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8 Fundamental Principles by the founder

The Constitution of Darul Uloom 
The time when the Darul Uloom, was established, the old Madaris (seminaries) in India had almost become extinct, and the condition of two or four that had survived the ravages of time was not better than that of a few glow-worms in a dark night. Apparently it so looked at that time as if the Islamic sciences had packed up their kit from India. Under these circumstances, Imam Nanawtawi and his God-fearing fellows through their inner light sensed the imminent dangers. They knew it too well that nations have attained their right status through knowledge only. So, without depending upon the government of the time, they founded the Darul Uloom, with public contributions and co-operation. One of the principles that Hujjat al Islam al-Imam Muhammad Qasim Nanawtawi proposed for the Darul Uloom and other religious Madaris is also this that the Darul-Uloom should be run trusting in Allah and with public contributions for which the poor masses alone should be relied upon. 

In this constitution Hujjat al Islam Imam Muhammad Qasim Nanawtawi has shown that the following principles should be the fundamentals for the establishment of seminaries:- 

  1. The Madrasa men should always look for the ways to increase donation and ask others for the same. Well-wishers of Madrasa should always keep this in mind. 
  2. They should always try to carry on giving food to students and increase their number.
  3. The advisers should always look at the interest of Madrasa and not to insist on their words. Allah forbidding, if such case happens the Madrasa will grow weaker and weaker.  The advice should be in time and not be delayed but for the betterment of Madrasa. It is necessary for the advisers not to be impressed in giving their opinion and the other should listen carefully with the intention that if he is convinced he would accept with no hesitation. It is necessary for the Mohtamim (vice chancellor) to consult in important issues to the advisory board or the visiting guests who are learned and sincere to the Madrasa. If, by chance, the advisors were not consulted due to some reasons and the matter was discussed with some others then the advisors should not get opponent. Yes, if the Mohtamim consulted no one then the advisors have right to object.
  4. It is also quite necessary for teachers of Madrasa to have similar views and must not have self-esteem and jealousy. Allah forbidding, if it occurs the Madrasa will perish.
  5. The teaching materials which are proposed for a year should be finished, otherwise the Madrasa cannot flourish, and if flourishes it will not be of any use.
  6. Till the Madrasa does not have any certain source of income it will, Allah willing, go ahead having trust in Allah. If it has some specific source of income like industry or business or help from word-keeping influent, then the asset of trust in Allah will go away. The help from Allah will stop and the Madrasa men will quarrel each other. In short, assured means of income should not be kept.
  7. The share of government and the rich also seems dangerous.
  8. The donations of those who do not wish name and fame seem more bless-full. After all, good intention of the donor is a cause of establishment for Madrasa.