Hyderabad, March 19: The controversy around the nationalistic slogan of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ is refusing to die down. After right wing Sri Ram Sene announced that it will take out nationwide protests against MP Asaduddin Owaisi for rejecting the slogan, a prominent Islamic seminary has take out a fatwa against the slogan! Jamia Nizamia on Friday rejected the chanting of the slogan and ruled that he chant was not just against Islamic faith, but also irrational.
The top Hyderabad seminary said that “reason” and “faith” do not allow Muslims from chanting the very ‘nationalistic’ slogan of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’. The fatwa comes after a prominent religious figure from the Old City Syed Ghulam Samdani Ali Quadri asked the question to the body three days ago. In response to Quadri, Mufti Azeemuddin, the head of the Darul Ifta or the fatwa centre of the body said that not just is the slogan against the Islamic faith, it is against reason. He said that since only a human can give birth to a human, calling India as ‘Mother’ or Mata is irrational. Also Read: ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ backlash: Nationwide protests announced against Asaduddin Owaisi, AIMIM by Sri Ram Sene
A Times of India report quoted an excerpt from the fatwa that read, “The mother of a human is human. No piece of land and no animal and no other object gives birth to humans.” The fatwa further said that the law of Islam also says the same thing. “This is why calling the land of Bharat as mother is against rea son. The religion (of Islam) also says the same thing”, explained the fatwa. However, the fatwa further clarified that whoever wants to call “the land of Bharat” as their mother, they can do so individually.
It said that no one should try to impose their beliefs on others. “..this is the person’s individual religious belief and that the person cannot force others (to believe in this)”, read the fatwa. The Mufti concluded by writing that “the Muslims of Bharat love the country .” The entire matter started when Hyderabad MP and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that he will not chant the slogan, in an open challenged to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.