JAMMU, JUN 02:
Minister for Hajj and Auqaf, Education and Tribal Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali today appealed the religious leaders to take lead in reviving the value-based society through their teachings.
He said that from generations these institutions have helped inculcate values and morals among the people, spreading ideals of universal brotherhood, tolerance, respect and care for elderly and compassion for the weak. He stressed upon the Ullema that besides imparting religious knowledge they should use their influence for spreading moral values for betterment of society at large, which is witnessing a systemic moral degradation.
He was speaking at a meeting of Ullema of Rajouri here at Dak bungalow. Ulema from different parts of the district under the banner of Anjuman Ulema e Ahle Sunnat attended the meet. Notable among them were Ghulam Rasool, Abdul Rauf, Mohammad Farooq, Abdul Khaliq, Ghulam Yaseen and Ghulam Mohiudin.
Senior district administration functionaries including Deputy Commissioner Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, ACR Abdul Qayoom Mir, Special Officer Auqaf Raj Mohammad and Administrator Auqaf Islamia Rajouri Abdul Qayoom Dar were also present.
He further said that there is an immediate need to bring in some order in the functioning of Madrasa and Madrasa boards are the inevitable options. Addressing the participants, the Minister emphasised that Madrasa boards will help in dealing with a whole gamut of things including preparation of syllabi; certification of course, set eligibility criteria for practice, categorisation and remuneration of ulemas, scrutinising, grading and payment of Imams and Khateebs.