Ulema Council issues code of conduct for seminaries
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By Kalbe Ali | 8/7/2015 12:00:00 AM
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) Thursday released a new code for admissions in madressahs, in line with the government`s policies to streamline management of religious seminaries.

Now, seminaries affiliated with PUC will operate under the banners of `Wafag-ulMasajid Pakistan` and `Tahaffuz-e-Madaris Diniya The 10-point code coincides with the commencement of admissions in madressahs run by the seminaries of different sects.

It stresses that `scholarly differences` that distinguish the sects should not be made reason for any controversy and chaos.

PUC`s central chairman and President, Wafaq-ul-Masajid Pakistan, Hafiz Mohammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, released the code. However, it is not certain that Wafaqu1Madaris alArabia, the largest chain of seminaries in the country repre-senting the madressahs of Deobandi school of thought, would also subscribe to the code.

In fact, the main madressah boards of all the four sects in the country Barelvi, Shia, Deobandi and Ahle Hadith have already rejectedthemadressahreformsprogramme initiated by the government following December 2014 APC Peshawar attack.

While releasing the code, Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi called upon seminary administrations to maintain `complete record and relevant details of the students and their guardians.

Similarly, details and particulars of teaching staff and employees of the seminary will be recorded.

No foreign student and teacher will be allowed to reside in seminary without legal documents. But the `Muhajir Card` issued by government of Pakistan will be acceptable only in the case of Afghan students and teachers.

Seminary administrations will coordi-nate with the Tehsil/District Administration to avert confusions and misunderstandings regarding the visit by security departments to the seminary.

Only licensed weapons will be allowed inside seminary and mosque premises with recorded permission of the local civil administration.

The Code also highlights that the mosques associated with Wafag-ul-Masajid Pakistan will discourage `unfair use` of loud-speakers and make sure that laws are observed in this regard.For Friday prayer, loud-speakers should only be used for the sermon in Arabic and Azaan.

Imams and other preachers will not pass abusive or vicious remarks against other sects in their Juma sermon, Dars-e-Quran and discussions and congregations in the perspective of Quran and Sunnah.

The code says spirit of peace is essential for offering prayer in mosques and shunning sectarian violence, extremism and terrorism would make that possible.