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Madarsas across the country, except a few, have been teaching very dangerous curriculum for their students with practically no intervention from state governments. Urdu and English religious textbooks that encourage intolerance against non-Muslims are taught to children who are as young as seven-eight-year olds.
According to a MEMRI report, the schoolbooks, titled Noorani Talim and released in Urdu and English in 1970, were written by Jalaluddin Ahmad Amjadi, an Islamic scholar from the madrassa Darul Uloom Baraon, in Basti, Uttar Pradesh.
To Partner with Allah is to believe in more than one Allah, like the Christians have three Gods, this is the reason why they are Mushriks. The Hindu faith is associated with many gods, they are also defined as Mushriks.
These textbooks are easily available. The schoolbooks, which reflect the views of the Barelvi school of Sunni Islam, are aimed at children in the early stages of their education and primarily focus on topics like piety, daily prayer, and Muslim daily life.
The following are some questions and answers relating to non-Muslims from part 2 of Noorani Talim. (Text slightly edited for clarification)
“Q. What do you call someone who associates someone equal to or partner with Allah?
“A. We call them Mushrik [polytheist] and Kafir [unbeliever]
“Q. What is wrong in being a Kafir or Mushrik?
“A. Allah will always be unhappy with a Kafir or Mushrik and after death they will remain in the fire or hell forever.
“Q. Will Kafirs or Mushriks never go to paradise?
“A. No, never, they will remain in hell for eternity.
“Q. How is it known that Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam is the Prophet of Allah Ta’ala?
“A. It is proven by the fact that, our Holy Prophet called people towards Islam, he performed many miracles and he gave such knowledge of the unseen (Ilm-e-Ghaib) which can only be given by none other than a Prophet of Allah.
“Q. What do you call a person who does not believe in Muhammad Mustapha Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam as a Prophet?
“A. He/She is a Kafir
“Q. What if someone believes in Allah Ta’ala but does not believe in the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam?
“A. The person is also a Kafir.”
The textbooks contain details and advantages of being in heaven. According to them, only religious Muslims are allowed entry into heaven. Hindus and Christians are destined to languish in hell. The following are some questions and answers from part 5 of Noorani Talim.
“Q. What is known as Gunaah-e-Kabira?
“A. Extremely large sins are considered Gunaah-e-Kabira. The main ones include polytheism, infidelity, adultery, theft, alcohol consumption, telling lies, back-biting, telling tales, not praying Namaz, not fasting in the month of Ramadan, and not giving Zakat [alms].
“Q. If one does not perform Gunaah-e-Kabira then will he not remain a Muslim?
“A. Those who perform Shirk [polytheism] or Kufr does not remain a Muslim, he then becomes a Mushrik or Kafir. As for the rest of the Kabira Gunaahs [large sins] one does stay a Muslim if he commits these sins, a very disobedient Muslim is known as ‘Faasiq.’
“Q. What is known as Shirk?
“A. To partner or treat as equal something or someone with Allah or Allah’s characteristic is considered shirk.
“Q. What is meant by to partner with something with Allah?
“A. To Partner with Allah is to believe in more than one Allah, like the Christians have three Gods, this is the reason why they are Mushriks. The Hindu faith is associated with many gods, they are also defined as Mushriks.
“Q. What is Kufr?
“A. To reject any fact of Zaruriyaat-e-Deen [compulsory beliefs or religion].”
(Courtesy: MEMRI website)