Darul Uloom starts distancing itself from the Taliban

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Darul Uloom starts distancing itself from the Taliban

Tuesday, 24 August 2021 | PNS | Lucknow

Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband in Saharanpur has started distancing itself from Islamic militia, the Taliban, which took control of Afghanistan on August 15, saying that its connection with the Taliban were only “historical” and the extremist version of Islam practised by the group had little to do with them.


The seminary and its Deobandi version of Islam have once again hit the headlines atfer the hostile takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban.


“The connection is only historical. Deobandis of India did teach their counterparts of Pakistan and Afghanistan but this was only during the 19th century when there was an effort to get the British out of the subcontinent,” said Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind president Maulana Arshad Madni.


“Our ancestor Maulana Mahmud Hasan Deobandi, who was also called Sheikh ul-Hind, was a freedom fighter in the Indian freedom movement. In order to fight the British, he had created a jamiat of freedom fighters. During this movement, he sent his close ally Maulana Ubaidullah Sindhi to Afghanistan to create an allied force to aid the freedom movement in India. In order to create this group of allies, Maulana Ubaidullah Sindhi was able to form relations with the people of Afghanistan and was able to create the first provisional government of India in Afghanistan where Mahendra Pratap Singh was declared the president and who declared a jihad against the colonial rule,” said Maulana Madni.


“The person who started the freedom struggle in Afghanistan was a Deobandi and the Taliban claiming to be followers of Deoband are probably his followers three generations down the line. As for students coming in from Pakistan and Afghanistan, students from all over South Asia come here. For admission to 800 seats, we get about 10,000 applications every year. Students are selected based on different parameters that we have. Students from Afghanistan or Pakistan only come here if the Indian government provides a visa. So students coming to Deoband come through a formal administrative process. The government obviously has all information about our international students,” he said


Saharanpur is home to Islamic seminary of Darul Uloom Deoband which was established in 1886 and has since emerged as a revered global centre for Sunni education. There are around 300 seminaries or madrasas in Saharanpur alone that house about 6,000 students, many from Indonesia, Malaysia and Bangladesh looking to attain religious education.

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