Deoband fatwa over ‘Bharat mata ki jai’
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.