After this decision of Aligarh Muslim University administration, Madhu Kishwar has told the need to review the entire syllabus of AMU and other such universities.
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Aligarh Muslim University Once again in discussion. This time the reason Islamic Studies The two radical Islamic scholars taught in the department’s syllabus, from whom the terrorist organization IS ie. Islamic State also affected. Their names are Abul Ala Maududi And syed qutub, Both these scholars have been taught at AMU in Uttar Pradesh for decades. After the objection of social activist Madhu Kishwar and other scholars and open letter written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi AMU Administration Has removed both the scholars from the syllabus.
However, the question is how these radical Islamic scholars, who even inspired terrorist organizations, were being taught to the students till now, that too in a central university. Madhu Kishwar and other right-wing scholars had objected to the same and demanded the removal of the ideas of Abul Ala Maududi and Syed Qutb from the curriculum. In an open letter written to PM Modi, he had said about Maududi that such scholars associated with Islamic fundamentalism should not be taught in central universities.
Let us know about these two radical Islamic scholars and the controversy.
Who is Abul Ala Maududi?
Born in Maharashtra, Abul Ala Maududi was an Islamic scholar. He was born in Aurangabad, Maharashtra in 1903. In 1941, before the partition of the country, he founded an organization called ‘Jamaat-e-Islami’ in Lahore. According to the BBC report, he was against the India-Pakistan partition. However, after getting independence from British rule and partition of the country, he went to Pakistan.
At the age of 24, Abul Ala Maududi wrote his first book ‘Al-Jihad Phil Islam’. He was in favor of Islamic law and strongly advocated its implementation in Pakistan. He was also arrested many times in Pakistan. The Pakistani government put him in jail. He worked for three decades on commentary on the Quran Sharif, the religious text of Muslims, and completed the Tafheem-ul-Quran in 1972.
According to reports, he went to America for treatment in 1979 and died there. He was brought to Lahore and buried. Maududi wrote more than 70 books in his life and gave more than a thousand speeches. His speeches on Islamic fundamentalists had a lot of influence.
Who was Syed Qutb?
Sayyid Qutb is considered a strong opponent of Western culture i.e. Western civilization-culture. He was born in Asyut, Egypt in 1906. Later he came to the capital Cairo to study and then became a teacher in 1933. For higher studies, he went to America in 1948, where he stayed for two years. In 1949, he wrote a book called ‘Social Justice in Islam’.
According to reports, during his stay in America, he started hating western civilization and culture. However, there is also a contradiction that he himself loved classical music and Hollywood movies and he was also an advocate of western culture regarding clothes. After resigning from the government job, Sayyed joined the organization called ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ and soon became the editor of the mouthpiece of this organization. He was also a member of the governing body of the organization.
Gamal Abdul Nasser, who overthrew the Egyptian government in 1952, was supported by Sayyid Qutb and the Muslim Brotherhood organization. After this, Nasir also offered him a favorite ministry, but he turned it down. Nasil was secular, while the radical Yad Qutb and his organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, wanted Islamic rule in Egypt.
AMU took its own step before the controversy escalated
Controversy broke out between the two radical scholars Abul Ala Maududi and Sayyed Qutb that the Islamic Studies department of AMU removed both of them from the syllabus. According to the BBC report, Professor and Spokesperson of AMU’s Department of Mass Communication Shafe Kidwai said, “MA is an optional paper in Islamic Studies named Islamic Thinkers which has many Islamic thinkers like Sayyed Qutub and Maulana Abul Ala Maududi. This is not a compulsory paper. After a dispute about his views, we removed the syllabus related to him. Since it is an optional paper, it could have been stopped. That’s what we did.”
After this decision of the AMU administration, Madhu Kishwar has told the need to review the entire syllabus of AMU and other such universities. He tweeted and said, “The removal of Maulana Maududi acknowledges that he used to call hardcore bloody jihad as the duty of a Muslim. There should be complete syllabus review of these universities.