Tue 14 September 2021:
Maulana Arshad Madani, the principal of Darul Uloom Deoband who is also president of Jamait Ulema-e-Hind doesn’t believe the Taliban as a terror outfit, and, he adorns as freedom fighters.
In an exclusive interview given to the Dainik Bhaskar, Maulana Madani said that if fighting against subjugation is terrorism then by this logic Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Maulana Hazrat Shekhuddin were also terrorists. It must be noted that the Taliban is believed to have drawn inspiration from the Deobandi movement which originated in Uttar Pradesh’s Deoband.
“Anybody fighting against subjugation we don’t consider them as terrorist. We clap if Talibanis are fighting for independence because everybody has right to independence. If this is terrorism then Gandhi, Nehru and Shekhuddin were also terrorists, all those who fought against British government were terrorists,” Dainik Bhaskar quoted Madani saying this.
Taliban and Darul Uloom follow Deobandi brand of Islam that adheres to orthodox Islamism. Deoband in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh is the center of Darul Uloom where the Yogi Adityanath government has now planned to set-up elite commando unit of the Anti-Terrorist Squad.
Maulana Madani declined any connection between Taliban and Darul Uloom stating people like Shekhuddin had played a key role in freedom struggle of India by forming the ‘Azad Hind’ government in Afghanistan in 1915 to oppose Britishers. He said that Deobandi madarsa in Afghanistan were set-up that time only.
However, he praises Taliban as an ideology that opposes slavery stating that Taliban has fought against Russia and America and broke shackles of slavery. He claimed that their ancestors also fought for ‘freedom’ (like Taliban). But denied having any association with Taliban.
When Maulana was asked regarding co-education ban by Taliban, Maulana Madani defend the Taliban stating that in Indian there are several colleges and universities that don’t allow co-education. Madani has been fundamentally opposed to co education for girls.
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