Deoband Community Wikimedia

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 focuses on the global Deobandi scholarship and aims at improving Wikipedia and its sister projects with related knowledge and information, at a global level, in any language. It does not limit itself to a single language project.

Deoband Community Wikimedia
Affiliate codeDCW
Country codeIN
Founding date31 July 2021
Approval date16 January 2022
Main officeNew Delhi, India
Official language(s)English and Urdu
Key people
Incorporation paperAffCom Resolution (2022)
  • 3295 USD
  • 2,68,258 INR
(Approximate budget of year 2022)
AffiliationsAffiliations Committee, Wikimedia
MottoFree knowledge!

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The idea of Deoband Community Wikimedia (DCW) was thought of by TheAafi in July 2021, and it began to exist since 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 an international collaboration, Deoband Yoruba Collaborative Project, aiming to include thematic content on Yoruba language Wikipedia. A series of meetups and little workshops about Wikiquote was organized between 7 August and 10 August 2022 in Delhi.

Bhopal Photo Event was hosted between 15 and 20 October 2022 in Bhopal, the capital city of Indian state Madhya Pradesh. DCW volunteers celebrated first successful decade of Wikidata on 30 and 31 October 2022. The group has also begun a series of conversations inviting scholars from around the globe, and also the people from within the movement, to build its base strategically. This program was inaugurated by Donia Al Domiaty, an Arabic Wikimedian, who provided a brief presentation to DCW's female volunteers on 30 September 2022. Dr. Ashraf Dockrat from the University of Johannesburg delivered second lecture of this series on Islamics scholarship and Wikipedia on 13 November 2022.

On 12 November 2022, the group put forth a proposal to participate in the Movement Charter Ambassadors Program under the leadership of TheAafi, aiming to represent DCW and the Indic-Urdu language community at a global level. The proposal worth 1508 USD was approved by Movement Strategy and Governance team under the lead of Yop Rwang Pam on 29 November 2022. Under this program, DCW volunteers are conducting online and offline meetups, discussions and a research study has been initiated already. TheAafi represented the group during the South Asian Movement Charter regional conversations. The offline conversations include those planned to take place in Deoband and Hyderabad, between 7 and 15 December 2022.


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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