A Hyderabad-based Islamic seminary Jamia Nizamia had in March issued a fatwa against the chanting of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ calling it against the tenets of Islam.
Now the influential Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband too has issued a similar fatwa.
What does the fatwa say?
The Darul Uloom Deoband is the largest Islamic seminary in Asia and wields considerable clout over a large section of the Muslim populace.
It follows the Hanafi school of faith, one of the four religious Sunni Islamic schools of jurisprudence, predominant in Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and parts of India (Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal).
A decision of the Deoband is bound on all who adhere to this school. No one in the Islamic world has the power to oppose a fatwa.
The decision to issue this fatwa comes in the wake of the ‘Bharat Mata’ controversy that erupted following RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s comment on the same and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s virulent reaction to it.
Minister of state for food processing Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti condemned Deoband’s decision.
“It is showing the fundamentalist side 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.”
But Bhagwat had on March 28 taken a softer approach on the issue saying that “no one should be forced to raise the slogan”. And he had said it in Lucknow.
The Darul Uloom Deoband has a history of issuing fatwas. Some prominent include the one banning photography and men and women working together.