Deoband fatwa over ‘Bharat mata ki jai’

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - S Raju s.raju@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MEERUT: Deoband’s Darul Uloom is­sued a re­li­gious edict re­cently pro­hibit­ing Mus­lims from chant­ing “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” on the grounds that idol wor­ship is for­bid­den in Is­lam.

A so­cial me­dia buzz around the fatwa, is­sued in re­sponse to queries re­ceived by the sem­i­nary, could reignite a con­tro­versy over the slo­gan that ap­peared to have sub­sided af­ter RSS chief Mo­han Bhag­wat said no­body should be co­erced to chant it.

The sem­i­nary con­tex­tu­alised its re­ply with the ob­ser­va­tion: Mus­lims should de­sist from chant­ing the slo­gan as Bharat Mata is per­ceived as a god­dess by a sec­tion of Hin­dus.

On ear­lier oc­ca­sions, the Darul Ulooom had let it be known that such fat­was were ad­vi­sory in na­ture, is­sued as they were in re­sponse to spe­cific ques­tions.

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