CHURUMURI POLL: Is co-education unlawful?

The leading Islamic seminary Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband has decreed that co-education—boys and girls learning alongside each other—is “unlawful“. In a fatwa posted on its website, the prestigious seminary has said that “the co-education system of colleges and universities is having a number of evils (and) therefore it is undoubtedly unlawful.” The fatwa was issued in response to a query from a member of the public as to whether a girl could attend a co-ed institution after reaching puberty.

Questions: Is co-education a problem? Does it help Muslim students or harm them? Does it make their lives and our society better or not? When countries like Saudi Arabia and Turkey have co-ed institutions, should Indian schools and colleges be entering this dangerous area? On the other hand, when there are several non-Muslim institutions which are for boys only or girls only, should we be making such a song and dance over the fatwa aimed at Muslim institutions?

Also read: Fatwa on co-ed institutes