New Pakistani bill mandates Qur’an teaching for all students

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National Assembly of Pakistan. The Muslim Times is promoting secularism in every country of the world. The Muslim minorities will have problem if reading of the Gita was made compulsory in India, the Bible in USA and the Torah in Israel.

Source: Premier for the post and Dawn and Hindustan Times in the comment section below

By Tola Mbakwe

Pakistan’s senate has passed a bill that enforces the compulsory teaching of the Qur’an to all primary school and secondary schools students regardless of the pupil’s religion.
The education minister tabled The Holy Quran bill 2017 last Friday which was unanimously approved.

According to Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS) a Christian organisation that works for persecuted Christians, Senator Maulana Attaur Rehman said: “Being a Muslim it is necessary for us to convey Islamic teachings to our children.”

The National Assembly had already passed this bill on 19th April that made it mandatory for Muslim students in all educational institutions to be taught the Qur’an.

According to the objectives of the bill, the law “will make the divine message understood, ensure the response of society, encourage peace and tranquillity, promote the supreme human values of truth, honesty, integrity, character building, tolerance, understanding others’ point of view and way of life”.

Additionally, the bill claims it will help the state to discharge its constitutional responsibility as article 31(2) of the Constitution states that the “State shall endeavour to make the teachings of the Holy Qur’an and Islamiyat compulsory”.

However, Nasir Saeed Director CLAAS-UK said that although this is compulsory for Muslim students, no alternative programme has been announced for non-Muslim students.

He added: “Also, it will have a negative impact on the non-Muslim students and many will be forced to take it as subject, if there is no other choice.

“It will promote bigotry and hatred against non-Muslims in Pakistani society, something which is already on the rise.”

He said it is sad that instead of promoting freedom of religion and belief, the government is forcing children to study religion.

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5 replies

  1. National Assembly approves compulsory teaching of Quran in schools

    Source: Dawn

    The National Assembly on Wednesday approved the Compulsory Teaching of the Holy Quran Bill 2017, which will make Quranic education compulsory for Grade 1 through Grade 12 in all federal educational institutions in the country.

    The bill is not only applicable to all institutes owned and controlled by the federal government, but also to all schools in Islamabad.

    The bill is only applicable to Muslim students enrolled in the educational institutions.

    The bill will need President Mamnoon Hussain’s signature to become law. It was tabled before the house by State Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Engr Balighur Rehman.

    Under the new bill, Naazrah Quran will be taught in Grades 1 through Grade 5, while the Holy Quran will be taught from Grades 6 through Grade 12 with a simple translation and according to a schedule.

    Five per cent of the Quran will be taught in class six, 9pc in class seven, 12pc in class eight, 17pc in class nine, 25pc in class 10 while 15pc and 17pc of the Quran will be taught in first and second year. The Surahs taught in the first and second year will be those revealed in Madina.

    “It will make the divine message understood; ensure the repose of society; peace and tranquillity; Promote the supreme human values of truth, honesty, integrity, character building, tolerance, understanding others’ point of view and way of life. It will lead towards spreading goodness and auspiciousness and towards ending chaos and uncertainty,” read the bill.

    According to the bill, it will also help the state discharge its constitutional responsibility. The bill also says there will be no additional expenses for books and teachers as translations will be donated to all federal government schools and all the educational institutions already have teachers who can easily teach the Quran and its translation.

  2. Pakistan assembly passes bill on compulsory teaching of Quran in schools

    The ‘Compulsory Teaching of the Holy Quran Bill 2017’ was tabled before the house by state minister for federal education and professional training Balighur Rehman.

    Source: Hindustan Times

    Pakistan’s National Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill endorsing compulsory Quran education for all Muslim students studying in government schools from class 1 to 12, a move apparently aimed at weaning away children from religious seminaries.

    The ‘Compulsory Teaching of the Holy Quran Bill 2017’ was tabled before the house by state minister for federal education and professional training Balighur Rehman.

    The bill provides that students from class 1 to 5 will learn to read the Arabic text of the holy book, while students from class 6 to 12 will also learn to read the Arabic text with simple Urdu translation.

    The minister clarified that this piece of legislation is only meant for the Muslim students.

    The bill will need President Mamnoon Hussain’s signature to become law.

    “It will lead towards spreading goodness and auspiciousness and towards ending chaos and uncertainty,” according to the bill.

    The law will be applicable to all federal educational institutions in the country but it will be mandatory for Muslim students. The provinces can separately legislate on teaching of the Quran.

    Islam is Pakistan’s state religion and the government is bound to take steps to help people learn the teaching of Islam.

    Experts say the legislation could be an effort to wean away students from religious seminaries where they are just taught the Quran.

  3. What can be expected of such wrongdoers except more stupidity! They are arresting Ahmadies for reading Quran now passing the Bill that all Pakistanis must be taught Quran. So now Ahmadies will have a mandate to read Quran.

  4. “===It will promote bigotry and hatred against non-Muslims in Pakistani society, something which is already on the rise.”

    He said it is sad that instead of promoting freedom of religion and belief, the government is forcing children to study religion.===

    Unfortunately Istrongly believe that Pakistan will be cursed by Allah like Agghsnistan, Iraq Syria etc soon or later. Extremist Muslims will be increased faster and then Pakistan will become extremist country like Saudi, Iran or TALIBAN.

    Read more; whereas There is NO compulsory in Islam Q. 2:256. So Pakistan acctually does against Islamic teaching.
    IS ISLAM RELIGION OF PEACE OR VIOLENCE? USED TO, BUT NOT ANYMORE! http://ilovemodrenislam.blogspot.com/2017/09/is-islam-religion-peace-and-mercy-or.html?m=1

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