State of Muslim Community in Nepal

Muslim community peoples have been residing in Nepal since decades. Till 2063/02/04 B.S. (18/05/2006 A.D.), Nepal was a Hindu country. After the promulgation of the parliament of Nepal on 2063/02/04 B.S. (18/05/2006 A.D.), Nepal is known as a secular state. Although the majority of the population is Hindu and Buddhist and minority is Muslim, they have always lived in religious harmony. But looking at the past, it seems that the state has not made as much contribution for development of religious and historical places of the Muslim community as they have for Hindu and Buddhist community. Even now, the mobilization of the resources, this community has not been up to the expectation of Muslim community peoples. Most of the Muslim community peoples of Nepal are severely backwards and under poverty line. In comparison, Muslim peoples are more uneducated and unemployed than other peoples. Mosque education system is not yet managed properly. It is necessary to promote and organize the historical mosque education. There is requirement for effective programs for maintaining the national standard of mosque education and equivalency to the formal education and procedure. It is deemed necessary to keep the record of the religious importance bearing Masjid, Madarsa, Edgah, Majahar, Karbala, Kavresthan as well as establish land rights and ownerships.

Except some of the academic scholarships, there has to be the provision for separate quota for the Muslim peoples at the area of public service. Muslim is seemed to be introduce under Madhesi. For social inclusion of Muslim community peoples according to religious and community aspects, there has to be the provision for separate reservation. The residence of the Muslim peoples exist even in Hilly and Mountain region districts of the Nepal, so it is not justified to label the Muslim peoples under Madhesi groups. Even at the advent of the second constitutional election, the Muslim community have no provision for compulsory representation, which shows the state’s disregard towards the community. Various programs operated by the nation for the backward peoples are yet to reach the undeveloped Muslim community peoples. Due to the historical value and beliefs, the women and girl children of the Muslim community are backward in education, health and nutrition and there are hindrances for them to be at the state of family, marital and social respect.

It is important to correspond and executive various programs for the solution of the problems like no provision of the Huj house at Nepal, no permanent mechanism relating to Huj, no formality and no academic recognition to the Muslim students who have gained higher qualification from foreign schools and universities and determining Muslim peoples under Madhesi categories rather than providing them a separate identity.