Thanks Vinay for notifying me this news.In a bid to tone down the row over its fatwa against the singing of ‘Vande Mataram’, clerics from the Deoband Islamic seminary have said they won’t stop Muslims from singing the national song but the fatwa would stay.
Six days after the Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind passed a resolution asking Muslims not to sing Vande Mataram on the grounds that it was‘‘un-Islamic’’, the community’s clerics have reportedly softened their stand. The change of heart came after spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, visited Deoband on November 8, 2009, and met Jamiat leaders.
The issue was discussed at a one-hour-long meeting, at which Maulana Margub Ur-rehman of Darul-Uloom, Darul Iftah in charge Mufti Habibur Rehman, Mufti Ehsaan Qasmi and Usman Mansoorpuri of the Jamiat were present. At the end of it, the ulema said they did not have any objection to the national song and had left it to the conscience of Muslims who could decide for themselves whether they wanted to sing the song or not.
The clerics have changed their stand on ‘Vande Mataram’ to bring the Hindu-Muslim communities closer,’ said a press statement from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.The clerics, according to the press release, said they ‘do not have any objection to the national song’ and have left it to the ‘conscience’ of Muslims who should decide for themselves whether they want to sing it or not.
Sri Sri told them that ‘Vande Mantaram’ is not a prayer but a means of thanksgiving.’The first lines of ‘Vande Mataram’ are not objectionable in any way. This issue should not be given more importance. The country is above all and there should be no rift between the Hindu and Muslims,’ he said.
Quoting a Supreme Court judgment, Sri Sri also said that no one should be pressurised to sing ‘Vande Mataram’.