UK Muslims group praises Vastanvi

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    Vastanvi could take Deoband to next level: UK Muslims - Indian Express

    His seven-month tenure as the Mohtamim of Darul uloom Deoband may have been fraught with controversies but Maulana Ghulam Mohammed Vastanvi seems to hold sway over overseas Muslims. Back from a tour of Deoband and Kerala, members of a delegation of British Muslims told The Indian Express that Vastanvi’s model of combining the secular with the sacred in his educational institutions in Akkalkua is one that Muslim seminaries across the world would do well to adopt. They said had Vastanvi continued at the helm there, Darul uloom Deoband would have “progressed to the next level”.

    The balance of religion and modernity, they added, has been struck better by institutions in southern India than those in the north.

    Yusuf Ebrahim Akudi, a first generation Muslim Imam born and educated in the UK, said: “South was impressive, their command over English, vocabulary, current affairs awareness, the way students were taking stands on things were striking. There is a distinct difference between Islamic seminaries in the north and the south. Students were so much more aware in Kerala which may have to do with better infrastructure, more resources and the higher overall literacy rate.”

    Apart from Deoband where their “15-minute interaction” with students stretched to one-and-a-half hours, they visited the Calicut University, Farook College, Markaz Al Sunniyah, Jamia Millia Islamia University.

    Osman Sheikh, principal of Quills Consultancy, an organisation involved in fund raising and community initiatives, said: “We were keen to visit Akkalkua to see how Maulana Vastanvi has brought the secular and the sacred together... That could not be fitted into our itinerary, but we are meeting him personally in Mumbai.”

    Sheikh had spent nine years at Al Jameah Al Islamiyyah seminary in Dabhel, Gujarat. He is not willing to indulge in the north versus south debate, but concedes that the fact that Darul uloom Deoband’s policy of not accepting government funding may be one of its limitations.

    But Vastanvi, feels Salim Yusuf Lorgat, an East Midlands fundraiser for Islamic Relief, would have been a potent influence on Deoband, taking it to the “next level”. “He is a big figure among Muslims in South Africa, Canada and would have been able to mobilise funds for Darul uloom,” he said.
     
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    The unfortunate part is that what Indian Muslims feel is more important than what overseas Muslims feel.

    Indian Muslims are part of India's political process and influence it. Not the overseas Muslims.

    Vastanvi made the cardinal mistake for praising Gujarat governance. Gujarat is synonymous to Modi. It was a horrible mistake he did.

    It is true he has done great work in Gujarat and is an educated and progressive man.

    However that does not appeal.

    Further, he was ousted because of internal politics of the Darul Uloom since he was seen as a usurper by the family that felt that they traditional owned the organisation!
     
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    Vastanvi continues have great support from Indian Muslims particularly from the south as well as within the younger generation of Deoband students and alumni. This was the reason why he was elected as the rector in the first place despite being opposed by the old guard. Even the second "election bid" that was forced upon him, he lost out by 4 votes out of a 20 governing panel if I remember correctly.

    The UK Muslims group visiting Vastanvi are actually part of a UK govt. sponsored visit to India where they interact with Indian Muslims in different parts of the country and act as good will ambassadors to the UK. And if it will influence the old guard in Deoband to revamp their education system based on their feedback, then that is good enough.
     
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    Vastanvi brought hope to India that this silly divide that is encouraged for votes will be over and we can live as Indians for once.

    He having lost, was a loss for India!

    He would have put the Muslims on even keel without their asking for any favour or appearing to do so.

    He would have instilled pride in the Indian Muslims to be people on their own!

    One has to see the Bohra Muslims to understand how to live tall and on their own footing. They ask for no favours from anyone, not even from the Muslims!
     
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