Another take on madrassa life

April 4, 2006

Pakistan’s decision to expel foreign students, as India’s policy of limiting student visas to foreign madrassas students, will destroy a natural international network system that took decades if not centuries to build. Pakistan’s decision to expel more than a thousand foreign students from its madrassas should not surprise or bewilder anyone of us. [read the entire article]

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4 Responses to “Another take on madrassa life”


  1. It’s time to build them over here now.

  2. molvi Says:

    ya but u dont get all perks. its a) cheap as hell there b) way better ulama and c) you cant have an islamic education unless its in a third world country. lol

  3. dawood Says:

    They will be happening soon, Inshallah. Good ones too. 🙂

  4. Saima Says:

    usually the people who send their teenage children to pray in the middle east, aren’t very concerned about secular education and believe knowledge of the deen is enough to sustain them throughtout their stay in this world; both financially and spiritually. i disagree, but i won’t go into that.

    on the other side of the spectrum people who pay the price of sending their kids to madressas in the west expect their children to recieve both deen and dunya for the fees they pay. and that’s where the problem arises. these children go to madressas here expecting to receive their high school diplomas alongside great islamic education, but usually receive a very low quality of secular education-unless the madressas have been established for a long time, thus having had time to develop a solid curriculum parallel to that of the public school system ( which isn’t always the best, but society accepts it as a standard).

    we don’t have enough muslim teachers, and the ones we do have are not willing to work for the low salaries the madressas can afford. blame can’t be placed on either party. teachers have families to support and the cost of living in the west is high, so a plan which entails working for wages which fall below the minimum just isn’t very feasible. same goes for the muftis/moulanas/sheikhs who run these places. they establish these madaaris in an effort to bring “islam to the west” at a great financial cost to themselves.

    we have many qualified scholars, but they also opt to work in fields usually not relating to deen, for the same reasons secular educators do. we need some sort of funding for these madaaris, so people wishing to learn their deen in an islamic environment don’t have to sacrifice one opportunity for another. deen or dunya


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