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These boys are reciting the Quran 12 hours a day with pauses only for prayers and meals inside a Madrassa in Layyah, Pakistan.

The students are between 5 and 17 years old - and often originate from poor families.

They get free (religious) education, food and medicine. Many of them sleep inside this Madrassa. After 4-5 years they have learned the Quran "by heart".

After this period many of them study another 4-5 years

to understand what the Muslim's holy writings are about.

When the boys are finished with their education, they are highly admired in the society.

Madrassas are spread all over Pakistan in large numbers.

Especially in Pakistan these Madrassas are deemed as ideological and political

training grounds for hatred against moderate movements inside Pakistan and the Western world. The events that took place in the Red Mosque in Islamabad are a sad example of what fanaticism is able to do with young people.

According to the principal this Madrassa was opened in 2001 and is founded out of unknown sources in Saudi Arabia.

Layyah, Punjab, Pakistan.

March 2006.

14 responses

  • i.n. galbraith

    i.n. galbraith said (4 Oct 2007):

    beauty

  • Noora

    Noora said (5 Oct 2007):

    i love this shot a lot .. people in Pakistan are so devoted to their religion more than any other Muslim country

  • Orovcanec Gjorgji

    Orovcanec Gjorgji said (8 Oct 2007):

    wonderful photo and a great story!

  • Belen Asad

    Belen Asad (Deleted) said (10 Oct 2007):

    great.

  • melanie scott

    melanie scott gave props (11 Oct 2007):

    great image - i love the motion blurs - really helps portray that time is passing

  • alex k

    alex k said (14 Oct 2007):

    great shot

  • cheryl petty

    cheryl petty said (15 Oct 2007):

    awesome!

  • Teresa Nabais

    Teresa Nabais said (29 Oct 2007):

    Great photo and great story.

  • 1 2

    1 2 (Deleted) gave props (31 Oct 2007):

    such an awesome picture! I love the variance in textures. even the books.

  • Gabe Maxson

    Gabe Maxson said (28 Nov 2007):

    Excellent. Has my vote. HERE is one with echoes of this shot.

  • Jozef Jakubco

    Jozef Jakubco said (30 Nov 2007):

    picture which tells us the story... perfect

  • Jason Seda

    Jason Seda gave props (5 Dec 2007):

    very nice B&W

  • Erasmo Wong

    Erasmo Wong said (6 Dec 2007):

    this is so good! I want to print it!!!

  • Emily Harris

    Emily Harris gave props (5 Mar 2010):

    incredible capture!

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