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Posted On: 09-Nov-2009 21:05:26 By: Sandhya || Deccan Herald
Chennai: In a significant development, Darul-Uloom and the Ulemas of Deoband, have changed their 12-year-old stand on rendering Vande Mataram to bring the Hindu-Muslim communities closer.
This development took place yesterday after a one-hour long meeting between the Ulema and Spiritual Guru and humanitarian leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder,Art of Living . Present at the meeting with Sri Sri, were Maulana Margub Urrrehman of Darul-Uloom, Darul Iftah in charge Mufti Habibur Rehman, who issued the fatwa 12 years ago, Mufti Ehsaan Qasmi and Usman Mansoorpuri of the Jamiat Ulema e Hind, anArt of Living press release here said.
Ulema 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 the song or not.
However, Maulana Khalik Madrasi of Darul Uloom also said that the 12 year-old fatwa on Vande Matram cannot be recalled now. Speaking to the media after the meeting, Sri Sri said, “I told them that ‘Vande’ doesnt just mean ‘puja’ or prayer, but it is also thanksgiving. The first lines of Vande Mataram are not objectionable in any way. This issue should not be given undue importance. The country is above all and there should be no rift between Hindus and Muslims.”
Quoting a Supreme Court judgment, Sri Sri also said that no one should be pressurised to sing Vande Mataram. In continuation of His efforts to bring people together, Sri Sri also urged everyone not to rake up issues which could provoke sentiments of either community and said, “It is important to maintain communication links to avoid misunderstandings. Through peaceful talk and dialogue, we can solve any issue and transform any situation. We have to have a progressive outlook,” the release said.
PNS/PTI | New Delhi/Muzaffarnagar || Daily Pioneer
Days after a top Muslim body passed a resolution asking the community members not to recite Vande Mataram, a prominent Islamic organisation which had issued fatwa against the National Song in 2006, on Monday said the edict cannot be withdrawn.
The fatwa department of Darul Uloom had issued an edict in 2006, describing recitation of Vande Mataram as anti-Islamic. Darul Uloom’s Vice-Chancellor Maulana Abdul Khalik Madrasi, however, said: “Fatwa is not an order but a guiding principle. People may abide it or ignore it.”
“We issue fatwa only when someone approaches us to seek guidance,” he said, adding that the seminary cannot withdraw the edict which was issued three years ago. The cleric, however, made it clear that his organisation has no objection to non-Muslims singing the song.
On November 3, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind in its 30th general session in Deoband had passed a resolution asking Muslims not to recite Vande Mataram on the grounds that some verses of the National Song are against the tenets of Islam.
Meanwhile, in Betul town of Madhya Pradesh, a group of Muslims led by a clergyman joined people from other communities in singing the song in front of a mosque.
A large number of people from a cross section of the society collected in front of the Jama Masjid at Betul Bazar at the invitation of its Imam Hafiz Abdul Razique and recited the song on Sunday. The event was organised by Rukmani Balaji Mandir, its founder Sam Verma, an NRI, said.
“It is not against Islam to sing Vande Mataram,” Razique said and added that he himself requested those taking part in the rally to sing the national song in front of the mosque.
In another significant development, Darul Uloom and the Ulema of Deoband, have changed their 12-year-old stand on Vande Mataram to bring the Hindu-Muslim communities closer. This development took place on Sunday after a one-hour-long meeting between the Ulema and spiritual and humanitarian leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, according to a Press release issued by the Art of Living.
Present at the meeting with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar were Maulana Margub Urrrehman of Darul Uloom, Darul Iftah in charge Mufti Habibur Rehman, who issued the fatwa 12 years ago, Mufti Ehsaan Qasmi and Usman Mansoorpuri of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind.
Ulema said that 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 the song or not.
Quoting a Supreme Court judgement, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar also said that no one should be forced to sing Vande Mataram.
Published: Mon, 09 Nov 2009 at 20:31 IST Source : IANS
New Delhi: 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.
The climbdown comes after some clerics from Darul Uloom Deoband met Hindu spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
“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.
The press statement quoted Maulana Khalik Madrasi of the Darul Uloom as saying the fatwa on ‘Vande Mataram’ cannot be recalled now, but the Darul Uloom will not stop anyone from singing it.
Present at the meeting with Sri Sri were “Maulana Margubur Rehman of the Darul Uloom, Darul Iftah (fatwa section) in-charge Mufti Habibur Rehman, who issued the (decree), Mufti Ehsaan Qasmi and Usman Mansoorpuri of the Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind”, the statement said.
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’.
Some clerics soften stand on ‘Vande Mataram’
TNN 10 November 2009, 02:49am IST
MUZAFFARNAGAR: 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 fatwa department of Darul Uloom had issued an edict in 2006, describing the recitation of Vande Mataram as anti-Islamic. Darul Uloom’s vice-chancellor Maulana Abdul Khalik Madrasi, however, said that a fatwa was not an order but a guiding principle. ‘‘People may abide by it or ignore it,’’ he said, adding that the seminary issued fatwas only when someone approached them ‘‘to seek guidance’’.
Maulana Madrasi, however, made it clear that the seminary could not withdraw the edict which was issued three years ago. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….The Dangerous trend of Socio-Political-Religious Hindu Leaders to compromise with Anti Hinduness.
~ by Upananda Brahmachari,
– Hindu Existence Moderator.
If there would be the inclusion of Omkar or existence of Bande Mataram in The Quran or Zinnah softened a little bit to the Hindu Leadership of India, the present dilemma around the bizarre ” Pranayam without Omkar”, “Patriotism denouncing Bande Matatram” or ” Establishing Jinnah as an Ambassador of Indo-Pak Unity” never been occurred anyway.
Most of us feel filthy to discuss anything about the Advinnah’s effort to justify a man who floated Direct Action against the innocent Hindus (by which Lakhs of Hindus were butchered, Hindu women-Girls were molested & rapped and Crores of Hindus were uprooted from their motherland) to grab the power by the separation of his own Mother Land. Jinnah born in India. But as he completely denounced Bande Mataram in actual stage, virtually he separated his Mother Land for a Pak Land, Pakistan. Who can deny this truth ?
That mentality is still persisted in the mind-set of Indian Muslims which has come up recently with their resentment with chanting Omkar at the time of performing Pranayam and uttering Bande Mataram as a inspiring slogan in connection with Bharat Swaviman Andolan launched by Swami Ramdev. This is the pretext of the current crux for which personalities like Yogi Ramdev or Spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar were compelled to betray with the basic theme of Indian Culture and Heritage.
As a Yog expert Ramdevji knows better than any one about the significance of Omkar in the line of practicing Yog and Pranayam. But he bowed down to the Muslims expelling Omkar from Yoga and Pranayam for his penetration into the Muslim clan. In this way a new ‘Yogasutra‘ may be written but a disproving mentality of the Islamist gets the renewed energy to dicard the main-stream per thier choice.
And it is more dangerous when a divine guru like Sri Sri Ravi Shankar simplifies that “Bande” means “thanksgiving”, so Bande Mataram means Thanks to the Mother Land. Shame to this Clarification. As per our little knowledge is concerned “Bande” means “to salute” or “to adore” in its material meaning with a highest feeling of inexpressible reverence, gratitude and offerings in prayer to the Mother.. one’s Mother land.
Sri Sri might have collected a varied customs and etiquette from different places of Europe and America to assimilate. But the style of giving thanks to Mother or showing formalities to mother is quite obsolete in India. Please don’t try to disgrace the god gifted Mother & Child relationship here in India. It seems to us that you try to preach in Muslims to consider India as their Step Mother so that they convey a formal Thanks to their Step Mother. Don’t forget Martyr Ashfakullah, Qazi Najrul Islam, Prof. Sahidulah, M. C. Chagla and many other Patriotic Muslims accepted Bande Mataram without hesitation. Please take up this direct line without falsifying anything.
In the above pictures Sri Sri is present with various Muslims Leaders of the world including Dr. Zakir Naik also. What is the opinion of Dr. Zakir about Bande Mataram ? What are the effects of Sri Sri’s visit in the various Muslim Countries and Muslim Communities in the event of spreading Art of Living further ?? Has the mentality of Muslim community been changed a little to the conflict or fight against the Kaffirs ?? Please spread Art of Living in Pakistan and Bangladesh to protect the persecuted Hindus there. They completely believe in Omkar and Bande Mataram. You have not to face any trouble to bargain anyway to the Hindus to make them follower of Omkar or Bandemataram. But you ventured to mold the Azamgarhis and Deobandis to teach a lesson against Jihad and Pan Islamism. One of these two places are treated as the Capital of proposed Mugalistan in India. You know it well Ravishankarji.
The Hindu People of the World along with thousand of non Hindu admirers of Sri Sri Ravishankarji or Yogrishi Ramdevji consider them as the Champion Spiritual and Religious Leaders of Hindu Dharma. But they cannot accept any dangerous steps of disgracing the Dharma in the name of adjustment or popularity by their adorned Mentors. Please. Please.