MULTAN - Punjab Governor Malik Rafiq Rajwana emphasised on Wednesday that the West’s perspective on Islam can be changed by equipping religious schools (seminaries) with contemporary scientific knowledge and prevailing trends.

Talking to central leader of chief administrator of Wafaqul Madaris (Arbia), Qari Hanif Jalandhari here at his residence on Wednesday, the governor said that the youth holding both religious and contemporary qualifications could present a positive image of Islam and Pakistan in the US, Europe and rest of the world.

He was of the opinion that the Islamic schools used to be a beautiful blend of religious and contemporary studies and they produced renowned chemists, mathematicians and scientists. He said that the government is taking steps to revive the historic glory of seminaries.

He said that the religious schools house and educate hundreds of thousands of students and many of these schools have adopted new syllabus. He said that the government wants to make available all facilities at these schools besides giving them such an education system that their graduates could play their role in national development and promotion of religion.

Qari Hanif Jalindhri said on this occasion that the Wafaqul Madaris offers a comprehensive educational system to the students, which equally cater for the needs of current age. He said that facilities for the students have also been upgraded at the seminaries and they are offered contemporary education besides religious studies.