Muslim intelligentsia distances from fatwa

Lucknow: Distancing itself from the ‘fatwa’ against Muslims singing ‘Vande Mataram’, a section of the intelligentsia on Sunday said there was a need to educate the community about the actual meaning of the lone “objectionable” word ‘Vande’ in order to remove doubts over its rendition.

Last week, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind at its annual meet in Deoband opposed singing of the national song by Muslims.

Vice-president of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board and eminent scholar Maulana Kalbe Sadiq called for a debate among Hindi litterateurs to define the word ‘Vande’ used in the song which forms the basis on which it has been termed as being against their religion.

Mr. Sadiq said that he was ready to accept the contention of Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khursheed that the National Song had been approved by Maulana Azad on whose suggestions some words were removed.


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