Number of religious schools in Takhar province rises to 246
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Facilities for religious education have been put in place in northeastern Takhar province, obviating the need for students going to Pakistan or other countries, officials said on Thursday.
Hajj and Religious Affairs Department spokesman Abdul Qudus Mukhlis told Pajhwok Afghan News the number of Islamic schools in the province had been increased to 246.
He said the madrasas (seminaries) could meet the needs of 80 percent of Takhar residents interested in acquiring religious education. “We issue certificates to madrasa graduates and are pleased that students will no longer need to travel abroad.”
Previously, many Afghans had no option but to travel to Pakistan, where they were also trained on terrorist activities at different seminaries, the official pointed out.
“Pakistani religious schools have been converted into centers for producing suicide attackers. Those trained in Pakistani madrasas carry out suicide attacks and anti-government operations in Afghanistan,” he alleged.
The department was working to register all seminaries and introduce a standard curriculum, Mukhlis said, hoping the religious education system in Takhar would measure up to public expectations.
Munsif Rahman, the founder of Tahseen-ul-Quran madrasa in Taloqan, said he had founded the seminary to offer a sound religious education within the province.He confirmed some Afghan in Pakistan were trained on terror techniques.
Rahman, who has also studied at a Pakistani madrasa, claimed: “I was urged by teachers to join jihad and conduct suicide attacks in Afghanistan. But I told them the Quran doesn’t enjoin suicide attacks -- an un-Islamic act.”
Without giving further details about Pakistani seminaries, he said: “I decided to build a madrasa in Takhar after hearing such things from Pakistani teachers.”
He added tens of students were currently enrolled in his madrasa, where the poor are exempted from paying a monthly fee of 300 afghanis.“I use this money to pay my house rent and teacher salaries.”
A girl student of Tahseen-ul-Quran, Nasima Taqwa, said she was memorising the Quran in line with tajweed (the right pronunciation).
“I am happy I am attending this madrasa near my home. Getting education is is the duty of all of us,” she said, calling ignorance and illiteracy the main cause of violence in society.
Parliament members previously said Afghan students in Pakistan were taught terrorist techniques instead of religious education. They Islamic madrasas be built inside Afghanistan to prevent Afghan youths from travelling to Pakistan.
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