NA approves compulsory Quran teaching bill

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Zahid Chaudhary

Islamabad

In an important development on Wednesday, the National Assembly passed Compulsory Teaching of Holy Quran Bill 2017, making the Quranic education compulsory for Grade 1 to Grade 12 in all education institutions in federal territory . The bill was on the agenda of the day over the last few days but due to lack of quorum it could not be presented for approval.
The bill is not only applicable to all institutions owned and controlled by the federal government, but also to all private schools in the capital.
The bill is applicable to only Muslim students. It was tabled before the house by State Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Engr Balighur Rehman.
Under the bill, Nazra Quran will be taught in Grade 1 to Grade 5, while the Holy Quran with simple translation will be taught from Grade 6 to Grade 12.
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. The law will help the youth understand teachings of the Quran. It will lead to spreading noble values ordained by the Holy Book.
According to the bill, it will also help the state discharge its constitutional responsibility.
Speaking on the bill, Minister of State Baligur Rehman said it is not only our religious but constitutional duty to promote teaching of holy Quran and Islamiat. He said it is a consensus document and expressed the confidence that provinces will also follow the suit.
Members appreciated the government’s initiative and expressed the confidence that the step would help the younger generations in learning about the message of the Holly Quran.