Throughout my Madrasa life, the one dream that I've cherished
while sleeping on the straw mats, was to clear the Civil Services
exams, Hammad Zafar who cracked the coveted exams this year said
while talking to media even as his cell continues to receive calls
Hammad Zafar, one among the 998
lucky recommended for the Civil Services based on the 2012 UPSC
exams, had graduated from Jamia Salafiyah of Banaras in 2001
before completing further education at Jamia Millia Islamia and
later at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
Further making his success a model
for the students of the Urdu medium schools, Hammad had written
his exams in the Urdu language. Not many people are aware that the
Civil Services exams can also be written in Urdu.
Hammad belongs to a very poor family
of Maunath Bhanjan - a district in Uttar Pradesh famous for
producing renowned scholars like Obaidullah Mubarakpuri, Abdur
Rehman Mubakapuri and Dr. Razaullah.
Hammad said financially he was not
in such a strong position to think for a demanding career like
civil services. He said while studying at Madrasa Aaliya, he used to
assist his father in weaving - the local trade.
"However, the success of Ansari
Shahid Nadvi in civil services encouraged me to try for the exam
which is considered as one of the toughest in the country", he
Anasri Shahid Nadvi and Dr. Waseemur
Rehman Qasmi are the two other Madrasa graduates who cleared the
civil services in the last few years.
After basic education at Madrasa Aaliya, Hammad went to
Jamia Salafiyah in Banaras. After graduating from here in 2001, he went to
Jamia Islamia Millia and later to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
"At JNU, I started preparing for
civil services exams simultaneously with MA and M.Phil. For
professional training in the course, I approached Zakat Foundation
and got valuable knowledge. Later, I joined Crescent Academy for
further coaching", he said.
Acknowledging his education in
Madrasa he said that they were assets for the country and if
properly maintained can contribute more in nation building.
"Unlike the perception, Madrasas are
valuable assets for the country, and have lot of talents. The
Madrasa graduates have the talent to crack not only the civil
services exams but any competitive exam", he said.
He suggested formation of a board of
National universities to approve a syllabus for the Indian
Madrasas keeping in tact their existing form.
"Changing the syllabus of the
Madrasas will destroy the actual purpose of these Islamic
seminaries. What we need is to introduce modern subjects in the
Madrasas and a syllabus approved by National universities so that
Madrasa graduates can take admission for further education", he
Sharing the concern that
representation of Muslims in the civil services is not
proportionate to their population he said, "Number of Muslims in
the civil services can be increased if more and more people appear
for the exams. For that we need mobilization at grassroots", he
He also said that the foundation of
the country is very strong though there may be some people who are
corrupt and incompetent.
"Good and bad people are everywhere.
But the fact is that India has more people who are good. This is
why the country is progressing so fast. The onus of improving the
system is not just on civil servants. Its the responsibility of
the entire society", he said.