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Words of Advice from Padma Bhushan Moosa Raza

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Following are some of the salient points given by Mr. Moosa Raza while he addressed the gathering at the conference room of ETA Zenath, Dubai, on 6th of June 2011

There are over 500 universities and 20,000 colleges in India . Around Rs. 57,000 Crores are allocated in the budget for education. This goes in building primary schools, secondary schools and institutes of higher learning, technical institutes, etc. At basic level, even private schools are getting help in adding facilities, subsidizing teachers’ salaries, etc. Muslims must attempt to make use of their share of this amount by collecting the data about all types of scholarships and other facilities granted by governments (including scholarships for minorities) and sending the details to Muslims. In India the Muslim Population is around 15%. So, Muslims are eligible for 15% of above budget amount and it can be utilized if the Muslims know the details of facilities available and they are eligible for the scholarships. He questioned whether Muslims ever availed 8550 crores (15% of IRS 57,000/- crores) of the Indian govt’s budget allocation for educational sector. He lamented the lack of awareness among Muslims about what the facilities are available to them in the educational field. Muslims do not even know what they have lost, let alone the loss itself.

He wanted top-notch professional Muslims in engineering, medicine, business administration, chartered accountancy and other areas. He said the Muslim society should create Muslim MBAs from leading Management Institutes like IIM – Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bangalore, XLRI, IITs etc. He was not in favour of pursuing MBA in unknown institutions leading to the wastage of the parents’ money. He pointed out the need to sponsor Muslims for studying at leading private institutes and NGOs for training them for IAS and senior government positions. He lamented the poor standard of Muslims in engineering faculty areas and urged the need for selection of good subjects for pursuing education. He said there were greater opportunities in the fields of automobile, white goods and power-sector in India.

Hence, the Association may get Muslim students in the fields of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, electronics and communication engineering and more particularly instrumentation engineering. He said Instrumentation Engineering was a very good course and in great demand but pathetically our Muslims did not do much in that area. He lamented the poor academic records of Muslim boys in the Engineering Fields. He highlighted the acute shortage of Instrumentation Engineers and said the association might concentrate on this subject in particular among other engineering subjects.

(Some of the attendees were from Kayal welfare association in UAE who wanted his advice on how to empower the future generation of the Indian Muslims, particularly, the kayalites, in a way that they could settle down in India itself in better positions instead of looking out for overseas employment opportunities. In this regard Mr. Moosa Raza had the following advice to offer:)

He emphasized that Kayal patnam (KWA) should establish a society to collect all the information from various sources like educational schemes, courses available, scholarships available and their benefits under various government schemes such as NREGA, Slum Clearance, rural health, poverty alleviation and disseminate the information to all Muslims. He advised the Kayalpatnam people to establish a school, not an ordinary one, but one of top-class centre of excellence with all the latest amenities like better classrooms fitted with latest educational gadgets, libraries, computer library, sporting facilities to give a high-class education to the Muslims. He reiterated the need to have a network of all Muslims (Internet Groups) to disseminate the information. The Kayalpatnam Association must identify the courses which are in great demand in public and private sectors like IT, Instrumentation Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Communication Engineering. The educational institutes must focus more on providing career-oriented education.

In addition to the above, Mr. Moosa Raza had the following advice to the Muslim community, in general, especially, the youth:

  • Muslims should not be compelled to follow a particular dress code, etc. for the sake of establishing the Muslim identity in a multi-cultural society.
  • Muslims should not allow themselves to be provoked by the acts of their perceived enemies (which acts are not at all recognized or supported by majority of their own societies) like Babri masjid demolition and Salman Rushdie’s blasphemous book.
  • Learned scholars should be appointed as Imams and Khatibs of masjids and the administrators of madrasa who can preach, enlighten and guide the youth to develop their knowledge and career and are aware of the needs of the community and address those concerns.
  • Muslims should avoid spending a lot of money in marriages and rituals but rather spend it on the welfare of the society, particularly, in educational sector
  • Muslims should take initiative to bring together learned scholars and Khatibs and ulemas to discuss and debate issues affecting the contemporary life of the Muslims in the light of Quran and authentic hadeeth and provide to the Muslim society the necessary guidelines to practice Islam in their daily walks of life. The rules governing the life of the community should be re-interpreted if and when there is a threat to the faith itself. He quoted some examples from the life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and Hazrat Umar who gave such guidelines.
  • The Khutbahs in Friday prayers can effectively be used for the purpose of educating the Muslim masses as to how to conduct themselves as good Muslims, in matters of education, discipline, ethics, care for environment, up-bringing of their children, welfare of the society, etc. The first part of the Khutba should preferably be in the language which is understood by the congregation, and should be relevant to their contemporary life but, of course, in the spirit of the Quran and the Hadeeth.

My Comments:

1. Please note that Mr. Raza isn’t asking for 15% quota in education. He is only comparing the percentage of people with the utilization of education budget. A friend of mine had a valid question: Do Muslims contribute 15% to India’s GDP?. I replied: How do you expect an uneducated and impoverished group (any group, not necessarily Muslims or North Eastern, or tribals, or whatever) to contribute a lot to GDP? Once the uneducated gets educated, once the unemployed gets employment, once those who are denied opportunities get opportunities, then they will contribute.

2. These days, some amount of information is shared regarding the opportunities (Scholarships, Courses, Govt Schemes etc). BUT, people don’t know how to get them, or have problems in approaching the govt offices, or have problems with proper documents (for example, Income Certificate, Address Proof, Ration Cards etc). Let’s get a few folks dedicated to this task of connecting the opportunities (e.g.: old age pension, minority scholarship) with the needy (e.g.: old people, students)

3. According to the University Grants Commission report dated March 31, 2010, there are 493 universities (42 Central, 256 State, 60 State private, 130 deemed-to-be universities, five institutions established under State legislation) and more than 31,000 colleges in India.



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  1. Alhamdulillah. Brother Moosa Raza has mentioned the actual fact. Insha Allah, whatever he wanted us to implement in Kayalpattinam, we should try to implement in other cities also.

    Jazak Allah for sharing this article Seyed bhai.

    Syed Mubarak

    Jun 14, 2011 at 3:22 am

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