Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, one of India’s leading Islamic organization, is giving training to students enrolled in government-aided madrassas to become scouts and guides. The madrassa students are being trained to help people during emergencies and natural calamities including floods and earthquakes.At present, the Jamiat is offering training to 50 students enrolled at madrassa Ashfaqia in Bareilly. Similar training had already been given at government-aided madrassas located in Shahjahanpur, Muzaffarnagar and Shamli. The members of the organization said that they will carry out this training at government-aided madrassas, schools and colleges across the country. Talking to TOI, Mohammed Touheed, Bareilly secretary of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind and teacher at madrassa Ashfaqia said, “Authorities at many schools and colleges of the country train their students to become scouts and guides, but students enrolled in madrassas are deprived of such training. However, if they are trained, they can assist local administration at the time of emergencies and natural calamities, which can strike anytime.”At madrassa Ashfaqia situated at Qazi Tola locality of the old city, 50 male students between 12 and 17 years of age are being trained to aid people in emergencies. In the three-day training programme which began on Saturday, students are being taught to make stretchers with cloth and wood pieces, carrying patients to hospital, saving a burn victim or someone rescued from drowning and other tips that will come in handy at the time of natural calamities.The organizer of the event, Qari Noshad Aadil of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind said, “Floods in Chennai and Jammu and Kashmir and earthquake in Nepal and other parts of the country occurred recently. As most children are busy with mobile phones and other electronic gadgets and hence live in a virtual world, they are unaware about their surroundings. Our aim is to train students so that they can assist people who are in need of help.” He added that after Uttar Pradesh, they will offer similar training at government-aided madrassas, schools and colleges across the country.A 15-year-old madrassa student, Hafiz Alim said, “It is exciting to be part of this training as we are learning new things. We could prove to be helpful at the time of emergencies.” Another student, Soheil (14), added that through such training, they hope to contribute positively towards nation-building as responsible citizens of the country.


By Adam