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Students' Islamic Organisation to launch `Shaantigagi Madrasa' from today

Suspicions about madrasas have been raised in the aftermath of the recent attack in IISc `Madrasas are religious centres committed to peace' Campaign aims at shedding light on their role

MANGALORE: The Dakshina Kannada unit of the Students' Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) will undertake a nine-day campaign called "Shaantigagi Madrasa" in the district from Sunday. The aim of the campaign is to reverse the general misconception among people that madrasas are fostering anti-social elements.

The campaign is to clear doubts on the role of madrasas following suspicions raised in the aftermath of the recent attack in the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore.

Abdul Shukur, convener of the campaign, told presspersons here on Saturday that while the SIO condemns the terrorist attack on IISc and regrets the death of a scientist, the suspicion against madrasas in the district following the attack is regrettable. Madrasas are religious centres committed to peace and aim at inculcating spiritual values among the youth.

Teachings of love and reverence and human values are imparted in these centres. Madrasas also teach students to love their brethren, Mr. Shukur said. The ability to declare oneself a patriot is also part of person's character. Students are taught ideals of patriotism, equality and brotherhood on a purely religious and spiritual platform.

Students in madrasas are also taught about human rights and religious practices such as offering "namaz" and its significance. They are also taught about cleanliness, building good character and steps to memorise the Quran in Kannada so that they can understand and grasp its teachings.

Tarnishing the entire madrasa system of education in the wake of the Bangalore incident is unwarranted, he said. An act of terror is to be condemned irrespective of the faith of people who carried it out and targeting members of a particular religious community after such incidents is unacceptable. The campaign will seek to shed light on these and other aspects of functioning of madrasas, he said.

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