Jamia Uloom-ul-Islamia

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Jamia Uloom-e-Islamia
جامعۃ العلوم الاسلامیہ، بنوری تاون، کراتشی
Jame'at Ul-uloom ul Islamia, Banoori town, Karachi
Established 1954 (1374 Hijri)
Type Islamic University
Affiliation Darul Uloom Deoband
Chancellor Maulana Dr. Abdur-Razzaq Iskander
Vice-Chancellor Maulana Sayyid Sulaiman Yousuf Banuri
Students 12,000 (Total)[1]
Location Karachi, Pakistan
Campus Urban
Affiliations Wifaq ul Madaris
Website www.banuri.edu.pk

Jamia Uloom-e-Islamia (Urdu: جامعہ علوم اسلامیہ‎, Jāmi‘ah ‘Ulūm-i Islāmīyah / جامعۃ العلوم الاسلامیہ, Jāmi‘atul-‘Ulūmul-Islāmīyah) is an Islamic School situated in Banoori Town, Karachi, Pakistan. The school continues the tradition of the Darul Uloom system initiated by Darul Uloom Deoband. As of 2007, there are about twelve thousand students in different departments of the Jamiah and its branches, including a number of foreign students from over sixty countries all over the world.[2]

It has been described by the International Crisis Group as the fountainhead of Deobandi militancy in Pakistan, due to the madrasa playing a major role in helping establish and sustain a number of jihadi organisations, including Harakat ul-Mujahidin (HUM), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), and Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP).[3]

Mission and Objectives[edit]

The stated objectives of the Jamiah are:[4]

  • To prepare such Ulama and preachers of Islam who are, on one hand, highly qualified in their fields of education and on the other hand, are equipped with the qualities of piety, sincerity and dedication. It should be their sole purpose to safeguard the fundamental tenets of religion, to propagate it and to lead people to the straight path.
  • To establish contacts with other religious universities, madrasahs and educational centers and to co-operate with them in the field of knowledge, experience and teaching.
  • To publish literature against false and heretic ideologies for the rectification and guidance of the Muslim Ummah.
  • To arrange translation and publication of important and useful Arabic books into Urdu and vice versa.


Controversy[edit]

The International Crisis Group (ICG) has described the madrasa as one of Karachi’s leading sectarian and jihadi madrasas, which boasts close ties to the Taliban and other militant Deobandi organisations in Pakistan.[3]

Assassinations of Scholars[edit]

Jamia Uloom-ul-Islamia is described by the ICG as being at the heart of anti-Shia and anti-Barelvi sectarian violence in the country, which has provoked reprisal attacks by Shia and Barelvi militants on that madrasa’s scholars.[3]

On 2 November 1997, two scholars at Jamiat-ul-Uloom-ul-Islamia, Maulana Habibullah Mukhtar and Mufti Abdus Sami, were burnt to death when two motorcyclists hurled an explosive device at their van.[5][6] Another teacher, Maulana Yousuf Ludhianvi, was shot dead by gunmen in Karachi on 18 May 2000.[5] Mufti Nizamuddin Shamzai, the then head of the madrassa, was killed on 30 May 2004 when armed men ambushed his vehicle in front of the Binori Mosque.[7][5] On 9 October 2004, another associated scholar, Mufti Jameel Ahmad Khan, was killed when his vehicle was fired upon by two gunmen on motorcycles.[8] On 13 May 2012, Maulana Aslam Sheikhupuri was killed when gunmen on two motorcycles shot at his car, Sheikhupuri had been associated with school for 25 years. [9]

Notable Alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.banuri.edu.pk/en/Number-of-Students
  2. ^ Number of Students
  3. ^ a b c "Pakistan: Karachi’s Madrasas and Violent Extremism". International Crisis Group. 29 March 2007. 
  4. ^ Aims and objectives of the Jamia
  5. ^ a b c http://archives.dailytimes.com.pk/national/31-May-2004/mufti-shamzai-a-profile
  6. ^ http://www.outlookindia.com/printarticle.aspx?204923
  7. ^ http://archives.dailytimes.com.pk/national/10-Oct-2010/karachi-s-sectarian-war-may-escalate
  8. ^ http://www.dawn.com/news/397173/mufti-jameel-associate-shot-dead
  9. ^ http://tribune.com.pk/story/378464/sectarian-target-killings-deobandi-leader-gunned-down-in-busy-street/
  10. ^ "Maulana Masood Azhar". Kashmir Herald (kashmiri-pandit.org) 1 (8). January 2002. Retrieved 2014-09-18. 
  11. ^ "Al Qaeda's shadowy new 'emir' in South Asia handed tough job". Reuters. 10 September 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "The Growth of the Deobandi Jihad in Afghanistan". Jamestown Foundation. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "A Profile of Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami (HuJI), Movement of Islamic Holy Warriors". CF2R. 2014-04-01. Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  14. ^ "The Religious Godfather of the Punjabi Taliban: Maulana Abdul Aziz Ghazi". Jamestown Foundation. 27 May 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "Rigi’s arrest a godsend for Pakistan". Dawn. Archived from the original on 19 September 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 

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Coordinates: 24°52′53″N 67°02′30″E / 24.881337°N 67.041739°E / 24.881337; 67.041739