LAHORE:May 28:Punjab University (PU) Faculty of Education’s Dean Prof Dr Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal has urged Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to ban certain textbooks which contain objectionable material. In a letter to the CM, a copy available with The News, the educationist alleged that the History textbooks, particularly for English medium schools, written by a foreign author contained objectionable material. He said one of the history textbooks included such text and information as were against the teachings of Islam and centuries old views held by the Muslims. Quoting an example, Iqbal said one textbook described that the Holy Quran was written (compiled) twenty years after the demise of the Holly Prophet (PBUH), which was totally against the Islamic teachings. According to him Islamic history clearly indicated that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) had appointed some scribes to write the verses of the Holy Quran on any suitable object like the leaves of trees, pieces of wood, parchment or leather, flat stones and shoulder blades as and when the verses were revealed to the Holly Prophet (PBUH).
Similarly, contrary to the propaganda by Jews, the Muslims of Jerusalem had built Aqsa Mosque on an empty piece of land. While the Jews, in their bid to expel the Muslims from Jerusalem, propagated that the mosque had been built on a Jewish temple, he said. Iqbal further said the same concept was being propagated by the author of the same history textbook.
In a paragraph the author stated that the Aqsa Mosque was built on a Jewish temple. The actual word of the textbook was, “Though Jerusalem had been conquered by the Muslims in 638 and, soon after, the famous Dome of the Rock was built on the site of the Jewish temple, the Muslim rulers allowed Christian pilgrims to continue to visit their holy places.”
The PU Dean of Education also said after the 18th Amendment, powers related to check, control and to remove any material from the textbooks, which would be repugnant to the injunctions of Islam and contrary to the integrity and ideology of Pakistan, had been devolved to the provinces. He urged the CM that the books should be withdrawn immediately and in future no privately produced textbook be introduced either in public or in private schools without getting it approved by a qualified and competent committee as required under the law.The news.