In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board Chairman Waseem Rizvi has warned against alleged indoctrination by ISIS in madrasas, news agency ANI reported. ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) is a Sunni Jihadist group active in Syria and neighbouring countries that claims religious authority over Muslims.
“If madrasas are not shut down, the ISIS influence will grow and in 15 years more than half the Muslims in the country will be influenced by their ideology”, Rizvi warned in his letter.
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The Islamic State was a dangerous terror organization and was trying to indoctrinate children, to spread its influence in all Muslim majority areas, the Shia leader added.
The influence of ISIS can be openly seen in Kashmir, Rizvi further stated in his letter to the prime minister.
“I suggest that all madrasas be shut down and children be sent to regular schools, if after passing high school a student wants to pursue religious studies, he/she can do that,” he wrote in the letter.
In his earlier statements, Rizvi had backed uniform civil code, common law for all communities, for Muslims.
“While customs and rituals can differ as per the practices of various religions, issues like divorce, marriage, giving equal rights to girls in ancestral property, succession, whether adopted or otherwise, should be governed by the principles of one nation one-law,” he has said.