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Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind, a top Muslim body recently declared that Vande Mataram was un-Islamic :
Jamait-e-Ulema Hind or the JEU on Tuesday issued a fatwa against singing national song ‘Vande Mataram’. According to a resolution, Muslims should not sing ‘Vande Mataram’ as its reciting is against the Islam.
The resolution, which was passed at the Deoband national convention meet, says that Muslims should not sing ‘Vande Mataram’ as some verses of the patriotic song are against the tenets of Islam. The JEU leader said that the some of the line in the song is against Islam.
When I read this, I knew this was headed to be something special. You guessed it right, I immediately went to the corresponding Rediff article to read the comments.
With over 550 comments in less than a day, this is marvelous. Here’s the link. I can safely say the rest of your day has been taken away from you.
Oh yes .. the issue.
I would disagree with it if they forced someone to not sing Vande Mataram. Likewise, I would also disagree with anyone who forces them to sing Vande Mataram. I personally wouldn’t have an issue with anyone as long as they did not force their opinion on others.
I don’t think an A.R. Rahman is going to stop singing Vande Mataram at his concerts after this fatwa.
And the clerics would agree with me that he’s a fine Muslim. So there.
No sarcasm or humour here.
India’s largest Islamic organization, The Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind, has come out openly against terrorism in the name of ‘jihad’. Of course, it would be naive to expect any outcome from this, but I see it as a start nonetheless. And if you have already made up your mind to write something in the comments section below, the Andhra government admitted to wrongly arresting 21 Muslim youth in the Hyderabad blasts. More such incidents mentioned at an IBNLive blog. Looking at the rate of conviction, there is surely a problem there. A problem which might even fuel the larger issue. On the subject of tougher terror laws, what use is a bigger gun if you are hitting the wrong targets ? Is it just to create fear in the minds of people who are already fearful ? The ones who have taken the path of terrorism have kind of already gotten rid of fear.
Decoupling the police and the media might help this, as we saw in the Aarushi murder case. The media seriously needs to stop stalking the police when on duty. I don’t mind digging a field full of pits, and providing wrong tips about children falling in them. Self-imposed restraint is supposed to be one of the pillars of free press, but in the age of competitive news, toughler laws might be the only way out.
The most heartening statement I have read in quite some time comes from Maulana Mahmood Madni, a leader of the above organization and a Rajya Sabha MP on the recent ‘Hindu terrorism’ :
“For the last so many years, when terrorism has been linked to Islam to malign Muslims, we have been opposing the association strongly. How now can we resort to a similar tactic and blame another community for terrorism?”
I admire him just for consistency of view, sorely missing all around, in every political party, every religious organization and in most individuals who click on a “Comments” button.
P.S. : Keep the comments civil in case you want a discussion on this topic.
Although the readership here has been dismal, I am happy that atleast the Islamic clergy follows this blog religiously (no pun please, I don’t want a fatwa against me). Although they have taken immediate offense to the world’s most prolific man mentioned here, and the usual fatwa, jail and call for death has been issued.