HYDERABAD: Influential Islamic seminary Jamia Nizamia on Friday issued a fatwa declaring that “reason” and Islamic “faith” do not allow Muslims to chant the slogan `Bharat Mata ki jai’.
The fatwa, which is an Islamic cleric’s jurisprudential opinion, came after Syed Ghulam Samdani Ali Quadri, a religious figure from the Old City here, approached the seminary for an answer three days ago.
Explaining the rationale behind the ruling, Mufti Azeemuddin, who heads the Darul Ifta, or fatwa centre of the seminary , wrote that according to the principles of reason, only a human gives birth to a human and treating the “land of bharat” as a mother is against “reason”.
“The mother of a human is human. No piece of land and no animal and no other object gives birth to humans,” an excerpt from the fatwa reads.
Describing this process as the “law of nature”, the mufti further wrote, “This is why calling the land of Bharat as mother is against rea son. The religion (of Islam) also says the same thing.”
The seminary clarified that those who wish to treat the “land of Bharat as their mother, then this is the person’s individual religious belief and that the person cannot force others (to believe in this).”
The Mufti concluded by writing that “the Muslims of Bharat love the country .”
Commenting on what prompted him to seek a fatwa, Quadri, who heads the religious organisation Seerat-un-Nabi Academy in Qazipura, said that the slogan finds no mention in the Constitution and should not be considered as the only means of expressing love for the country.
Source : www.munsif.tv/articles/2016/03/19/top-hyderabad-slamic-seminary-jamia-nizamia-fatwa-rejects-bharat-mata-slogan