Deoband Community Wikimedia

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Deoband Community Wikimedia User Group (commonly known as, Deoband Community Wikimedia; abbreviated as DCW) is a recognized user-group affiliate of the Wikimedia, consisting of volunteer editors, primarily based in India. It aims to write/improve Wikipedia and its sister projects with information related to global Deobandi scholarship, at a global level, in any language. DCW does not limit itself to a single language project.

Deoband Community Wikimedia
Affiliate codeDCW
Country codeIN
Founding date31 July 2021
Approval date16 January 2022
Official language(s)English and Urdu
Key people
AffiliationsAffiliations Committee, Wikimedia
MottoFree knowledge!


The idea of Deoband Community Wikimedia (DCW) was thought of by Aaqib Anjum Aafi in July 2021, and it began to exist on 31 July 2021. It was introduced to its early members on 12 August 2021. Its strategies and future was further discussed in a meeting held on 20 November 2021. It was subsequently recognized by Affiliations Committee on 16 January 2022.

DCW focusses on anything related to the Darul Uloom Deoband, even at the distant contact; people, books, academic centers of learning, universities, whatever, at a global level. The Deobandi movement is one of the major contemporary movements that spreads throughout the world, through a plethora of Islamic institutions, scholars, and organizations. Since the group focuses on topics and issues that bear a connection with the Darul Uloom Deoband, commonly known as Deoband (irrespective of the town), the group is named the Deoband Community Wikimedia User Group.

DCW has worked on the English Wikipedia, through the DYK and the ITN. As a part of the program, Hayat al-Mashayaikh initiative was launched on various social media platforms in June 2021, to help promote the goals of the group and inspire people to write about the scholars associated with the Deoband Islamic seminary. DCW's major on-wiki accomplishments are recorded here.

Between 17 and 20 March 2022, an offline meet was arranged in Deoband in which a workshop event with the collaboration of Bayt al-Hikmah Deoband was planned. The workshop however remains postponed due to unavailability of resources. On 25 June 2022, the DCW began a international collaboration, Deoband Yoruba Collaborative Project, aiming to include the thematic content on Yoruba Wikipedia. A series of meetups and little workshops about Wikiquote is happening from 7 August 2022 until next few days in Delhi. A photo event has been proposed to take place in November 2022 in Bhopal, with a budget of over 980 USD which has been approved by South Asia GRC on 6 August 2022 through Rapid Grants Program.


DCW aims to freely share knowledge related to global Deobandi scholarship on Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia, Wikiquote, Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata. The objectives and strategies include:

  • Promoting edit-a-thons related to global Deobandi scholarship for Wikipedia, Commons, Wikiquote, Wikidata and several other WMF projects.
  • Inclusion and improvement of thematic knowledge over various language Wikimedia projects. DCW does not focus itself to a single language project.
  • Doing collaborations with local and foreign affiliates and user groups for transferring the thematic knowledge to different languages. Deoband Yoruba Collaborative Project aims for the inclusion of thematic knowledge on Yoruba language Wikipedia.

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