Syed Ali Ahmed | India Tomorrow
NEW DELHI—Four ‘madrasa’ products from Mewat in neigbouring Haryana have been selected as religious teachers in the capacity of Naib Subedars in the Indian Army, after clearing written examinations, rigorous physical examination and medical test.
Hailing from farming families, the four selected persons are Abdul Majid, Talha, Ali Hasan and Majid Rahimi. Apart from having obtained religious education from ‘madrasas’, they have also done their graduation and post-graduation from universities and colleges in modern subjects. They have been selected against 9 vacant post of religious teachers that was advertised in September this year.
Twenty five year old Abdul Majid, has done his ‘Almiyat’ from world-famous Darul Uloom Deoband and M.A. in Urdu literature from Delhi University and B.Ed from Nuh Centre of the Maulana Azad National Urdu University(MANUU), Hyderabad. “When I came to know about vacancies especially for those who have ‘madrasa’ as well as graduation degree from a university, I decided to compete for it. There were two papers – general knowledge and ‘deeniyat’(religious knowledge). I did hard work and with the grace of Allah I scored good marks in both the papers. I also succeeded in 1600 metres race, physical and medical test.”
Abdul Majid, who is married and has a child, belongs to Meo community of Haryana and at present, he along with his parents, is residing at village Hauz Rani near Malviya Nagar in South Delhi. His father, Mohammad Quraish, is engaged in farming.
Talha (35), a resident of village Dhokalpur in district Palwal, who has acquired a religious degree from ‘madrasa’ Aminiya at Kashmiri Gate and Jamia Islamia Sanabil, Shaheen Bagh, is M.A. in Urdu literature from Jamia Millia Islamia and B.Ed from Nuh Centre of MANUU. He was motivated for government jobs in the Army by one Maulana Mushtaq Ahmad, a teacher in Jharkhand. Mushtaq also tried last year for the post of Naib Subedar but could not succeed.
Talha, father of five children, said that credit for his higher education and the Naib Subedar post went to his mother as his father had died when he was a small child. “It is his mother who looked after me and others in the family by tilling 11 acres of family’s agriculture land”, Talha says.
Ali Hasan (26), a resident of village Ranika in Nagina block of Nuh district has completed his ‘Almiyat’ from Jamiatul Hidaya in Jaipur and MA in Urdu from Nuh Centre of MANUU. Maulana Khalid Hussain Rahimi was the chief motivator for him to compete for defence services. He said he had an urge to join the Army since my childhood. “When I was told about the vacancy for the post of Naib Subedar by Maulana Khalid Hussain, I applied and was selected”, he said.
He said generally madrassa students do ‘Imamat’ or teach in madrassas. But employment in Army is a good option the government has opened for ‘madrasa’ students with university degrees. “This will improve our economic condition and also enhance social status”, he says.
Hasan has four children. His father Tayyab Hussain does farming in the village.
Majid Rahimi (28), doing MPhil student in Urdu literature from Delhi University came to know about Naib Subedar’s post in the Army through a friend. He later checked sarkariresult.com for details. He applied for the post in September and got selected. He has done religious course of ‘Almiyat’ from Jamiatul Hidaya in Jaipur in 2013, BA in Arabic (Honours) from Jamia Millia Islamia in 2016 and M.A. from the Delhi University in 2018. Majid belongs to village Deola in district Nuh. His father is also a farmer.