T. Shahid, Former Madarsa Teacher Cracked UPSC Exam from Chennai

T. ShahidKozhikode: Whenever the Kerala madrasas are mentioned in the news, they speak of radical thought. However, T. Shahid, who studied in the madarsas, showed that the Institute of Muslim religious education can also contribute to the officials.

Shahid, a former madrasa teacher, never had the opportunity to study at the conventional school, but he showed that tenacity eventually triumphs.

Shahid, 28, a resident of the village of Thiruvallur in Kozhikode District, deciphered UPSC’s civil service test on his sixth attempt and earned 693rd position.

His father, Abdul Rehman Musaliyar, is a Madara teacher and his mother Sulekha is a housewife. Shahid told the Indian Express that forced him to study at a Muslim religious education facility run by an orphanage in Kappi Kozhikode, because when I was 10 years old, there was a financial crisis at home, but never felt frustrated.

Shahid attained the “Hasni” degree of religion after 12 years of religious education and became a seminary teacher. During Hasni’s studies, he completed his grade 10 and 12 studies and attained the degree of English through distance learning.

“From 2010 to 2012, I worked as a madrassa teacher in Kannur for 6,000 rupees,” said Shahid.

After finishing a degree in English in 2012, he worked for a while in the Daily Malayalam Chandrika, led by the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and meanwhile changed their attitude towards life.

“I started reading about the general issues, the 12-year life at the Islamic Institute had narrowed my perspective, but working as a journalist made me look at the outside world.”

Meanwhile, he felt that instead of becoming a religious scholar, he should also try to pursue careers in other fields. Shahid chose Malayalam literature as an alternative subject to UPSC, he said the coaching classes sponsored by the IUML MSF student wing in Delhi helped broaden his mind.

“These days of formation gave me a lot of visibility, which the teacher madrasa in me never had,” he said.

Passing the UPSC exams was a way of telling society that terrorists were not leaving the madrasa, which was considered a hotbed of terrorism, Shahid said.

He said that in Kerala, madarsas can also contribute to civilian services.

“There may be problems or controversy, but Kerala madrassas can also contribute to civil servants,” he said.

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