Haque
Qasmi, sitting Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) and president All
India Taalimi-wa-Milli Foundation, in the annual function of Muslim
Education and Career Promotion Society, (MECAPS), held here on
Sunday in Ravindra Bhawan. He was chief guest of the function while
it was presided over by well-known architect of the city S.M. Husain
Other dignitaries on the dais included Dr. Iftekhuddin
Khan, vice president MECAPS, Prof. Zaki-ur-Rahman, Prof. Hasan
Masood and Bhopal Shahar Qazi Abdul Lateef Khan Qasmi
Maulana Asrar was overwhelmed by the huge turnout of people to
attend an educational programme of MECAPS. He lauded MECAPS in
unequivocal terms in a spirited manner for its efforts in educating
the new generation of Muslims and laying stress on quality education
and excellence in higher studies.
He said education is like a lighthouse with which every strata of
society should be benefitted and one should not despair despite,
whatsoever, unfavourable conditions may prevail. Allah has created
this world with many complexities and hidden secrets which can only
be unravelled by acquiring knowledge as stated in the Holy Qur’an,
the Maulana pointed out.
audience at the MECAPS annual function in Ravindra Bhavan in
Stressing on the education of women, Maulana Qasmi opined that if
the women-folk are deprived of proper education then the development
of Muslim Ummah would be a difficult task. He said a mother’s lap
and home should be the first centres of education of children. He
recalled that Allah had send His last messenger the Prophet of Islam
Muhammad (PBUH) on earth to extricate mankind from the quagmire of
illiteracy as it had totally gone astray. The rule of the jungle was
prevalent then in human society and it was known as the era of
“Jahiliyat” (Illiteracy). As such Prophet Muhammad was adorned with
the “Moajazzah” (miracle) of “Ilm” (education) to enlighten the
world with it and make mankind to lead a life as human beings and
not as animals which are devoid of basic human instincts, the
He said that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had in his lifetime
established a network of educational centres in Madinah Munawwara in
nine mosques where arrangements were made for imparting education to
both men and women.
He stressed the need to have educational cadres in society at all
levels to overlook the needs of education of Muslim community
putting it on top of the priority list. He spiritedly said: “Ghareebi
Ka Asar Jism Par Padta Hai, Magar Jahalat Ka Dil-o-Dimagh Dono Par
Jo Insan Ke Kirdar Banane Mein Aham role Ada Karte Hain”
(poverty affects human body while illiteracy affects mind and heart
both which play essential role in character building).
Maulana pointed out that in Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) time wherever
new villages came up people first built mosque, then Maktab (primary
school) and lastly dwellings for themselves. He said the Muslim NGOs
should built a strong network amongst themselves with four points in
mind i.e. (i) Information sharing, (ii) Coordination, (iii)
Cooperation and (iv) Initiative to broaden their base and to have
effective bearing of their efforts in uplifting the Muslim Ummah
affected by poverty, illiteracy, depression, despondency etc.
He said: “We can strengthen the new generation by arming them with
jewels of education and information and thereby they can play a
stellar role in the development of Muslim Ummah and the country”.
“The vacuum of leadership in all
fields including politics will also be bridged through education to
fulfill the community’s aspirations”, Maulana remarked.
Prior to his speech Er. Sohail Mohammad Khan gave a brief account of
Maulana Asrar-ul-Haque’s activities and achievements in the field of
education while throwing light over his towering personality. He
said that the Maulana is a an eminent Islamic scholar and a noted
Urdu journalist who writes column for many newspapers and magazines
and is also a good speaker recognized at the national level. He is a
sitting member of the Lok Sabha, from Kishanganj in Bihar.
Er. Sohail informed that the Maulana Asrar-ul-Haque founded the All
India Taalimi-wa-Milli Foundation to create awareness towards
education among Muslim masses and has established 163 Madaris and
Maktabs across the country. He established a separate girls High
School with hostel and all the modern facilities in Kishanganj.
In the function more than 75 Muslim students were awarded for their
meritorious academic performance. Achievers in various spheres were
also honoured on the occasion.
Ar. Husain, an ardent activist of heritage, speaking on the occasion
gave a talk on the importance of heritage and respect of water. He
displayed some utensils of gone by era for conservation of water and
using it judiciously. He said that next world war if fought would be
on the issue of water. He stressed on holistic approach in saving
the environment. Bhopal Shahar Qazi Maulana Abdul Lateef Khan Qasmi
also spoke on the occasion.
Sagheer Baidaar, secretary MECAPS, presented the secretary’s report.
He said that MECAPS started disbursing merit-cum-means scholarships
from 1996 when it disbursed Rs. 10,000/- only amongst 10 Muslim
students. At present in 2009, in the 15th year of scholarship
distribution, now it is being given to 325 students and the total
amount being disbursed is Rs. 8 lakh which is expected to touch Rs.
11 lakh mark. The students of XI & XII are given a scholarship of Rs.
400/- per month while the students of IX & X receive Rs. 300/-per
Baidaar said that MECAPS, which was established in 1985 to inculcate
competitive spirit amongst Muslim students, receives no grants from
any quarters be it Waqf Board, Madhya Pradesh Government or Central
Government for running its activities. The funds for MECAPS are
generated from the Muslim community which donates generously, he
specifically pointed out Syed Masood Ali proposed a vote of thanks.
At the outset Hafiz Abdul Wadood Khan recited verses from the Holy
Qur’an while Farhan Khan conducted the proceedings.
Amidst thunderous applause Aftab Parvez studying in Std. XI of local
Jawahar Lal Nehru School and Shaiqa Ansar studying in Std. IX of St.
Mary School were presented “MECAPS student of the year-2009” title
awards at the Senior and Junior level respectively by Maulana
Asrar-ul-Haque. Besides the title Aftab received Rs. 3000/- in cash
and Mufti Mohammad Ismail memorial gold medal. While Shaiqa received
Iqbal Jaffery memorial silver medal and Rs. 2500/- in cash.
The rest of the Senior-level students in the merit list received Rs.
3000/- each in cash and a certificate while the rest of the
Junior-level winners in the merit list got Rs. 2500/- each in cash
and a certificate.
The highlights of this year's title examinations results were that
for the first time boys were ahead of girls in the merit list. The
number of boys was six in the merit list of 10 students at the
Senior-level. At the Junior-level list the number of boys was seven
out of 11.
Dr. Faiqua Sultan, a teacher in the local St. Joseph’s Convent, was
felicitated with Commendation award on the occasion by MECAPS. She
had been recently honoured with President of India Award for Best
Teacher for her innovative teaching techniques. Sohail Akhtar, a
social activist, was also felicitated on the occasion for his
honorary and untiring services towards MECAPS. Ms Sidra Sabir was
awarded for her excellence in water sports.
Meanwhile, Maulana Asrar-ul-Haque was accorded tumultuous welcome at
the Bhopal railway station when he arrived by Bhopal Express this
morning. “Maulana Asrar-ul-Haque Zindabad” slogans rented the air
raised by people mostly from Bihar who went to welcome him.
In all sixteen medals were presented to students for their excellent
Board examination results of Std. XII and Std. X. There were eight
gold medals and eight silver medals. The Muslim students who got
admission in engineering, medical and higher education were also
honoured on the occasion.
The MECAPS Gold Medal recipients were: 1. Aftab Parvez (Mufti Mohd.
Ismail Khan Memorial Gold Medal); 2. Hiba Khanam & 3. Shireen Khan
(Both received Syed Zafar Husain Memorial Gold Medal); 4. Imran Tai
(Iqbal Husain Khan Memorial Gold Medal); 5. Syed Taiyeb Badar (Maulana
Inam-ur-Rehman Khan Memorial Gold Medal); 6. Kashif Nawaz (Sahabzada
Baber Ahmed Khan Gold Medal) 7. Ms Shabista Parveen (Dr. Hamid
Husain Memorial Gold Medal) 8. Ms. Daniya Farooqui (Ishtiyaq Arif
Memorial Gold Medal).
The MECAPS Silver Medal recipients were: 1. Shaiqa Ansar (Iqbal
Jafri Memorial Silver Medal); 2. Ms. Hiba Khanam, 3. Ms. Qudsia
Siddiqui, 4. Ms. Uzma Hashmi, 5. (i) Ms. Shireen Khan, 5. (ii) Ms.
Ada Khan & 6. Ms. Nihan Khan (to all six students Mulla Sajjad
Husain Silver Medal); 7. Ms. Nihan Khan (Janab Rehman Patel Memorial