Indian Muslim Girls and Co-ed

Last updated on Dec 14, 2007

Posted on Dec 14, 2007

This is finally a good indicator.. when the leaders amongst the Muslims come forward to move the girls’ education ahead!

THE NATIONAL Commission for Minority Educational Institution’s (NCMIM) recent view that Muslim girls should stay away from academic institutions where boys are studying has not found favour among elite Muslims and religious leaders, who feel such a view would prove detrimental to the real development of Muslim society.
Maolana Khalid Rashid, a religious leader and All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) member based in Lucknow, said, “It is well established that Muslims are unable to develop their community because they lag behind in education.”
He added, “There are many areas where separate schools for girls are not available. If we decide to keep girls away from the coed schools, we shall not be able to improve the miserable condition of India’s Muslims.”
“Right now, all across the country, Muslims are sending their children to study in schools and universities,” said Muslim community leader Akhtar Alvi, professor at Jamia Milia Islamia University in New Delhi.
“In a never-seen-before phenomenon, Muslim girls are coming forward for higher studies are directed to keep the Muslims as a backward community. Studying in a coeducation institution is not unlawful for boys and girls as long as they follow Islamic values and remain within its parameters,” said Syed Qasim Rasool Ilyas, a spokesman for the AIMPLB.

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