Darul Uloom issues fatwa against chanting of ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’

LUCKNOW: Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband on Friday issued a fatwa versus chanting of “Bharat Mata ki jai”, saying that the slogan goes versus the tenets of Islam.

“‘Bharat Mata’, according to some Hindu sects, is a goddess and they worship her. For Muslims worshiping a goddess would certainly be un-Islamic,” the fatwa said.

The fatwa added, “We love our country, but we do not worship it, Islam allows worshiping only one God.”

Condemning the fatwa issued by leading Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband, minister of state for food processing Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti on Friday said denying people to chant “Bharat Mata ki jai” slogan amounted to insulting the freedom fighters.

“It is showing the fundamentalist adverse of Islam. Denying ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’ shows disrespect to martyrs of the country. It shows their mentality. They should understand that they are not living in Pakistan,” said Jyoti.

Nobody needs to be forced to chant: RSS

Recently at an event in Luckow on March 28, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat said “nobody needs to be forced to raise the slogan and that efforts should be made to build a “great” India that is hailed across the globe voluntarily.

“We have actually to create such a great India where people themselves chant ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’ … it need not be imposed,” Bhagwat said.

The RSS chief had stirred a controversy recently along with his remark that the younger generation needed to be taught to hail “Mother India”.

In apparent retaliation, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi had said he would certainly not chant “Bharat Mata ki jai” as he was not obliged to do it under the Constitution and that he would certainly not do so even if a “knife is put to my throat”.
The issue snowballed into a political slugfest along with the Shiv Sena, BJP and other parties slamming the Hyderabad MP over his stand.
Maharashtra assembly suspended an AIMIM MLA after he refused to chant the slogan, while the Madhya Pradesh Assembly passed a censure motion condemning Owaisi.
Amid the escalating row Advani had said in Gandhinagar, “I don’t want to comment on it. This is a meaningless controversy (‘yeh ek vyarth vivad hai’)”.

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